Native Roots Vail
Cherry Hills, Electric Lemonade, GG #4, Gusherz, Headband Kush, Sage N Sour, Sour Rado, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops
Natural Alternatives for Health
Blood Orange, Forza Sans Souci, Ice Milk, Sherb Crasher
Nature's Herbs & Wellness
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Peach Crescendo, Raspberry Beret, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Nature's Kiss
INFVSED Papaya Cake, INFVSED Purple Marmalade
Natures Herbs & Wellness Center
Apple Fritter, Funyunz, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Raspberry Beret, Sherb Crasher
Natures Kiss
Purple Marmalade, White 99
Natures Medicine
Fubar, Georgia Pie, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Peach Crescendo, Sour Diesel, Wookie Fruit
Oasis Cannabis Superstore
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Hills, Granola Funk, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry Beret, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops
Peak Dispensary
Cherry Hills, Wedding Cake
Peak MJ
Apples And Bananas, Bananaghani, Wookie Fruit
Pig N' Whistle
Veritas Cookies
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Funyunz, Georgia Pie, Lava Breath, Purple Marmalade, Raspberry Beret, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Shortcake, Ting, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Biker Oz, Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Gusherz, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Peach Crescendo, Purple Papaya Punch, Snickerz, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
Rocky Road
Bananaghani, Blood Orange, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush #8, Granola Funk, Gusherz, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Sherb Crasher, Sour Melon, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White 99
Roots RX
Cherry Hills, Tart Pops, Triangle Og
Roots Rx
Apple Fritter, Big Bubba Diesel, Blood Orange, Cherry Hills, Electric Lemonade, Funyunz, GG #4, Grape Oz, Gusherz, Ice Milk, Lucky Charms, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Simply Pure
Durban Kush #8, Fubar, Funyunz, Georgia Pie, Gusherz, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Pie, Raspberry Beret, Sueno, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Fubar, Funyunz, GG #4, Garlic Breath, Georgia Pie, Gusherz, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry Beret, Sueno, Tart Pops, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth
Spark
Apple Fritter, Forza Sans Souci, Funyunz, Gas Tanker, Grape Oz, Island Sweetz, Item #9, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Pad Thai, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Star Buds
Apple Fritter, Gelato #41, Infinity N Beyond, Layer Cake, Meow Meow, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Sueno, Toxic Boo, White 99
Steel City Meds
Cherry Hills, Garlic Breath, Garlic Cookies, Papaya Cake, Peach Pie, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
The 404 Dispensary
Durban Kush #8, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops
The 64 Store
Cherry Hills, Forza Sans Souci
The Dispo
Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Koko Puffs, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Triangle Og, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
The Farmers Market
Gusherz, Layer Cake, White 99
The Green Solution
Big Bubba Diesel, Biker Oz, Blue Sherbert, Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush #8, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Lucky Charms, Milky Weigh, Muffinz Breath, Papaya Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher, White 99, Wookie Fruit
The Happy Camper Cannabis Company
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Georgia Pie, Gusherz, Ice Milk, Milky Weigh, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, White Runtz
The Joint Denver
Gusherz, Milky Weigh, Tart Pops
The Underground Station
Durban Kush #8, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade
Third Day Apothecary
Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Gas Tanker, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Sueno
Tumbleweed
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush #8, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Funyunz, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Gusherz, Ice Milk, Item #9, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Pad Thai, Papaya Cake, Peach Pie, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry Beret, Sherb Crasher, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Float, Tart Pops, Ting, Wedding Crasher
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Forza Sans Souci, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Oz Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Sherb Crasher, Sundae Driver, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Unity Rd
Big Bubba Diesel, Electric Lemonade, Forbidden Melonz, GG #4, Gary Payton, Gusherz, Koko Puffs, Peach Crescendo, Slap N Tickle, Sour Melon, Tart Pops, Unicorn Poop, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
1136 Yuma
Cherry Punch, Electric Lemonade, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Peach Crescendo, Tart Pops, Yuk Mouth
A Cut Above
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Cookies N Cream, Gusherz, Headband Kush, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Slap N Tickle, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White Runtz
A Cut Above Dispensary
Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Grape Oz, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Sueno, Sunset Drive
Backcountry Cannabis Co.
Electric Lemonade, Fubar, Layer Cake
Berkeley Disensary
Granola Funk, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Tart Pops
Blue Heron Dispensary
Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Snickerz
Breckenridge Organic Therapy
Forza Sans Souci, Koko Puffs, Strawberry Guava
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Electric Lemonade, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Funyunz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Gusherz, Headband Kush, Ice Milk, Island Sweetz, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Meow Meow, Milky Weigh, Muffinz Breath, Oreoz, Oz Kush, Pad Thai, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Peach Pie, Pruno, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Rain Dance, Raspberry Beret, Runtz, Sherb Crasher, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Snickerz, Sour Rado, Strawberry Guava, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sundae Driver, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Ting, Triangle Og, Wedding Crasher, White 99, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth, Zookies
Canna City
Biker Oz, Gelato #41, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Cherry Peak Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Cherry Hills, Durban Kush #8, Electric Lemonade, Granola Funk, Gusherz, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Runtz, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops, Unicorn Poop, White 99
Chronic Therapy
Muffinz Breath
Colorado Harvest Company
Durban Kush #8, Ice Milk, Peach Crescendo, Purple Papaya Punch, Ting, Triangle Og, Wookie Fruit
Denvers Kush Club
Apple Fritter, Georgia Pie, Gusherz, Layer Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry Beret, Sour Rado, Super Sour Lemon
Doctors Orders
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Forza Sans Souci, Layer Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops, Ting
Eclipse Cannabis
Forbidden Melonz, Ice Milk, Purple Papaya Punch
Elements
Apples And Bananas, Item #9, Papaya Cake, Triangle Og
Elevated
Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Grape Oz, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops
EmJ's
Apple Fritter, Blood Orange, Cake Pop, Cereal Milk, Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Grape Oz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, La Kush Cake, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Slap N Tickle, Snickerz, Sour Diesel, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sour Rado, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
Emerald Fields
Cherry Punch, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Fubar, Muffinz Breath, Purple Papaya Punch, Tart Pops
Euflora
Cake Pop, Garlic Breath, Peking Duck, Slurricane, Strawberry Guava, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
Freedom Road
Cherry Punch
Golden Meds
Big Bubba Diesel, Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Gusherz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Muffinz Breath, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Sage N Sour, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sour Rado, Strawberry Milk, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White Runtz
Good Weed
Sueno
Green Dragon
Layer Cake, Peach Kush, Sour Orange Zkittlez
Green Dream
Ice Milk, Tart Pops
Green Pharm 2
Cherry Punch, Colorado Cool Aid, Electric Lemonade, Grape Oz, Ice Milk, Item #9, Sour Diesel, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Strawberry Milk, Tart Pops
Greenfields
Cherry Diesel, Papaya Cake, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream
Herbal Healing
Apple Fritter, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Koko Puffs, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour, Tart Pops
Herbs 4 You
Cherry Punch, Gas Tanker, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Sour Diesel, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Yuk Mouth
High Octane Dispensary
La Kush Cake, Peach Crescendo
High Plains Strains
Granola Funk, Lava Breath, Milky Weigh, Peach Crescendo, Wookie Fruit
High Plainz Strains
Apple Fritter, Biker Oz, Cherry Hills, Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Funyunz, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Gusherz, Ice Milk, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Raspberry Beret, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Tart Pops, Toxic Boo, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit
Higher Grade
Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Veritas Cookies
Kanopya Springs
Item #9, Sueno, Tart Pops
Kind Care Of Colorado
Granola Funk, Ice Cream Cake, Lava Breath, Peach Crescendo
Kind Meds
Purple Marmalade, Zookies
Kinfolk Farms
Banana Kush, Durban Kush #8, Fubar, Gas Tanker, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Muffinz Breath, Papaya Cake, Peach Kush, Peking Duck, Slap N Tickle, Toxic Boo, White Runtz, Yuk Mouth
LOVA co
Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Muffinz Breath, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk
LaConte's Denver
Biker Oz, Gary Payton, Sour Orange Zkittlez
Lakeshore Cannabis
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Biker Oz, Blood Orange, Bubba Berry, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, Electric Lemonade, Forbidden Melonz, GG #4, Gary Payton, Granola Funk, Gusherz, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Ice Milk, Island Sweetz, Koko Puffs, Muffinz Breath, Purple Marmalade, Slurricane, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Tart Pops, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Lightshade
Apple Fritter, Apples And Bananas, Cake Pop, Electric Lemonade, Forza Sans Souci, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Gusherz, Headband Kush, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Raspberry Beret, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Sueno, Tart Pops, The Sauce, White Runtz
Living Rose Wellness
Forbidden Melonz, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Item #9, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh
Lova co
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, Forza Sans Souci, Garlic Breath, Granola Funk, Ice Milk, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Muffinz Breath, Sage N Sour, Slap N Tickle, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Veritas Cookies
Magnolia Rd.
INFVSED Tart Pops #3
Magnolia Rd.
Forbidden Melonz, Forza Sans Souci, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, INFVSED Forbidden Melonz #6, INFVSED Miracle Alien Cookies, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Milky Weigh, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Pie, Purple Marmalade, Purple Papaya Punch, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co
Cherry Hills, Layer Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Purple Marmalade, Tart Pops, White Runtz
Magnolia Road Cannabis Co.
Apple Fritter, Cherry Diesel, Grape Oz, Super Sour Lemon
Mana Supply Company
Sueno
Medicine Man
Big Bubba Diesel, Durban Kush #8, Forza Sans Souci, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Layer Cake, Peach Crescendo, Purple Marmalade, Raspberry Beret, Tart Pops, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots
Apple Fritter, Banana Kush, Bananaghani, Biker Oz, Bubba Berry, Cake Pop, Cherry Hills, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, Electric Lemonade, Forbidden Melonz, Fubar, Funyunz, GG #4, Georgia Pie, Granola Funk, Grape Oz, Gusherz, Headband Kush, Ice Milk, Koko Puffs, Lava Breath, Layer Cake, Lucky Charms, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz Breath, Oreoz, Oz Kush, Papaya Cake, Peach Crescendo, Peach Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Raspberry Beret, Sage N Sour, Sour Orange Zkittlez, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops, Ting, Triangle Og, White 99, White Runtz, Wookie Fruit, Yuk Mouth

January 4, 2022

High Country: The top 10 cannabis strains of 2021

Smokey Town, the Roaring Fork Valley’s resource for expert reviews, shares their picks.

Marijuana MARIJUANA | December 31, 2021 Katie Shapiro
High Country

Shift by Dalwhinnie Farms
Courtesy Dalwhinnie Farms

The annual onslaught of “best of” lists that hit our newsfeeds every December has arrived, but most of them still don’t feel quite right as the pandemic lingers over a second ski season. After another challenging year for most of us, one top 10 list that can help? The best cannabis.

In 2018, High Country met Smokey Town (smokey.town), a Basalt-based startup that provides an in-depth database of reviews for cannabis varietals found on-shelf at dispensaries from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Since its launch, it remains the most thorough resource for finding the cream of the local crop.

Smokey Town’s co-founders, who’ve requested anonymity from the beginning, reflected, “2021 was a year for wellness and terpenes. Some of the ways growers are working with plant genetics to bring out specific scents and flavors are simply out of this world. We saw (area cannabis companies) taking more control of their inventory and how it’s displayed, portrayed and stored.”


Working with a roster of more than 20 partners and expert judges year-round, Smokey Town scours eve-ry dispensary to compile detailed effect information after every session. There are currently close to 300 strain reviews available and subscribers of the Smokey Town e-newsletter receive an update in their in-box as soon as a new strain is added to the database.

“Packaging has also gotten more elevated with beautiful glass containers, which helps the flower cure better — if you ever get headaches after smoking, (that means) it has a bad, less-than-fresh cure,” added the Smokey Town team. “Labels are increasingly important, too, and carefully educate the consumers on the potential benefits of each strain. We’ve seen transactions move faster (in-store) with pre-packaged products. And Colorado budtenders brought in another year of record sales.”



According to the Colorado Department of Revenue’s (CDOR) latest marijuana sales, tax and fee revenue report released earlier this month, $1.9 billion of cannabis was sold from January to October of 2021 with $11.88 billion in total sales since adult-use was legalized in 2014. CDOR accounted for $392.9 million received in taxes and fees during the same period in 2021, which is allocated to health care, health edu-cation, substance abuse prevention, treatment programs and law enforcement.

Tax revenue comes collectively from the state sales tax (2.9%), the state retail marijuana sales tax (15%) on retail marijuana sold in stores and the state retail marijuana excise tax (15%) on wholesale or transfers of retail marijuana; fee revenue comes from marijuana license and application fees.

As we wind down 2021, we turned to Smokey Town again for High Country’s fourth annual top 10 rank-ings of the best strains they smoked this year — and where to shop for them in the Roaring Fork Valley.

1. SKYWALKER OG (SHIFT)

Type: Indica Hybrid

Benefits: Relaxing, pain, migraine and anxiety relief

Shop: Dalwhinnie Farms, 108 S. Mill St., Aspen, 970-429-8830, dalwhinnie.com

2. JET FUEL

Type: Sativa

Benefits: Productivity, inspiration, creativity and engaged focus

Shop: The Green Joint, 720 E. Durant Ave., Aspen, 970-925- 6468, thegreenjoint.com

3. MAC & CHEESE

Type: Sativa

Benefits: Uplifting, engaged focus, smile- and euphoria-inducing

Shop: Roots Rx, 400 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, 970-900-9333, rootsrxstores.com

4. DAY GLO OG

Type: Hybrid

Benefits: Energizing and social

Shop: Silverpeak, 520 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen, 970-925-4372, silverpeakcannabis.com

5. MAI TAI #4

Type: Indica

Benefits: Carefree mindset, stress and tension relief

Shop: Best Day Ever, 520 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen, 970-429-8637, bestdayevercannabis.com

6. CHERRY HILLS (VERITAS)

Type: Hybrid

Benefits: Relaxation and pain relief

Shop: Tumbleweed, 304 CO-133, Carbondale, 970-510-3065, tumbleweed420.com

7. SWEET SWEET

Type: Sativa Hybrid

Benefits: Energizing, happy mindset, stress and headache relief

Shop: Rocky Mountain High, 615 Buggy Circle, Carbondale, 970-963- 4669, rockymountainhigh.co

8. LUCKY CHARMS

Type: Sativa Hybrid

Benefits: Joyous mindset, social and celebratory

Shop: The Green Joint, 720 E. Durant Ave., Aspen, 970-925-6468, thegreenjoint.com

9. GOLDEN GOAT

Type: Sativa Hybrid

Benefits: Energizing and motivating

Shop: Native Roots, 308 S. Hunter St., Aspen, 970-429-4443, nativerootscannabis.com

10. STARDAWG (SHIFT)

Type: Hybrid

Benefits: Carefree mindset and lightweight for the occasional or new smoker

Shop: Dalwhinnie Farms, 108 S. Mill St., Aspen, 970-429-8830, dalwhinnie.com

Katie Shapiro can be reached at katie@katieshapiromedia.com and followed on Twitter @bykatieshapiro.

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