Pricing on the herb seems fair, however. Highest-priced eighths I saw for nonmembers was $35 and members get bags at $20 an eighth and $40 a quarter according to my budtender. I walked out with a half gram and an eighth for under $50 for being a first-time patient, and my budtender threw in a few samples of other strains on hand behind the checkout counter, including a potent (but flavorless) Death Star. My overall impression was definitely confirmed: L’Eagle is a shop worth checking out.
The Bruce Banner had a cool, oak richness to the smell not unlike a lightly aged rum, and broken up, it smelled like rain-wet dirt and PineSol floor cleaner. The flavor wasn’t over-the-top potent and you’d likely miss it if your pipe is dirty — but through a clean bubbler and dry piece, it had a classically skunky cannabis flavor with hints of the same earthy, organic soil it grew in. Like everything else I brought home, it kicked like a mule in the cerebellum, which I would expect with a 24 percent THC test. For being the sativa pick of the shop, though, it wasn’t a speedy and skyrocketing strain. More of a psychedelic, mood-enhancing, care-fading puff of fresh vapor.
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Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday by appointment only. Raw marijuana price range: $30-$35/eighth-ounce, $200/ounce. Member discounts. Other types of medicine:High-grade icewater hash, minimal edibles. Online menu? Yes. Handicap-accessible? Yes.
Unless you work for Xcel or one of the handful of other industrial businesses along the railroad tracks in the area, you probably haven’t ever set foot in the corner of Denver that L’Eagle Services calls home — though you’ve driven past it thousands of times on I-25. The shop’s warehouse-front location stands out for it’s surroundings not because of the industrially artistic orange corrugated tin siding, but due to the immaculate flower garden out front. First thought: The petunias and sage look good enough to smoke.
After I had made my pot picks, one of the owners came out to chat and talk up the L’Eagle hash. He was pretty cocky about it, bragging that it’s the best in Colorado, California and Oregon combined. I wouldn’t go that far, but it was some supremely well-done icewater extraction.
The owner said staffers dry the icewater-extracted hash for twelve weeks and cure for another month or so before it hits the shelves. I don’t know if I fully buy that, but whatever they are doing, they are doing right. This is full-melt, clear-dome icewater hash the way it should be. He also pointed out that it’s the same quality as other “solventless” products without the pilled-up chunks achieved through micro-planing or pushing hash through a colander. I thought it resembled a wedge of cheese-like BHO, but without the chemically wax smell. It burned amazingly in a bowl, forming large bubbles of oil and hash as it cooked down, and also melted well on a hot titanium nail, making it the first dab-able hash I’ve found at dispensaries in months. The $50 price tag, on the other hand, wasn’t the best value I’ve seen. Dropping the top tier down to $40 a gram and lower-level hash to $30 a gram would be more reasonable, especially considering the long, drawn-out process.
Walk inside and up a small flight of stairs and you’re at the waiting room/check-in area. Purple paint on the walls and high ceilings give a dark, royal feel to the room. My budtender appeared behind the glass after I buzzed myself in. He took my ID and red card and ran off with it for a minute while I sat on the black leather couch and read through a few pot ads in a Rooster magazine before the guy let me through the security door to the dispensary itself.
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Unless you work for Xcel or one of the handful of other industrial businesses along the railroad tracks in the area, you probably haven't ever set foot in the corner of Denver that L'Eagle Services calls home — though you've driven past it thousands of times on I-25. The shop's…