I’ve wanted to review the rosin from NuEra since it came out this summer, and this week when I stopped by NuEra Urbana, I finally got my hands on 1g of Meltdown Rosin. NuEra’s rosin is a solventless concentrate extracted from the flower with heat and pressure and does not use ethanol, butane, or other chemicals.
Out of the three strains of rosin on the menu, I prefer Meltdown to Mr. Clean and Blue Dream. Meltdown, a cross between Orange Valley OG and The Cube, is a strain I’ve enjoyed in the past. This batch of Meltdown rosin tested at THC 78.11% and CBD 0.48%.
What I’m learning is that my body reacts really well to the medical benefits of strains with high levels of terpinolene. Terpinolene, which plays a strong role in aroma and taste, is often a secondary terpene. The terpinolene in this Meltdown Rosin was the leading terpene at 2.56%. After the 1.42% beta-mycrene, the terpinolene had higher levels than the next four terpenes combined: limonene at 0.71%, alpha-pinene at 0.58%, beta-pinene at 0.37%, and beta-caryophyllene at 0.33%.
Unlike pinene and limonene that deliver a distinct pine and lemon aroma and flavor, terpinolene’s aroma and flavor varies. Terpinolene occurs naturally in rosemary, nutmeg, cumin, sage, lilac, conifer trees, apple trees, and more. But there is a distinct smell and taste I’ve recognized in some of my other favorite strains with high levels of terpinolene, including Ghost Train Haze, Jack Herer, Super Lemon Haze, and Orange Cookies.
The Meltdown Rosin kept most of the dynamic aroma and flavor of Meltdown flower. When I opened the bag, the rosin’s aroma was more pungent than expected. The aroma hit with the lemon, pine, and sweet menthol I expected from the flower. The inhale tasted the same but also added floral, citrus, and sweet herbal notes. The exhale delivered all the musk, herbal, and clove taste (from the mycrene and caryophyllene) that was missing from the rosin’s aroma and inhale. The aftertaste stuck with a dynamic mix of all the flavors. Overall, the smoke was smoother and not as harsh as other concentrates.
I’ve hand pressed my own rosin and found the rosin to be hard and extra sticky, but the consistency of the Meltdown Rosin was softer than expected and easy to handle. I dabbed with my glass rig, comet eRig, dab pen, and on top a bong bowl. The rosin burned well in all cases but did muck up my nails a bit.
Though listed as indica, I considered Meltdown to have hybrid effects. The terpinolene, myrcene, caryophyllene, and 0.48% CBD delivered a strong body buzz, but the limonene, pinene, and lineage of Orange Valley OG and Agent Orange also gave Meltdown a cerebral clearness to the head high. The more I medicated the stronger the buzz rushed through my body in waves. Eventually, the clearness of the head high faded, and the body buzz dragged everything else with it into a good night of sleep.
Overall, I was hoping for a solventless concentrate for healthier smoke, a strain with strong medical benefits, and new extract I could incorporate into my medical needs. I found all three. I would love to sample several other strains of rosin, including a high-energy sativa (more than Mr. Clean) and other fruity strains. In the future, I’m hoping for more rosin strain variety and for other Illinois cultivators to incorporate rosin into their extract lineups.
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