L'Eagle ServicesWalk 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.
380 Quivas St. Denver, CO 80223 (303) 825-0497 LeagleDenver.com
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.
More of the purple walls inside, and though there's a few closeup photos of buds on view, the focus for me was the wall underneath a row of windows, where bud test results are displayed for patients to view. Every strain has it's own clipboard with information on the THC, THC-V, CBD and other cannabinoids. While the testing is done by in-house scientists, the levels didn't look over-inflated. The highest THC content came in around 25 percent, for the Bruce Banner.My budtender was a mellow, laid-back dude who looked like he played cornerback at a Midwestern agricultural college -- and his eyes suggested that he'd recently puffed a few bowls of what L'Eagle is selling. It was my first time in, so he gave me the two-minute tour, explaining about the featured herb as well as all of the test results. The bud bar is to the left of the herb information, with a rough-cut chunk of wood that juts out from the wall serving as the bar itself. Underneath is a glass cabinet filled with jars of herb and trays of hash. My budtender said L'Eagle has about sixty strains on rotation at any given time, but the shop tries to stock up on favorites for patients to check out.
The grower, according to my budtender, doesn't even smoke cannabis. That doesn't mean he's incapable, though. In fact, he has a master's degree in horticulture and worked for the last decade or so in Texas produce. My budtender tells me he wears cowboy boots, starched jeans, a rodeo belt and a Stetson hat to work and stands out like a soar thumb compared to the rest of the bro-brah/hairy hippie-heavy industry. That is, until you see the buds the guy is organically producing."Chunky" is the best way to describe them. "Plump" would be too genteel for everything on display, from the enormous buds of crystal-coated Sour Diesel to the ripe strawberry-sized Blue God Bud flowers and tangy Super Lemon Haze. I also really dug the house skunk blend, Leagle, with its sweet sage smell out of the bag. My budtender said it's a house-cleaner, too, providing a burst of high-potency energy after the first bowl. The Mob Boss was also intriguing. Very well grown (like everything else), but with a crazy baked sweet smell not unlike cheap, off-brand gas station vanilla cookies. Still, not all of the strains were stinkers. The Sour D and the Chemdawg, for example, didn't have the nose-tickling tartness I want to smell out of the jar. Nevertheless, the presentation and size of most samples was impressive.
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.Continue for the rest of the review, including more photos.