Rosin is a tasty treat that many dabbing fanatics love to keep around. For those who may be unfamiliar, rosin is a concentrate that can be made from heat pressed flower, bubble hash, or kief. This is sought after for its rich terpene count and, due to it being made from a heat extraction rather than introducing chemicals and then removing them, it is the cleanest form of concentrate you can smoke. But there is a debate among many dabbers, should you, or should you not whip your rosin?
To whip rosin, simply mix it to add air into the mixture. Many dabbers and extractionists alike enjoy to whip their rosin because it makes a more stable, budder-like consistency that is easier to work with. Above is a before and after of some Grape Mountain from Premier that I whipped up. This turned the consistency from a shatter-like (when cold) or sappy (when warm) to a budder-like consistency that is very light in color and easy to work with.
Other dabbers are not for whipping. The reason being is that when you whip rosin, you are exposing the rosin to air which degrades more of the volatile terpenes. This changes the flavor profile and when you lose terpenes, you typically lose some of the overall effect.
I had to try Grape Mountain from Premier before and after whipping it to see for myself the difference. Pre-whip, Grape Mountain tasted very sweet and had somewhat of a grape, piney, and earthy flavor on the exhale. After whipping the smell from the rosin was stronger, but that could have been because I had just released a bunch of terpenes. The taste changed to a more earthy and piney flavor on the inhale with a little bit of candy sweetness while the exhale was a smooth combination of all three flavors but the grape hints disappeared.
I enjoyed the Grape Mountain more after whipping it, the flavor profile was more suited to my taste. As for weather or not you should whip your rosin, that all depends on the strain and a matter of personal preference. Some extractors whip their rosin because if they can not guarantee their product to be shipped cold, the consistency can change in the process. So whipping the rosin before shipping it makes the consistency stable. This way when growers post pictures on instagram, the buyer is not disappointed when their product does not look the same. Some people may prefer to not whip their rosin because it preserves the full experience better. Some even may go back and forth depending on the strain, experiment and find out for yourself!