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The King Brand NEW Apple Shisha Review

[Brand] - [Flavor]: The King Shisha Apple Amount Purchased: Quarter pound (about 112g) How is it Packaged: In a very strong, resealable, branded black bag First Impression Smell: Real Granny Smith apple Shisha Feel: Wet and juicy, Might have some issues using a Minzari Crown Bowl: Both the Minzari Crown and a Funnel for testing purposes Foil: 2 layers of regular foil when using the funnel bowl Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir Hose: Mystique Ice Hose without the Ice Tips Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall when using the funnel bowl Type of Coals and Amount: 2 Ecocha coals Clouds: Dragon clouds Buzz: None Flavor: The best apple flavor and smell I’ve ever tried Overall Impression: you know, I start writing a blog post but then I get distracted by another good flavor from The King Brand and I loose track. Not to say that I have A.D.D. but, oh look something shiny.  This should be short and sweet; a rating of 10 all around. Good night folks and have a great week.  What? You want to know everything about it? well aren’t you a needy bunch!.  ok well here’s the review. If you need to know how good of an apple flavor it is, then go to your local grocery store and buy a green, Granny Smith apple and enjoy it because that’s the smell and flavor you will get when you load a bowl of The King Shisha apple flavor.  What? that’s not a review? well damn!. So in all seriousness, go eat a Granny Smith apple and you will know what you will get when you smoke The King Shisha apple flavor. The look and feel of the shisha is the same as all their other flavors, slivers of sugar cane and REAL fruit chunks. Now I’m not an expert but I think that having actual fruit in the shisha helps the flavor of the smoking session.  The shisha is wet enough that I can use my Minzari Crown without any issues, but only I don’t mix the shisha around with a spoon. When I mix it well from the bottom of the bag, the juices are a bit much to handle and it drips on the coals. So just like their pineapple flavor, this shisha is better smoked using a funnel bowl.  So a numeric value would be a perfect 10! This shisha lasts a very long time so as soon as I’m out I will make sure to order more, because honestly I think everybody should have this brand in their rotation.  If you want to get a taste of The King Shisha for your own reviews, you can email them at [email protected] and you can also visit them at wwwTheKingBrand.com 

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The King Shisha Watermelon Review

[Brand] - [Flavor]: The King Shisha Watermelon Amount Purchased: Quarter pound (about 112g) How is it Packaged: In a very strong, resealable, branded black bag First Impression Smell: Watermelon bubble gum Shisha Feel: Very wet and juicy, but not too wet that you can’t use the Minzari Crown with it Bowl: Minzari crown AND a funnel for testing Foil: 2 layers of regular foil Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir Hose: Namoor Washable Wind Cover: Social Smoke Tall Type of Coals and Amount: 2 Ecocha coals Clouds: Dragon clouds Buzz: None Flavor: Amazing watermelon flavor, but not too strong. The first few drags is like biting into a watermelon before it mellows out a bit.  Overall Impression: I am now 5 deep into testing the new flavors of The King Brand 2.0* and I have to get serious for a moment. Some might know that I’m a big fan of watermelon no matter what brand I get it from. Sure everybody’s watermelon flavor is very different from one another, but I look at it as a flavor that you just can’t get wrong. To me watermelon is a “safe” flavor, do you know what I mean? Is one of those flavors that you always keep around because when done right is just perfect - this is such a flavor.  Even before I opened the package I told myself that I would be fair, rigorous, and unbiased when tasting this flavor. I was definitely ready to put this one through it’s paces only because I love watermelon so damn much. This flavor was smoked numerous times, using different bowls (Sorry Minzari had to cheat on you for the sake of the review) and with different mixes, and all the trials were successful. With the Minzari I had no trouble using 3 coals, but with the funnel only two pieces and a wind cover treated me lovely. The sacrilege was mixing this flavor with another brand and it was still an amazing results. Yes I will be mixing this one more often with… that other brand because they complimented each other very well.  When you first open the package you a very distinctive watermelon bubble gum smell. There’s no guessing it, the smell is watermelon bubblegum. Such a nice smell but no worries, this was not candy.  The cut of The King Brand Shisha is just like all other flavors I’ve tried so far. nice medium cut that looks like… like wood chips really. It’s wet enough that you will enjoy hours and hours of flavor, but not so wet that you can’t use the Minzari Crown with it. If you were to use a regular Egyptian bowl the juices won’t run down the stem like with other brands.  As with the other The King Shisha flavors, please mind your heat when dealing with this flavor. Although this one is a bit more resilient, you still need only two coals and using three is really pushing it past the burning point.
I was able to enjoy three rounds of coals in my sessions with this flavor. By the fourth round it just didn’t have the same flavor, but that’s a very long time.  The smoke is amazing! You get super dragon clouds as you should with any great brand. They are puffy white clouds which I like.  The flavor is a mild watermelon compared to others but it’s a very distinct real watermelon. When you take your first drag you immediately get hit with that awesome watermelon flavor. Not like processed watermelon, but the REAL fruit. As I took some more puffs I realized that this flavor would be GREAT with Mint. So I did that, I mixed it with The King Shisha Mint and it was really a great soothing combination of flavors.  So if I was forced to give it a numerical rate, what would I rate it?  well, this is just my opinion because for my taste and smoking style, I really couldn’t find anything wrong with this flavor. Trust me I was looking, and I tried really hard but couldn’t find anything wrong. I even smoked it once with my non hookah smoking girlfriend in the room and she loved the smell.  There’s no fuss during the session. You set your coals and forget them. Just smoke and relax and let the flavor take you away.  So numerically I give it a 10. I’m sorry but if you can find something wrong with this flavor I dare you to do your own review and be unbiased. This is saying a lot from me given that their Pineapple is so far my favorite flavor and it only got an 8 rating.  So there you have it, a rigorous and unbiased review.  If you want to get a taste of The King Shisha for your own reviews, you can email them at [email protected] and you can also visit them at wwwTheKingBrand.com      *disclaimer: The King Shisha does NOT use the monicker “2.0”. This is just something I like to call it because I’ve had both iterations of their flavors, and to me calling it 2.0 indicates a drastic improvement. 

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The King Shisha Pineapple Review

[Brand] - [Flavor]: The King Shisha Pineapple Amount Purchased: Quarter pound (about 112g) How is it Packaged: In a very strong, resealable, branded black bag First Impression Smell: Pineapple candy, stronger than gummy bear Shisha Feel: Very wet and juicy. Wetter than most of the new line Bowl: Minzari crown at first but it’s very juicy so I switched to the funnel Foil: 2 layers of regular foil Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir Hose: Mystique Ice Hose Wind Cover: none needed. This pineapple shisha is very heat sensitive Type of Coals and Amount: 2 Ecocha coals Clouds: Dragon clouds Buzz: None Flavor: Amazing Pineapple fruit but not candied like gummy bear   Overall Impression: So now we are two for two in my newfound love of The King Shisha.  This time I’m trying their pineapple flavor and I can tell you right off the bat that this is the best pineapple flavor I’ve ever tried.  To say that even my non-smoking girlfriend enjoyed the smell of this shisha is an understatement of how fruity and delicious it is. My girlfriend doesn’t like ANY of the flavors I smoke so I usually I have to wait till she goes to bed to enjoy a smoke because all the tobaccos trigger her allergies. This one was fine for her and she even hung out in the living room without any issues. Yeah, The King Shisha 2.0* is THAT good. Now I have a flavor that I can smoke anytime I want without bothering her sinuses. This holds true to all the new flavors I’ve tried so far.  When you first open it it smells very much like candy apple, but once you smoke it you’ll be able to tell that it’s real sweet pineapple flavor.  Now this flavor for some reason is NOT quite the same as the others I’ve tried in the 2.0* series. This one is much, much juicier than the rest but not overwhelmingly so. Yet is juicy enough that you can not use the Minzari Crown with it unless you dry the juice away with paper towels. Well hell, I didn’t want to do that, so I just put the shisha in there with 3 coconut coals (you only need two), and puffing away I went. Well it didn’t take very long for the juices to start dropping onto the coals and having my girlfriend run into the office thinking I was setting the house on fire because there was so much smoke seeping through all the rooms. What did she catch me doing? opening the office window and fanning the smoke away like a madman. So I took the coals off, grabbed the Minzari Crown with a towel and transferred the shisha to my funnel and session saved.  So, to reiterate my last blog post, you only need TWO coals, specially on the pineapple flavor, and with this one it would be best to use either a funnel or vortex type bowl. No wind cover is needed until the last 20 minutes or so, otherwise you will have a burnt session.  So this particular flavor is a bit more finicky than the others. you will definitely have a smokey, burnt session if you are not careful. However once you learn what you like this one will treat you very well with pineapple flavors all the way to 3 or 4 rounds of coals. TWO COALS PER SESSION! NO MORE!.  so if I have to rate it I guess I would give it an 8 only because this one is a bit more finicky than the others and people might get pissed off if they treat it like their regular heat resilient tobaccos. If it wasn’t for that, it would get a solid 10 just because of the flavor alone.  This one is definitely going in my rotation. As soon as I’m done with the rest of the flavors and reviews I’m putting an order for a very large tub of their pineapple.  If you want to get a taste of The King Shisha for your own reviews, you can email them at [email protected] and you can also visit them at wwwTheKingBrand.com      *disclaimer: The King Shisha does NOT use the monicker “2.0”. This is just something I like to call it because I’ve had both iterations of their flavors, and to me calling it 2.0 indicates a drastic improvement. 

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The King Shisha Strawberry Review

[Brand] - [Flavor]: The King Shisha Strawberry Amount Purchased: Quarter pound (about 112g) How is it Packaged: In a very strong, resealable, branded black bag First Impression Smell: Strawberry fruit Shisha Feel: Wet, juicy but not swimming in molasses Bowl: Minzari crown Foil: None Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir Hose: Mystique Ice Hose Wind Cover: None Type of Coals and Amount: 3 Ecoal coconut coals Clouds: Dragon clouds Buzz: None Flavor: Non-cloying strawberry    Overall Impression: WOW!!!!! Complete 180 change since I first tried them back in January. Two thumbs up from me. I’m done. End of review.  No seriously I’m super impressed with the hard work the guys at The King Brand have done with their recipe. I’m calling it The King Shisha 2.0 and let me just tell you the difference is something to truly admire.  Right off the bat the first thing I noticed when I opened the package is how sweet and potent the strawberry smell was. It was as if I was holding in my hands a fresh pack of strawberries that had just been chopped up. I got super excited.    The dark molasses lake is gone!!! Gone I tell you!. No longer is the shisha swimming in juices which helps the flavor tremendously. This new package I actually had to use a spoon to mix the juices and the shisha. A very refreshing and familiar way to treat your shisha for the initiated and the veteran alike.    The bag the shisha is packaged is super strong with a very strong resealable ziplock that you can feel when the bag is properly sealed.  The first time around I didn’t mix the shisha for the specific purpose that I wanted to be able to use my Minzari crown without having to dry off the juices.  I was able to use 4 rounds of coals and not once did I loose the strawberry flavor. It held on till I was tired of smoking and I was done for the night. If you could have seen my face of happiness… but I digress.    One thing I’ve found out about this brand and I’m not taking any points off for this, is that is very heat sensitive. I learned this the hard way but that’s a review for the next flavor. This is normal from brand to brand, they all react differently to the amount of heat used. With Nakhla and Haze you can set a bonfire on the bowl and it will still smoke like a champ. Social Smoke and other tobaccos only work properly with the coals working remotely from another room. The King Brand falls in the latter category, a little heat will treat you very well.   Two coconut coals will serve you very well, and three will get you a burnt session. When I used 3 coals the first round the taste wasn’t as expected but more plastic-y than anything. Once I realize I was burning the shisha, I took off the coals, let it cool a bit and only used two. PERFECT!. The strawberry taste was there for the next round, and the next, and the next… well you get the idea.    So remember kids, 2 coals and no more.   The only exception to this rule is if you are using a heat management system like the Minzari Crown or the kaloud, then you can very judiciously use 3 coals as you have to take into account heating up the metal of the heat management system. For some reason Pineapple and peach handle heat different and are more heat resilient, but that’s an observation for another review.    Also be patient, it takes a while for this shisha to heat up, but you will be rewarded with great flavor and even greater clouds once you let it heat up.    While we are at it. The shisha is not a choppy cut like modern tobacco, but remember that’s because is not tobacco. This brand is made entirely of fruit ( sugar cane and real fruit chunks) so I wouldn’t expect the shisha not to have the equivalent of a tobacco stem in there. Every now and then you will find an extra long sliver of sugar cane, but nothing to throw a fit about. When I found one that didnt’ fit the bowl I just took it out and continued packing my bowl.    So to The King Shisha 2.0 as I like to call it, I’m giving it a very happy and willingly 9 out of 10 for… well for everything. The juiciness, the flavor, oh that great flavor, for the duration, for the well thought-out packaging, and for the tremendous change the company and the team have done to play a detrimental part in the perfect hookah session.    Why not a rating of 10? well, if I did that then I would just be playing favorites now wouldn’t I?    If you want to get a taste of The King Shisha you can email them at [email protected] to do your own review on The King Brand’s products.    Stay tuned for my reviews on their pineapple watermelon, and peach flavors. I promise you they are going to be as positive as this one. 

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Jewels Strawberry Shisha Review

[brand] - [Flavor]: Jewels Strawberry   Amount Purchased: 50g   How is it Packaged: In a box with a resealable plastic container with the tobacco on one side and 5 free hose tips on the other   First Impression Smell: Very light something NOT strawberry   Shisha Feel: Very sticky as opposed to very juicy   Bowl: Social Smoke Funnel   Foil: Social Smoke heavy duty   Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir   Hose: Social Smoke Pro Lounge Washable   Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover   Type of Coals and Amount: 3 starlight coconut coals   Clouds: Dragon clouds   Buzz: None to light   Flavor: Nasty Strawberry   Overall Impression: Jewels is a very hit or miss flavor and this strawberry is a definitely miss. I’m a fan of the brand and I mostly love their other flavors especially the citrus-y ones, but this one ended up in the trash after just one bowl.

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Jewels Orange Shisha Review

[brand] - [Flavor]: Jewels Orange   Amount Purchased: 50g   How is it Packaged: In a box with a resealable plastic container with the tobacco on one side and 5 free hose tips on the other   First Impression Smell: Very light peach candy   Shisha Feel: Very sticky as opposed to very juicy   Bowl: Social Smoke Funnel   Foil: Social Smoke heavy duty   Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir   Hose: Deezer washable   Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover   Type of Coals and Amount: 3 starlight coconut coals   Clouds: Dragon clouds   Buzz: None to light   Flavor: Very accurate orange flavor   Overall Impression: The smell before you open the bag is actually very nice and citrus-y. However as with all jewels tobacco, the smell is not as pleasant once the bag is open, but smoking it is another story altogether. It’s an orange flavor, I haven’t had many orange flavor shisha to compare it to, and the ones I’ve had I hated, but this one is good. Really good. it also mixes well with other flavors. If you can get past the actual smell of the tobacco, I think you will enjoy this flavor.

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Mazaya - Orange with Cream Review

Mazaya - Orange with Cream

Amount Purchased: 250g

How Packaged: Mazaya comes in a box, which contains a round cardboard container. In which there is a resealable bag, that has another bag inside of it similar to Nakhla. Too much packaging honestly but the resealable bag is a huge plus.

First Impression Smell: Wow! This smells amazing. The perfect mix of orange and cream. Similar to the Fumari Orange Cream.

Shisha Feel: Very, very moist. My fingers were down right soaked after packing this bowl. Cut evenly and with little to no stems was great.

Hookah: Khalil Mamoon 1001 Nights Ice Double

Bowl: Generic phunnel

Foil: Reynold's Heavy Duty

Wind Cover: Yes, used to regulate heat.

Type of Coals and Amount: Starlight Natural Coconut, 2 coals.

Clouds: The wetness of the shisha lets it smoke amazingly with thick billowing clouds.

Buzz: The buzz is almost non-existent in my opinion. It contains only 0.05% Nicotine compared to Nakhla that has 0.5%

Flavor: This is spot on to what it is trying to be. The orange is subtle and allows the cream to make a smooth relaxing flavor. Every hit until the last round of coals was fully flavored.

Longevity: Holy cow! This shisha can last for quite a while. In my phunnel bowl it was easily able to go through 3 rounds of coals without losing flavor or volume of smoke.

Overall Impression: 20/20 I believe this is one of the first flavors I have had that can get a perfect score. Everything about it was amazing. The flavor and smell were accurate with impressive clouds.

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Kaloud Lotus and Kaloud Samsaris Review

Hookah Ninjas are back with another review of a quickly growing accessory - the Kaloud Lotus (Heat Management System), and the Kaloud Samsaris (Silicone shisha bowl). Overview: I purchased the Lotus heat management system because I wanted something that I could use to maximize my hookah sessions, and that's exactly what this does! I get an average of 1-1/2 to 2 hours per session using only 2 Coco Nara coals (occasionally I'll add 1 more coal to increase the heat after an hour). The Samsaris bowl is a perfect compliment to the Lotus - I would even recommend the bowl over most traditional clay bowls. It fits perfectly into my need in trying to maximize my sessions. It holds 15-20 grams, and the flavor holds for 2+ hours! The Good: Heat Management - I've used this 12-15 times now, and I've never had issues with harshness. This makes heat so very easy to manage - just simply give the top a 1/4 turn to open the chambers to cool, and 1/4 turn to close the chambers for more heat! It is ideal for inside or outside smoking. The Lotus acts like a built-in wind cover!
Taste - Since the coals are not sitting directly on top of the shisha (with only a thin layer of punctured foil separating ash from tobacco) you never get the ash taste, nor do you get the burning shihsa taste from heating up the top layer of the tobacco too quickly.
Handling - The Lotus has a very convenient rubber cover on the handle that is used to manage the heat. Since the bowl is made from silicone, it is always cool to the touch! This makes it much easier to handle the bowl post-session for take-down.
Aesthetics - Looks amazing! I have many different types of bowls, some exotic, some traditional, and this one by far gets the most compliments. It has a simple, yet futuristic look to it that really compliments any type off hookah size or style!
Functionality - I'm anal about my hookah gear purchases, so naturally I read a TON of reviews on this guy before purchasing. I was skeptical when reading that no grommets are required for the bowl to secure, so I was delightfully surprised when I tried it for the first time and it is a perfect fit! I tried it on my 16" hand-made chrome Egyptian hookah, my 20" Caravan, my 22" KM mini-beast, my 36" KM Blue Pear, and in every case - it fit perfectly and air tight. Very impressed.
Another major win is that I've tried a few different brands of coals to see if they would all fit in the chamber with the top on - and once again in every case, there were no issues. I've used Coco Nara coals, Fumari coals, Lavoo XL coals, and more! The only style coals I would forsee issues with is larger circular coals like Starbuzz Premium Instant Light coals.
Finally - it is important to note that this bowl/device is shisha-universal. I've had some bowls and setups where certain shisha brands did not work so well. This one can run them all perfectly from the wettest of wet to the finest of cuts. I've personally Tried Fumari, Al Fakher, Starbuzz, Fantasia, Haze, Social Smoke, and Tangiers with zero issues.

The Bad:
Clean-up - I wouldn't say this is necessarily a bad thing, just that it isn't good. The Lotus sits pretty low on the Samsaris bowl, and this can cause it to touch the tobacco (depending on how you've packed it). After a full session, the tobacco can essentially melt onto the bottom of the Lotus. I've tried a lot of different things to clean up some of these spots, and it is very difficult. The spots do not harm the functionality of the setup, they just aren't pretty to look at (since it's on the bottom, you can't see it while smoking anyway). The Samsaris has a lot of negative reviews on its cleanup, although I have not found it to be so difficult to clean. When compared to a traditional clay bowl, it's a little more involved - but it really isn't terrible. The trick is to use a cloth or paper towel to wipe out all of your shisha before rinsing.
Price - Not cheap. I've seen the Lotus priced anywhere from $35-$45, and the Samsaris $35-$45 as well. The best deal I could find was at signaturehookah.com. I purchased both as a combo for $59.99. Even at its best price, it is still much, much more expensive than most typical bowls.
Overall: Awesome. Easily one of the most important hookah accessories that I own. With how many coals, and how much shisha I'm saving per session with this, it will more than pay for itself after a year of use when compared to a larger egyptian-style clay bowl. This device is easy to use, but complex enough for the most experienced smokers. I've been smoking hookah regularly for more than 10 years, and I am amazed at how much better everything tastes, and how much longer everything lasts. " 10 out of 10, a must-own for any Hookah smoker regardless of experience level" - Hookah Ninjas

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Hookah Cases

I'm not sure if you're like me, but I like to bring my hookah everywhere - friends' houses, parties, church... "ok, maybe not church." I have always been searching for the perfect bag with all of them falling short of the things I need/want from a carrying case: - Durability (I had a Fumari bag that lasted less than 1 month)
- Lots of storage space (I have a lot of crap, and I want it all in 1 place)
- A way to secure my hookah in place (I have a lot invested in my hookah and the last thing I want is to hear it flopping around in a case potentially getting damaged)
- Different ways to carry (shoulder straps, handles)
After many failed attempts at cases/bags that were sold specifically for hookahs (I've tried soft cases, hard cases, branded cases and bags), I decided to take matters into my own hands and search for something outside of the box... That's when I came across the most brilliant idea in Hookah case history! A guitar case! I know this sounds a little crazy at first, but hear me out. Guitarists need to transport a fragile/valuable piece of equipment that is long/awkwardly shaped, and they need a lot of storage for extra parts and pieces - sounds familiar, right? I bought a full-sized soft guitar case for my 34" KM and it worked so well that I decided to get another for my 22" KM Mini Beast (I bought a ukulele bag for my mini)! Here's how the guitar bag stacks up with my wants/needs: Durability: The case I chose has the thick zippers that you'd see standard on most heavy-duty gym bags. All of the straps are well-secured with thick clips and double/triple stitching. This sucker is made for the long-haul. Storage Space: I cannot describe to you how perfectly this has worked. The shape of the bag is impeccable. The interior of the case is well-padded, and there are TONS of pockets to store some of or even all of my gear. I even store up to 3 hoses inside! Securing Hookah: Wider near the bottom, narrower near the top, and it even has an internal Velcro strap that secures the stem right near the center. I leave my hookah fully-assembled (even with the bowl in tact) and it is a nice, snug fit so it doesn't move around. Carrying: The large case that I chose has 3 methods to carry. Briefcase handle (A handle to carry the bag briefcase style the long way)
Should strap (Similar to a gym bag strap)
Backpack Straps (Ergonomic and very comfortable for longer distances)
Overall Rating 10 out of 10 Here are links to the 2 that I bought: This is the one for my large hookah (pictured below) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/skb-gig-bag-for-most-electric-guitars-black/9901505.p?id=1218191877087&skuId=9901505 This is the ukulele bag for my 22" http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lanikai-hss613-tenor-ukulele-gig-bag/1306807256.p?id=mp1306807256&skuId=1306807256 Follow us on Twitter @HookahNinjas Check out the photo! I hope you enjoyed my blog!

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Fumari Orange Cream Review

Fumari: Orange Cream Amount Purchased: 100g How Packaged: Shisha is packed is a small(ish) bag, the bag is resealable. High quality bag. I really like this packaging First Impression Smell: This is an interesting one, it starts off with a light to medium orange scent that easily transitions to a cream scent. Very reminiscent of a orange cream popsicle. Shisha Feel: Very moist, feels a bit chunky. The cut is small with very little to no stems. Hookah: Khalil Mamoon 1001 Nights Ice Double Bowl: Generic phunnel Foil: Reynold's Heavy Duty Wind Cover: Yes, used to regulate heat. Type of Coals and Amount: Starlight Natural Coconut, 2 coals. Clouds: Great clouds, they are not filling the room but they are not light. They are not as big as I expected for such a juicy shisha but good nonetheless. After 30 minutes the clouds got much better. Buzz: I feel a very light buzz. It should be noted that I am used to higher nicotine content shisha, so that may change how I feel. Flavor: The flavor is on point, there is no undernote or second note. You can immediately taste the orange cream flavor, neither over powers the other. Longevity: First round of coals lasted for an hour, currently on a second round. Depending on how juicy this is it may last for a third round. Overall Impression: 19/20 This was a great flavor, the smell and taste were very accurate with great longevity. I highly recommend this flavor. If it was cheaper, it would be a go to flavor.

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Jewels Peach Shisha Review

[brand] - [Flavor]: Jewels Peach Amount Purchased: 50g How is it Packaged: In a box with a resealable plastic container with the tobacco on one side and 5 free hose tips on the other First Impression Smell: Very light peach candy Shisha Feel: Very sticky as opposed to very juicy Bowl: Social Smoke Funnel Foil: Social Smoke heavy duty Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir Hose: Deezer washable hose Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover Type of Coals and Amount: 3 starlight coconut coals Clouds: Dragon clouds Buzz: None to light Flavor: Very sweet peach candy Overall Impression: GO GET IT!! GO GET IT!! GO GET IT!! No seriously go get it. Jewels is one of those brands that can be hit or miss when it comes to flavors and in my eyes they have a winner here. Now let's be upfront about the flavor. You don't get a taste of peach fruit, you get a candy flavor like a piece of jolly rancher candy that you can tell is peach. If you are a big fan of the sweet flavors from Fumari and Social Smoke like I am, then you will definitely love this peach.

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Jewels Strawberry Daiquiri Shisha Review

[brand] - [Flavor]: Kasbah Jewels Strawberry Daiquiri Amount Purchased: 50g How is it Packaged: Large tin can with free mouth tips First Impression Smell: awful, very artificial Shisha Feel: Very sticky as if it was made with very heavy un-liquified molasses Bowl: Social Smoke Funnel Foil: Sahara Vortex Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover Type of Coals and Amount: 3 starlights Clouds: decent Buzz: None Flavor: very mild strawberry. More chemical/artificial thank fruity Overall Impression: Let’s just start with saying that I really enjoy their Margarita flavored tobacco; It’s really flavorful and it’s one that will always be in my rotation. I wish I could say the same for their Strawberry Daiquiri flavor. The strawberry is very faint and only in the exhale, and the dominant flavor is an artificial platic-y flavor. It’s not sweet, it’s not bitter, and it’s not sour. It’s not a tobacco flavor either, it’s just smoke with a very light hint of strawberry. I had high hopes for this flavor unfortunately it didn’t deliver. I’ve smoked it only once, and it’s just sitting in my shisha cupboard all the way in the back where Starbuzz used to sit before I tossed it in the garbage.

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Nile Tropicana Shisha Review

[brand] - [Flavor]: Nile Tropicana Amount Purchased: 50g How is it Packaged: wrapped in cellophane like Naklah and in a cardboard box First Impression Smell: Very chemical, very artificial and not at all like any fruits of any kind. Honestly it smelled a bit like piss when you unwrap the cellophane. Shisha Feel: Wet but very sticky rather than juicy Bowl: Social Smoke Vortex Foil: Social Smoke Heavy Duty Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir Hose: Social Smoke Pro Lounge Washable Hose Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover Type of Coals and Amount: 2 Starlights Clouds: A little Weak Buzz: None Flavor: Very artificial and chemical with no taste of any fruits at all. Overall Impression: I picked this one up at the same time that I picked up the Nile Peach and Voodoo flavors. I thought that if it was at least like the peach flavor that it was going to be bearable. That was wishful thinking. The flavor is like smoking plastic or something very artificial. It was not enjoyable and it’s just sitting there in the back of my cupboard waiting to be handed down the sentence that will ship it out to the federal dump. Their peach flavor is bearable, but this one is not. If I have to rate it from 1 to 10 I’ll probably give it a 1.

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Nile Peach Shisha Review

[brand] - [Flavor]: Nile Peach Amount Purchased: 50g How is it Packaged: wrapped in cellophane like Naklah, inside a foil like bag and in a cardboard box First Impression Smell: Very chemical and not at all like peach Shisha Feel: Wet but very sticky rather than juicy Bowl: Social Smoke Vortex Foil: Social Smoke Heavy Duty Hookah: Social Smoke Izmir Hose: Deezer washable Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover Type of Coals and Amount: 2 Starlights Clouds: A little Weak Buzz: None Flavor: Very artificial and chemical with the peach being faint in the exhale Overall Impression: This is another of those hookah tobacco I found during my vacation and was excited to try since I’ve never had it before. Everything about this one was a new experience for me in every aspect of the session. The tobacco has a very large cut unlike more modern tobacco like starbuzz which is very choppy. The feel in the hands is also very weird. It’s wet but more sticky than juicy. The smell and taste is very fake, plastic-y and chemical. There was a faint peach flavor, but only on the exhale. It’s a heat resilient tobacco with somewhat weak clouds. Once the heat got going the flavor was a bit better, but not great. Would I recommend this? Only if there was nothing else to smoke at the moment and this was holding you over until you get your order of the stuff you really like. On a scale of 1 to 10 I’ll give it a 4. I take points away for smell, taste and stickiness. Give it points for heat resiliency, and faint peach flavor in the exhale.

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Jewels Margarita Shisha Review

[brand] - [Flavor]: Kasbah Jewels Margarita Amount Purchased: 50g How is it Packaged: Large tin can with free mouth tips First Impression Smell: awful, like damp butt Shisha Feel: Wet like a modern tobacco but more sticky than juicy Bowl: Social Smoke Funnel Foil: Social Smoke heavy duty Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover Type of Coals and Amount: 3 starlights Clouds: decent Buzz: mild to none Flavor: tasted like a real Margarita drink that you get at the bar Overall Impression: I didn’t know what to make of this brand given that I had never heard of it and didn’t know anybody that had it before. My vacation to Myrtle Beach was definitely an adventure because the only hookah tobacco I found was not even remotely close to popular with the exception of Al Fakher. I’m an adventurous soul so I’ll try anything at least once. 
 I was fooled by the size of the tin can because it looked like a 250G tin but in reality it was a 50g re-sealable single bag and about 5 free mouth tips for your hose. Nice touch Jewels. 
 Now the smell in the can was, honestly, awful. My first thought was: “oh my god I’m going to have to throw this out”. after preparing the bowl with coals it wasn’t getting any better. The smell radiating from the warming bowl was just not pleasant at all. It wasn’t a chemical smell, nor a fruity smell, it was just a… a stench, a bad stench that permeated through the apartment even the next morning when my girlfriend woke up and asked me what the hell was I smoking the night before. I braced myself and inhaled the first pull and everything changed. The flavor is amazing!. it just really tastes like a margarita drink that you get at the bar. There was definitely a hint of sweetness citrus to the pull from lemons or lime, but not overwhelming. Not only that but the flavor lasted through a second round of coals. 

The clouds are very decent but not something you would get from smoking some of the more modern tobaccos where you would get dragon clouds. 
 Now this particular flavor is very heat sensitive, so you will have to finagle with your wind cover and coals in order not to burn it. If you manage that, then the flavor will definitely treat you very well. If I had to rate this brand on a 10 point scale, I will give it a solid 7. I’m taking one point away from the awful smell in the bag, one point for the awful smell while is burning in the bowl, and one for the not so huge clouds. It gets double points for taste, affordability, and ingenious packaging with the free mouth tips. I recommend it for the taste, but not for the smell.

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Voodoo Sinful Strawberry

[brand] - [Flavor]: Voodoo Sinful Strawberry Amount Purchased: 50g How is it Packaged: Tin can and a single, thin plastic bag. First Impression Smell: Perfect strawberry smell. Not candied and not artificial. Shisha Feel: Look and feel of social smoke or Starbuzz tobacco, but very juicy like fumari or more so. Bowl: Sahara Vortex Foil: Social Smoke Heavy Duty Wind Cover: Social Smoke tall wind cover Type of Coals and Amount: 3 Starlights extra large Clouds: HUGE, I call them "The Dragon" Buzz: None Flavor: Strawberry with nothing else added to it. Overall Impression: I couldn't smoke this one the night that I purchased it as I was traveling through North Carolina on my way to Myrtle Beach. I couldn't smoke the night that I arrived so I spent 2 days smelling the tin until I was able to smoke. When I opened the tin I noticed the very strong strawberry smell that came out of the bag. My thoughts were: "My god if this tastes as well as it smells then I'm in heaven". The second thing I noticed was all the juice in the bag. I've never had fumari, but I'm sure this is just as wet or wetter. I also noticed that the tobacco is very red like Al Fahker but a brighter red. So when it came time to setup the bowl, I had to use some paper towels to clean my hands because it really was very juicy. My hand was coated in red juice and I had to make sure to wipe the bowl from the excess juices. The smoke was great. It lasted a long time. It didn't die down with a second round of coals. It didn't get harsh. It probably could have handled a third round of coals. My impression was look and feel of social smoke or starbuzz, smell of a very fruity and earthy Naklah, and taste stronger than Naklah strawberry but not as sweet or candied as Social Smoke strawberry. I will definitely smoke this one again and often. CONS: After a few sessions with this shisha I only have two things that I don't like much. The tobacco is really really juicy so even using a vortex, the juices dripped down to the stem. Not a bad thing and I didn't notice until I was done smoking it. The session went better with a funnel bowl but there was still plenty of juices on the grommet when I was done. The second thing that I didn't like much at all was that because is very wet and sweet, the aftermath on my bowl was a hell of a lot of charred juices caked on all over the ring and the spire, and I still haven't been able to clean it off. I'm sure I'm going to have to take the rough pad of a sponge to try and clean it. NOTE: when I got home from vacation I was able to take a green sponge to it and clean away the charred juiced caked on the bowl.

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Review of Al Fakher Natural Coals

First things first. I want to demystify the notion that people think that just because the front of the box reads “Easy Light”, that it automatically makes this coal “Quick Light”. There’s a BIG difference between “Easy Light” and “Quick Light” coal. This Al Fakher coal is a natural coal. it is made “Easy Light” because the cube is actually the size of half a cube. I just wanted to try it, so I only ordered a box of 30 pieces. Didn’t want to get anything too big incase that I didn’t like them. First impressions: Upon opening the box right after I got it, I noticed that the density of these coals is very, very light. Not at all like some of my favorite coals like Social Smoke which is very heavy. I do believe that the density has a lot to do with the actual size of the coal. They are cube shaped, but it’s about half the size of any cube. Side by side comparison with a full sized coal, you can see that it’s just about half the height ( check out the picture I posted). The shape is also NOT consistent from one to the other. There are not two coals alike side by side. some of the corners seem cut longer than others, or one side of the cube shorter than the rest of the cube. A little weird, but not a big concern. Also on some sides it looks very porous with tons of tiny little holes like a strainer, while the other sides are more of a solid flat surface. You can take a look at the pictures I posted to see what I’m talking about. The test: Now it was time to put it to the test. I set up my Social Smoke Izmir Profesional Series hookah with my Hemi bowl loaded with some heat resilient watermelon Nahklah. The coals are small and light so I wanted to put the “Easy Light” to the test. The way I measure most of my coals is like this: I set up my hookah, put the coals in the burner, and go outside to have a cigarette while the coals light. These are definitely “Easy Light’ with the total time of full red glow being seven minutes. In comparison, my other coals usually take about 15 minutes to fully light up. so my coals were ready when I got back into the apartment. Now one thing I do not like about these coals is the smell. No sooner they start to burn that you smell it all throughout the apartment. It smells like wood burning, which is not all that bad I guess, but the smell is strong. Now I personally don’t really care too much about smell, I’m more concerned about the smell bothering my girlfriend, so I had to turn on the exhaust fan in the kitchen just to be safe. Luckily for me, and maybe extra brownie points for the coals, my girlfriend happened to wake up in the middle of the night for one of her bathroom trips, and she didn’t smell a thing. She did like the smell of the Naklah watermelon smoke though and that’s always a plus on my side. Second thing I noticed is that these coals light up super bright red and don’t ash a lot. I usually grab my coals from the burner and blow on it to get rid of the ash. I did not have to do this with these coals. Time to put them on the bowl and enjoy some goodness, and I’m thankful it was all goodness. The coals are super hot and maybe I should have started with just two coals instead of three. I figured that since they are half the size of normal coals, that I might need three but it was not necessary. Now it did not burn my shisha and it didn’t make the smoke harsh, but you can tell when you have very hot coals because the wind cover is not necessary. The session was good, enjoyable, and very tasty. However as hot as the coals were, I only got about 35-40 minutes of flavor before the coals started to die off. ok, I did get these to try them out, so I started round two. Again only about seven minutes to fully light these bad boys. Now on the second round I really should have just used only two coals instead of three because I started to notice a bit of harshness and the bowl was already loosing it’s flavor which is not something that happens a lot with normal coals and Nahklah. I usually start to loose flavor around half way through the second round, not at the beginning. now to be fair, I think is because the coals are super hot and I should have used only two coals like I usually do on round two. So I took the coals off for a minute to let the shisha breath and not burn. I put two coals back on and it was fine for the rest of the session. With the size of these coals my main concern was that I might have experienced the coals crumbling once they started to get smaller or while I was transferring them with the tongues. However that did not happen which I was happy about. My second test went much better than the first. Now that I had some knowledge about how these coals handle, I decided to load my funnel bowl with some Social Smoke Twisted shisha and test the coal with them. Properly using my wind cover I was able to get a longer session out of the heat and was able to enjoy both rounds. The best part was no headaches and no setting off my carbon monoxide alarm. Conclusion: Just like with all hookah sessions, is necessary to be able to know a little about heat management, and I’ve come to learn that each coal needs to be handle differently. For example, coals that burn this hot I use three coals the first round and two coals the second round. Other coals don’t burn as hot so I use three cubes both rounds. Then of course you have to take into consideration the fact that you might or might not need a wind cover for better heat management. With these coals I recommend using the wind cover only about half way through the session when the coals are starting to die down. They are so hot in the beginning that you don’t really need the wind cover to get the session started. I give the Al Fakher coals points for: being “Easy” to light lighting very fast Not producing a lot of ash Not changing the flavor of the shisha No after taste Not crumbling when they get smaller or during transporting Not needing a lot of handling or ashing once they are on the bowl No headaches No setting off my CO2 alarm I take points away for: having an awful smell when lighting them Not lasting as long as most coals So not only do I recommend this brand of coals, I’m actually ordering a larger box because they are affordable, low maintenance, and get the job done.

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Review of Never Xhale natural Coals

First impressions: The box seems smaller than most boxes of coals i’ve tried of the same amount. I think that’s because coals like coco Jamras, Social Smoke, coco Mazaya and others pack their coals vertically. The Never Xhale coals are packed horizontally. When you first take them out of the box, right away you will notice a huge difference in density compared to other coals. Never Xhale is way lighter than any other coals i’ve tried. I associate the density with how good the smoke will be and how long the session will last, and I was proven correct. I wish I had some other coals to compare them to, but I really ran out of coals and was just down to my emergency stash of quick lights. One thing I noticed is that the top layers of the coals were in “fingers” of 3 cubes that was scored almost all the way through for easy separation. Upon checking the majority of the box, I found that not all of them were like that and most were already separated. Another thing I noticed and found weird is that the bottom of those “fingers” of coals, there was a silver coating kind of of like scratch off paint. (Check the pics). My first thought was that maybe these were coals used in Japanese styled coal with the silver coating on it. The box of 108 pcs of coal came to a little over $10 with the shipping included. Great price for when you are in need of coals and you don’t have extra money to buy the good stuff. For testing purposes I decided to load my Social Smoke Hemi bowl with Nahklah Strawberry because that brand of tobacco is a bit more heat resilient than a lot of other tobacco. This was going to be my first bowl of two. I wanted to test the coals with a wet shisha as well to see how well it handle both types of tobacco. So I loaded my rig, I loaded the coals, and I loaded a movie on my iMac. Then things started to go horribly wrong: When you light these coals there’s hardly any smell at all which is a great thing, and that’s where all the great things end with these coals. First thing I noticed is that the coals are not strong at all, and just two cubes were not enough to enjoy a session where I normally would with any other coal. Second thing I noticed is that the coals didn’t get very hot until about 20 minutes into the session which is very strange. The flavor of the smoke did not get affected by the coals at all, and it was very enjoyable for all of the 25 minutes before the coals started to die down. I figured no big deal, I would just start on round two with three cubes instead of the normal two I use. Same thing happened. Now there was a bit more heat, but it didn’t last as long as I wanted it. At the end of the second round I checked the bowl to find that most of the shisha was still untouched and could be reused, so I loaded another 3 cubes into the burner to finish off that bowl. A couple of things started happening by now, First I noticed the unbelievable amount of ash on the tray, and I started to get a terrible pounding headache. So on round three it was the same thing as the first two rounds. Took a while for the coals to get super hot and it didn’t last as long. I found myself puffing more than normal just to get a decent smoke. by the end of the third round I was out for the count. My headache was pounding so hard that I decided to take a break and let the hookah rest. Now for the best part. Around two in the morning I was in front of the computer now watching a new movie when one of my alarms started going off. My girlfriend half-groggily came out of the bedroom asking what was going on. It was my carbon monoxide alarm going off. At first I thought that maybe it needed to the batteries changed since it had been a while. So I changed the batteries and it was still going off. Then it hit me; there was CO2 rampantly causing havoc in the apartment. Even worse, I realized that the one and only reason the alarm would be going off is because of the new coals I was trying. So my girlfriend and I opened all the windows in the apartment, all six of them, cranked up both air conditioners and stepped outside for 30 minutes and left the door wide open to make sure the apartment was aired out. Just to make sure that it was CO2, I had my super inspect the stove to make sure gas wasn’t leaking. It wasn’t. Conclusion: Stay the hell away from this coal. If you are that broke that you can’t get good coals, then you shouldn’t smoke Hookah that night. Seriously, do yourself a favor and wait until you have enough money to get better coals that are not going to try to kill you. You’ll be safer smoking with quick lights than with a coal that’s going to set off your CO2 alarm. This box of coals went the way all my starbuzz shisha, into the trash.

dd0723

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Nakhla Cherry Review

Nakhla Cherry Amount Purchased: 250g How Packaged: Nakhla comes in a box, the shisha is inside of a plastic wrapping that is sealed inside of another foil lined bag. It is not resealable. Another container might be needed. First Impression Smell: It has a hint of cherry cough syrup with a bit of a candy smell. Hard to place what the taste will be like. Shisha Feel: More moist than typical Nakhla but it isn't dripping wet. It is red coloured and could stain your hands. Stems are typical of Nakhla. Hookah: Khalil Mamoon 1001 Nights Ice Double Bowl: Generic phunnel Foil: Reynold's Heavy Duty Wind Cover: Yes, used to regulate heat. Type of Coals and Amount: Starlight Natural Coconut, 2 coals. Clouds: Thick, large clouds Buzz: Slight to moderate Flavor: In my opinion it tastes like how a cherry should taste. No hint of cough syrup, but not candy like either. Longevity: Roughly an hour and 20 minutes. Another round of coals can be used Overall Impression: 17/20 I really like this flavor. It isn't overpowering and it doesn't taste like cough syrup like other brands. It would be great to mix with other flavors.

chernobyl

chernobyl

 

Al Fakher Cherry with Mint Review

Brand/Flavor: Al Fakher Cherry with Mint Amount Purchased: 50g How Packaged: Small box with a non-resealable bag inside. First Impression Smell: It smells like a Ludens cherry cough drop with menthol added in and with less of the medicine aspect. To me, it smells good, because I love those things. Shisha Feel: Dyed super red like most AF, finely chopped and not overly juicy, just enough to smoke well. Hookah: Nammor Furat Bowl: Vortex Bowl Foil: 2 layers of regular foil Wind Cover: On and off, for heat management purposes. Type of Coals and Amount: 2 Coco Naras Clouds: Not huge, but not tiny either. Nice and thick though. Buzz: I got a little bit of a buzz but thats because I lost a lot of my nicotine tolerance. Flavor: The mint is the strongest part, the cherry is lighter and stays in the background. Length of Session: A little over an hour. Overall Impression: It's good. Would I buy it again? No. But thats simply because I would prefer to buy the two flavors(cherry and mint) separate and mix them myself. This was too minty for my tastes. Being able to mix it on my own means I can make it exactly how I like it. But, the flavors on their own are both great.

HookahHooligan

HookahHooligan

 

Understanding Tangiers - Acclimation

Today, I'm going to get into the what, why, and how of acclimating Tangiers tobacco. First off, what is acclimation? Merriam-Webster defines acclimation as a physiological adjustment by an organism to environmental change. In this case, the tobacco needs to adjust (or acclimate) to the environment in which it is in. When opening a bag of Tangiers for the first time, you will, more than likely, notice a rather unpleasant odor. Usually the tobacco doesn't smell like that wonderful-sounding "Other Breakfast Cereal," but instead, it has an odor not unlike soy sauce, smoky barbecue sauce, or even a wet cigar. Tangiers is made in San Diego, California, so most buyers in similar climates (80 all day, every day, with low humidity) tend to need less, if any, time to acclimate their tobacco, because they may not even notice this odor. People in climates where the humidity varies quite significantly from day to day may have a harder time keeping their tobacco up to par, even from session to session. In my personal experience, most times I will open my bag of Tangiers and it smells wonderful. But other times, it smells like someone dumped a bottle of Kikkoman inside the pouch. I can't say, with any confidence, that your results will be consistent, especially if you purchase online and have the product shipped. Either way, you should acclimate your Tangiers tobacco every. single. time. So, why should Tangiers be acclimated? And why every time? Why is it needed? If you haven't guessed, acclimation makes that gross smell go away. Even if you don't notice that distinct smell of soy sauce, I still recommend acclimating your tobacco. If your nose isn't 100% on its game - whether it is because it is stuffed up, the weather's off, allergies, etc. - you may not be able to detect the faintest of odors. And when that odor is still present, it will absolutely ruin your bowl of tobacco. Guaranteed. Tangiers is made with a very different blend of molasses, flavorings, and tobacco than any other manufacturer on the market, and it is made with unwashed tobacco. Any shisha tobacco that's made with unwashed tobacco can benefit from acclimation (though I've even heard of people acclimating Fantasia, believe it or not), though your Nakhla and Social Smoke should smoke just fine out of the package. The tobacco blend in Tangiers is very temperamental to changes in humidity than any other, and when it gets humidity shock, it emits that Soy/BBQ Sauce smell. By letting it acclimate, you're basically letting the bad smells and the extra moisture that may be present to get out into the air, leaving your tobacco smelling glorious. Now, for the part you've all been waiting for - how to acclimate your Tangiers! The sad thing about acclimating Tangiers is there is no single right way of doing it. The directions on the insert says to basically open the bag and leave it out until it's fine. And while this may work, there are better techniques that trick the tobacco into acclimating faster. The following is how I typically acclimate Tangiers, but I would encourage anyone interested to visit YouTube and spend 15 minutes watching a few videos. You might find something else you like better. YMMV. For my technique, you'll probably want a fork or an oyster fork. You can do this with fingers (as I have), but be prepared to wash your hands and dry them very well. As one final note, be sure to acclimate where you will be smoking. Don't acclimate your Tangiers at a buddy's house and bring it home - you might find you need to acclimate it all over again. To start with, I perform the "instant acclimation" technique. In my opinion, this provides a better smell straight out of the bag. Basically, I pull the tobacco pouch out, and, before opening it, lay it out on the table. I then take about a minute or two and knead the tobacco. It works well if you use the base of your palm to really get into it, but you can pick up the bag as well and use your fingers to move it around. Regardless of how it's done, your goal is to touch or press down on every shred of tobacco you can.

If your tobacco is now up to all of the edges of the bag, push the tobacco down on one side. You'll want to cut the pouch all the way open, not just a slit on one of the corners. I tend to avoid kneading too close to the side where there isn't tobacco to start with, just so I can avoid this problem from the start. Cut that one side of the bag all the way across and open it up.
Take a whiff of the tobacco. Notice if there are any of those unpleasant odors. If there are any large chunks of tobacco stuck to the sides of the bag, push them so they'll fall down to the bottom.

While you won't really want to knead the tobacco now (it'll all fall out of the bag, creating a big mess), squeeze and move the tobacco around inside the open pouch. Do this for a minute or so, and be careful not to get too aggressive, lest you lose what you spent good money on.
Smell the tobacco again. The smell should be similar to before, but it will probably be a little less unpleasant (if it was at all, to start with).
That first part of the process is called the "instant acclimation" technique. I don't think it's really "instant" in all cases, but it can help significantly to "even out" the tobacco in the bag. At this point, I determine when I want the tobacco. If I'm acclimating in the morning and I want it sooner rather than later, then I'll do the following (Scenario A): Grab a piece of aluminum foil of a pretty decent size. A 1 foot x 2 foot rectangle should be enough, but larger is better.
Pour out all the tobacco onto the foil. If you have to, go get more foil. Use a fork to scrape all of the juices and loose tobacco out of the bag.
Stir the tobacco and spread it out as evenly as possible across the sheet. Try to break up any large chunks and flip as much tobacco as possible.
Wait. An hour's a good amount of time. So is 4 hours. 30 seconds isn't.
Repeat 3 and 4 at least once, and until you no longer notice an odor. This shouldn't take longer than 2-4 hours, but depending on your local environment, could take up to 36 hours.
If I'm being lazy about the tobacco (which I usually am) or don't need it for a while, I usually do the following instead (Scenario B): Grab your fork and mix all the tobacco up in the bag.
Set it in the corner. Stir it a few times, whenever you think about it, and let it just hang out for a while. It doesn't need a lot of love, but a few stirs over the course of a few hours is plenty.
The next day or so, check the smell. You should be good to go. If not, continue stirring occasionally until ready. This shouldn't take longer than about 12 hours, but could take up to 36. Use your nose as a guide.
When you're done with either Scenario A or B, move the tobacco to a sealed container (it does not need to be air tight). I'd recommend using glass tupperware containers instead of plastic containers or bags so that the flavor doesn't ghost the container. However, many people use plastic containers and are very content. I wouldn't recommend bags, just because of the unique packing method of Tangiers. It can be done, but it will probably be more of a hassle than its worth. Remember, you don't have to do all or any of the steps I listed above. These are just what I do to get Tangiers acclimated a little faster. Any time the tobacco is exposed to outside air, it is acclimating. If you don't want to do either scenario, or you don't want to do the "instant acclimation," you can skip them. The most basic technique is to just open up the baggie, throw it in the corner, and wait for it to smell nice, but know that could take significantly more time than using the steps above. Acclimation After Acclimation You have now acclimated your tobacco! It should be good to go forever and ever now and never need any more love because it is all rainbows and horsies and unicorns, right? ... right? The truth is, the climate in your home, even if you're in a home with brand new, double-paned windows, can vary from minute to minute. The air temperature varies based on the outside temperature and how your air conditioners function, and with that comes changes in humidity. Anytime someone opens a door, humidity can leak in or be let out. But fret not! You've already done the hard work. If the temperature has drastically changed, it's gone from dry to monsoon, etc., leave your tobacco out for an hour or so before you smoke it. You'll be good to go. Your climate hasn't changed so drastically that none of your Tangiers is no longer good! But it's changed enough that setting it out for an hour can make your session just a little better. And, don't we all want that? That's it everything for this post. I hope you find that acclimation really isn't a difficult process. The only hard part is just learning the way you wish to do it. Once you get the hang of the technique, it's something you can just do without thinking about it. The next post will be the third and final entry on this topic, where I will go into how to pack Tangiers in your bowl. Until next time, ciao.

TheEightyFour

TheEightyFour

 

Fumari Citrus Tea Review

I forgot to take pictures again, sorry! But here are my thoughts on this awesome Fumari flavor. Brand/Flavor: Fumari - Citrus Tea Amount Purchased: 100g How Packaged: Thick plastic resealable bag First Impression Smell: The first time I smelled this when I first got it, it smelled like a mix of lemon and orange, not much tea was coming through. But today when I smoked it all I could smell was a floral note, very close to lavender, and a hint of a bitter orange. Shisha Feel: Super super juicy, and really chopped up, how Fumari usually is. Hookah: Nammor Furat Bowl: Harmony Bowl Foil: Kaloud Lotus Wind Cover: N/A Type of Coals and Amount: 1 Mya Genie Coco Coal finger(broken into 3 pieces) Clouds: Gigantic. Buzz: None, but some people might get a little. Flavor: The name doesn't do this flavor justice, this is a lot more than just citrus tea. I get tons of flavors from this. I was expecting a Brisk or Nestea type flavor but it isn't that at all. It's very floral(It reminds me a lot of lavender tea) and not overly sweet. The citrus comes through as a bitter orange or possibly lemon and there are subtle hints of tea in the background. Towards the end of the session I started picking up a little vanilla as well. If I had to describe it in a few words I would say that it is very similar to an Earl Grey tea with lavender notes in there. Length of Session: My bowl is huge, so it lasted a little over an hour, until the coals died out. It will definitely last another round of coals later tonight. Overall Impression: If you like floral flavors or earl grey tea, you'll love this flavor, If you hate floral stuff, then it's probably not for you. I'll definitely be buying it again.

HookahHooligan

HookahHooligan

 

Nakhla Banana Review

Nakhla Banana Amount Purchased: 250g How Packaged: Nakhla comes in a box, the shisha is inside of a plastic wrapping that is sealed inside of another foil lined bag. It is not resealable. Another container might be needed. First Impression Smell: Without unwrapping or opening the box you can smell this flavor. It smells very sweet, candy like. Reminds me a lot of Laffy Taffy. Shisha Feel: A little dry but it seems some of the molasses is at the bottom of the bag, no big issue here. Uniformly cut and small stems. Hookah: Khalil Mamoon 1001 Nights Ice Double Bowl: Generic phunnel Foil: Reynold's Heavy Duty Wind Cover: Yes, used to regulate heat. Type of Coals and Amount: Starlight Natural Coconut, 2 coals. Clouds: Dense clouds, typical of Nakhla. Buzz: Low buzz Flavor: The taste is not as sweet as the smell but still accurate. Longevity: Lasted for roughly an hour an 20 minutes. Overall Impression: 17/20 An amazing flavor, tastes just like it should. I'll be getting this again.

chernobyl

chernobyl

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