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    A no-name import from Dubai, a Social Smoke Izmir pro, a Fumo trinity Jar, and a Hookah Boyz Movement gold KM, and a Zahrah patron
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    Social Smoke, Social Smoke, Social Smoke... in that order
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    Dulce de Leche, Cherry, Watermelon, Turkish Coffee

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  1. dd0723

    Hookah Coals & Heat Management

    Yes, actually because of @chernobylI was using Starlights for the best part of a year because they carry them in stock at my local smoke shops. Not bad, but I've moved on to other coals simply because I think I have a coal fetish. I have to try everything out there just to say I had them. I'm a big fan of Pharaoh's coals because of their consistency and heat. I"ve also tried the Hookah Boyz Coals which are pretty good as well. I like those because they don't give me a headache at all. Lately I've been ordering my coals from amazon on prime for only $10 per 120ct box. They are called coco hookah and are supplied by a local NJ company which is nice; have to support my local market. LOL They are cheap and work well. I wish they were hotter because in my ignis I have to use 4 of them to get the desired output. I haven't used my lotus since I got my ignis a few months back so I'm not sure how they will work with it... Maybe I should test that tonight. Anyway, I've also tried Ecocha which are very decent. I've also tried haze coals which are my favorite as far as heat. Two cubes in the Ignis and is perfect, however they give me a horrendous headache, so I haven't used them again. As for quicklights, I've actually come across two brands that are really good as far as taste, smell and longevity. The Pharaohs quicklights and a brand named Carbon; they both have a hole in the middle of the disk and have a weight consistency similar to natural coals. I keep those around for when I run out of natural coals which happens more than I would like. I think that's all about my experience with coals. Hope that helped.
  2. dd0723

    Favorite flavors

    Yeah I really should rinse it after I'm done smoking. Sent from my iPhone using Hookah.org mobile app
  3. dd0723

    Favorite flavors

    I'm the same way. I smoke every night and I now own 9 hookahs so I just leave it alone and deep clean it on Saturdays. Sent from my iPhone using Hookah.org mobile app
  4. dd0723

    Favorite flavors

    Nothing wrong with that. I like to buy 50g when I haven't tried a particular flavor. Sent from my iPhone using Hookah.org mobile app I've added cola to the base before but it didn't make as much of a difference as adding either wine or Fanta. The thing with that is that you have to wash the pipe right after to avoid rust or sugar buildup. Sent from my iPhone using Hookah.org mobile app
  5. dd0723

    Favorite flavors

    I've had AF rose and I like it a lot, but I haven't tried cardamom. Sent from my iPad using Hookah.org mobile app
  6. dd0723

    Introduction

    Hi diablo123. Welcome to the forum. I'll make sure to follow you and check out your site. Sent from my iPhone using Hookah.org mobile app
  7. dd0723

    Favorite flavors

    Amen to that brother.
  8. [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
  9. [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.
  10. dd0723

    The King Shisha Watermelon

    Pics for my review of The King Shisha Watermelon
  11. [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.
  12. dd0723

    The King Shisha Pineapple

    pics from my review for The King Shisha pineapple flavor.
  13. [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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