I can not stress enough how important it is that you use only the highest quality flavorings. Cheap flavorings can have questionable ingredients, but also often taste of solvents thank to their more artificial composition. More natural is always best, so the fewer ingredients used in the making of the flavoring the better. If you’re willing to spring for 100% natural extracts then go for it, but they are very expensive.
They are often called flavoring oils, but you don’t want anything that actually includes oil because that won’t blend well with the tobacco or the liquid that is already a part of the blend. On top of that, oil can mess up the flavor, mouth feel and smoothness of the smoke. Lorann flavorings are very simple in their composition and the creators strive to produce very natural flavors. Each of their flavorings uses either a base of neutral grain alcohol or glycerin. We all know glycerin thanks to its inclusion in most modern hookah tobaccos and I suggest using the glycerin based flavorings because they will blend into the hookah tobacco more easily.
You can either choose to enhance the existing flavor or choose a new one to make an entirely new blend. You can even blend multiple flavorings into something really unique. Once you’ve chosen your high quality flavorings, it’s a simple matter of mixing a little bit of the flavoring into the tobacco and allowing it to sit for a few days. This time allows the flavors to meld and mellow together. Start with just a couple drops per 50g of tobacco and move up slowly if you feel you need more. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away and too much flavoring will ruin the whole batch.
If you get the super-strong flavorings you’ll need even less. Depending on the flavor, it could be just a few drops for a whole 250g batch of tobacco. It comes down to personal tastes, so start small and play around. You may just create the best tobacco you’ve ever smoked.