When I first started smoking hookah I had no clue what I was doing. So to help out the people like me I decided to start this blog with tutorials and reviews about everything hookah. For any beginning questions please use the search box as many basic tutorials have already been posted. Also, check out my Youtube channel which has many video tutorials with more to come.
This is also a blog for anything hookah, including media and art. I hope this will be an interactive blog so questions and submissions are not only welcome but encouraged! Feedback is also appreciated (as long as it's constructive) because I want to make this blog the best it can be.
So please, come on in and take a look around. I think you'll like it here.
Disclaimer: Please only partake in the act of smoking tobacco if you are of age.
I’d like to start this post by saying that I’ve been MIA for a while due to personal and financial hardships. Moving on, I’m completely in love with this flavor, if not for anything but the label.
I just absolutely love that picture, and if I can say anything, it’s that to me, the flavor is even better than the label. Irish Peach is a sweet flavor, tasting like a combination of very soft mint, peach, and a hard-to-identify sweet flavor. (We think it’s either Vanilla or Sweet Melon.)
The tobacco comes very juicy and it has a very sweet smell and taste, so if you prefer more bitter flavors, stay away from this one.
Aroma: 7 out of 10
This flavor has an aroma that just sort of wafts out of the tin. It’s not powerful but definitely dominant.
Taste: 7 out of 10
Taste can be both a good thing and a bad thing. This has a very distinct flavor which can be great if you like it, but sickening if you don’t. Tread lightly.
Stamina: 7 out of 10
It’s your pretty average tobacco that chars and burns completely before the hour is up. This rating is fairly accurate for both dried or fresh from the tin.
Flavor: 5 out of 10
The flavor on the other hand, not so much. It loses its flavor in about half the time it can smoke before being burned. The flavor is amazingly strong at first, and it’s good, but it just disappears too quick.
Smoke: 9 out of 10
If prepared correctly, this flavor just explodes with smoke, so to speak. Definitely huge volumes of smoke within the first 5 puffs while remaining cool in your throat. If you’re in to dragon clouds, give it a try.
Overall Strength: 7 out of 10
Overall Stamina: 6 out of 10
Personal Rating: 6 out of 10
I enjoyed the flavor at first, absolutely loved it, but quickly became sick of it. It’s almost too sweet but still a refreshing smoke for the first time. Honestly, the label was my favorite part of the flavor and after 100 grams of it, could probably live without it for a while.
I’ve made a few updates to the format of my flavor reviews. They are as follows:
All ratings are based on a medium bowl with the amount of coals to keep the bowl smoking without harshing the head for the duration of the session.
Aroma Scale: Rates the strength of the aroma of the uncooked shisha.
1-2: Extremely hard to smell, even with nose firmly planted in the tin
3-4: Weak aroma, easily over powered, still has a smell
5-6: Mild aroma strength, easily smelled by passing under the nose
7-8: Strong aroma strength, smelled in the immediate area just by opening the tin
9-10: Able to smell it through the packaging or the aroma fills the room just by having the tin opened in the room.
Taste Scale: Rates the strength of the taste of the smoked shisha.
1-2: Has absolutely no taste whatsoever, or tastes like you’re smoking nothing but ash
3-4: Has a very mild taste, almost gone, but just barely distinguishable.
5-6: Has a mild taste that gives you a good idea of the flavor but doesn’t fill your mouth, so to speak
7-8: Has a rich strong flavor that is very clear, leaves a discernable after taste, and is easily identified.
9-10: Has an incredibly thick flavor that almost gags you when you inhale, equivalent to that of drinking soft drink syrup straight.
Stamina Scale: Rates how long the bowl takes to burn out.
1-2: Bowl burns out within 10-15 minutes of smoking
3-4: Bowl burns out within 15-25 minutes of smoking
5-6: Bowl burns out within 25-45 minutes of smoking
7-8: Bowl burns out within 45-60 minutes of smoking
9: Bowl burns out within 60-80 minutes of smoking
10: Bowl burns out within 80+ minutes of smoking
Flavor Scale: Rates how long the flavor lasts.
1-2: Loses its flavor or flavor turns funky in less than 5 minutes
3-4: Flavor is lost between 10-25 minutes
5-6: Flavor is lost between 25-35 minutes
7-8: Flavor is lost between 35-55 minutes
9: Flavor lost between 55-75 minutes
10: Flavor lost after 75+ minutes
Smoke Scale: Rates the thickness and volume of smoke you get.
1-2: Gets only a wisp of smoke from a decent pull
3-4: Gets ghost like smoke from a decent pull
5-6: Gets fairly thick smoke but not a large volume from decent pull
7-8: Gets thick smoke and plenty of it from a decent pull
9-10: Gets monster clouds from decent pull (Monster cloud is defined as a cloud of smoke inhaled from a hookah that gives of extraordinarily thick smoke as well as an extremely large volume)
Overall Strength Scale:
Overall Stamina Scale:
1-3: 20 Minutes or less
4-6: 20-40 Minutes
7-8: 40-60 Minutes
9-10: 60+ Minutes
Finally at the end of the review I give a “You might like this flavor if you like”, which lists flavors that the flavor being reviewed is similar to.
Any questions, comments, concerns, or if you just want to show off your hookah, drop an ask or a submission.
With the exception of a few people, almost everybody loves honey. Sandwiches, desserts, so why not hookah?
Looks like the people at Al Fakher are right on top of that. Now if you’re hoping it’ll taste just like honey, you’ll be a bit disappointed (as I was). It has a more floral taste, with a reminiscent hint of Double Apple. But more on that later. On to the ratings!
Aroma: 7 out of 10
As mentioned before, this flavor has a definite floral smell. In the tin it smells almost exactly like Double Apple, but if you hold it long enough, you’ll get the sweetest smell of honey.
Taste: 8 out of 10
The taste is quite strong. It’s not enough to gag you but you definitely get a strong taste. Once again, this flavor doesn’t taste exactly like honey, but more floral. The after taste is that of honey, a very sweet aftertaste, but the flavor you get at first is slightly bitter and tastes like Double Apple.
Stamina: 9 out of 10
This flavor lasts for a decently long time. Over an hour before the bowl burned out, at least, even with improper coal placement.
Flavor: 9 out of 10
The flavor is quite hard to kill on this one. While it does fade over time, you don’t really lose it completely until at least an hour in to smoking. It’s great if you find the taste appealing.
Smoke: 7 out of 10
The smoke you can get from this flavor is thick, but not terribly thick, unless you start burning the tobacco too much. It is enough to play with smoke rings though.
Personal Rating: 5 out of 10
The only reason I gave this a personal rating a 5 out of 10 is because I’m not a fan of the flavor at all. The floral flavors were never my favorite, but all personal aspects aside, this flavor would be rated at least an 8 out of 10 due to it’s long lasting flavor and strength of that flavor.
Overall Strength: 7.5 out of 10
Overall Stamina: 9 out of 10
Smoke: 7 out of 10
You might like this flavor if you enjoy: Double Apple, Rose, Apple
As always, any questions, comments, concerns, or if you just want to show off your hookah, drop an ask or submission.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for tea flavors, especially ones that involve my all time favorite of peach.
Oh where to start? Normally I’d give a few words about it here but there’s just no
good accurate way to describe this one. So let’s just get right to it, shall we?
Aroma Strength: 8 out of 10
You can smell this one from a mile away, no problem. Since Tangiers is extra strong tobacco the smell just runs out of the bag and punches you in the face…in a good way. Good news is, this one actually smells like peach tea, combined with the Chuck Norris of tobacco aromas.
Flavor Strength: 9 out of 10
If you’ve ever smoked Tangiers before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t then this is all I have to say: the thing about Tangiers that makes me cough more than anything isn’t how burned it’s gotten, it’s just the pure rush of flavor. The best time to smoke Tangiers is the first few days after you’ve bought it. That’s the best and purest flavor you can get. After that thought, especially if you keep it around other tobaccos, it becomes dulled.
Flavor Endurance: 6 out of 10
For flavor this strong, it burns itself out quite fast. Don’t get me wrong, the actual tobacco will smoke for a while, but the flavor is lost a lot quicker than I’d like it to. The tobacco will still be going strong, but that’s all you’ll be smoking after a while.
Smoke Endurance: 8 out of 10
For those of you who will be quick to damn this particular rating, don’t be so hasty. Once you finally figure out exactly how to smoke Tangiers (which took me quite a bit of time, the last two weeks of me not writing a darn thing for this blog to be exact) it’s endurance goes from 3 out of 10 straight to 8 out of 10. In fact if you keep your coals straight and pack the head well, you can get close to the two hour mark, but that’s rarely achieved, for me at least.
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
I guess those Tangier-heads that swear by this brand aren’t as crazy as I first thought they were. If you master how to pack this bad boy of a brand, you can get great flavors, a huge increase in smoking time per bowl, and a nice little buzzed kick, if you enjoy that sort of thing. Plus, and I can’t get over this, it actually tastes like Peach Iced Tea. My Arizona agreed too.
At the request of many of my followers I finally purchased and smoked Tangiers tobacco. Unfortunately, the shop I go to was running very low on flavors so I picked out the best one I could.
A word of warning, Tangiers tobacco is much stronger than many of the brands I’ve reviewed before. It is an unwashed tobacco and can pack quite a buzz. This property is a plus in my book. Tangiers is also packed and smoked a bit differently than normal so keep an eye out for. This flavor actually tastes like tea, which prompted me to grab a glass of peach tea, which complimented the hookah perfectly!
Aroma Strength: 9 out of 10
This tobacco has the potential to mask any odor directly out of the bag. I placed it in a plastic baggie to put it in my hookah bag, which stays in the trunk of my car for now. Within less than a day the only smell I could detect in my car was this flavor.
Taste Strength: 8 out of 10
The flavor translates over nicely but can be a bit overpowering for some who are not used to a strong flavor. The strength is similar to the Double Apple flavors of various brands.
Flavor Stamina: 5-7 out of 10
I can’t give a solid number on this rating because I’m still experimenting with how to smoke the Tangiers brand. It’s a rather dry tobacco but there is, supposedly, a very specific way to manage the bowl lighting with Tangiers and I haven’t quite gotten it down.
Smoke Stamina: 8 out of 10
This bowl was giving off decent clouds for quite some time. From the very first set of coals it was giving what I like to call “dragon clouds”. Basically very thick, large volume clouds.
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
I can tell this brand has potential, and I like that, but the fact that almost anything you do even partially wrong kills the session makes me a little wary.
Today, my good followers, we will be learning about a new brand of smokables known as Steam Stones. This stuff is definitely not tobacco but why say it when I can show it.
Those are actual stones in a glycerin solution.
So how do we smoke this?
If you’ve ever smoked an e-hookah or e-cigarette you should be familiar with what this stuff is soaked in. That’s right, the glycerin filled “butts” of the e-hookah/cig is exactly what’s in this case. So how does this work? Just like with an e-cig, the glycerin solution is super-heated and vaporizes, which is what you actually smoke.
How do we pack it?
Since the solution is a necessity, a funnel head is needed to smoke it. (Also, due to the nature of the substance the recently reviewed Flip Head is automatically disqualified for use with this.) You pack it just like a normal bowl of tobacco. It’s easiest to spoon the stones in, adding a little bit of extra solution as needed. Make sure the stones aren’t high enough to actually hit the foil. You should also make sure that none of the stones are dry; they should be completely covered in solution but you shouldn’t have a large pool in the bottom of the funnel.
Are we smoking this yet?
Once it’s packed and ready put your coals on and go grab a drink. It’s going to take a few minutes of baking before you’ll be able to get any smoke so just let it chill, blowing the coals every now and again to keep them hot. After a few minutes start to pull from your hose. It’ll take about 5-10 hits before you start getting any smoke, but once it gets going you’ll see nice thick clouds. Those first hits will see very thin and be a little frustrating, but be patient and let it bake.
What does this smell/taste like?
The smell of any flavor of this product has two distinct smells; the marketed flavor, and a dank odor which is kind of foul. Lucky for us, the dank gross side of it doesn’t transfer over when you smoke it, leaving you with the flavor intended and nothing but. The taste is great if you like the smell of it; since it’s a glycerin based solution that you smoke, it’s easier to pinpoint those exact candy flavors such as peach, strawberry, green apple, etc. So if you’ve ever been looking for that great Jolly Rancher flavor, this is probably going to be your closest choice for now.
Is it worth the money?
I got this 250 gram tin for about $10 and so far I’ve had no buyers remorse. One bowl of this lasted about 2 hours, absolutely never went harsh, and was so smooth that I didn’t believe I was smoking anything until I exhaled. (No pun intended). Despite all of that it was somewhat…disappointing, for some reason. I just didn’t draw the same level of satisfaction from this as I do from the normal tobacco. If you’ve never smoked a day in your life, this would be a good product to start with. Otherwise the lack of nicotine makes a session disappointing for the nicotine addicted people.
Anyway, for $10 this is definitely worth a try, and I highly suggest it; if not for actual smoking merit, then for the novelty of saying you’ve tried it. But I doubt you’ll be disappointed. A video demonstration will be up in a few days hopefully.
I’m delighted to report that the Haze Seduction was a fluke of bad taste. This flavor proved to be the best quality of the brand thus far. (Fair warning. Do NOT google “Haze Peachella” without safe search on.) Right! Moving on!
Peachella is a mix of peaches and vanilla. It’s a sweet dessert flavor that mixes well with fruit flavors as well as other dessert flavors. Both the peach and the vanilla are easily distinguished from each other and mixes very well with each other.
Aroma Strength: 6 out of 10
Pleasant sweet smell that wafts nicely out of the tin. It is not overpowering at all and gives a very accurate foreshadowing of the flavor to come.
Flavor Strength: 8 out 10
You get a nice mouthful of a sweet peach flavor incredibly close to the aroma of the tobacco. It’s a tiny bit strong but has a smooth taste from start to finish.
Smoking Stamina: 7 out of 10
A medium bowl willlast roughly about 45 minutes, plus or minus 5 minutes, if packed correctly. This is of course before drying it out. The post-drying stamina will give you almost an hour of smoking before burning out.
Flavor Stamina: 6 out 10
The flavor lasts about a maximum of 45 minutes on the best trial. The minimum stamina was roughly about 20 minutes with a sloppy packing.
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
Personally this is my favorite dessert flavor up to this point. The stamina could be a little better but I wouldn’t turn this flavor down at all. If you like peaches and cream or flavors similar to that try this out. If you’re not a fan of sweet, fruity flavors, stay away from this one.
The following review is not a reflection of the overall brand Haze, but simply a critique of the individual flavor.
After smoking the Triple Haze 3 pack I was so excited, I went and bought a big new tin of Haze Seduction.
I wanted so badly to like this flavor, I really did. Unfortunately I have to give you some bad news. Despite the amazing start, after about five minutes of smoking it, this flavor took a turn for the worst. It completely turned into a different flavor which was similar to licking dirt. I’m not just saying that to be mean either. It was like tasting a sauce or some sort of food from off your finger without washing your hands. Just overall repulsive to the tongue.
Flavor Endurance: ? out of 10
Due to the absolutely repulsive flavor that this one turned into neither I nor any of my flavor testers could smoke it for longer than a few puffs.
Smoking Endurance: ? out of 10
For the same reasons as above we could not determine this either. It seemed to be doing great up until the flavor went rotten.
Taste Strength: 7 out of 10
The taste of the flavor both before it turned and after was decently strong. Not overpowering but enough flavor put into your mouth to give you a great experience.
Aroma Strength: 5 out of 10
The aroma right out of the tin isn’t strong at all, but a decent amount to where you can detect the flavor.
Overall Rating: ? out of 10
Unfortunately since none of us could actually stand to smoke an entire bowl of this flavor a technical rating cannot be given.
Personal Rating: 1 out of 10
Personally I will never buy this flavor again. Any hookah flavor that morphs into a dirty, trashy taste after five minutes should not even be sold, and personally, I feel ripped off that I spent $15 to buy this tin.
This isn’t a reflection of the overall quality of Haze, and more reviews for Haze should keep coming. Based on the experience I had with the Triple Haze packs I’m hoping this is just a fluke of bad quality.
As always, any questions, comments, or if you just want to show off your hookah, drop a question or submission in the box.
Before specific reviews come out for the flavors of this tobacco, I wanted to write an overall review of this tobacco based on the few flavors I’ve tried.
Haze comes in 250 gram tins and 3-packs of 50 gram tins as a variety pack.
Out of all the tobacco brands I’ve tried, Haze has some of the most real flavors out there. The tangerine taste like real tangerines, the pomegranate taste like pomegranate (the snozberries taste like snozberries!). For example, one hit of the tangerine tasted like a mouth full of Cuties.
The hit quality is also amazing. Once you get the head lit you can get the thickest clouds, even from the smallest head. The endurance of both flavor and smoking is one of the highest of any brand I’ve smoked. Both flavors I’ve tried lasted well over an hour without going harsh and without losing flavor.
If you have the option, give this brand a shot. Despite the fact that it’s American-made it’s really quite good. Definitely worth the money if you can find it.
As always, any questions, comments, or if you just want to show off your hookahs, drop an ask or submission.
In smoking hookah for so many years, almost everyone is bound to come across a flavor of tobacco that just clicks with them instantly. A flavor so good, to them, that they have trouble ever going back to any other flavor. For me, that flavor is Tche Tche!
A few words about this wonderful flavor before getting on to the technical review. The flavor is incredibly hard to describe, but just as incredibly amazing the first time you smell it. It has a not so overbearing tartness to it, with a finishing sweet smell. I’ve personally nicknamed it Ruby Grapefruit for it’s tartness which resolves into sweetness. Anyway, on to the review!
Flavor Endurance: 5 out of 10
Despite it’s amazing taste, this flavor burns out rather quickly. It’s really quite unfortunate. On average, the bowl loses flavor at about 45 minutes into the session. It could have been so much better if only the flavor would last longer.
Smoking Endurance: 6 out of 10
Unfortunately, it burns about as quick as it runs out of flavor straight from the tin. As a word of caution, this flavor comes incredibly over-saturated and I’m reviewing it “as is” out of the tin. I believe that if you were to dry it out (as I show in another tutorial) it might boost the rating of both the flavor and smoking endurance a good 2 points each. With my next tin I’ll be sure to try that and update this review later on.
Aroma Strength: 6 out of 10
The aroma of this tobacco is nice and mellow. You can take a deep inhale of the aroma from the tin and not gag yourself on it. In fact it is one of the best aromas I’ve seen from any kind of shisha tobacco.
Taste Strength: 7 out of 10
The smell to taste translation is rather good for this tobacco. You get almost all of the original aroma as a taste in your mouth, which I cannot get enough of. The flavor isn’t horribly overbearing and you can actually remove the taste from your hookah with ease. It sticks around long enough for you to enjoy and gets lost when you’re done with it. A perfect taste quality!
Overall Rating: 6 out of 10
While this flavor is amazing and I cannot get enough of it, it just loses flavor way too fast. I’m finding myself repacking a new head almost every 45 minutes just to keep the flavor alive and I’ve tried every different bowl, pipe, coals, etc. You have to be a strong fanatic of the actual flavor to spend the money on this one.
Personal Rating: 10 out of 10
I simply cannot get enough of this flavor, and I even got the owner of Mazaj (the hookah lounge I frequent) to order in a huge supply just because he liked the smell. So far it has proved to be a great seller.
As always, any questions, comments, concerns, or if you just want to show off your hookah, drop a question, submission, or reply!