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25
Jun

Premium E Juice – What Makes It So Good?

There’s a reason why some people shell out to shop at Whole Foods, and that reason is the ingredients. Healthy food is associated with natural, organic products without chemical additives. This is essentially the same approach that we use to define premium e-liquids. You’re going to be vaporizing these liquids and inhaling them into your lungs, shouldn’t they be as pure as possible?

What Are The Ingredients?

Premium e-juices are comprised of just four ingredients: vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), nicotine (when added), and flavorings. Premium juices use both natural and artificial flavorings.

Austin's E-LiquidSuicide Bunny E-JuiceCuttwood E-Juice

Vegetable glycerin is a sweet, viscous liquid that produces lots of vapor when heated. There are e juice manufacturers, like Austin’s, that use a 100% VG formula as some people worry about the safety of PG (propylene glycol).

Propylene glycol has gotten a bad rap because people don’t understand it, often mistaking it as being no different than anti-freeze. This is simply not true. PG has been used as an ingredient in inhalers and other products since the fifties. PG serves two functions: it lowers the temperature necessary to vaporize water, and it is good for carrying flavors. Because of this PG is often used in foods, and both the VG and the PG used in premium e-liquids is FDA approved and GRAS (generally recognized as safe). Both VG and PG are hyrgoscopic ingredients, which means they absorb water from the air. This is where the vapor that is produced comes from. Some mass produced e-cig cartridges and liquids use PEG 400 (polyethylene glycol), which some people believe can produce diethylene glycol (antifreeze) as a byproduct. PG only creates byproducts that already naturally occur in the human body.

Cosmic Fog VaporsUncle Junk's JuiceVape Goons E-Juice

Nicotine is not healthy but it’s what cigarette smokers crave. All our premium e-liquids are available without nicotine. If you like nicotine, all our premium e-liquids are available in multiple nicotine levels. When added, this nicotine is naturally derived and is as pure as possible.

The miligram (mg) level of an e-liquid corresponds to the amount of nicotine per mililiter, so a 6mg juice contains 6mg nic/ml e-liquid. As vape hardware has gotten more powerful, nicotine levels have dropped accordingly and many of our premium vape juice brands offer 3mg formulas that work great in sub-Ohm vaping units.

Do U Even Vape E-Juice

Do U Even Vape?

As soon as you see the wax drip over the cap you know this juice is going to be good, kind of like Makers Mark. You can be pretty sure that no one has tampered with this bottle, and once you open one up you’ll be glad because this juice is so good you may not want to share. Blackjack serves up the amazing dessert flavor of Banana’s Foster, resting on a home made graham cracker crust. G Man is the perfect baked vape, combining cinnamon roll with Do You Vape’s signature graham cracker crust.

Space Jam Juice

Space Jam Juice

Featuring a 50/50 VG to PG blend, Space Jam e juice serves up flavor that is out of this world. The high PG content serves up tons of flavor and a nice dry hit. Space Jam has a diverse line of flavors that include fruit blends (blueberry/pomegranate), desserts (peaches & cream), tobacco flavor (tobacco & vanilla), even champagne! (and strawberry).

One Hit Wonder E Juice

One Hit Wonder EJuice

Do you know the Muffin Man? He makes one flavor, that’s it. And it comes in a 180ml bottle because you’re going to want a lot of it. This is all that is necessary. If you like baked good vapes, this is the last juice you’ll ever need to order. Featuring an 80/20 VG/PG blend, this juice cooks up some huge clouds and contains only USP grade ingredients. Available in 0mg, 3mg, or 6mg nicotine levels.

We carry a ton of other premium e-juice brands too, like Suicide Bunny, Cuttwood, Cosmic Fog Vapors, Vape Goons, Uncle Junk’s Vape Juice, and Cali Vape.

Whatever your taste, we’ve got a juice for it. Make sure to stop by and take a look at all of our brands, we’ve got you covered.

16
Jun

New Summertime Special Edition Tangiers Flavors

Well we are already approaching another season, and here in Texas we are really feeling that summer time heat. Now that we are moving to another season, we’ll start to see some more new flavors hit the market. Tangiers is the first at bat for the season with some more Special Edition Flavors, and who doesn’t get excited for some more tang in their life, it’s Christmas in summer. Today we have 3 new flavors to try out for you guys and one of them we have seen before, but it has now moved over to the Special Edition series, which means that these flavors will only be made during the season. If you are unfamiliar with Tangiers take a quick second to check out our blog about dense packing and the buzz factor. Tangiers is a unique type of hookah tobacco that requires a little tlc in the beginning, but it won’t take long for you to become a Tangiers specialist. I know you’re eager to find out what these new flavors have to offer, so let’s jump into it.

Tangiers Pear-Watermelon

 

This is definitely a new type of flavor combination in the shisha world, taking the relaxing summer/spring  fruit watermelon and combining it with the sweetness of pear. Taking a sniff right out of the package you get a warm splash of bold watermelon tones, with a little bit of spice coming for the pear. We don’t see that many pear flavors hit the market that often, because it’s one of those flavors that can turn out great or it could turn out terrible. Lucky for us Tangiers knows what they are doing, and you can enjoy pear with this watermelon, or as a stand alone flavor available in the Noir line. This Tangiers summer mix is the perfect balance of the mouth watering taste of watermelon on the inhale, and a delightful combination of a sweetened  spiced pear with juicy watermelon tones on the exhale. The pear becomes a little hidden later on in the session, but it still plays into the watermelon profile to give you a long lasting flavorful session.

tangiers pear watermelon

Tangiers Lemon Tea

This flavor deserves the title of a “Front Porch Smoke“, it’s just a relaxing flavor that carries some sweet notes with a nice tea taste, and it should be enjoyed while you tell kids to stay off your lawn. Other areas of enjoyment could be in front of your TV watching some Netflix, or while taking a study break, basically anywhere you feel like you’ll be the most relaxed. Once you’re ready for this  relaxing session, you can crack open the tub and let the bright sweet lemon aroma fill the room, but you’re going to have to get a little closer if you want to smell any tea tones. There is no surprise here that lemon is the predominant flavor you smell, because citrus notes can be hard to mask, but that doesn’t mean it’s all that you will taste.  After this bowl is going, each inhale rewards you with the sugary lemon that has no sour notes, and a smooth tea base that mellows out the sweetness.

tangiers lemon tea

Tangiers Double Orange

Have we met before? Double Orange is great addition to anyones cabinet that enjoys floral tones in their sessions. Step back when you open this package because the rich floral aromas will fill your nostrils in a instant, followed up by a orange that smells just like the rinds of a perfectly ripped orange. If you have never had floral flavors before than this is a perfect first for your palate, as you get a chance to experience natural floral tones, with the security blanket being a classic orange to guide you into a new world of flavor. The Double Orange inhale is a warm blend of a bold orange that is unparalleled to any type of orange mix that you’ve had in the past, primarily because of the light flowery tones that rise in flavor throughout your session. We’re excited that this flavor didn’t get 86′d by the tangiers team, so now we can enjoy this all summer long.

tangiers double orange

 

Tangiers Tips From SMOKEorPASS

If you need some tips on what to do with your tangiers once you receive it, check out this video from SMOKEorPASS going over these new flavors and how-to acclimate them for a proper smoke.

15
Jun

What’s Your Shisha Flavor Name?

Taking a scroll through your news feed you may come across the usual, “What’s your ___” ( insert drink, character, or celebrity name) games, but we never see anything related to Hookah. Well today we are here to change that, and let you guys/girls figure out the name of your Shisha flavor based on your name and birth month.

There will be a great amount of unique flavor names created, and we would love to know what your new flavor contains. For example since my name is Shaunn and I was born in September, my shisha flavor would carry the name “Slap-Yo-Momma Mint”. You can come up with your own mix using flavors that have never been created before, or use existing flavors currently on the market. I think for my “Slap-Yo-Momma Mint” mix, it would have to be a triple layer of Tangiers* Spearmint, Cane Mint, and Mint. (*All Noir)

Leave your mix idea in the comments below, and you may see it pop up in the Custom Mixology Shisha Section.

What Shisha Flavor Are You
05
Jun

5 Hookah Myths Debunked

Hookah Myth #1: Foil Shiny Side Down

Hookah Bowl With Foil

The first time someone taught me how to pack a proper hookah bowl they told me to always make sure to place the hookah foil over the bowl with the shiny side down. I asked why and my instructor just shrugged his shoulders and said “It’s supposed to help” with no further explanation offered. Over the years since, I’ve asked many other smokers about this, and while some offer some basic reasoning about better heat retention, no one was able to convince me this was necessary.

Here at Hookah-Shisha HQ we have tested this over and over and we can report that it makes no consistent and noticeable difference over having the shiny side up. Just make sure your hookah foil is wrapped tight as a drum, poke some holes and smoke away. Don’t waste your time figuring out which side is the shiny side.

Hookah Myth #2: Milk In The Base For Bigger Clouds

Hookah With Milk In The Base

Another common hookah myth is that by adding milk to your base instead of water, you will get bigger smoke clouds. This is one myth we don’t even recommend attempting. From a health standpoint, adding milk to your base is a really bad idea. Milk froths up a lot when air runs through it. The milk will likely get into your hose, into up into your stem, in the heart of the pipe, the purge valve, etc.

Unless you are sterilizing your hookah rig between each session, this milk could cause bacterial growth and if inhaled, could cause nasty respiratory or lung infections. In our, limited, experience with milk in the base, we never got larger clouds, and with the health concerns that come with it, we do not recommend even testing this one out.

Hookah Myth #3: More Juice = More Flavor

Juicy Shisha

The modern hookah smoker is cloud crazy and because of that, more and more modern lines of shisha come to you dripping in juice. This juice is mostly glycerine/honey/molasses which all cause those monster clouds you love so much. The problem is that those juices are also really easy to burn which can ruin the flavor of your shisha smoke. With some of the wetter brands such as Fumari or Fantasia, we often pat the shisha ever so slightly with some dry paper towel before loading our bowl to remove some of that excess juice.

If you are using proper packing and heat management techniques you will still get monster clouds, but the shisha will burn more evenly and with better flavor. Remember, more juice equals more clouds, not necessarily more flavor.

Hookah Myth #4: You Have To Acclimate Tangiers Shisha

Tangiers Acclimation

Back in the day, smoking Tangiers shisha was a very frustrating experience for many novice smokers. The pros knew to always acclimate their shisha, and exactly how to do so, but the beginner struggled and because of that a lot of people missed out on their amazing flavors. Nowadays the Tangiers batches do not require acclimation as long as you know what you are doing.

When you get your new bag of Tangiers, take a few minutes and use your fingers to massage the shisha in the package. You want to just squish the package around enough so that the juices and shisha properly mingle together. After a few minutes of squishing in the package, open it up and give it a smell. Does it smell just like the flavor on the package? Then you are good to go. If it smells funny, get back to squishing. Acclimation still works, it’s just no longer necessary.

Hookah Myth #5: Tall Hookahs Smoke Better Than Short Hookahs

Tall Hookahs Vs Short Hookahs

We have covered this myth many times before and if you want a quick tl;dr on this topic, here it is; It’s not the height of the hookah that matters, it’s the size of the base. There are some inherit benefits to a taller hookah over a smaller one. Taller hookahs tend to have wider stems for better airflow, but a lot of smokers really enjoy a bit of a restricted draw. Smoke also takes a bit longer to travel down the downstem of a tall hookah vs a short one, but again, this makes a very small difference in the smoke quality of your hookah.

Here’s what really matters – having a well packed bowl with the proper amount of heat and having a big enough base to hold both a lot of smoke, and a lot of water. The water cools the smoke, making it enjoyable to inhale, and the more smoke your base can handle, the bigger clouds you get. Want to learn more about all of this? Check out our previous blog, including a video of a test we did between tall and short hookahs.

21
May

Hookah Freak Shisha: A Closer Look

New Hookah Freak Blends

Who’s ready to get freaky? The crazy flavor blends of Hookah Freak have arrived on our website, and we were excited to get smoking on them. Hookah Freak is a blended line of the Hookah-Hookah tobacco flavors, all of which are made here in the United States. The Hookah Freak line started popping up online about 6 years ago, and since then they have improved on several flavors, making them bolder and extending the overall length of the flavor. But what’s really different about this freaky stuff?

The Cut

Hookah Freak Tobacco Cut

Opening a fresh bag of shisha, we are usually met with either a golden leaf tobacco, red dyed tobacco, or possibly some black leaf tobacco. After you twist open a can of Hookah Freak, you will be greeted with a dark and fine cut shisha that contains long strips of flue cured Virginia tobacco.

Wait, what’s flue cured? It’s the process that takes place before the tobacco can blended with the natural ingredients that Hookah Freak uses for all of their flavors. Hanging the leaves in an area that funnels heat straight to the leaves, allows them to be cured without any smoke and provides more sugar in each leaf. Each jar contains a decent amount of excess shisha juice, but the shisha itself is moist rather than extremely juicy. We still prefer to bust out the ol’ classic oyster fork.

The Flavor

Currently we are offering 10 flavor blends of the Hookah Freak, and they all smell pretty amazing, so hats off to whomever is the blendmaster over there. So far what we have noticed with this line is a desirable amount of  longevity, and that is what everyone wants in their sessions. The flavor blends could tell a story if they had a mouth, but that’s not going to happen so allow us to explain some stories of our experiences with Hookah Freak.

Just like all the other cool people in this world we enjoy the movie “The Big Lebowski”, so it was only right that we loaded The Dude. It only took a couple of pulls to realize that this was the magical mix we commonly know as a “White Russian”, producing clouds thicker and whiter than the drink itself. We enjoy the flavor build up for most of the flavors, achieving something new with each draw over time, but we didn’t stop at just one flavor.

Who Wants Some Pancakes

Keeping up the theme of classic movies we threw in some Pineapple Xpress, which at first we thought was a little light in the pineapple department on the first couple of pulls., but if you give it a good 10 minutes you will have a nice treat waiting for you on the other side. At this point we we’re still freaking out (see what I did there) and someone asked “Would anyone like some pancakes?’, so we whipped a bowl of Blueberry Pancakes. You can catch the full video below for the loading instructions, and some insight on Blueberry Pancakes.

Overall

We hope you guys enjoy Hookah Freak as much as we did, let us know what some of your favorite mixes are down below. If you wanna make your own Hookah-Freak mixes, be sure to check out the Hookah Hookah section for some crazy flavors that are all spot on.

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21
May

Sub Ohm Vaping With A Box Mod, APV, Or A Mech Mod

If you’re into vaping, you’ve probably noticed some vapers exhaling some huge clouds. If you’ve asked yourself, “How do they do that?”, this article is for you. Cloud chasing has always been an activity pursued by vape afficianados but until recently you had to have a physics degree and a decent skill set to produce these clouds.

Purists will still swear that the best way to do this is to hand-wrap your own coils, pick the perfect battery and mod… They’re probably right, but there are a lot of new products on the market that make plug n’ play cloud production a piece of cake. The following article is going to highlight the best products for cloud chasers, and some tips on how to turn yourself into a vape dragon.

Picking The Right Mod

Your mod holds your batteries, and is the heart of your vapor production. There are mechanical mods, electronic mods, and box mods. Whichever path you choose to go down, you’ll need a good clearomizer to attach to your mod, and unless you’re using a mod with a built-in battery, you’ll need to pick up some batteries and a charger.

Mechanical Mods are a tube specifically designed to get maximum energy transmission from a battery. Mech mods are designed with a specific battery size in mind, and are fitted with highly conductive materials to maximize energy transfer. There is usually no electronic circuitry in a mech mod. Power flow is determined by the battery and the atomizer. Mech mods are the perfect choice for the vaper who wants to set it and forget it.

Electronic Mods contain a built-in battery and contain varying levels of electronic circuitry. Most e-mods allow adjustment of wattage and voltage, enabling the user to easily dial in the perfect vape, regardless of atomizer resistance or e-liquid configuration. Translated into English: an electronic mod gives you a lot of control over your vape, provided you are willing to scroll through some menus and adjust your settings. Fancier electronic mods also include features like puff count and ohm rating recognition. The best feature of an electronic mod (from a safety standpoint) is circuit protection. This ensures that you won’t blow up your battery if you overload it.

Box Mods combine the best of both worlds, and not surprisingly are the hottest, most popoular products currently available to vapers. A box mod contains circuitry that allows you to adjust voltage, wattage, etc. It is also powered by external batteries (not a built-in battery). This allows you to pick the battery of your choice (like with a mech mod) but also fine tune your settings, dependent on what atomizer tank you have chosen to vape with.

Pioneer4You IPV3

Pioneer4You IPV3

When you’re ready for some true vape power, it’s time to move up to the Pioneer4You IPV3 150W Box Mod. This vape cloud machine has power to spare, and is able to accommodate coil heads with ratings down to 0.1 Ohms, if you’re ready to get crazy.

Powered by two high-drain 18650 batteries (not included), the Pioneer 4 You serves up voltage from 1.0V – 7.0V, and has variable wattage from 7W all the way up to an incredible 150 watts of power. This monster box mod can literally generate clouds big enough to explode your head. We don’t reccomend this, but… Serving up to 40 Amps of power flow!

Aspire CF Sub Ohm Battery Mod

Aspire is synonymous with clouds, and the Aspire CF Sub Ohm Vape Battery is the perfect hardware choice for cloud chasers looking for the feel and convenience of a mechanical mod, but with added features like a built-in battery, USB charging, LED power display, and circuit protection.

The Aspire CF has 4.2V of steady output power, is compatible with atomizers rated from 0.3 – 1.0 Ohms, has power flow up to 40 amps, and a large charge capacity of 2000mAh. Unlike mechanical mods, it also has an electronic on/off switch, and the LED display that surrounds the firing button lets you know when you’re running at full power, and when it’s time for a charge. It also features a carbon fiber wrap that looks awesome and keeps the weight down. The perfect tank clearomizer to attach to the Aspire CF is the Aspire Atlantis 2 Sub-Ohm RDA.

Aspire CF Sub Ohm Battery
Turtelship Clone Mech Mod

Turtleship Clone Mech Mod

For those of you who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on “the real thing” this perfectly made “clone” is both attractive and efficient.

Featuring a beautiful brushed steel finish and a laser-etched image, this mechanical mod has three threaded tubes so that it can fit an 18650, 18500, or 18350 sized battery, allowing you to custom size your mod based on how many hours you want it to last.

Fit it with an 18350 and you’ve got a pocket sized cloud machine. Install an 18650 and you’ll be vaping for hours before your next charge is needed. The Turtleship mechanical mod features a traditional bottom firing button with lock ring.

20
May

New Social Smoke Flavors!

Social Smoke is starting the summer off right, with a slew of new flavors. Recently we saw the rise of Cali Peach, Artic Lemon, and Delicious Apple, and the fun doesn’t stop there. With this new batch of flavors we get a chance to taste an exotic fruit, a popular ice cream flavor, and many more blends that will keep your taste buds wanting more. If this is your first time seeing Social Smoke, take a minute to check out their full selection of  flavors, you may find a couple of new favorites for you stash.

Social Smoke Cinnamon Roll

Social Smoke Cinnamon Roll

This dessert flavor brings some decadence to your smoke session, with the sweet aroma of a Cinnamon Roll. This flavor out of the can makes you want to take a bite out of it, but it is highly suggested that you leave it in a hookah bowl, and not a cereal bowl. The smell of the cinnamon flavor is very natural and it has a little spice to it, but the sweetness of the icing flavor calms down the spice slightly. The flavor of the smoke bring out a warm blend of a sweetened cinnamon spice, that could be enjoyed at any point of the day. If you enjoy a cooling sensation with your desert, throw in a little cinnamint around your spire for a nice surprise.

Social Smoke Ginger Tea

Social Smoke Ginger Tea

Do you ever crave a nice mellow smoke, without the sweet candy frills? Then it’s time for you too load up some Ginger Tea, and kick back for some relaxing clouds. Once we opened this up the prominent flavor was ginger, no surprise there but it was the choice of ginger flavoring that made us want to throw it in a bowl ASAP. The smell of the ginger offers a mix of sweet and spice, both components don’t go overboard with the flavor strength leaving you with a classic ginger taste. The tea flavor is hard to find in the aroma, but once you throw some coals on and start smoking, the tea begins to grow throughout the session. This is the perfect after work bowl or a bowl to enjoy during a movie.

Social Smoke Japanese Yuzu

Social Smoke Japanese Yuzu

What in the world is a Yuzu? It’s a fruit and not just any fruit, this is a hybrid citrus fruit that originated in East Asia and happens to be very pricey amongst other fruits. We all scratched our heads after opening this can, it smells amazing, offering sweet tones of lemon and grapefruit but we knew there was more to this flavor. When we fired it up in the hookah it became apparent that there was more to this delicious flavor, and we believe that there is a little bit of honey involved with this mix. Honey is commonly used in combination with the Yuzu fruit when it is used in food, and we couldn’t think of a better companion for this fruit in shisha form. We know you guys will enjoy making some custom mixes with these flavors.

Social Smoke Lemon Drop

Social Smoke Lemon Drop

You know that sour lemon candy from your childhood, that you may still be enjoying at this very moment. Have you ever wanted to smoke it? Now you can, with this citrus burst of flavor from Lemon Drop. If you were to slice a lemon in half and let it sit in a tub of sugar water for about a week and then smelled it, you maybe close to the smell of this shisha. If you enjoy citrus flavors or lemon in general, then this flavor may have magically been added to your cart while you were reading. When you begin smoking this flavor you will get a couple of tart inhales, but it evolves into a sugar sweet candy cloud session.

Social Smoke Horchata Cajeta

Social Smoke Horchata Cajeta

We haven’t had a new Horchata flavor on the market in a very long time, and we are excited that Social Smoke took this leap on a very unique flavor. If you’ve never had Horchata in it’s original form (a spanish dessert drink consisting of rice milk/cinnamon), it’s pretty good and if you like the milk after cinnamon toast crunch, than you should give it a try. This flavor smells exactly like a creamy cinnamon mix, while the typical spice is hidden behind a rich cream aroma. Your first couple of pulls reward you with a toasted cinnamon flavor, and slowly evolves to a rich cinnamon cream taste that will leave you wanting more.

Social Smoke Pistachio Breeze

Social Smoke PistachioBreeze

Pistachio Breeze ladies and gentlemen, this can features a scoop of pistachio ice cream and a few pistachios laying around it. What does that mean for you? Pistachio ice cream of course, this isn’t like the normal pistachio flavor that you’ve tasted in the past. With the new mix we get to enjoy pistachio with a light cooling effect, and a mellow cream base. The shisha itself has a bold pistachio aroma, and if you leave the can open too long, this glorious scent will fill the room. This isn’t the typical flavor that you would find a lounge, or in your buddys cabinet, but it’s so different that you have try it at least once.

Thank you Social Smoke for the 6 new amazing flavors, we are going to continue smoking these funky blends and get back to work.

18
May

How To Earn A Degree In Shisha Mixology

Shisha Mixology Header

Everyone has their own favorite shisha flavors, these type of flavors could never be turned down if offered to you and always stay stocked in your cabinet. From time to time we want to see if we can take these flavors to the next level by adding a new component, these new additions can make your mix sweet, spicy, or just minty. You can tailor each mix to your taste buds, or follow recipes offered by trained hookah enthusiasts (hey how’s its going).

The great thing about mixing is that you get a chance to create extremely unique flavor, but you can’t just dive into this new world without a broad knowledge of the tobacco of choice, and flavor profiles. As long as you follow the tips below, you’ll have a degree in Shisha Mixology in no time from the fine insitute of Hookah-Shisha University. (Still working on a mascot)

Step 1 – KNOW YOUR SHISHA

Before we just start throwing shisha into a bowl and calling it a mix, you must understand the tobacco itself as many brands have unique traits. Let’s start off with something basic like Tangiers for example. Most of us know that there is a different packing process for Tangiers than traditional shisha tobacco, so mixing this with something like Social Smoke may be a little complicated.

For your these beginning stages of mixing stick to brands that offer similar leaves and packing methods, like Starbuzz/Social Smoke or Fumari/Haze. Surely you could smoke Tangiers mixed with a little bit of Social Smoke, but over time the leathery tobacco notes in Tangiers would overpower the light notes in Social Smoke.

Know Your Shisha

Looking beyond the visual aspects of the tobacco, you must understand that each brand has different heat requirements. For example, the amount of Nakhla that you would use in your session would be completely different compared to the amount of Haze tobacco required for a full flavor smoke.

When you want to start using shisha that have completely different heat requirements, try placing them in their own quadrant in the bowl instead of mixing them together or simply place them on the bottom layer.  Later on we will talk about advance mixing, but I think I can see the light bulbs starting to turn on for some of you guys, so we’re going to move on to some more important info.

Step 2 – Choose Your Flavors

Besides knowing what type of tobacco to use, understanding flavor profiles is going to be extremely important when it comes to making your own custom shisha mix. It’s nice to know that we can find the good ol’ basic flavors like Grape, Orange, Cherry, and Mint from all of our favorite brands, but why do these flavors exist in so many brands? It brings us back to the previous statement, every brand is different and should be treated that way in the mixing process.

When you find the first flavor that you want to mix with, take a deep look into this flavor and decide what flavors you want to bring out, or add-on, with this new mix. Let’s take Cocojumbo from Starbuzz for example, this flavor offers a nice coconut and lime taste but you may want more citrus in this smoke or maybe more mint. Choosing a citrus flavor like orange or lemon will pair nicely with the lime already in Cocojumbo, you can even throw in a little mint to cool off the citrus tones.

Know Your Flavors

If you are wanting to add any mint to a bowl make sure you know what type of mint you’re working with, some mints offer a fresh mint taste and others could give you a cream taste. Adding mint to Cocojumbo is a nice addition but if we wanted to kill 2 birds with one stone, choose a citrus mint because you will be able to achieve a little more citrus while using a mint that pairs perfectly with the coconut and lime, plus you’ll save on shisha.

Use this knowledge to your advantage to avoid making bad mixes. Just take your time and think about it but still have fun! Pro Tip: If you have the flavors that you want to mix in hand, open both cans and smell them at the same time, it’s like a preview for the smoke.

Step 3 – Mixing Options

You are in the driver seat on how this new flavor plays out when it comes to smoking, for example having your mint loaded on the top will be a different smoking experience compared to mint on the bottom. Take a look at some of the mixes that you have made in the past, you’ve probably used the side by side loading method or a layering pack method. We can go beyond this and make incredible blends by using a little bit of pre-mixing and flavor focus packing.

Wait, what is flavor focus packing? Let’s say you want a little bit of mint in the bowl, and you sprinkle your portions on the top of the bowl before applying your tin foil or heat management device. That only makes up about 10% of your mix and it can get lost or unnoticed with the other 90%, so let’s focus on this one flavor to make sure it pops in our bowl.

Know Your Flavors

If you are using a phunnel bowl or any bowl with a single air channel, choose the focus flavor and load it around the spire only, this will guarantee that the flavor doesn’t get lost and it’s at the forefront of each pull. The same can be done for an egyptian style bowl or any bowl with air channels on the underside, simply place your focus flavor over the air channels.

We aren’t using too much of this focus flavor, so expect the overall flavor of the bowl to change midway and bring out of the main components of your bowl. We call that the flavor changing bowl, like a Gobstopper.

The other side of the spectrum when you’re making a new mix is something called a “premix”, and with the right flavors you could change some of your favorite mixes, for this example we will use Tangiers.

If we wanted to make a unique floral blend with a little lemon, we could use Lemon Blossom, Hibiscus, and Lemon. This could be done in three parts equally placed in the bowl or layered, but the lemon has a little bit of a stronger flavor profile and we don’t want it to overpower the other floral tones.

For this mix take some of your Lemon, probably around 20%, and blend it with the lemon blossom at 30%, all of this is done before actually placing it in the bowl. Once you have this new Lemon-Lemon Blossom mixed then you can place it in your bowl side by side or layered, remember you’re in the driver seat so find your preference and play with it.

Step 4 – Learn!!

We hope that this has been a great learning experience for you, just remember that the hookah game involves some trial and error. As long you can approach your sessions with a wealth of knowledge, every session will be great and you can let your friends know that you have degree in MIXOLOGY!!

If any of these tips have helped you let us know in the comments below, also we are always looking for new mixes to try, so leave us some of your favorite mixes they may become a featured mix on the website.

07
May

Amplifying The BUZZ In Your Bowl

There are many reasons why Hookah smokers love a good session; the flavors, the clouds, and the relaxation. Within these great session, you may find yourself achieving a slightly buzzed state and it’s a great feeling if you do it right. Some veteran hookah enthusiast reach a point in their smoking life where they are no longer affected by the buzz, over time they’ve built up a tolerance to the nicotine levels in some shisha. If you are one of these people or you just want to have the buzz back in your session, change your name to Stella because your about to get your groove back.

 

High Nicotine Tobacco:

In order to achieve a buzz we will require shisha that contains a good amount of nicotine, the herbal alternative won’t help you in this area because they often lack nicotine. There is a large amount of options on the market when it comes to shisha that contains nicotine, but we want the heavy hitters to get us spinning. Your choice in tobacco and how you

Nirvana Super Shisha

treat it can grant you a world changing difference in your hookah session, we gravitate towards Tangiers, Al Fakher, and Nirvana for the full body experience. You will also be able to find a nice buzz with brands like Nahkla, Haze , and Hookafina Blak. We picked the these brands because they take heat very well, and  offer us a buzz every time we smoke. Tangiers shisha is a unwashed tobacco that contains a higher level of nicotine than the average shisha, this type of tobacco is favored by many user for its lengthy flavor and overall buzz. Tangiers offers multiple lines of tobacco with different nicotine levels, included a caffeinated  so remember to do a little research before you’re spinning to hard. Al Fakher is classic, this type of molasses based shisha has been enjoyed for decades and when it is loaded properly a buzz can be achieved in no time. Nirvana super shisha brings some buzz to the hookah industry with a special ingredient, they have formulated a way to blend dokha (Middle-eastern high nicotine pipe tobacco) and shisha perfectly. The dokha hidden inside each mix will come as a surprise as it hits you within the first 10 minutes of the session, and the taste is never altered.

Tangiers & Titanium Super Pack

Packing & Heat:

Once we have the tobacco of choice laid out, we’re going to need to load it right in order to achieve that tingling sensation. Since we are using tobacco that can withstand large amounts of heat, try to add more then what you think is normal. We think phunnel bowls (80 feet or Harmony) are perfect  because we can get a little messy, but all of the juices stay inside the bowl. One rule of thumb before you start loading, is to remember to always think about how the heat can pass through your bowl. If we pack it tight like a block then no heat will ever pass through, which equals no smoke and no buzz. To describe our packing method in one word it would be “Dense”, this is the way to go if you want a buzz and clouds. Using a dense pack allows for more shisha to be utilizing giving your coals something to cook, and  for the ultimate airflow use your foil poker or a tooth pick to create small air pockets inside the bowl.

Since we picked tobacco that can take some heat, go ahead and toss that 4th coal on or use 3 cube coals. Normally we wouldn’t advise this but there is a goal we must achieve and as long as you have the right shisha there should be no problems. If you are using the Kaloud lotus just remember that you don’t always need the lid on in order for it to function properly, we just want the heat. This extra heat allows your shisha to reach the perfect to temperature to cook evenly with a dense pack, releasing a superior buzz-worthy inhale.

Nirvana Shisha Booster:

If you are still not receiving that full buzz that you wanted don’t worry we have you covered. Nirvana Shisha Booster or Celestial Tobacco enhancer (I believe they are in between changing labels) is essentially a boost in jar, and all it takes is small scoop to have you buzzing like a boss. This Formula combines the wet and juicy texture of shisha with the body numbing buzz from Dokha, into a unflavored enhancer for any shisha. Dokha comes from the tip of the tobacco leaves containing the most nicotine, and you get to choose how much you would like in each session. We could only handle a full scoop when we blended it with our shisha session, and even half a scoop will satisfy any hungry appetite.

01
May

Spring Shisha Mixes for Extremely Delicious Flavor

Great flavor demands great responsibility!  In that vein we have decided to unlock the secrets to 3 shisha mixes we regularly smoke in order to spread prosperity to all mankind.  Whether you want something sweet and fruity, rich and tropical or just something the living can’t describe, you have found the right place.  Check out our newly revealed mixes and give us some reviews in the comments.  Maybe you found a secret ingredient we could add to our recipes to make them even better, so let us know!

 

Mangus Breeze

Ready for a smooth smoke bursting with sweet tropical flavor?  Look no further than Mangus Breeze.  Fantasia shisha is known for being extra juicy and just gushing with flavor.  To produce this nectar of the gods simply add a 50/50 blend of Wild Mango and Cactus Breeze.  The deliciously rich flavor of Wild Mango (the best mango shisha on the market, IMHO) is the bold foundation onto which you add the sweet and smooth Cactus Breeze.  The combination of prickly pear fruit and mango creates a tropical explosion that rings every one of your flavor receptors.   This is a Fantasia tobacco blend, so you don’t want to scorch this bowl with 4 coals right out of the gate.  Start with 2 coals and increase the heat overtime while rotating the coals to maintain the best flavor and thick clouds.

Al Fakher Shisha Mix - Skitty Pebbles

Skitty Pebbles

Remember that fruity breakfast cereal made of very small rocks that Fred Flintstone ate?  It turned the milk into a sweet, orange fruity syrup.  Anyway, imagine that awesomeness with the extra bright tartness of Skittles!  Using Al Fakher Shisha, mix 50% Lemon, 25% Vanilla and 25% Rose…voila’ Skitty Pebbles.  Yes, Rose shisha is in this mix and NO IT WILL NOT TASTE LIKE FLOWERS, PERFUME OR POTPOURRI.  Trust us on this one.  Just put this mix together and enjoy a smooth fruity ride down memory lane.  This blend uses the unexplained property of physics where 3 ingredients mixed together taste nothing like any one of the original ingredients.  Dude, its science mixed with Unsolved Mysteries wrapped in String Theory, and the result is a hookah flavor you will never forget.

Al Fakher Shisha Mix - Skitty Pebbles

Dead Zombie

When zombies come “Nakhla-ing” at your door, it’s time to pull out the hard stuff and lob Molotov coctails out the window.  What should you use?  Goldschlager, Rumple Minze, and Jagermeister!  This explosive mix of 3 German liquors is a flavor bomb that combines the power of mint, cinnamon and spiced licorice.  Take Nakla Mizo Mint, Double Apple, and Cinnamon and mix them in equal parts in your bowl.  Stir the ingredients to get a well blended mix.  This flavor starts out ice cold from the Mizo Mint but then puts out a tingly exhale loaded with spices.  After your first bowl of Dead Zombie, we guarantee you will load a few more before you smoke anything else.  Its that good!  WARNING: Due to the higher nicotine content of unwashed Nakhla tobacco, this blend may turn you into a zombie too!

Nakhla Shisha Mix - Dead Zombie