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28
Mar

Spring Shisha Mixes (Tangiers, Starbuzz, Fumari, & Haze)

Spring is finally here! The snow is melting, the temperatures are creeping up, and we’re itching to smoke some awesome Spring shisha mixes! We’ve asked our resident shisha mix guru Shaunn to come up with some of his favorite go-to Spring mixes for you to try out. Check out the mixes below, and click the links to purchase the flavors used in Shaunn’s mixes and save 15% off of the normal price. Enjoy!

Mix #1: Mighty Coco Mint

Starbuzz CocoJumbo – 40%

Starbuzz Bold White Mint – 20%

Starbuzz Bold Mighty Freeze – 40%

For the spring what’s a better smoke than a lovely coconut and lemon-lime blend, with a cool minty exhale. You can load this side by side, but the optimal flavor is achieved by mixing it all together before loading.

Starbuzz Spring Shisha Mix

Mix #2: The Shaddok Mint

Tangiers Noir Melon Blend – 40%

Tangiers Noir Yunnan Shaddok – 40%

Tangiers Noir Cane Mint – 20%

The Yunnan shaddok is a new flavor for tangiers this season and it offers a nice citrus taste, with a sweet orange and lemon. For this mix we added the sweet melons of Melon Blend and the cooling effect of Cane mint, making this mix something you’ll want to load over and over.

Tangiers Spring Shisha Mix

Mix #3: Mandarin Citrus Chill

Fumari Lemon Mint – 30%

Fumari Mandarin Zest – 40%

Fumari Citrus Mint – 30%

This is a mix for the taste buds! This mix offers the best of both worlds from Orange, the Mandarin is very prominent on the inhale and the Citrus mint brings in some lovely sour notes. The lemon mint mellows out some of the sour notes from the citrus, but adds a new flavor of lemon to your mix.

Fumari Spring Shisha Mix

Mix #4: Le’ 5 Cents It Up

Haze 5 Cents a Cup – 50%

Haze Lime It Up – 25%

Haze Le Mint – 25%

Haze 5 Cents a cup is a remarkable flavor by itself, but in this mix we took it to a whole new level with the help of lime and lemon. The pink lemonade infused with a candy lime flavor is fantastic on the inhale, followed up by a sweet cooling exhale. When it comes down to loading we try to keep the Le mint on the top towards the spire, and mix the others flavors beneath it.

Haze Spring Shisha Mix
24
Mar

Nirvana Super Shisha – The Buzz Is Back

Nirvana Super Shisha

Attention all Buzz chasers, we have something new that is guaranteed to knock your socks off. We are all familiar with the term shisha, but did you know there is a level beyond regular shisha? Most of the tobacco available for hookah smokers contain small levels of nicotine which can sometimes create a small ‘buzz’ during your hookah smoking session.

This buzz can vary based on how often you smoke, and your choice of tobacco. In some situations veteran smokers will reach a point where they are no longer affected by the small levels of nicotine in their shisha. We don’t find this to be a bad occurrence but some new/veteran smokers still crave that buzz. Well look no further because the new Nirvana Super Shisha blend will definitely put some pep in your step.

The Beginnings of Nirvana Super Shisha

Starting out about 3 years ago, Nirvana Super Shisha showed the world a new a cut of tobacco with a head spinning buzz that only propelled it’s popularity. Originally using a very fine cut burley leaf tobacco, they were able to create a wide array of flavors from melons with spices to beautiful blends of berries. Nirvana shisha is manufactured and produced here in the US, and each blend goes through extensive testing to ensure a perfect batch every time. Hookah smokers come to Nirvana for something they can’t find in regular shisha, and that special ingredient is Dokha.

Dokha is a type of tobacco that has been enjoyed in the middle east for over 500 years and it is still gaining popularity here in the US. This fine cut dry blend comes from the tip of the tobacco leaf which holds the highest levels of nicotine. The preparation process for this type of tobacco is unlike normal shisha tobacco because there is no use of molasses or honey.

There are no chemicals added to this pipe tobacco during it’s creation, and the flavoring comes from spices, herbs and flowers. Typical you would see this type of tobacco used in combination with a very slender pipe called a “Medwakh”, these handheld pipes come in many different sizes and lengths. This is commonly referred to as the traditional way to smoke Dokha.

Nirvana Super Shisha Graphics

Shisha + Dokha = Nirvana

The highly skilled shisha manufacturers at Medwakh applied their knowledge of Dokha to modern shisha tobacco, bringing life to the words “Super Shisha”. With this perfected product we are now able to enjoy 15 flavor blends of shisha and Dokha, and each blend offers a buzz unlike anything else that we’ve had before.

The latest batches of “Super Shisha” had some major changes to the cut of the shisha and the choice of tobacco leaves. This new formula moves away from the burley leaves to a light golden Polish Virginia leaf, these new leaves take heat well and offer an amazing full flavor experience. The switch of a fine cut shisha to a medium choppy cut allows for a cleaner and easier loading process. Super shisha can be enjoyed in many different bowl types, we found the Harmony bowl to be the best for our sessions.

3 Different Ways To Enjoy Nirvana & Dokha

Super shisha is a game changer and it is the perfect next step for anyone looking to either try something new or restore the buzz back in their sessions. If you’re wanting to have these flavors outside of the hookah world, we offer a full selection of Nirvana Dokha with flavors that match the shisha line. You can also vape your favorite Super Shisha flavors with a full line premium e-juice that is once again guaranteed to give you a nice BUZZ!

Buy Nirvana Super Shisha
20
Mar

How To Get The Best Flavor From Your Hookah

Do you ever have sub-par hookah sessions where you don’t get much flavor from your shisha? Or perhaps the flavor tastes burned or harsh? If so, this is the perfect blog post for you.

In this post we are going to cover 6 different aspects of the hookah smoking experience that can affect the quality and flavor of your hookah smoke. If you follow our tips on your next session we think that you will get the best flavor and smoothest smoke of your life.

How To Get The Best Flavor From Your Hookah

Hookah Heat Management

The first rule of heat management is that too much heat can kill your flavors. Each brand of shisha is going to react to heat in different ways. Haze, for instance, likes a lot of heat, as does Nirvana super shisha. Most modern brands such as Starbuzz, Social Smoke, or Fantasia, don’t react as well to high levels of heat and can taste burnt if you add too much heat at once. We recommend doing a bit of research (google and youtube are your friends) on each brand to see what longtime smokers recommend in terms of heat levels for each brand you plan on smoking.

Glowing Red Hookah Coals

The second rule of hookah heat management when it comes to maximizing your flavor is to always, always, always use coals that are GLOWING RED. If your coals are not fully lit then they may impart a certain unpleasant taste to your bowls and it is incredibly difficult to remove this flavor once it’s attached itself to your bowl and shisha. It may mean you have to wait an extra minute or two to smoke, but making sure that your coals are fully lit will ensure a clean tasting bowl.

Hookah Bowl Packing Techniques

As with heat management, the way you pack your bowl will depend on the type of shisha you are smoking, as well as the bowl you use. Once again, for the best results, we recommend doing a bit of internet research on your brand of choice, but there are some general guidelines you can follow to get a great smoke.

A fluff pack, or semi-dense pack, will work for almost all brands aside from Tangiers and Haze. Just sprinkle the shisha into your bowl and lightly pack it down to just a bit under the edge of your bowl. You want to have great airflow so that heat can evenly pass through your shisha and in turn evenly heat your tobacco. A fluff pack will allow for proper heat distribution.

A great general tip is to use a toothpick or foil poker to make lots of small holes in your shisha once your bowl is packed. Poke all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. If you are wondering what we consider to be the best style of bowl for general smoking sessions, we generally recommend phunnel style bowls these days as they tend to work best across a wide variety of shisha brands.

Hookah Smoke Clouds

When poking holes in your foil (we recommend using one sheet of a hookah specific foil, or heavy duty kitchen foil) always make at least 3 full rings of holes around the central spire of  your bowl and then one hole directly in the center of the spire to prevent your foil from getting sucked down and clogging the spire hole. Make sure that the holes are evenly spaced for the most even heat distribution.

One final tip is to check your airflow once the bowl has been packed and wrapped in foil. Hold the bowl above your head and place your lips directly on the bottom of the bowl. Inhale through the bowl to test the airflow. If it feels restricted you may need to rethink your packing techniques.

The Hookah Base

When it comes to your hookah base the most important thing is to ensure a proper water level. If you have too much water your hookah will be very restricted. Too little water and your smoke will be very dry and hot. This can lead to headaches when smoking and a sore throat. We recommend having the end of your downstem, or the highest holes on your diffuser, submerged by about 1 inch.

Never leave water in your base after your session is over. Mold can build up very quickly in the warm environment of a hookah base and that mold can absolutely ruin your shisha’s flavor. Not to mention that it’s really gross and unhealthy to be inhaling mold. Using a smoke filter powder like Smoke Skreen may help keep your water a bit cleaner and can improve the quality and flavor of your smoke too.

While it may be popular to add ice or cold water to your base to get cooler, smoother smoke, be aware that cold will lessen the flavor you get from your shisha. It’s analgous to trying to brew tea in cold water. You just won’t get the same level of flavor that you will with room temperature water. Oh and by the way, if you are wondering what liquid to use in your base to get the best flavor, we always recommend plan old water. Nothing else compares.

Using A Kaloud Lotus

Kaloud Lotus + Heba Diffuser

For the best flavor and clouds possible, we love smoking with both a Kaloud Lotus and a HEBA diffuser at the same time. Make sure that the air vents on the bottom of your Lotus are over the bowl and shisha as this is imperative to your Lotus working right. With the Lotus on top of your bowl, but with no coals in place, use a foil poker or toothpick to ensure that your air vents are not clogged with shisha.

Keep your hookah coals towards the outside of the Kaloud Lotus so that the heat can effectively move from the coals, through the air vents, and into the shisha. The vibration of your rumbling hookah can cause your coals to move towards the center of your Lotus and this is why we always recommend using the Heba diffuser when you are using your Kaloud Lotus. The reduction in vibration that the HEBA brings will keep your coals in place and your hookah smoking great.

Finally, always be sure to give your Lotus a thorough cleaning before using. If there is burned up shisha stuck to the bottom of the Lotus it can give an unpleasant flavor to your bowl. If the burned on shisha is really stuck on there, you can soak your Kaloud Lotus in hot water for an hour or so and then scrub the burnt shisha with a light scouring pad or brush.

Your Hookah Hose

If you are using a traditional leather hookah hose, you may be quite susceptible to ghosted flavors. Since leather hoses are not washable, one thing you can try is to blow out any smoke that may be lingering in your hose as soon as you are done smoking. That lingering smoke contains moisture which can be absorbed by the porous materials of your hose while it sits out.

In general, we recommend almost always using a modern, washable hose. Some favorites include the Nammor hookah hose, the D-Hose (or aluminum D-Hose), and the NuHose.

The Hookah Stem

Metal hookahs should be washed or, at a minimum, rinsed out between each session to ensure the best flavors and to eliminate as much flavor ghosting as possible. If you have a stem which is severely ghosted we recommend using a hookah cleaner like Bling or, in lieu of that, lemon juice. This will get the majority of the ghosted flavors out of your stem. Be sure to thoroughly rinse out your stem after cleaning.

Cleaning Your Hookah Stem

Most hookahs come with metal BBs in your purge valve. We recommend swapping those out with plastic BBs. This eliminates most gunk and buildup in the purge valve. If you decide to stick with your metal BBs, make sure that the ball is kept clean and shiny. If it is tarnished, make sure to clean it off before smoking. If you have a clean hose, stem, and base but your hookah still tastes funky, the purge valve may be the culprit and should be cleaned thoroughly.

There you have it, a massive collection of all of our best tips to ensure that you get the best taste from your hookah. We hope that these tips will allow you to get the best tasting hookah session of your entire life. Good luck and, as always, happy smoking!

09
Mar

New Quick Light Hookah Charcoal

We’ve just received two new, and unique, styles of quicklight hookah charcoal that we think are worthy of a closer look. First up is the newest addition to Fantasia’s Air-Flow line of coals. These are the first quick-lighting coals to be added to the unique Air-Flow line. Second up is a very unique new product called CharcoBlaze. CharcoBlaze is the first brand we’ve found to make quick-lighting coal from coconut husks. Most every quality natural coal on the market these days is made from coconut husks. Read on to learn more about these two exciting new additions to the hookah world.

Fantasia Air-Flow Quick Light Hookah Coals

Fantasia’s original Air-Flow coals are still one of the most innovative and original designs in the world of hookah charcoal. They are designed to sit up above your foil, which allows for air to flow under and around your coals. Anyone who has ever had the bottom of their natural coals go black during a session understands how this feature could be very helpful.

These new Fantasia Air-Flow Quick-Light coals are the exact same shape as the originals but light up faster and do not require a constant heat-source. To use these coals simply apply heat (a cigarette lighter works great) until you see the coal start to spark. Then let the coal rest on the tray of your hookah, or on a coal carrier, until it is fully lit and then smoke away!

Fantasia Air-Flow Quick Light Coals

CharcoBlaze Coconut Quick Light Hookah Charcoals

CharcoBlaze coals offer both the convenience of a quick-lighting coal as well as the consistent burn of a natural coconut based coal. Along with smoking great, coconut coals are very environmentally friendly as they are made from coconut husks which are normally discarded when coconut is being prepared as a food product.

You can use CharcoBlaze coals just like any other quick-lighting hookah coals. Simply apply some heat to the coals with either a stove top burner or a lighter until the coal begins to spark. Once the coal has stopped sparking, park the coals on the tray of your hookah or in a charcoal carrier until the entire coal is covered in a thin layer of white ash with a glowing red center. Once this state has been achieved, smoke away!

CharcoBlaze Quick Light Coconut Coals
06
Mar

Hookah Charcoal Burners

And the hookah gods said let there be fire!

The most important tool in the world of hookah isn’t the hookah or the shisha, it’s the coal. Let’s be honest you can’t enjoy a hookah session without a little heat, because who likes a non functional hookah? The greatest hookah sessions are achieved by using natural coconut coals that have been cooked until they are glowing red. For many hookah enthusiasts lighting up coals can be the most therapeutic part of starting a session.

You don’t have to settle for just one type of coal, because there are a wide variety of coals on the market to choose from so be sure to check out all the hookah charcoal options that are available. The coals are only one part of this puzzle, but the most important question we have to ask ourselves is how will you light them? Lucky you, we have compiled a list of the best hookah coal burners on the market to help you make the right decision.

The Standard Single Coil Electric Hookah Charcoal Burner

The standard single coil burner is the sweet spot in the world of charcoal heaters. It has enough power to get you natural coconut coals burning in about 10 mins. We find this to be the perfect amount of time to get your hookah cleaned up, and a fresh bowl packed.

If you need more than 10 minutes this coal burner is equipped with 3 different levels of heat, so you can choose you heat accordingly. It is only 8 inches by 8 inches so you don’t have to worry about it taking up too much space in your prep area.

Single Coil Hookah Charcoal Burner

Fumari Hookah Coal Burner

The Fumari hookah coal burner is a small upgrade from the Standard Single Coil, this is a popular charcoal burner of choice for hookah lounges. The fumari burner has three heat functions, using the high heat function we were able to produced glowing red coals in 8-9 min. The coils of the burner are raised slightly from the ash tray allowing optimal airflow underneath the coals for an even cook.

The metal framework design allows the burner to be almost cool to the touch while operating. We don’t encourage that you to touch your burner while it’s on, but feel free to use the side handles if you feel the need to move it. The handles can also be used in the clean process, by holding the handles you can empty any charcoal ash into the appropriate dispense area.

Fumari Hookah Charcoal Burner

Newport Hookah Coal Burner

When there is no electricity around, what is a hookah smoker to do when they want to light up their favorite Natural charcoal? Bring out the flames! The Newport Hookah Coal Burner is a must have for anyone that enjoys bringing their hookah with them on camping, hiking, and beach trips. The burner is fueled by Butane, it is portable and refillable so you only need one of these burners to set you straight.

A single Butane tank can produce high heat flames at up to 2400 degrees, for over an hour. It only takes 8-10 minutes for coals to become fully cooked using the Newport Coal Burner, but your surrounding environment will always play a big role if you’re outside. Just think after you take the coals you could use some of the flame to get some S’mores going and who says no to S’mores right?

Newport Butane Hookah Charcoal Burner

Electric Blazn Burner Hookah Charcoal Heater

Whoa are we in the future! The Blazn Burner is a product you might see in a futuristic sci-fi movie, with it’s sleek metal chassis and ultra bright red lights. The Blazn burner brings your favorite hookah charcoals from black to glowing red in 5-6 minutes. This burner is equipped with an auto turn-off feature, so you will never have to worry about over cooked coals.

The heat comes from two replaceable infrared tube, that reach 750 degrees in a matter of seconds. You can only fit 3 cube or flat coconut coals in the burner tray but with speeds like this a second round of fully lit coals can be produced in no time. The infrared bulbs have a lifespan of 100 hours at about 5 minutes per session that equals around 1200 round of coals.

Blazn Burner Hookah Charcoal Burner
02
Mar

Texas Independence Day Hookah Sale

Texas Independance Day Hookah Sale

Here at Hookah-Shisha.com we love to find a reason to have a sale. We are based in Austin, Texas and seeing as how today is Texas Independance Day (a holiday celebrating the founding of The Republic of Texas in 1836) we decided to throw together a week long sale on some great hookahs, shisha flavors, and accessories. All of the prices listed below are valid through 3/9/2015.  If you are a Tangiers Cane Mint fan, there are a few special deals included just for you! Enjoy!

Tangiers Birquq Cane Mint
Tangiers Noir Cane Mint
Regal Pine Melech Stem
Medwakh Coals
Coco Buzz Coals
Coco Buzz 2.0 Coals
Inside Fitting Mouthtips
Soguk Ice Hose Tip
Fantasia E-Bowl
Mya Econo Gyro Hookahs
Mya Econogon Hookahs
Mya Mikro Hookah
20
Feb

How To Make Your Shisha Last Longer

Waste not, want not. The exact source of this famous idiom is unclear, but the meaning of the phrase should ring true with many hookah smokers. If you use your hookah supplies, shisha in this specific case, wisely, then you won’t run out as often and will be able to smoke a tasty bowl of shisha as often as you like. In this guide we are going to go over some simple steps you can take to ensure that you use your shisha efficiently and avoid wasteful habits in the process.

Proper Shisha Storage

The most common cause of shisha waste is likely improper storage. When stored properly, good quality shisha does not have a specific expiration date. It can sit for months and months and still provide a good quality smoke. The most important things to remember are that, in almost all cases, exposure to light, heat, and air can accelerate the degradation of your shisha.

Certain shishas, like Tangiers, enjoy a bit of air from time to time, but with almost all other brands we recommend storing your shisha in air-tight containers and that you store those containers at room temperature and away from light. A cabinet or drawer works perfect for this. Keep your shisha stored correctly, and you will find yourself never throwing away old, dry shisha.

Shisha Storage

Smart Solo Smoking

When you are smoking with a large group of people feel free to load that Harmony or Vortex bowl full to the top, add 3 coals, let her rip, and pass that hose around. Chances are that you and your friends are going to smoke that bowl until it’s bone dry and all the flavor is gone.

If, however, you are planning a solo smoke session while watching a movie, working on a project, or just lounging on a lazy Saturday afternoon, take a second and think about how much you are actually going to smoke. In a situation like this, it’s probably best to consider a more shallow bowl, which holds less shisha but still smokes great.

Conservation Bowls

Use of shallow, or narrower, hookah bowls when smoking by yourself, or when smoking a quick bowl with friends, allows you to get great taste & cloud size while also conserving the amount of shisha you use. Underpacking a normal sized bowl is an option, but the distance from your coals to the shisha provide a less than optimal experience.

We recommend picking up an Alien Mini Phunnel bowl if you are into the Phunnel style or a Small Mya Bowl for a more traditional holes-on-the-bottom Egyptian style bowl. Each of these will allow you to have a regular smoke session while using less shisha.

Alien Mini Phunnel Bowl

Smart Coal Usage

Everyone loves blowing some monster clouds during their sessions, but these clouds come from adding extra heat to your bowl and that in turn can lead to more shisha being consumed during a normal smoke session. Next time you smoke, try using 2 coals instead of 3, or 3 half coals instead of 2 whole coals.

If you are patient and allow an extra minute or two for the bowl to heat up, and stagger your puffs by a few more seconds each time, you can often get better results than you would by blasting your shisha with a ton of heat for the whole session. Check out this short video on how to break natural coals in half for more info. Please be very careful when attempting this.

Use Technology

Our final shisha conservation tip is to just use the most modern technology we’ve got to get more efficient sessions. The new Kaloud Samsaris bowl is specifically designed to use less shisha than a traditional bowl, while also delivering longer than average sessions when paired with the Kaloud Lotus. Check out this awesome video of the founder of Kaloud showing you how he gets 2+ hour sessions with just a few pinches of shisha and a rotation of 1-2 coals.

19
Feb

Free Starbuzz Coffee Mugs

Starbuzz Coffee Mugs

Want to get a free Starbuzz coffee mug with your next order? All you need to do is use the coupon code below at checkout and the mug will automatically be added to your cart, free of charge. These awesome mugs are ceramic and feature the Starbuzz logo on one side and the phrase “I heart Starbuzz” on the other side. Show off your Starbuzz love at home, at the office, or anywhere a warm beverage is required. Don’t slack on this offer as our supplies are limited and once they are gone, they are gone.

Coupon Code: FreeSBMug

16
Feb

Free Hydro E-Liquid Samples

Hydro Samples Banner

Hydro has graciously provided us with a sampling of their excellent E-Liquid flavors to send out to our fine, fine customers free of charge. If you have never tried any of Hydro’s 20 excellent e-liquid flavors then this is just the offer for you. Each sample will consist of a 15ml bottle of a randomly selected flavor.

All of Hydro’s flavors are 100% nicotine-free and are made from a 50/50 PG/VG ratio. To get your free sample just use the code below at checkout when you place your next order. There is no order minimum, but the code cannot but used unless there is something in your cart and this code cannot be used in combination with any other coupon codes. Valid while supplies last. Enjoy!

Coupon Code: FreeHydroLiquid

12
Feb

3 New Social Smoke Flavors – Cali Peach, Artic Lemon, & Golden Delicious Apple

3 New Social Smoke Flavors Banner

The three newest flavors from Social Smoke have arrived! We’ve got Arctic Lemon, Golden Delicious Apple, and Cali Peach in 100g, 250g, and 1000g sizes. Read on for some brief first impressions of these three awesome new hookah flavors.

Arctic Lemon

Arctic Lemon is a great minty lemon flavor. Social Smoke is known mostly for it’s flagship mint flavor Absolute Zero (one of our top 10 shisha flavors of all time!) so you know that their mint mixes are going to be awesome. Arctic Lemon is no exception and should be tried by anyone who loves icy mint flavors or citrus mixes.

Golden Delicious Apple

This flavor smells AWESOME right out of the packaging. The hookah world is sorely lacking in tasty, true apple flavors. Golden Delicious Apple is sweet and flavorful and should be tried out by anyone who digs true apple flavors.

Cali Peach

Cali Peach has an earthy peach smell and smokes great. Tasty, but not overpowering, peach flavor abounds. We really enjoyed this one.

You can find all of these new flavors, and 70+ other social smoke classics, at the links below.

Social Smoke Shisha 100g

Social Smoke Shisha 250g

Social Smoke Shisha 1000g