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29 Jan

New Year & New Shisha Mixes!

Recommended Shisha Tobacco Mixes By Brand

With a new year we come to you with shisha mixes so delicious, so flavorful, so amazing, we had to share them with you. These mixes range from the incredibly juicy and sweet fruit mixes, to the frozen fresh mint and fruit combos, and even some awesome creamy spice concoctions. We hope you enjoy our suggestions and give them a try! The percentages seen with each mix represent the ratio we suggest of each flavor in order to get the best tasting mixed bowl possible! If you come up with a better ratio, or any amazing mixes of your own, we want to hear your thoughts! So be sure to share you killer mixes by hitting us on on Facebook and Twitter!

Starbuzz – Misty Apple, Mighty Freeze, Vanilla 

This mix features one of our office favorites, Misty Apple (40%), which is a slight spiced green apple with the sweet lemon mint of Mighty Freeze (40%), and the standard Vanilla (20%) to add some cream to this mix.

Al Fakher – Mango, Kiwi, Mint

Mango + Kiwi + Mint: Half of this mix should be the tropical wonder that is Mango (50%), with a nice bit of sweet and tart Kiwi (30%) and a touch of fresh Mint (20%) to leave a cooling sensation in your mouth!

Fumari – Ambrosia & Raspberry

Ambrosia (50%) is a sweet nectar, fresh melon awesomeness, worthy of the gods, that we suggest combining with the tart, sweet and fresh Raspberry (50%). If the Raspberry becomes too tart for you liking, take it down to 25% and let sweet melons shine!

Social Smoke – Horchata Cajeta & Dulce De Leche

Mixing Horchata Cajeta (70%), a creamy rice and cinnamon flavor inspired by the popular drink, with rich caramel notes of Dulce De Leche (30%).

Hookafina – Mint Knockout, Pineapple, Cocoloco

Mint Knockout (20%) is a sucker punch to the face of a cool mint blast that we recommend mixing with the incredibly natural and sweet tasting Pineapple (30%), and with Cocoloco (40%) which is a tropical coconut with zesty lime.

Nakhla – Sweet Melon, Cardamom, Mint

The Sweet Melon (60%) is light and refreshing, and mixes very well with the delightful sweet spice of Cardamom (20%) and the chilling effect of Mint (20%). We recommend that you premix the mint and cardamom before mixing with the sweet melon.

Fantasia – White Lotus & Wild Mango

This is a combination of the straight up succulent, natural taste of Wild Mango (50%) with the incredible cocktail concoction of White Lotus (50%) which features coconut, sour lime, and smooth honeydew melon.

Haze – Rose, Sub Zero, Frozen Lakes

This mix combines multiple notes in crazy ways; the floral notes of Sub Zero (30%) compliment the sweet Rose (35%) flavor, the cooling straight mint flavor of Sub Zero goes hand-in-hand with the mint of Frozen Lakes (35%), and the watermelon notes of Frozen Lakes go perfectly with the sweet floral and Rose notes of the other two flavors

Tangiers – Mime, Old School Watermelon – OR – Sour Watermelon

This one came down to the wire, and ended up being such a difficult decision we chose to suggest either the straight up flavor of Old School Watermelon or the sweet candied taste of Sour Watermelon (30%) to accompany the lemon and lime citrus combo of Mime (70%).

Starbuzz Vintage – Peach Spice & White Mist

Two kinds of peach: The sweet floral and spiced notes of Peach Spice (70%) are perfectly complimented by the creamy white peach notes of White Mist (30%)

Nirvana – It’s Kind of Small Gabe & Bugly Fitch

Odd names, yes, but a fantastic mix that will delight your taste buds! It’s Kind of Small Gabe (50%) is a warm cup of chai tea mixed with warm honey, and it is perfect to mix with the creamy vanilla and cinnamon notes of Bugly Fitch (50%).

27 Jan

New To Our Shelves: Alchemist Tobacco

A New Take on Boutique Shisha Tobacco

Standing out from the crowd is the defining attribute of any successful brand in the hookah and shisha world, finding new and exciting twists to traditional products or thinking up something original, and many of the big brands today have found their own niche. But the folks from Alchemist Tobacco, in San Diego, California, saw the need for something quite different from what anyone else has done before – something so nontraditional and yet in-line with today’s trends that hookah smokers would have to try it just to see what it was all about.

They have taken high quality French grown tobacco and aged it for 60 days in bourbon oak barrels to give them a depth of flavor you just won’t find anywhere else. This unique production, made in small batch blends, labels this hookah tobacco as a true boutique brand. Alchemist’s shisha tobacco is very finely cut, un-dyed, and not overly juicy tobacco that puts out amazing clouds with various packing methods and heat management tools.

They feature two lines: the original Alchemist Formula presents smooth, full-flavored smoke that will put out clouds for hours, and the Stout Line which features premium cigar tobacco known as “Sun Grown Dark Leaf Ligero Tobacco.” This tobacco goes through an extra fermentation stage that gives it a high nicotine concentration, the enhanced stout flavor, and an enjoyable kick. Not only does Alchemist Tobacco stand apart from the crowd through their unique shisha production method, their flavors are original and not new takes on other brands’ flavors. Their mint’s are unlike any other mint you’ve ever smoked, and their fruit shishas bring new tastes and notes to the table that you haven’t seen before. We are carrying a variety of Alchemist shisha flavors from both the Alchemist Formula and the Stout Line in 350g jars. Be sure to pick some up and experience a this revolutionary shisha tobacco brand!

21 Jan

The Best Hookahs for Beginners – Under $100

Where To Begin?

Starting out in the hookah world and trying to decide which hookah you want for your first is difficult. Which one is right for you? With so many things to consider, such as the brand, the price, the size, and the materials used, this can be a tough decision. To make things easier for you we’ve come up with a list of hookahs, in order of least expensive to most expensive, that will be a perfect choice to start your collection. These hookahs won’t break the bank, they look nice, and you can expect great smoking quality from each one. Find the right one for you, and get started on your own hookah journey!

Khalil Mamoon Mini-Classic (1 hose) Hookah – $49.99

The first hookah on our list comes from the Egyptian hookah manufacturers, Khalil Mamoon, who make all their hookahs by hand and are widely respected for putting out high quality products. The Khalil Mamoon Mini Classic stands 17 inches tall and is made of stainless-steel that will keep it from ever rusting or corroding; if treated well, this hookah should last you a very long time. At just under $50 the Mini Classic is the least expensive hookah on our list, but you can still expect a great smoke session from this piece! Khalil Mamoon uses stainless-steel on the downstem of this hookah (the pipe that channels the smoke from the bowl to the glass base) and is designed to give you a traditional smoking experience similar to what you might experience at a hookah lounge in Cairo, Egypt. This hookah will come included with an Egyptian hookah bowl, a coal tray, the glass base, an Egyptian hookah hose (non-washable), a tin foil pack, hookah charcoals, coal tongs, and some shisha tobacco.

Mya Bambino (1 hose) Hookah – $68.99

So much detail and smoking quality in such a small hookah! The Mya Bambino stands just 12 inches tall, but do not let its size fool you – this hookah can put out some clouds! Its size does make this hookah able to fit pretty much wherever you want, giving you the freedom to smoke anywhere! The Bambino is made of stainless-steel, making it durable and with a long lifespan, and the shaft is packed with as much fine detailing as possible, decorated in the ancient Cloisonne technique, that you can enjoy with every smoke session. The circular “grenade” style base is extremely stable, so you won’t have to worry about the Bambino wobbling or moving as you smoke. It will come with a custom designed carrying case to make carrying the Bambino quick and easy. It will also come with shisha tobacco, hookah charcoals, a tin foil pack, coal tongs, the Mya ceramic hookah bowl, a coal tray, and a 60 inch Mya Saray hookah hose (non-washable).

Mya Econogon (1 hose) Hookah – $79.99

The second Mya on our list, the 24 inch tall Mya Econogon Single hookah is an economical way to get a hookah with a sturdy “pyramid” style base and the ability to accommodate up to FOUR hoses (with the proper Mya Hose Adapters).  Made from stainless-steel, the Mya Econogon is a durable hookah that will last you a while and will provide many quality smoke sessions. The glass pyramid base is large enough to fill up with enough smoke to help you rip massive clouds that will fill the room! The base comes in four base color options, a 72 inch long Mya hookah hose (non-washable), a Mya ceramic hookah bowl, the coal tray, hookah charcoals, the coal tray, a tin foil pack, and a pack of shisha tobacco.

Shika V4 Mini Totti Electro (1 hose) Hookah – $84.99

The V4 round of Shika hookahs has given us a wide variety of incredible options to choose from, and the Shika Mini Totti Electro is an excellent one! The Mini Totti gets its “electro” title from the electroplating process each one is put through, a process that gives the shaft a beautiful look and a textured feel that repels water! This 19 inch tall hookah comes in three electroplated colors: blue, black, and hot pink. Unlike many of the V4 Shika line, the Mini Totti features a stainless-steel downstem that will never rust or corrode, and will never hold on to strong shisha flavors after a quick cleaning. The Mini Totti will arrive with a washable Shika Typhoon hookah hose, an Oblivion Phunnel hookah bowl, a coal tray, electroplated coal tongs, a package of shisha tobacco, hookah charcoals,  and a color-matching glass base.

Khalil Mamoon Mini Shamadan (1 hose) Hookah – $84.99

When you hear that something is handmade, with loads of time put into the details and design, you would expect that product to be a bit pricey. Khalil Mamoon provides the world with affordable, top notch, handmade hookah pipes that are packed with craftsmanship and provide users with awesome smoke quality. The Khalil Mamoon Mini Shamadan hookah stands 18″ tall and, like many Khalil Mamoon’s, is made with high quality stainless-steel that makes it incredibly durable and long-lasting. This hookah comes with either a gold, silver, or black oxidized wash shaft; the black oxidized version has not gone through an oxidization process, so don’t use polishing agents or powerful cleaners on it. Khalil Mamoon designs their hookahs to give you a traditional style smoking experience, inspired by what you’d find in hookah lounges around Egypt. The Mini Shamadan will come with a 72 inch Khalil Mamoon hookah hose, an Egyptian hookah bowl, hookah charcoals, coal tongs, a tin foil pack, a coal tray, and a package of shisha tobacco.

Sahara Smoke Genie Bubble (1 hose) Hookah – $84.99

Named for the bubbles etched into the glass base, the Sahara Smoke Genie Bubble hookah is a 15 inch tall stainless-steel hookah pipe that combines a portable size with a smooth pull and a base large enough to help you create room-filling clouds. Made from stainless-steel, this hookah pipe is strong and durable enough to last you a long time. One awesome feature of the Genie Bubble is that it can turn from a one hose hookah into a two hose by using a Sahara Hookah Hose Adapter, so you can enjoy the great smoke quality of this hookah with a friend! The Genie Bubble hookah comes with an ultra-wide wood handle synthetic leather hookah hose that measure 66 inches long, as well as a Vortex Hookah Bowl, hookah charcoals, a tin foil pack, coal tongs, a package of shisha tobacco, and a convenient specially designed carrying bag with a side pouch for all the accessories for your set-up!

Khalil Mamoon Mini Kamanja (1 hose) Hookah – $84.99

Buying Khalil Mamoon is always a good choice, especially when just starting out in the hookah world. The Khalil Mamoon Mini Kamanja hookah stands 18 inches tall, is made of high quality stainless-steel, and comes in three beautiful color options – gold, silver, and black. The black option features an oxidized wash that you won’t want to use polishing agents or powerful cleaners on to prevent ruining the finish. The Mini Kamanja’s stem features hand etched leaf patterns that will vary with each product – expect variations in exact details on all handmade products. The stainless-steel composition of this hookah, and its downstem, makes it incredibly durable and totally resistant to rust and corrosion. The Mini Kamanja will come including an Egyptian clay hookah bowl, a coal tray, coal tongs, a tin foil pack, hookah charcoals, a 72 inch Khalil Mamoon hookah hose, and a package of shisha tobacco.

Mya Ness Gold (1 hose) Hookah – $89.99

All that glitters with the Mya Ness is Gold, this is a premium hookah that we suggest to those of you just starting your hookah collection. This 24 inch tall hookah is made from stainless-steel, with gold or silver shaft options, and a base made from lightweight acrylic. Everything about this hookah is golden, even the stainless-steel downstem; you have to smoke from gold when living the good life! The stainless-steel makes the Mya Ness highly durable, and the use of acrylic for the base makes it far less likely to break than a normal glass base. The Mya Ness Gold comes as a one hose hookah, but it features two caps that can be transformed into hose ports to make this a three hose hookah! Do this by purchasing Mya Hose Adapters separately. This hookah will come included with a 72 inch long Mya wood handle hose with metal tip, a Mya ceramic hookah bowl, the coal tray, coal tongs, hookah charcoals, a package of shisha tobacco, and a heavy duty carton which serves as a carrying box.

Shika V4 Mini Zoba Beast Electro (1 hose) Hookah – $89.99

The Shika Mini Zoba Beast Electro is, well…a beast. Like the Mini Totti, this Shika hookah has undergone an electroplating process that gives it a beautiful look and feel. The Mini Zoba stands 24 inches tall and features a copper downstem that is wider than many downstems, helping to give this hookah an absolutely incredible smoke quality. This downstem, combined with a jumbo glass base, will help you rip massive thunderclouds with ease! The copper will never retain powerful shisha flavor profiles, it is highly durable, and it is a naturally antimicrobial substance that will kill up to 99.9% of bacteria within two hours of exposure. The Mini Zoba comes in red, blue, or black, all with matching base colors; there is also a white/black stem color that comes with a black base. The Mini Zoba Beast Electro will come included with a washable Shika Typhoon hookah hose that matches the color of your hookah, as well as an Oblivion Phunnel Hookah Bowl, hookah charcoals, a coal tray, electroplated coal tongs, and a package of shisha tobacco.

Nammor Euphrates (1 hose) Hookah – $99.99

The Nammor Euphrates is a premium quality Egyptian designed hookah pipe that is made from high quality stainless-steel and has a multitude of colorfully designed base options. At 28 inches tall the Euphrates is the tallest hookah on our list; made with solid stainless-steel, this is a highly durable hookah that will last you a long time. The Euphrates also features a single wide-bore hose port to fit a wide variety of hookah hoses – be sure you use the proper grommet! Pull massive clouds from the large glass base and through the 84 inch long (7 ft) Wrapped Nammor Hookah Hose that comes with the Euphrates. Along with the hookah and the hose you will also receive an Egyptian style hookah bowl, the coal tray, coal tongs, a tin foil pack, hookah charcoals, and a package of shisha tobacco.

The Next Step

Once you’ve decided which hookah you want to make your own, make sure you read up on all the other little details to help you get going. Read our “Hookah Education” blog, with tips on how to set up your hookah, how to clean it, and much more! Check out our Ultimate Shisha Brand Breakdown to help you figure out which shisha tobacco to pick up for your first smoke session! Once you get the hang of things, check out ways to trick out your hookah set-up: new bowls, hoses, wind covers, and more!

18 Jan

Top 10 Hookahs To Buy In 2016 – Employee Picks

Recently we presented our staff picks for our favorite shisha flavors of 2015, and now we’re talking about the best hookah to pick up in 2016. Our selection of hookahs range in price from $14.99 to $799.99, and they all use various materials in order to create each complete setup. We often hear the same type of question, “What’s the best hookah?” and that question can be a little hard to answer because of everyone’s personal preference. There are some collectors that prefer unique one-of-a-kind models, while others may only look for small travelling set-ups. Instead of answering that difficult question, we’re going to give you 10 of the best hookahs to choose from and let you decide. We have a feeling some of these models are already in your cabinet, or at the top of your wish list, because they’re all pretty amazing. We made this list in no particular order, but we decided to add a FREE OG Symphony bowl to every hookah below just choose a color!

Shika Avatar Hookah

Shika Avatar Hookah

 

Towards the end of 2015, Shika Hookahs released their V4 collection of hookahs and accessories. We got a chance to see some updates to previous models, and at the same time we were introduced to a new range of beautiful brass stems. Shika decided to go heavy this time around and provided us with some stems that carry a massive weight, and a superior wide gauge downstem, along with a new Typhoon washable hose. As we went through the collection of new stems, one model definitely caught our attention because of its unique midsection and highly detailed design. The Shika Avatar is the first hookah to combine a high quality solid brass metal exterior with a natural wood shaft center. We like this model because each stem looks different from the real wood section, as well as the deep engravings around the central hub, and the weighted coal tray. Shika is known for equipping their solid brass models with a fairly large downstem, and there is nothing we like more than a classic rumble with thunder clouds. You can find all of the Shika hookahs and accessories right here.

Regal Prince Hookah

Regal Redwood Prince

Regal hookahs will always have a place in our hearts with their unique wood grain options, and wide gauge downstems. The Regal team only uses wood from trees that have already fallen, and they will carry on with that ideology as long as they’re in business. In the past Regal  has provided us with two different models that are still available, the Queen and Melech hookah stem. Both of these models are around 29″ tall which happens to be the average traditional size, but our eyes lit up when they made the Regal Prince hookah stem. The newest team member stands at 20″ tall without a base, and this young prince can provide the same cloud filling experience as its siblings. Each of the Regal stems receive multiple finishing coats to prevent any deterioration of the wood, and the use of anodized aluminum for the metal components prevents corrosion. Regal hookahs do not use any threaded sections throughout the stem, but the small height makes it an easy piece to toss into a bag. We highly recommend using a carrying bag with padding, or wrapping the wood to prevent any scratches or dents during transportation. You can create your own custom Regal prince right here, or you can go with one of our custom creations that includes a Bohemian glass base, silicone hose, and more.

Khalil Mamoon Messi Hookah

Khalil Mamoon Messi Hookah

We don’t believe that there was to be any connection between this hookah and the famous soccer/football player, but we will say that it’s a champion amongst Khalil Mamoon hookahs. The Messi model was a recent arrival to our warehouse along with the KM Horse, Sadaf, Bazary and more. Khalil Mamoon hookahs have been around since the rise of the hobby, and users have come to enjoy the traditional designs with the accompanied smoking experience. Unlike some of the KM hookahs, the Messi model is forged from a heavy duty stainless steel without any hollow chambers in the shaft. The weighted stem added value to our decision with this hookah because we like our Egyptian hookahs to double as a weapon against any zombie invasion. The handmade design features deep engravings, a new flared out hose port, and the opportunity to choose from two different stem colors. Both color variations include a dark oxidized finish, and that bold coloring is applied to the downstem as well. You can find the Khalil Mamoon Messi, and all of his friends right here.

Wookah Oak Hookah

Oak Wookah Hookah

At the end of 2015 we received a breathtaking collection of hookah models from our friends in Poland, and you can catch our review right here . These foreign hookahs are crafted with the use of European and exotic natural hardwoods, combined with a superior quality stainless steel. The ultra modern design goes by the name Wookah, and since we’ve received them in the warehouse it’s all that we can talk about here. Approaching each stem with the intention of having them last a lifetime, the Wookah team uses a cnc lathe machine for precision cuts and smooth threads throughout the body. They also create each hardwood stem individually by hand, and provide you with 8 hand-cut crystal glass base options. Wookah hookahs feature a removeable wide gauge downstem similar to the size of a Regal, but the metal material is slightly thicker. You won’t find two Wookahs that look the same, and they’re built for a lifetime so this was an easy choice for us. You can find the Oak Wookah, along with the Walnut and Merbau wood grains right here.

Starbuzz Made In America Hookah Stems

Starbuzz Made In America Hookah Stem

Wait where’s the base, hose, bowl, and all the other fun stuff? Starbuzz Tobacco created a stem a few years back unlike any hookah pipe on the market, and to this day it’s one of the greatest creations on the market. Machined and built here in the US, these shafts are available in many different designs and colors. They didn’t require any help from NASA in the crafting stages of these shafts, but they were still able to use a heavy duty space grade aluminum metal. We love these pipes because they will never fade in color, and you will never face any problems with rust, corrosion, or flavor ghosting. The smooth downstem is more inline with a traditional medium restricted pipe, but somehow each inhale is almost effortless and very comfortable. What happens if any problem arise with the craftsmanship of this stem? As long you’ve registered you stem online with Starbuzz, you’ll be covered under their limited 5 year warranty. This is the first hookah to feature a warranty program, and you really can’t beat that offer. This stem is sold as a single piece that includes a coal tray, but you can become as creative as you want with base and hose options. We love seeing all the unique setups that everyone has come up with over the years, and you can start today right here.

Dschinni Hexagon Gold Hookah

Dschinni Hexagon Gold Hookah

Hailing from Germany, we have the Dschinni Gold Hexagon hookah that has proved to be a serious contender on the multi hose hookah market. The Dschinni team uses a high quality machined process in order to create each hookah, and during this process a superior stainless steel metal component is used with a heavy crystal glass. This results in a serious hookah that could be added to any collection and standout, but you will need to get used to the baller lifestyle that comes along with this golden trophy. We know you may not always have 4 people smoking with you, and that’s why the Hexagon model features a single hose port that can be converted to a single hose session configuration. All you need to do is remove the auto seal adapter when you want a solo session, and start smoking without the worry of any air leaks. This is the hookah that you bring out when you want to impress the whole room, and the barrel sized downstem provides a nice rumble that can be silenced with the included diffuser. If you’re ready to add a piece from Germany to your collection, you can find more details right here. 

Zahrah Z70 Glass Hookah

Zahrah Z70 Glass Hookah

Have you ever experienced an effortless inhale? You don’t even realize that you’re about to exhale clouds comparable to the ones in the sky, and you can’t even hear the rumble. Welcome to the honeycomb diffuser experience, a feeling so incredible we have yet to find an inhale to use for comparison except for breathing. This beast of a glass hookah is hand blown here in the U.S., with the use of a thick 7mm glass and a high level of skill. The Z70 features a solid foundation that comes from the wide base plate, and it also includes an impressive glass bowl with a new age vortex design. Every connection point on this hookah is a glass on glass fitting, and it can be taken apart easily if you choose to travel with a glass hookah. The Z70 stands at 23″ tall and if you were looking for something smaller, check out the Z41 for a mini version of this hookah with the same diffuser. Are you ready to turn yourself into a cloud machine? If so, you can check out all the details right here.

Oduman N2 Glass Hookah

Oduman N2 Glass Hookah

Since the release of the Art Hookah, we’ve seen a rise in the creativity of what goes inside the base of the hookah. This extra step can result in a new flavor profile to pair with your shisha flavor, or it can just be a nice visual for everyone to enjoy. There were some similar models to the Art Hookah that were released, but none of them compared until the Oduman team presented the N1 & N2 glass hookahs. Designed and manufactured in Turkey, Oduman combines a high grade of glass with a flawless stainless steel to create one very unique hookah. Unlike most glass hookahs, the N2 features a stainless steel downstem with a built-in diffuser and precision cut purge valve. The N2 has a removeable coal tray that allows access to spacious glass interior, and it gives you a chance to get creative with what goes inside the base. Of course Oduman wants you to be flashy with the new glass setup, so you’ll receive an LED base light with a remote control. The N2 will arrive with a threaded washable silicone hose that screws right into the glass base, but you will need to make the call on a bowl. Find out more detail about the Oduman N2 right here.

Sahara Smoke Large Kiss Inferno

Sahara Smoke Large Kiss Inferno

Do you have 5 friends that want to have a smoke session? You could pack 3 or 4 bowls for everyone with different hookahs, or make one stellar bowl and toss it on this Sahara Smoke Kiss Inferno hookah. The Kiss Inferno features a 6 hose central hub for your large group sessions, and it includes an auto seal adapter on every hose port, now no one has to plug the hose with there thumb. We love the Sahara Smoke hookahs because each stem has it’s own unique glass base, and they always provide a nice modern design with the rumble of a traditional pipe. When it comes time to take this hookah on the road, you can easily save some space because this stem can broken down into smaller parts for ease of travel and storing. One great add-on for the large Sahara Smoke stems that we’ve come to enjoy is the Sonic diffuser, it’s guaranteed to give you a smooth whisper quiet inhale without the rumble. You can find this stem and the other base options, along with the rest of the Sahara Smoke hookahs right here.

Q Mod 24 Glass Hookah

Q Mod 24 Black Glass Hookah

Once this rocket ship of a hookah crashed landed into our warehouse it had our full attention, and it only took a couple of session for it to make it on this list. The Q Mod 24 is the one of two glass hookahs that we carry from the Q Mod team, including the dual downstem Mod 7. The fusion between a thick quality glass and anodized aluminum, makes this design standout amongst other glass hookahs and the built in stand adds a warming sense of stability. Each draw provides an awesome visual because of the clear glass design, and the built-in downstem attached to the medium sized downstem provides an ease in creating fluffy white clouds. If you want to get creative with the Q Mod 24, you can fill the top glass portion with fruit, ice, or anything that fits your visual requirement. The Q Mod 24 is available in 3 colors that will never fade, and you find them all right here.

12 Jan

The Ultimate Shisha Brand Breakdown

If this is your first time deciding which shisha tobacco brands to start out with, consider this a brief beginner’s guide to the world of shisha flavors. We carry a wide variety of shisha tobacco, and an amazing range of flavor profiles to fit any and all preferences and palettes. If you’ve never made a bowl for yourself, start off with something a little lighter like Social Smoke or Starbuzz for an entry level hookah experience. We also offer traditional brands like Al Fakher and Nakhla, which are easy to smoke and offer a large selection of solid flavors. Once you begin to master the hookah craft and learn more of what you like, it may be time to move on to shisha blends created for seasoned smokers – and we’ve got you covered for those too.

You can smoke every style of tobacco that we offer in a standard Egyptian hookah bowl, but some tobacco brands suggest alternative hookah bowls to obtain the best smoking experience. Instead of doing the research yourself, we’ve saved you the time and have linked the necessary tools and accessories with each shisha brand breakdown. We want you to have the greatest session possible, are you ready to make some decisions?

Social Smoke Hookah Tobacco

Social Smoke Hookah Tobacco

Social Smoke is a great choice for beginners, and at the same time it will satisfy and surprise the most seasoned smokers. There is currently only one line available and it contains over 80 flavors that range from sweet fruit flavors, all the way to spices and bone chilling mints. This shisha is produced right here in the U.S., with delicious imported tobacco leaves from Germany; they use a batch production process to ensure a quality finish. You can use Social Smoke tobacco in any style of bowl, and our recommended packing method is a gentle sprinkle pack to fill the bowl. As you get familiar with using this brand, you can easily add a little more tobacco to each session for a stronger flavor and longer smoke session. We enjoy smoking Social Smoke flavors out of a phunnel bowl, and our favorite bowls to use are the Og Rook Bowl & the 80 ft phunnel bowl.

Al Fakher Hookah Tobacco

Social Smoke Hookah Tobacco

Al Fakher is perfect for anyone just getting into the hookah hobby, they carry a large selection of basic flavors and cool minty blends. This traditional style of shisha molasses arrives in a resealable container, with a juicy cut of tobacco and red coloring. We really love this brand because of the mixability potential with their standard flavors, and the ease of preparing a bowl. You can use any style of bowl with Al Fakher, like a classic Egyptian bowl, all the way to modern bowls like the Lule glass phunnel. We’ve seen this brand loaded into many bowls with all sorts of packing methods, and each session is catered to the individual smoker. Here at Hookah-Shisha.com, we bounce between just sprinkling the tobacco to fill the bowl, or packing just little bit more for a longer smoking session. We offer a 5 pack & 10 pack of the 50 gram boxes, so you can really explore and create your own custom blends.

Haze Hookah Tobacco

Haze Hookah Tobacco & Shisha

We have a lot of fun with Haze Tobacco here in the office, the flavors are great and have amazing endurance within your sessions. This is another brand of tobacco that is made here in the U.S., and they feature three collections of flavors. We offer their standard Haze tobacco line, along with their limited edition  Jazze Pha and Cheech & Chong shisha flavors. Haze Tobacco contains more juice than the average modern cut shisha, but you can still enjoy their flavors in any style of bowl. Their tobacco takes heat very well, so we suggest an overpack method when it comes to making your bowl for a session. This is accomplished by sprinkling the tobacco in the bowl pass the bowl rim, and applying heat for huge clouds with full flavor. To avoid any messes with excess shisha juice, we use phunnel bowls like the Harmony and Trimony.

Fumari Hookah Tobacco

Fumari Hookah Tobacco & Shisha

Fumari, an interesting name with a flavor selection that provides plenty of flavor blends for any palate. We like Fumari in the same aspect as Al Fahker, with their solid standard flavors it’s very easy to create new custom blends or enjoy them separately. Fumari provides flavors like Blueberry Muffin, Spiced Chai, and White Gummi Bear. Their flavors are usually sweet in taste, and provide authentic notes from the flavors that they mimic. Fumari shisha is very finely cut and packed with extra flavoring, they will arrive in a resealable zip-lock packaging. We suggest pressing and squeezing the bag from the exterior to work the juices into the tobacco, before reaching inside and getting your bowl loaded. This is another brand of tobacco that we like to use with phunnel bowls, and our recommendations are the Og Rook or 80 ft. bowl. If you want to save on shisha consumption, you can also check out the Alien phunnel bowl. You won’t need much to get a bowl going, so just gently sprinkle the tobacco inside your bowl until you reach the rim or slightly below.

Starbuzz Hookah Tobacco

Starbuzz Hookah Tobacco & Shisha

Starbuzz is the Starbucks of the hookah world, you will find it in almost every hookah lounge and smoke shop simply because it’s just that good. This is one of three lines that Starbuzz carries, and we often refer to this as their standard line, that contains over 60 flavors. Starbuzz can provide you with just about everything you need for a complete session from hookah stems to bowls, and glass bases to tin foil. Opening a can of starbuzz will provide you with a light golden brown, modern cut tobacco that is combined with great flavor strength. You can enjoy Starbuzz shisha in any hookah bowl, but we really have fun with a standard egyptian bowl or vortex bowl. Once again this is going to be a brand that requires no real packing method, just fill your bowl and let the good times roll and the good smoke blow.

Starbuzz Bold Hookah Tobacco

Starbuzz Bold Hookah Tobacco & Shisha

Starbuzz Bold is the second tobacco collection from Starbuzz, and it features a large selection of blends with a powerful flavor strength. This line does not contain any flavors from the standard collection, instead it features new blends that incorporate flavor profiles with spices, fruits, and a multitude of mints. Some of the Starbuzz bold flavors will take some decoding to really break down each flavor profile, and that’s what we like to do here in the office. So if you’ve enjoyed the standard line of Starbuzz, or you just want to pick up a sleek black tin packed with flavor, Starbuzz Bold is the way to go. Even though this is a different line of tobacco, we recommend this shisha be loaded up just like the standard Starbuzz. Fill the bowl, grab the tin foil, and get the coals cooking!

Starbuzz Vintage Hookah Tobacco

Starbuzz Vintage Shisha Tobacco

The third and final tobacco line from Starbuzz is dark and it packs a powerful punch. Starbuzz Vintage is a dark leaf tobacco blend from 5+ different leaves; it is combined with  subtle fruits, spices, and more for a rich robust taste. The dark leaf tobacco blend will provide more of a traditional tobacco taste, and the nicotine strength is higher than the average shisha tobacco. We don’t recommend this as your first hookah experience, but we encourage it to anyone looking for robust flavors with a heavier profile and buzz. Starbuzz Vintage will arrive in a resealable jar, full of finely chopped dark tobacco leaves, and with enough juice to have a long session full of flavor. It is recommended that you do not remove any excess juice from the tobacco, and pack it straight out of the jar. We like to keep our sessions as clean as possible, so we suggest using a phunnel bowl such as the Harmony or Starbuzz silicone phunnel. You can even use an oyster fork to keep your hands clean while packing.

Tangiers Noir Hookah Tobacco

Tangiers Noir Hookah Tobacco

One of the most prized possessions you can have in your shisha cabinet is Cane Mint by Tangiers. The Tangiers brand was founded and established in California in the mid 2000′s, and to this day they still make small handmade batches to ensure freshness and quality. They use unwashed tobacco leaves that provide a remarkable flavor experience with complex flavorings, floral notes, and a world of  fruit offerings. Tangiers is not a brand we recommend to beginners as the strength of the buzz may be produce an uncomfortable experience for the novice smoker, and the packing method will require some trial and error. Tangiers tobacco is oil based instead of water, and it provides longer sessions than most shisha brands with the proper packing method. It is suggested by the creator that this tobacco be used with a dense pack method inside a phunnel bowl, and if this is going over your head just check out our Hookah Love blog for more information about this packing method. Tangiers tobacco will arrive in a non-resealable package, and we recommend picking a storage container to ensure freshness. Need a flavor suggestions? Try Cane Mint, Orange Soda, or any of the fruit/floral flavors that peak your interest.

Tangiers Birquq Hookah Tobacco

Tangiers Birquq Shisha Tobacco

The second line from Tangiers was created for the hookah smoker that wants to try Tangiers, without the big buzz from their standard noir collection. Tangiers Birquq is crafted with the use of a lighter tobacco base that requires 3/4th of the heat needed for the standard line, and it can produce a buzz similar to your premium modern shisha.  You can find some of the Noir Tangiers flavors in Birquq, as well as some newer blends that still reward you with a long and full flavored hookah session. It is recommended with all lines of Tangiers that you use a phunnel bowl for your sessions, and a dense pack will be the key to a trouble free session. In our experience with Tangiers Birquq, we like to create a little bit of airflow by gently lifting the tobacco with a toothpick before applying tin foil. Tangiers will arrive in an airtight package, and it will require a separate container in order to store it neatly.

Tangiers F-Line Hookah Tobacco

Tangiers F-line Shisha Tobacco

Are you ever tired while smoking hookah? Well wake up! The third collection from Tangiers adds caffeine to the mix, along with their unwashed tobacco blend and they call it Tangiers F-line. This may not be your nightly smoke unless you plan on gaming or studying, but as an afternoon pickup F-line does the job well. You’ll be able to find some of the classic flavors from their noir collection, as well as some new blends from their fourth line – the Burley line. We use this tobacco with a standard amount of heat (3 natural coals), and of course we suggest using the dense pack when making your bowl. Grab a hookah with a phunnel bowl, and be prepared for the sensation that is F-Line. Please use with caution.

Tangiers Burley Hookah Tobacco

Tangiers Burley Hookah & Shisha Tobacco

Are you ready for this Tangiers experience? Seriously are you ready, because this is what we like to call the tippy top of the Tangiers totem pole. Tangiers Burley is the fourth line from their collection, it utilizes natural Burley tobacco leaves for an even stronger buzz and more longevity within your session. The Burley line surpasses the Noir line in nicotine levels, and in our experiences with this tobacco we haven’t had any heat sensitivity issues with a standard dense pack when making a bowl. If you’ve enjoyed Tangiers in the past and you’re looking for a new way to experience some of your favorite flavors, then Burley was designed for you. We’re pretty sure you know by now but always try to use a phunnel bowl, and if you’re unsure as to which one to use, try the small Tangiers phunnel bowl by Tangiers.

Hookfina Hookah Tobacco

Hookafina Hookah Tobacco

Over this past year we’ve enjoyed a number of shisha flavors from Hookafina Tobacco, with their release of the lemonade stand flavors along with a couple of other classics. Hookafina will arrive in a cylindrical stainless container packed full of juicy & sweet flavoring. This is another great brand to play around with and mix new flavors, we really enjoyed tossing their “Mint Knockout” into “Spicy Peach.” Hookafina can be used with any style of bowl, and it doesn’t contain that much excess juice so packing it should be a quick & easy process. We suggest a sprinkle pack method to fill the bowl, and a standard amount of heat (3 natural coals) should be used for a solid smoking experience.

Hookfina Blak Hookah Tobacco

Hookafina Blak Hookah Tobacco

We have more black leaf tobacco for our seasoned smokers to try, and this time around it’s coming from the Hookafina Blak line. This traditional style of hookah tobacco is handmade in a small batch production, with unwashed black leaf tobacco, and a dark flavor base that results in a smoky finish. The use of dark leaf tobacco will provide a stronger level of nicotine, and if you’re just getting the hang of hookah we recommend their standard line of shisha. Hookafina Blak will require a separate storage container if you want to keep any excess shisha. With the large amount of excess juices in this line, we recommend packing this shisha in a phunnel bowl.

Nakhla Hookah Tobacco

Nakhla hookah tobacco & shisha

This is where it all began! Nakhla was the first company to create flavored tobacco for hookahs, and it was that foundation that led to where we are now. They have provided the world with a small selection of classic shisha flavor blends for over 100 years, and most people know them for their prized “Two Apples” flavor. Nakhla maintains their roots with a classic packaging style and a traditional molasses cut,  and over the years they’ve added on more flavors to their lineup. A word that is often used when describing a Nakhla smoking experience is “earthy,” and we agree with this description but in the form of a complement. If you’re looking for an authentic flavor to end the night with, Nakhla will be your best friend; no candy or sugary flavors, just classic Nakhla. Egyptian bowls work great with Nakhla along with any other style of bowl, just fill the bowl to rim and toss on some tin foil. The nicotine levels in Nakhla can sometimes produce a stronger buzz for beginners, so test the water before jumping in.

Nirvana Super Shisha Hookah Tobacco

Nirvana Super Shisha Hookah Tobacco

Have you ever heard of Dokha? Dokha is a high nicotine pipe tobacco, and it comes from the tip of the tobacco leaves with additional natural ingredients added for flavor. Medwakh has created several blends of Dokha and pipes, and they decided to take their Dokha knowledge into the shisha market thus creating “Super Shisha“. This new blend of shisha doesn’t hold back on providing you with a head spinning experience, and of course we wouldn’t recommend this for your first hookah session.  Nirvana produces an arsenal of flavors that will produce huge clouds with surprising flavor combinations, and it requires no particular bowl to get your sessions started. We’ve enjoyed just about every flavor they offer, and placed a breakdown of each blend on the ordering page. When you think you’re ready for some Nirvana, don’t worry, it will be right here waiting for you.

Al Fakher Special Edition Hookah Tobacco

Al Fakher Special Edition Hookah Tobacco

If you’re having a hard time trying to figure out which Al Fakher flavors would mix well, try their latest collection of special edition blends. Using the same tobacco from their standard line, Al Fakher special edition combines some of their popular flavors into ready-to-go mixes. There are over 20 Special Edition flavor blends to choose from and they’re all pretty amazing by themselves,  or you can have fun and continue adding to the mixes. The Special Edition line will arrive in a sleek black metal tin, and they’re stackable for easy access and storing. You can pack this into the same bowls you use for the standard Al Fakher line, or if you need a suggestion try the Og Square Bowls.

Hookah-Hookah Hookah Tobacco

Hookah Hookah Shisha Hookah Tobacco

Have you ever thought about smoking a peanut butter flavored shisha, or what about graham crackers? It sounds crazy right? But it’s all possible with Hookah-Hookah tobacco and their 60+ great shisha flavors. Hookah-Hookah is made right here in the U.S., and they only use natural ingredients to achieve a taste as close to authentic as possible. The use of long cut Virginia tobacco leaves, with their own little personal touch, creates thunderous clouds and flavorful sessions for the user. Hookah-Hookah has also created a line that we’ve really come to love called Hookah Freak, it adds even more great flavors to their roster. We go back and forth in the office between a sprinkle pack and semi-dense method, but both methods produce great results. This is not a juicy style of tobacco so it’s won’t require that much clean up, and you can toss it into any bowl for a great session.

Fantasia Hookah Tobacco

Fantasia Shisha Hookah Tobacco

Fantasia Hookah Tobacco is modern style of shisha with a huge selection of flavors, and they’re available in many sizes making it easier to try them all. Fantasia has collaborated with many celebrities to create new flavors, along with creating a new collection of flavors like the “Ice Series” for fans of minty smokes. You can find flavors that mimic desserts to alcoholic beverages, and everything in between. Fantasia hookah tobacco arrives in a resealable jar, and it contains a higher amount juice than the average cut. This is a great shisha to start out with for beginners, as the nicotine level is low and the usability is high. You can use any style of hookah bowl with Fantasia and the clouds will come through easily, just try to keep the juice in bowl for a longer session of flavor.

Herbal Shisha – Tobacco Free

Herbal Hookah Shisha

We know that tobacco is not for everyone, but you may still want to join in on the hookah smoking experience. Be sure to take a look at our large selection of herbal shisha, if you’re wanting a full flavored hookah experience without the use of Tobacco. These alternative blends utilize Bagasse and natural flavoring as the key components for the base, resulting in great clouds with a taste to satisfy. We carry Hydro, Beamer, Al Fakher, and Fantasia herbal flavor blends. The herbal collection normally does not require high amounts of heat, and we’ve enjoyed sessions with a plethora of bowls while using herbal shisha. Your flavor options will often mimic blends available in regular tobacco lines, so you won’t miss out on some of the classic favorites.

Hookah Steam Stones

Starbuzz Steam Stones

This is one of the most unique ways to smoke flavored vapor, without the use of nicotine or tobacco. Say hello to Steam Stones, created with the use of porous rocks like zeolite stone and soaked in glycerin with flavoring. We offer serveral flavor selections for steam stones from Starbuzz, Fantasia, and Hydro. The steam stones should be used in a phunnel style bowl, with the Steam Stones taking up 3/4 th of the bowl vertically. You can use higher amounts of heat to really get thunder clouds rocking, and once you’re finished with a session you can reuse the stones at a later time. When you’ve completed a session with steam stones, empty some of the contents back into the jar and let it soak up any excess flavoring. This alternative smoking method can be used in combination with other methods like tobacco, herbal, or fruit shisha. By filling the bottom of your bowl with steam stones, it will save on shisha consumption and still result in great flavor.

05 Jan

The Definitive List of Mysterious Social Smoke Flavors

What in the World are those Social Smoke Shisha Flavors?

Social Smoke Shisha Tobacco is widely known for great quality, big clouds, and some flavor titles that make you think “what could that possibly be?” We are highlighting the some of the flavors that keep us up at night pondering what flavors they’ll have and filling you in on exactly what they taste like. From Mobster to Japanese Yuzu, and Tiger’s Blood to Horchata Cajeta, we’re going to get to the bottom of these flavors so you can know which flavors to pick up and try for the first time! So grab a pen and paper, and prepare to take notes!

 

#1 Mobster Social Smoke

Mobster? With a cover that suggests Britain’s most dangerous spy and a flavor title that’s making an offer you can’t refuse, Mobster Social Smoke shisha draws a gun-to-the-head, cliffhanger, giant question mark. The best overall way to describe this flavor is that it’s similar to a tart energy drink. Social Smoke describes it as “A lightning bolt of exotic guarana beans mixed with fresh citrus, raspberry, and pineapple.” This goes well with the energy drink theme, as guarana beans are often used in the most popular energy drinks. So fans of the popular energy drinks out there will definitely want to give this shisha tobacco a try.

 

#2 The Edge Social Smoke

 

The edge of what? The name gives us absolutely no indication of the taste, and the cover of the tin looks like some wild animal tore up some metal. This could be anything! Social Smoke describes The Edge as a “tropical fantasy of fresh pineapple, exotic passion fruit, juicy citrus, and candied cherry,” with the cherry being the main flavor coming through in the smell. This seems like a flavor that would…keep you on the edge, one that would be a bit intense. But when smoking, this shisha comes of as a lighter cherry flavor, with some other fruity notes coming through, and a definite note of light spice. There are a lot of aspects to this flavor to figure out, so we highly recommend picking up some and letting us know what you think!

 

#3 Sex Panther Social Smoke

Does it only taste good 60 percent of the time, every time? Does it sting the nostrils? There are just so many questions surrounding Sex Panther Social Smoke shisha tobacco! In Social Smoke’s words this is “an extraordinary cocktail of delicious peach, tangy cranberry, and sweet orange.” They also note that it’s NOT made with bits of real panther, just in case you were wondering. When smoking this shisha the peach and orange flavors come through strongest, with the peach coming off as more of an overall sweetness. The cranberry is noted as a sweet, tangy, pleasant metallic taste. This shisha will certainly both taste and smell better than the infamous Sex Panther cologne. Its sweet and tangy taste will give you a far chance of making a good first impression than wearing a cologne that smells like pure gasoline.

 

#4 Potion No. 9 Social Smoke

 

There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations when smoking this shisha tobacco. Potion No. 9  Social Smoke shisha tobacco doesn’t give us many clues. The potion and font on the tin are all red, so perhaps some red berry flavor? Social Smoke tells us that this flavor is a “mix of fresh melon, tart cherries, ripe raspberries, and juicy pineapple,” but pineapple seems to be the main flavor here. There are definitely detectable notes of berry and cherry in this flavor, but you will mainly get a sweet, fresh pineapple taste. And we’re not complaining! This is an incredibly tasty flavor…maybe it’s a infatuation potion that has smokers coming back for more? We are yet to detect the listed notes of fresh melon, further experimentation may be needed!

 

#5 Voltage Social Smoke

The first thought is that this is going to be a super sour shisha tobacco, but a great deal is still left up to the imagination here as to what kind of tangy sour taste you’re going to get. In reality, it’s not super tart. Social Smoke describes Voltage as “a delightful blend of watermelon and lemon with a hint of Amaretto’s sweet almond flavoring. Now watermelon and lemon we’re all (hopefully) familiar with, but what in the world is Amaretto? Answer: Amaretto is a sweet almond flavored Italian liquor that is widely used in cooking, in mixed alcoholic drinks, and in coffee. This sweet-almond flavor accents this shisha perfectly; the watermelon and lemon are balanced out nicely, and the Amaretto comes in pleasantly on the side.

 

#6 Japanese Yuzu Social Smoke

Yes, we can tell it’s some kind of fruit, but that’s no lemon! Or is it? What is Japanese Yuzu Social Smoke shisha tobacco!? The yuzu is a citrus fruit originating in East Asia that resembles a smaller grapefruit, and Social Smoke describes this hookah tobacco as a mix between grapefruit and lime. We find it to be a solid sweet lemon taste, a light zest and incredibly fresh, also with a slight hint of tea leaves as well. It’s possible that we’re just missing the grapefruit and lime notes, so I guess we’ll just have to try it again! This is a wonderful citrus flavor of shisha tobacco that we highly recommend for a very relaxed smoke session.

 

#7 Hong Kong Milk Tea Social Smoke

This one may not be as much of a mystery as some of the others, but why Hong Kong? What’s so special about Hong Kong? Also, Hong Kong Milk Tea Social Smoke is just such an amazing flavor we can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about it! Hong Kong Milk Tea is a very popular style of tea in Hong Kong, and around the world. Made using black tea leaves and creamy milk, you know it’s a good cup of Hong Kong Milk Tea if there’s a creamy-milky residue left in the cup when you’re finished. Social Smoke’s take on this classic is an excellent tribute, with delicious black tea leaf tastes as well as excellent notes of sweet and creamy milk. For those looking for an absolutely delicious, oriental style smoking experience, this shisha is for you!

 

#8 Tiger’s Blood Social Smoke

If you actually know what tiger’s blood tastes like, you either have a problem or – probably – you have an interesting story as to how that happened. What is Tiger’s Blood Social Smoke? Does it taste like iron? What’s going on here? This flavor, according to the Social Smoke folks, is a “sensual mix of ripe blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries.” This shisha is a wonderful fruit medley, where you get a great wave of the cherry and blueberry taste, with the raspberries and strawberries acting as a very subtle addition to this mix. “Awaken your wild side,” perhaps. This is a sweet concoction of sweet fruit flavors that will give you an excellent smoking experience anytime, anywhere.

 

#9 Horchata Cajeta Social Smoke

 

Judging from the container this appears to be some sort of cinnamon spice drink flavored shisha tobacco, which isn’t exactly far off the mark. But unless you’re familiar with what horchata and cajeta, you might be a little puzzled by what Horchata Cajeta Social Smoke shisah tobacco is. Horchata is a sweet and refreshing rice milk drink, also made using some nuts and cinnamon, that originated in Spain and is popular far and wide as a nice cool drink to enjoy on hot days. Cajeta is a caramel confection, a sauce of sorts, made originally using caramelized goat’s milk. Together they produce a hookah tobacco quite unlike anything else around; a sweet, creamy, cinnamon spice that is enjoyable on a cold winter’s day, or a sunny day in summer.

 

#10 Arabian Nights Social Smoke

What kind of old story book flavor of shisha tobacco could this be? First thing that came to mind was a giant blue genie and a flying carpet – I mean they have a magic lamp on the tin! But no musical numbers here folks, just a killer coffee flavor of Social Smoke hookah tobacco. Arabian Nights Social Smoke shisha tobacco offers of a rich and creamy coffee taste, with an excellent nutty finish, that will put you right in a Middle Eastern coffee shop, sipping on a hot cup of java and smoking an old school hookah. Coffee flavored shisha fans, this one’s for you!

 

Now that you have a better idea of these confusing flavors of Social Smoke Shisha, be sure to peruse the their entire selection on our website. Let us know if there are any other flavors that leave you scratching your head with a confused look on your face. We don’t want to leave you looking like that!

04 Jan

Best New Hookah Flavors of 2015 – Employee Picks

2015 is over and before we go full-steam ahead on 2016 we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the highlights of 2015. Last week we published a list of the Best New Hookah Products of 2015, and this week we are asking our employees for their favorite new shisha flavors of 2015. There were tons of great new hookah flavors released in the past 12 months and if you have not had the opportunity to try any of our favorites now’s a great time to do so. Enjoy!

Want to try out some of our favorite new shisha flavors of 2015? Check out the links below to easily find our favorites.

Starbuzz Misty Apple

Starbuzz Vintage Sweet Cigar

Starbuzz Vintage Indian Spiced Apple

Starbuzz Vintage Tiramisu

Social Smoke Japanese Yuzu

Social Smoke Pear Chill

Medwakh Bin Khumery VIP Dokha

Hookafina Ginger Lemonade

Tangiers Pear Watermelon

Nirvana Bugly Fitch

Nirvana Spaceman Bill

Fumari Limoncello

Haze Jazze Pha Pineapple Krush

What were your favorite new flavors from 2015? Let us know in the comments below!

29 Dec

New Year Hookah Upgrade Sale

As we get ready to ring in the New Year we thought it would be a great time to give people an opportunity to give their old hookah a new lease on life with a great hookah upgrade sale. From now through 1/11/16 we are offering huge discounts on some of the best hookah upgrades on our site. Whether you need a new stem, hose, or bowl, we’ve got you covered. Check out the deals below and get ready to make 2016 your best year yet! Cheers!

Hookah Stem Upgrades

Regal Pine Melech Stem

Today  $159.99 $249.99

You Save $90.00!

Starbuzz Challenger XS Stem

Today  $159.99 $199.99

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Starbuzz Challenger Stem

Today  $159.99 $199.99

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Nammor Gold Conquest Stem

Today  $94.99 $114.99

You Save $20.00!

Hookah Bowl Upgrades

OG Square Hookah Bowl

Today  $14.99 $19.99

You Save 25%!

OG Symphony Bowl

Today  $14.99 $19.99

You Save 25%!

Apple On Top Bowl

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& Add An AOT Provost for 50% Off!

Classic Egyptian Clay Bowl

Today  $1.99 $3.99

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Shika Oblivion Bowl

Today  $9.99 $11.99

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Shika Sandstorm Bowl

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Vortex Pyrex Hookah Bowl

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Hookah Hose Upgrades

KM Washable Hookah Hose

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Nammor Hookah Hose

Today  $18.99 $21.99-$24.99

You Save $3-$6 on Large & XL Sizes!

Nammor XL Diamond Hose

Today  $19.99 $29.99

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Nammor Wrapped Hookah Hose

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Nammor Banded Hookah Hose

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Nammor Fretted Hookah Hose

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24 Dec

Wookah Hookah Review

Wookah Hookah Award Header

Let The Wookah Win

In the hookah industry’s never ending quest to create unique and beautiful products, the Wookah team in Poland has created something pretty special. The Wookah Classic #C collection combines high quality materials – highly polished wood, V2A stainless-steel, and heavy duty crystal glass – with excellent craftsmanship and high-tech design to create a line of hookahs quite unlike anything else. We’ve been looking forward to getting the Wookahs in our warehouse, and now that they’re here we can’t wait to share them with you! Each Wookah will be unique to the buyer due to the varying wood grains and cutting in the crystal base, not to mention the customization offered with eight different base options. Read up on the line of hookahs that won Product of the Year 2015 at the Hookah Fair trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Wookah Stem Color Selection

High Quality Wood

We have three stem options for your Wookah hookah, all featuring a different kind of wooden stem: Oak, Walnut, and the exotic Merbau. Each of these woods was selected for their strength and durability, as well as their beautiful and classy looks. Oak and walnut are common trees around the world that are highly valued for their strength and looks; oak is incredibly dense and hard, and is used in everything from ship building to wine barrels. Walnut wood is incredibly dense as well, and is the most popular wood used by gun makers through history. The merbau tree is rarer than oak and walnut, and is found from Madagascar to India, and as far east as the island of Samoa; it is prized for its durability and termite-resistant nature. The Wookah uses only the highest quality wood materials and has polished them to glean and glisten. The stems do not require any additional polishing, and we highly caution against any heavy duty cleaning of the wood, other than spot cleaning.

The Benefits of V2A Stainless-Steel

The phrase “high quality” may be overused when describing these hookahs, but it’s hard to describe the Wookah hookahs any other way. The polished wood stems are complemented by high quality V2A stainless-steel that has been cut using the precision technology of CNC Lathe machines.

Stainless-steel is such a popular metal to use in hookahs because of its strength and its resistance to rust and corrosion. The durable nature of this metal means that as long as you don’t mistreat the hookah, it will last you a very long time. In addition to being highly durable, stainless-steel doesn’t retain strong shisha flavor profiles. It’s always frustrating when you forget to clean out your hookah and ghosting tastes of cane mint you were smoking mess up your fruity bowl of shisha, but with stainless-steel you only need a quick rinse to rid the hookah of all those flavors.

The Wookah hookahs feature fine cut stainless-steel threading in all of the connecting joints that make screwing everything together quick and easy. Every threaded connection uses silicone washers to prevent over-tightening, so you should never worry about stripping the threading unless you go completely berserk on the tightening. This is a really nice hookah, please don’t do that. Stainless-steel is used on the hose and purge ports which just so happen to be identical. The purge is removable and can be used in either port using the proper grommet. Or take the purge out completely and turn your Wookah into a two hose hookah!

The stainless-steel downstem in the Wookahs features a wide-open gauge that allows you to pull high volumes of smoke, with minimal restriction. Other hookahs feature the wide open gauge downstem, but the Wookahs downstem uses thicker steel to prevent any bending or transferring of heat down from the bowl. The end of the downstem is smooth, and doesn’t have a bell or flared out section, so you can easily place a diffuser on it to help increase the smoothness of your pulls and to dampen the rumble noise if you want!

Wookah Crystal Base Options

Crystal Base Options

The stem of the Wookah hookahs is already attractive to begin with, but adding in your choice of eight different crystal bases with hand-cut designs truly makes this hookah a work of art. Each base is made of heavy duty crystal glass that is handmade through-and-through, from the glass blowing process to the etching of each design. These crystal bases add to the “wow” factor and elegance of the stem. The base is solid and has a nice heft to it, which helps hold the entire hookah in one place when smoking. You need not worry about your set-up wobbling while you smoke, and the rubber stoppers on the bottom of each base gives the hookah great traction and grip to prevent it from sliding around. These bases are nice and big with plenty of space to help you pull massive clouds.

Wookah offer

What a Wookah World

Now you’ve read up on the Wookah hookahs and learned just how amazing they truly are, you might as well pick one up – chose the Oak, the Walnut, or the Merbau. Jumping on the bandwagon is frowned upon so often, but this is one bandwagon you really want to be on. Heck, we’ve all jumped on and it’s a party, so come join us! It’s an amazing hookah, and we’re going to help you get going with an amazing set-up.

Wookah makes and sells their own hookah hoses and bowls, and while they are great products they are also pretty pricey. So with the purchase of a Wookah hookah we will include the D-Hose Aluminum Hookah Hose and the Phunnel Hookah Bowl. The 76″ long D-Hose Aluminum utilizes surgical grade silicone tubing and an aluminum handle to produce a hose that is completely washable and highly durable. The Phunnel Bowl features a wide open central spire air channel that allows for minimal restriction and an overall great smoking experience. The Wookah comes with a nice stainless-steel coal tray, and we’ll also be including other great accessories for you set up such as a cleaning brush, foil, coals, tongs, and one 50g container of premium select shisha tobacco.

Wookah Hookah Review

One of our team members SMOKEorPASS has put together a visual breakdown of the Wookah Hookah, and you can check it out below.

24 Dec

Best New Hookah Products of 2015

Welcome to the year-end installment of our annual ‘Best New Products of the Year’ list. This edition will cover all of the best new products to the hookah world that have been released in 2015. If you think we missed anything awesome, let us know in the comments. Enjoy!

D Hose 2.0 Hybrid

D Hose Hybrid

 

The D Hose (short for Dream Hose) is still one of the most popular hoses on the market, and the Aluminum D Hose made our Spring edition of this list. The newest member of the Dream hose family is the excellent D Hose Hybrid 2.0. The signature wide-gauge medical tubing hose remains the same as ever, but the 2.0 hybrid version features an extremely comfortable aluminum handle with a rubberized grib in the middle. Great airflow, feels amazing in the hand, and won’t ghost flavors. This might just be the perfect hose.

Shika V4 Hookahs

Shika Hookahs

For years, Khalil Mamoon has been the undisputed king of the Egyptian hookah world, but recently some new players in the game have emerged with amazingly detailed and high quality new designs. Shika may be the best of the bunch. Their new line of V4 hookahs are meticulously designed for amazing performance and beauty. From the copper downstems, to the brass shaft, to the hand engraving, to the amazing accessories that come standard with these pipes – you just won’t find too many hookahs that match Shika in terms of quality and price. These are limited in supply so pick up one of the many models in our store today.

Starbuzz Wireless E-Head

Starbuzz Wireless E-Head

We’ve seen a lot of companies try to create a great vaping experience with a hookah, but none come close to the new Starbuzz Wireless E-Head. This heavy duty vape bowl has every feature you could ever want and it’s built like a tank so you know it will last you a long time. This bowl automatically starts when you inhale, has a digital display which shows a puff counter, battery life, and wattage, and the digital display also has touch sensitive controls that allow you to customize your vaping session. And the best part is that you can use any e-juice you want! We recommend 3mg nicotine level juices for the most hookah-like sessions.

Wookah Hookahs

Wookah Hookahs

In 2015 we saw a myriad of new hookah designs on the market that focused heavily not only on functionality, but also beautiful design. One of our favorites were the new wooden Wookah hookahs from Poland. These gorgeous hookahs features simple, elegant wooden stems and some of the highest quality crystal bases we’ve ever seen. A Wookah hookah will smoke as well, or better, than almost any hookah in the world while also causing all of your hookah smoking friends to proclaim “What hookah is that and where can I get one”? Tell them to head over to Hookah-Shisha to pick one up!

Starbuzz Vintage Shisha

Starbuzz Vintage Shisha

The most hyped up product release of the year was probably Starbuzz’s new Vintage line of shisha tobacco. The Vintage line is Starbuzz’s first foray into the world of black leaf tobacco blends. Black leaf tobacco is a richer, fuller tobacco with more flavor and more nicotine. The new flavors have been flying off of the shelves and people are raving about the unique flavor profiles and the versatility of the shisha. You can pack it anyway you want – fluff pack, semi-dense pack, or even a dense pack – and it’s really hard to burn so you can throw on an extra coal for those big clouds with no problems. We love it and should have all flavors fully restocked in January.

Mya Silicone Hose

Mya Silicone Hose

When we first received the Mya Silicone Hose I don’t think any of us thought that it would end up on a year end best-of list but after spending some time with it, we fell in love. If you are familiar with the aluminum D-Hose, then you have a pretty good idea of what the Mya Silicone hose is all about. It smokes very similarly and features a similar design. What we really love about the Mya Silicone hose is the design of the handle, and the price. The handle feels so good in your hand and has a perfect weight to it. On top of that, it’s just $21.99 so it’s a very affordable and high quality hose that we recommend everyone checks out.

Social Smoke Pear Chill

Social Smoke Pear Chill

Social Smoke has had a resurgence in 2015, producing lots of great new flavors which are both unique and incredibly tasty. Our favorite of the new batch is Pear Chill. Our very own Youtube superstar SMOKEorPASS has deemed this one of his “kilo flavors” and we have to agree. (You can pick up a kilo of Pear Chill here). The sweet and delicate blend of pear and mint is so refreshing when smoked on its own, but it’s a great mixer as well. We can’t recommend it any more highly. This is a flavor that you’ve gotta check out.

Fumari Limoncello

Fumari Limoncello

Fumari is one of the most popular brands in the world and their newest flavor, Limoncello, has absolutely blown up since its release this year. The second you open this package you will be hit in the face with the most delicious and enticing lemon aroma. We dare you to smell this flavor and then not want to immediately load a bowl. Smoked on it’s own, this flavor is a great sweet lemon flavor, but it really shines when it is used as a mixer. Mix a bit with your next bowl and see what the hype is all about.

Dschinni Hookahs

Dschinni Hookahs

Dschinni is a very popular brand of hookah from Germany that has just made it’s way to our site in 2015. Dschinni pipes are gorgeous and feature high quality components all around. From the excellent bases to the intricate stems and the fantastic hardware, each of their models will smoke great and look even better. We especially love the visual appeal of the Dark Baba hookah (pictured above) which looks like the hookah that Batman would smoke, if Batman smoked hookah. Check them out and see what all they hype is about.

Oduman Hookahs

Oduman Hookahs

Our final pick for the best of 2015 is yet another hookah that is new to the US market but well known in Europe, Oduman Hookahs. Oduman hookahs feature high quality glass, aluminum, and silicone components to create a pure, clean flavor that allows you to experience shisha the way it was intended. If you are a fan of the Art hookahs, we recommend giving Oduman a look as they provide very similar designs at a highly competitive price point.

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