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08 Apr

Top 10 Shisha Flavors To Smoke In 2017 Part: I

ten top hookah shisha tobacco flavor

Top 10 Shisha Flavors To Smoke In 2017 Pt.1

It’s April 2017, which means we’ve reached the end of our first quarter and it’s time to take a look at the most popular flavors so far. Some flavors will always remain at the top of the selling list like Nakhla Double Apple, Tangiers Cane Mint, Starbuzz Blue Mist, and Social Smoke Absolute Zero. They’ve earned their spot and they’ve held it for many years, but today we’re gonna look at some newcomers that have moved up the rankings quickly. We’ve introduced these flavors, watched them sell, and see many of you return looking for a restock on these new favorites. We’ll be going over 10 flavors but it’s only a list and in no way a ranking of their popularity. Let’s get started shall we.

Ugly Hookah Tobacco Orange Keef

#1 Ugly Hookah Tobacco – Orange Keef

You’re beautiful no matter how much you love Ugly Hookah Tobacco flavors and Orange Keef has been the highlight flavor of this brand. Citrus profiles rank highly for many brands as people enjoy mixing them and being able to pinpoint the flavor accuracy. Orange Keef delivers layers of sweet orange from the pulp to the rhine with an added subtle citrus spice. This blend gets better once it’s smoking as the mint rolls through to make this an instant classic. It easily one of those flavors that makes your place smell magical, and you can toss some AF Rose in the mix for a delicious outcome. The rest of their popular lineup includes: Secret Agent, Maracoje, and Ma-Wardi. Ugly hookah tobacco ranks high on the buzz scale, so we suggest intermediate to moderate smokers give it a try.

Trifecta Hookah Shisha Tobacco

#2 Trifecta Hookah Tobacco – Lavender Mint

Trifecta has graced several bowls since it’s arrival on our site in September of 2016. This brand introduced both a blonde and dark leaf tobacco flavor collection and one of their most popular flavors is Lavender Mint from the dark blend line. On each puff, you’ll receive sweet, bitter tones from the spot-on Lavender and an ice-cold mint exhale. We’ve enjoyed mixing this with other dark blend flavors, as well as a 50/50 mix that involves Tangiers Kashmir Peach (thanks hookahchef). If you’re not a floral fan check out the dark blends for: Pearfect, Enigma, or Morning Glory. The blonde also includes favorites like the bone chilling Twice The Ice, TNT, and Melon Melange. Trifecta is really making moves and we won’t be surprised if we see them on the next list. 

Starbuzz Vintage Hookah Shisha Tobacco

#3 Starbuzz Vintage Tobacco – Root Beer

The Starbuzz Vintage series gained two new flavors this year; Rootbeer and Alaskan Freeze. Even though many people had been waiting patiently for a mint release for this collection, Root Beer won several hearts from the aroma alone. This beautiful combination of root beer candy spice, vanilla, and a touch of sarsaparilla makes this blend an easy grand slam. You can easily smoke this back-to-back by itself or toss in some Dark Vanilla or Nakhla Cinnamon. It’s one of the most accurate flavors from the vintage lineup and it should be in your next bowl.

Pure Hookah Shisha Tobacco - FML

#4 Pure Tobacco – Citrus Ice

Pure tobacco has seen a lot of success with super-powered mint FML and it’s peppermint counterpart FML Red. Once we look past the popular mint duo, we’re left with a very satisfying citrus blend known as Citrus Ice. This flavor is great for mixing with any brand, but by itself you can expect notes of grapefruit, sweet lime, and orange. This citrus mash up would be tart by itself, but the ice mint comes through on the exhale to tie the blend together perfectly. One of our favorite runner ups to this flavor is Morangie, a lovely combination of mango and orange/tangerine.

Haze Hookah Shisha Tobacco - Cucumberita

#5 Haze Tobacco – Cucumberita

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Everyone has enjoyed getting their margarita fix from Haze Tobacco which is why it ranks as the most popular flavor we carry from this brand. Based on the feedback so far, we think their new release Sinful Mint might be on part 2 of this list, but for now let’s get some salt on the rim. Cucumber flavoring is not something you will see from every brand like double apple, mint, or citrus. It takes time to find the right balance of cucumber within a mix because it can produce a chalky taste when too much is used or have subtle to no taste when there’s not enough. Haze was able to create an even balance of refreshing cucumber with a great blend of sweet and sour tones and it’s easily one of our favorite drink recipes turned shisha.

Alchemist Hookah Shisha Tobacco

#6 Alchemist Hookah Tobacco – Stout Stone Mint

The Alchemist shisha team gained a lot of attention when they introduced their barrel aged tobacco to the market, bringing a new back note flavor to your smoking experience. They came out of the gate with a 350g size container so the buyers had plenty to smoke, but you would need to make the right decision based on preference, otherwise you’d be stuck with extra shisha. Their lines include Original, Stout, and Straight, with several flavors in each category with 350g sizes. The Stout line is the only collection that uses dark leaf Ligero tobacco, which is crafted to produce a heavier profile with a slightly stronger buzz. This collection is where you will find their most popular blend Stone Mint; a dark and delectable natural mint that comes through intensely. If you’re looking for a lighter buzz strength give their Original or Straight blends a shot, as Nectar of the Gods leads the way.

Nakhla Hookah Shisha Tobacco

#7 Nakhla Shisha – Peach

Sweet juicy goodness! Over the past year, Nakhla Tobacco has been making some big changes at their home base, and one of the more noticeable changes came from the packaging. Unfortunately, the list of flavor options is shrinking as they decided to focus on one collection of blends, so we’ll have to say goodbye to some favorites like the Sheherazade lineup. Once the new packaging was finalized, they made a change in the formula on some of their popular flavors; for example, mint is now peppermint instead of a natural mint leaf. After the changes had been made, there was an immediate leader in popularity; Peach. The original version was peachy keen and wasn’t that powerful, but it was still a great smoke. Nakhla saw the room for improvement and capitalized. This new cut is juicier with incredible flavor longevity and the overall natural peach taste jumped up a notched with a fragrant undertone . The same can be said for most of the updated flavors, so if it’s been a minute since you’ve smoke Nakhla, you might want to give it another go.

Social Smoke Shisha Tobacco - Pear Chill - Absolute Zero

#8 Social Smoke Hookah Tobacco – Pear Chill

AND STILL! the most delicious Social Smoke blend on the menu, your reigning champ, Pear Chill. This was the staff favorite winner at the start of 2016 and became a community favorite, making it into so many bowls around the world. The frozen tundra-like shisha known as Absolute Zero is their top seller, but Pear Chill leaped passed every other flavor in the lineup, so we have to give some props. We’ve heard of many people smoking this flavor with regular foil, as well as heat management devices, which produce two completely different flaovr experiences. Sweet Pear is at the forefront with a cooling sensation that comes through almost immediately. We may see it eclipse the frozen front runner in the near future and we hope to see the collection expand some more this year. They’ve introduced two new flavors for 2017; Cucumber Chill and Grapefruit Chill and, from the feedback, it sounds like they’ve made some winners.

Fumari Hookah Shisha Tobacco - White Gummi Bear

#9 Fumari Hookah Tobacco – White Gummi Bear

Last year we had our Shisha Madness contest that pitted 40+ flavors against each other in a battle of popularity and guess who won? None other than the tropical explosion known as Fumari White Gummi Bear, with a sweet pineapple that leads the way for a light melon undertone to shine. It hasn’t slowed down in it’s reign of popularity even after the well-received release of Tangelo and Limoncello. We’re still hearing nothing but nice things about their amazing Spiced Chai, and many beginners are still experiencing the decadent Blueberry Muffin for the first time.  We still want a 250g size just like you but, in the meantime, we’ll continue picking up the Fumari Superpack.

Tangiers Hookah Shisha Tobacco - Orange Soda - Cane Mint

#10 Tangiers Hookah Tobacco – Orange Soda (Noir)

Will there ever be a flavor as dominate Cane Mint? The potential is there as many new users are getting the hang of their Tangiers sessions and exploring new blends. One of the more popular flavors continuing to move through the rankings, possibly because of the name, Orange Soda. We’ve had this flavor available across multiple lines of Tangiers like Birquq and Burley, but the real winner comes from Noir. This isn’t your everyday orange flavor as this blend provides a sweet but heavy profile with strong a buzz. You won’t taste the carbonation like a traditional soda experience, but the overall flavor longevity leaves little to be desired. Be on the lookout for Peach Iced Tea on the next list as it’s looking like a rising star right now!

Top 10 Shisha Flavor Runner Ups - Lavoo Fantasia- Al Waha

The Runner-Ups

We have several new brands that are gaining traction within the community and we can’t go without saying something about them. Fantasia, commonly known for it’s red and juicy shisha, dropped two new collections last year; Cuban leaf tobacco called Castro’s and golden leaf blends under the Formula series. Al Waha shisha tobacco made a return with new packaging and flavors; they keep the price point low while providing great flavors with huge clouds. Dark leaf tobacco is on the rise in popularity and the Lavoo glass hookah company even tossed their hat in with the debut of two flavor collections. The standard Lavoo Dark Blend features a confetti cut tobacco with minimal juice content, and the Heritage Reserve delivers more buzz with an extra juicy choppy tobacco.

Thanks For Reading

This will be an interesting year for hookah flavors and we’ll keep you updated at each quarter mark. Thanks for joining in on our Facebook Live streams during the discussion of some of these flavors and we’ll see you on the next one. Be sure to drop us a comment of your current favorite flavor for 2017.

Smoke. Love. Peace.


31 Mar

The Hookah Community Using Their Voice: Reviving The Dead

The hookah community uses their voice

The Hookah Community Gets Their Bowl!

Is this a first for the hookah community? We have seen several popular products come and go, leaving fans upset and craving an immediate return. Collectible items like authentic Syrian pipes, classic Tangiers phunnel bowls, or the original Al Fakher hookahs are among a list of products that are no longer manufactured but highly sought after. These products and many more are often sold in facebook groups, forums, or online postings. The companies behind most of these collectibles have closed down, while others have switched focus to produce new products.


Thanks to the hookah fanatics a push was made for the re-release of accessories that very rarely appear within sale postings. The dragon balls were collected and two bowls were revived from the dead, leaving Krillin floating around in the afterlife. So let’s take a look at one of the rare revival moments in hookah history.

 The Hookah community

What is the Hookah Community?

Believe or not, if you own a hookah you’re apart of the family. We’re all connected with a mutual love for hookah and we could easily talk to new friends about our hobby. Once hookah smokers encounter each other the conversations could go on for hours, especially when there’s a bowl to share. These conversations flourish within the online hookah community, and evolve into debates or passionate appreciation. Taking in feedback from social media platforms like youtube, facebook, and instagram, many companies can make educated decision on a what to bring to the market. Smart companies utilize feedback from these outlets to get the ball rolling on new ideas, while following current trends in our lifestyle to make the right decisions. 

Alien Bowl life after death

Life After Death

In 2010 the Alien Mini Hookah Bowl hit the market boasting a huge spire gauge and a super shallow interior. A snowball effect of popularity happened with this design when people the easy in preparing shisha saving bowls, including your tangiers sessions. At the time all you need was a Khalil Mamoon hookah and these handmade shafts were often equipped with medium gauge downstems. Slapping on a wide gauge bowl on these stems produced amazing sessions, and at the time large spire openings were kind of a new experience. The Tangiers Phunnel, Vortex, and classic Egyptian bowls were the fan favorites but none of them saved shisha like these Aliens.

Alien Hookah Bowl

Once those initial batches sold out a replacement order was made and after a couple of years cosmetic changes began to occur. When new colors were introduced the shallow depth started to deepen as the spire went through several changes. Dealing with handmade products doesn’t always result in consistent quality, but what we were seeing was a complete overhaul to the original design. The hookah scene saw one of its bumps in popularity during 2012-2014, and even though the Alien bowl moved away from its classic style, the market wanted that bowl in their collection.

If you have an original Alien bowl there’s a good chance that a collector would spend $50+ to take it off your hands. The newcomers might shake their hand at that statement but it’s the truth. As hookah smokers become more knowledgeable about the history of hookah and the accessories available to them, new desires are conjured. Stories of experiences with rare products are posted and shared through the community, causing a little envy and curiosity with the ones that missed out.

Alien Flashback Hookah Bowl

Well What Do We Have Here

Thanks to your feedback we now carry the reincarnation of the 2010 Alien Mini and it’s new name is the “Flashback Alien Bowl.” Standing at 3.75” with a 2.5” diameter , the Flashback Alien measures out to a smaller size than the current Alien. We’re pretty sure there hasn’t been a bowl this shallow on the site since the original Alien hit our shelves. Modern stylings caught up with the release of the bowls, so the available colors have been updated with sleek glaze patterns. Limestone and Sarsaparilla were the standout colors for us, and there’s 4 more options up for your choosing. We use this bowl with foil only, as the Kaloud Lotus will rest on the bowl but the overhang is serious and we promote safe smoking.

Retro Harmony Hookah Bowl

Wait Didn’t You Say There Was Two Bowls?

Yes, this second bowl design arrived after about 3 years in the afterlife. The story is almost identical with the Alien, as the current Harmony Bowl became deeper many people wanted to see a shallower interior back on the market. This design hasn’t been off the market long enough to be considered a flashback, but the “Retro” title seemed to fit the bill. The Retro Harmony bowl is 4″ tall with a 3″ diameter, so using a heat management device is not a problem in your future. The thinner interior shaves off about 10 grams from your required shisha, and you’ll only need 15-23g for a great session. The 6 color options are identical to the Alien Flashback, so grab a matching pair as they may become a collectors set at some point.

Magic Hookah Lamp

Does Anyone Have A Magic Lamp?

That’s it everyone we revived two products, but was it a the right decision? Did we use our revive to early? We’ll have to wait and see what the feedback is in a couple of months. If you could bring back a any hookah product what would it be? Tangiers Blue Gumball, Starbuzz UFO, copper KM downstems? I’d love to hear your feedback, so don’t hesitate to drop us your thoughts below.

Thanks for reading!

Smoke. Love. Peace.



24 Mar

Trifecta Hookah Tobacco Flavors – Brand Overview

Trifecta Hookah Tobacco Flavors

TRIFECTA Hookah Tobacco

LAVENDER MINT! If you haven’t had a bowl of this remarkable flavor, go ahead and add it to your flavor queue right now. If you’re not a fan of floral blends then start off at Pearfect, because everyone can agree it’s perfect. These two  flavors help comprise the Dark Leaf Blend collection from Trifecta Hookah tobacco. Trifecta was recently added to our warehouse in September of 2016, after grabbing the attention of many hookah experts with their original blonde line in the year prior. Since its arrival we’ve seen it fly off the shelf, restock and fly again. This stuff is good, plain and simple.

Trifecta tobacco is manufactured here in the US, utilizing both Virginia and burley tobacco leaves. We all have a favorite flavors from the collection and the customer feedback matches our positive beliefs. If you’d like more info about trifecta, take a minute to explore this blog for tips on packing and flavor recommendations.

 Trifecta Blonde Leaf Hookah Tobacco

Trifecta Blonde Leaf Hookah Tobacco

If you can handle a full bowl of Twice The Ice Extreme, we here at Hookah-Shisha would like to applaud you. The original version of this icy peppermint blast received positive reactions from the community, along with their TNT(mango, grapefruit, mint), and Mountain Fog(yep almost like the green drink). They continued releasing new blends including some limited flavor batches, and listened closely to the feedback given from the consumers. This golden leaf tobacco is easy to prepare for beginners, while providing some complex flavors for advance smokers to enjoy. Each 250g jar contains a medium level chopped tobacco cut with a moderate amount of juice. The flavor list is growing, currently we have 9 blonde leaf blends  including staff favorites like Spiced Java and Melon Melange.

How To Load Trifecta Blonde Tobacco

How To Prepare Trifecta Blonde Leaf Tobacco

You could easily pull off a cloudy and flavorful session from a stock Furat hookah, or experience a crisper flavor on a Kaloud setup. This juicy tobacco is very versatile and can be used in any style of bowl atop any hookah combination. One of our customer service heroes Trenton likes to smoke Twice The Ice Extreme fluff packed in an egyptian bowl, whereas I prefer a 80 ft. or Rook phunnel bowl with a semi dense pack. If those packing method terms went over your head, Trenton sprinkles his shisha up to the inner rim and I pat mine down after sprinkling then add a little more. We use about 3-4 pieces of natural hookah charcoal for each smoke session. Since this tobacco doesn’t require any special tricks you can just toss it in a bowl and let the flavors soar.

Trifecta Dark Leaf Hookah Tobacco

Trifecta Dark Leaf Tobacco

After creating a name for themselves as being a company that could bring unique flavors to the market, they went on to create a dark leaf line for the advanced smokers. This time around they used burley tobacco leaves to create a heavy flavor profile and stronger buzz. The Trifecta dark blends became an instant hit, and they’ve continued their rise with the release of more flavors like Blueberry and Orange Seville Coffee. These blends are all made in small batches so you receive the freshness with each jar. Although the buzz level is stronger than their original line, it comes no where close to the strength of a tangiers bowl, which is why many intermediate smokers can enjoy these blends.

How To Load Trifecta Dark Leaf Hookah Tobacco

How To Prepare Trifecta Dark Leaf Tobacco

Are ready for another no brainer? Trifecta really makes it easy for you with their dark leaf line. Dense pack it if that’s how you like to enjoy your dark blends, or save on shisha with fluff to semi dense preparation. As usual we recommend the use of a phunnel bowl with this tobacco to keep our juice in the bowl and achieve a longer session. Using foil or a heat management device will yield around 1:45-2:30 hrs of flavor with proper coal placement. We enjoy our session with the same coal arrangement as their blonde line, so 3-4 pieces of natural hookah charcoal creates an optimal smoking experience. You won’t need to acclimate this tobacco but we recommend mixing up the juices before preparing to achieve the full flavor.

Trifecta! Trifecta! Trifecta!

Achieving success with two lines launched closely together is a great feat in the hookah world, and Trifecta is showing the community that they’re here to stay. We hope to see a continuation of the flavor releases within the dark and blonde collection. Two lines, all unique flavors, smoke them however you feel. We’re gonna continue smoking our bowl of Pearfect mixed with a little BDH(melon,peach,mint), and let you think about what flavors you think you’d enjoy. If you already have a favorite flavor, drop it in a comment below.

Thanks for reading and we hope this helps!

Smoke. Love. Peace.


15 Mar

Hookah Education: How-to Clean A Hookah Base

The contents of your hookah base are very vital to the flavor and overall experience with your hookah session. We recommend that you use clean water for a traditional experience and to achieve the optimal flavor from your choice of shisha. You might’ve seen or experienced wine, juice, or other fruity beverages used inside the base which happens to be enjoyed in many areas when prepared properly. (Pro tip: Wine is diluted with water, a little bit goes a long way.) So let’s say you put juice in the base and you have a funky film in the base or you don’t empty your water after every session and now you have a ring stain, what do you do? CLEAN IT!! Not only does cleaning the base allow you to enhance your flavor, it also fights against mold and bacteria build up. The greatest hookah sessions are achieved with a clean hookah and base.

Items needed:

Items needed to clean a hookah base

Base Brush – Theses handy plastic pom poms play the most important role in this process. (Do you need a base brush?)

Bling Glass Cleaner (optional)- Helps bring back the shine with scrubbing crystal while knocking out any ghosted flavors.(Do you need Bling?)

Water: Room temperature. Sudden temperature changes with glass bases can cause cracks leading to a broken base.

Step 1: Fill your base

Fill the glass base 1/2-3/4 full of water, you can add dish soap but you’ll need to rinse it thoroughly before use. If you have bubbles after rinsing then there’s a good chance you have soap residue in your base.

Step 2: Insert base brush

You could insert the brush without using water but you’d be missing out on the liquid force that helps dislodge hardened stains. Scrub the interior completely and utilize the flexibility of the brush to get hard to reach spots.

Step 3: Rinse & repeat

Swish the base around for a couple of spins and empty your water. Hold your base high to eye level and spot check for any rings or stains. If it’s not to your liking give it another brush treatment. If you’re not using the base immediately after cleaning it, place the base upside down on a safe area in a sink or towel to allow any excess water to drain.

Step 4: Fight the funk

Alright you’ve cleaned your base but it still smells like Lebanese Bombshell, how do we fix it? Lemon juice! Give your base a lemon juice rinse diluted with water to rid the base of any lingering aromas, or use Bling glass cleaner for scrubbing and deodorizing.

Step 5: Enjoy!

That’s it you’re now complete and you have a crystal clear base, now grab a flavor to start the party!

If you have any questions about this process or any other tutorial, be sure to leave it in the comments below or contact us.


03 Jan

New Shisha Tobacco To Try In 2017

Shisha Tobacco For 2017

We’ve covered our favorite accessories that we like to use here in the office and wrapped up all the new hookah brands, but now it’s time to take a look at all of the newest members to our shisha roster. Over the past year we stocked up on several new brands that passed our taste and quality test for your enjoyment. Dark leaf tobacco boosted in popularity which brought in new levels of buzz and delicious blends to enjoy within a plethora of hookah bowls. We also saw a rebirth of a classic brand and a rise in request for modern shisha tobacco with a better buzz. We’re still trying to catch up on all these blends from each brand, but they just keep rolling out which makes us like our job even more. Are you ready to taste what you might have missed out on?

Trifecta Shisha Tobacco

Trifecta Hookah Tobacco

Trifecta hookah tobacco is made here in the US, and we really fell in love with their Dark blend flavors that utilize burley leaf tobacco with layers of phenomenal flavoring. They’ve also been able to appease many types of smokers by producing a universal collection of tobacco flavors titled “Trifecta Blonde“, that falls in line with the modern style of hookah tobacco using Virginia tobacco leaves. Both of their collections are extremely easy to use with any bowl in your cabinet, and you can achieve a solid session with a loose or dense packing method. This brand as a whole can handle heat extremely well so if you’re looking to chase clouds with a rewarding amount of flavor then Trifecta is perfect for you. We’ve enjoyed several sessions of their perfectly balanced Lavender Mint as well as the blend of basil, citrus, and herbs found within the Enigma mix. One of their latest additions to our site is Twice The Ice Extreme, and believe us when we say that there are few mints out there that come close to that coolness.

Fantasia Shisha Tobacco Formula And Castro's

Fantasia Formula & Castro’s

Fantasia pulled a quick one on us towards the end of 2016 and dropped not one but two new collections of flavors that featured unique traits. Their Castro dark leaf line arrives in a 100g resealable pouch packed with dark leaf hookah tobacco, and for the first time in shisha history we get to experience Cuban tobacco leaves blended with a variety of flavor notes. Fantasia formulated this collection with their own private stock of Cuban leaves to produce blends that couldn’t be found in their classic lineup, and even though it’s dark leaf we’ve seen it enjoyed by beginners to experts smokers. If you’re looking for a suggestions we’ve enjoyed every Mango Lassi session and of course we got down with the Cana De Menta for our mint aficionados, it’s not ice cold but it contains a nice amount of cooling. Their second collection of flavors arrives packed inside a carbon fiber container and feature no real flavor names, just formula numbers.  The Fantasia Formula series is completely undyed and doesn’t use any previous flavors from their original lineup of Fantasia flavors, these golden leaf blends gave us great clouds but we had more fun mixing up number and guessing the blends.

Lavoo Dark Leaf Shisha Tobacco

Lavoo Dark Leaf Hookah Flavors

Taking it from glass hookahs to high end dark leaf tobacco, Lavoo is out to explore everything within their grasp and so far their new tobacco is a hit! When we first cracked open a jar of Lavoo shisha we were immediately thrown of by the fact that there was not much juice within the cut, in fact their tobacco is one of the most finely chopped blends that we carry. The story usually goes more juice equals better flavor and bigger clouds, but the Lavoo formula defies the odds by producing ice cold flavors like Dark Mint that last a couple round of coals with huge clouds. The first flavor that we loaded up was their Southern Peach and it was an instant win in the warehouse, we tend to use a semi-dense packing method but this tobacco is very versatile in preparation. You won’t need to acclimate a single flavor, just decide on a flavor and fire up some coals for a relaxing session accompanied by a moderate buzz.

Al Waha Shisha Tobacco

Al Waha Shisha Tobacco

If you’ve been a long time customer with us than you can recall the old days when we carried the original Al Waha tobacco line, and you might have been waiting for a resurgence so you could pick up some old favorites. Well guess what? It’s back and better than ever with new flavors and sleek packaging, the Al Waha brand is ready to be enjoyed by smokers of every level and rewards those looking for a great session without breaking the bank. Their past release had a molasses composition with red dye but they’ve moved on to a more flavorful golden leaf blend, which has resulted in better clouds and longer smoke sessions. Many of us here have been looking for a solid Paan flavor for unique flavor combinations, and Al Waha provided us with one of the best version of this flavor. The existing collection is capable of pleasing smokers looking for single note flavors, as well as the mixologist and fans of creative flavor adventures.

Ugly Shisha Hookah Tobacco

Ugly Hookah Tobacco

We still don’t know where exactly the name comes from for this brand, but we know one thing to be true…..IT’S GREAT! Ugly Hookah tobacco has provided us with a super buzzy collection of flavors and they’re all made in small batches in Oak Lawn, IL. This company prides itself on using quality ingredients for the smoothest smoke session possible and they incorporated unique flavor notes that can’t be found within the existing flavor market, like the glorious Orange Keef blend. You can almost smell each flavor through the resealable jars but the fun really kicks off when you open a can and let the aroma fill the room, on our first run we dove right into Marcoje. Ugly does a great job at creating a multiple flavor experience with each blend providing you with a sweet beginning, a little fun in the middle, and an ending that’s still cloudy. These flavors can easily last a couple rounds of charcoal.  Although the golden cut of tobacco may look similar to existing modern tobacco brands once you get your session fired up, you’ll realize that the buzz exceeds the competition. Are you ready to find out why “Ugly never tasted so good”?

Is There Anything Left To Try?

As always we love hearing what you like to smoke and what you hope to smoke in the coming future. If you’ve tried any of these new blends and found some favorite please let us know. This is just the beginning of 2017 and we can’t wait to see what you all enjoy in your next bowl.

03 Jan

Best Hookahs Of 2016 – Year End Round Up

Hookah-shisha Year end Hookah Round Up

We had a lot fun in 2016, from exploring several new brands of shisha to testing out drone delivery technology. The months went by extremely quickly but the bowls burned slowly, and now we’d like to take a moment to look back at what all went down in our hookahs category. This year team traditional (classic Egyptian hookahs) held on to the crown for most popular amongst our customers with Khalil Mamoon and  Shika hookahs leading the new setup selections. The hookah aficionados explored the world of some of our newer modern hookahs as well as new glass options, each style providing their own unique features. So let’s check out some of our latest additions in the hookah department.

Shika Hookahs

Shika Hookahs

When we introduced the Shika hookahs in 2015 they were a huge hit as they already had a following and produced designs that hadn’t been seen anywhere on the market. Shika is known for putting a little extra on each of their stems to make them unique and stand out in any collection, from hand engraved details along the stem/coal tray to bold electroplated finishes. Their latest run of hookahs included a tiny cloud machine calledPen Pen” that stands at 16″ but hits like a full size setup, and it comes equipped with a jumbo style base with a wide gauge hose. The Hodor was another new model that shows off how detailed the Shika team can get with precision engravings, and this model also includes their new wave glass bases that look awesome once they’re filled with smoke. Their other popular models like the Hilal and Tyrion received some upgrades with more detailed visuals applied to the exterior of the shaft and a thicker solid brass coal tray. The Shika setups are always built to last and we’re excited to see what 2017 has in store for their designs.

Wookah hookahs

Wookah Hookahs

We started 2016 off with a beautiful collection of handmade hookahs from Poland and they turned out to be very popular amongst hookah experts and many of our own staff. The Wookah hookahs are all unique as each stem is crafted with a natural hard wood exterior and have the ability to be customized with up to 8 hand-cut crystal glass bases. The heavy V2A stainless steel might be the reason that our stems in the office looks as clean as day one, and the wood is sealed with a durable coat to prevent any water damage. These stems pack a wide gauge downstem and our Wookah packages include a Aluminum D-hose that create the smoothest and relaxing session possible. After a full year of heavy smoke sessions and product testing, our pipes show no rust or wear and that makes these hookahs ELITE!

B2 Hookahs

B2 Hookahs

If there was one style of hookah that really skyrocketed in popularity over the past year, it’s the machine-made hookahs department. In the past we’ve seen several styles of machine made hookahs arise but just because they’re made by a machine doesn’t guarantee a lifetime of smoking. It takes the use of high quality materials to really make a hookah last and that’s where the B2 hookah comes through with their top of the line shaft and coal tray. The B2 series is produced in small batches that all include a serial number for authenticity, and can easily be traced back to the vendor for any warranty or defects. These shafts are created in California with the use of CNC lathe machines( Computer Numerical Controlled), that produce finely threaded connection joints and symmetrical central hubs. B2 hookahs use a high caliber Aluminum metal for their composition which allows for a rust and corrosion proof experience, and each pipe includes a removable diffuser composed of the same metal. You’ll have 3 heights to choose from when it comes time to assemble it for a session, and although it may not have a huge impact on your session we like the medium tier setup.  The first batch sold out quickly so we placed an order for a new run to be produced and we’ll have those back this week hopefully!

Lavoo Glass Hookahs

Lavoo Glass Hookahs

We’ve carried the Lavoo glass hookah series for quite some time and always loved their designs that they’ve produced over the years. Lavoo recently decided to take an unexpected turn and went after the visual design of their stands in combination with a few new glass hookah models. Taking on the fight between good and evil their new MP1-X hookahs are available in 2 unique styles the devil and angel, both setups include a glass bowl with a washable silicone hose and nifty glass handle. These hookahs were designed to make a statement and turn heads, but you can also use them for any smoke session once you pick up your jaw from the ground. If making the decision between the light and dark side becomes too difficult, you can go with their top tier design that features a full set of gold wings! The Archangel model is like the Lambo of glass hookahs and if you bring this bad boy out with friends over get ready for the selfies and multiple compliments. Outside of glass hookah designs, Lavoo has been steady working on their dark leaf tobacco blends featured in our new shisha round up.

Zahrah Spade hookah shaft

Zahrah Spade Hookah Shaft

Capitalizing on the desire of machine made hookahs, Zahrah produced their Spade stem for hookah experts and beginners alike. Unlike most of the machined stems that we carry this shaft is designed to work as your party setup and also as your solo hookah. We’ve tested out both scenarios with great results, and so far the feedback from the community has been very positive. We currently carry two color options (Blue or Black), that can be fully customized with a nice base and hookah hose. The plug and play design allows for you to add or remove the extra hose ports by simply pulling/attaching each valve to the central hub. There is no threading for the ports just a combination of aluminum and silicone rings to ensure a snug fit without any air leaks, plus each add-on hose port includes an auto-seal adapter. The raised bumps on the coal tray help against blackouts on the underside of the charcoal, and the 9″ diameter gives you enough space for multiple coal runs. The spade shape is incorporated into the exterior design, and we really enjoy the unique combos with this stem displayed on social media.

Art Hookah Aviator Hookah Shaft

Art Hookah Aviator Shaft

The creator of the Art Hookah launched a new model last year that features a composition of aircraft-grade aluminum, instead of the thick glass they’re known to use. Going after the play on words with aircraft materials we were presented with the “Aviator Hookah Shaft” – adjustable height with a built-in diffuser and invisible purge valve. This stem was built for continuous clouds and a ease in maintenance, the fully threaded body can be broken down for travelling or storage purposes. The aircraft-grade aluminum provides a lightweight setup with incredible durability and deep colors that won’t fade after continuous usage. The full height of the Aviator uses both shaft parts to reach a height of 28″ and with a quick removal of one stem section you can enjoy a shorten height of 18″. Besides the clean threaded system we really enjoyed the unique purge design that features a dual ball bearing system encased within the central hub, the purge process is quick plus it looks awesome. The 2 color options (black/blue) yield great custom configurations on a complete setup, we have ours with a jumbo glass base and a aviator hose. What would you put with this shaft?


What are you hoping to see in the new year for hookah? More colors, new materials? Be sure to leave us some feedback on what you would like to see on our site.

09 Dec

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest 2016-2017

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest

Since the last sticker contest in 2013 we’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing how our customer use their stickers and the enjoyment that comes from receiving them. All of us here have a favorite sticker from the selection and they’re even slapped on our desks, doors, and head scratching locations throughout the warehouse. Over the past almost 4 years technology related to art has improved allowing for an ease in expression of artistic abilities. We’ve seen several creative art pieces that show off a love for hookah and several aspects of the hookah community. In 2017 we want to select a new batch of sticker designs for everyone to enjoy and this goal will require some participation from the community. We’re hoping to achieve a total of 6 final sticker selection that will be decided through a voting selection that will take place on our Facebook page.

How-to Enter:


We’ve picked 5 different styles of visual categories(above banner) to help steer you in a direction when it comes time to think of a design, but don’t let this stop you from letting your creativity shine. We will accept all high resolution images/graphics, pictures of handcrafted/physical art that meet resolution requirements. Physical/handcrafted examples include paintings or sculpted crafts that are captured with a hi-res camera. Your submission can include branding but it’s not necessary. Submissions can be posted through social media or on our facebook page during the contest to get feedback from the community. Be sure to tag us so we see it. The final submission will need to be emailed to us at with the subject line “Sticker contest” before the deadline and meet the following requirements.   


Pixels/Inches : 1238×1238 or 4″x4″

Resolution: 300 px/inch

Color Mode: CMYK

Acceptable File Format: .PSD – .JPEG – .PDF

Voting Process

SUBMISSION DEADLINE= January 9, 2017 11:59 pm CST

(January 10, 2017 12:oopm CST) We will post the Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest 2017 photo album to our Facebook page featuring of all submission and allow the community to decide each winner. WINNER WILL BE DECIDED BASED ON LIKES PER PHOTO. The voting period will end  January 16, 2017 11:59pm CST, and winners will be posted on all of our social media channels at 12:oopm CST the following day (Jan. 17th).

These Are Your Prizes

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest

Grand prize winner will have their choice of any Khalil Mamoon Hookah!

Also an upgraded hookah hose to go along with your new your hookah and your choice of charcoal to get your session started.

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest Runner Up Prize

Our runner-up winners will receive the Kaloud-iest package available that works with any hookah! This package includes:

The Kaloud Samsaris Vitria Bowl (V2)

Kaloud Aura Charcoal 96 piece box

Kaloud Lotus heat management device

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest 3rd place

The final prize will give our 3rd place winners $50 in store credit to use on whatever their heart desires


Thank you in advance to all that enter this awesome contest, and a huge thank you to our previous winners from 2013.

27 Oct

2016 Halloween Hookah Costume Contest

We know there are a lot of people that love the spirit of Halloween, almost as much as we love hookah. We’ve always enjoyed the combination of hookah sessions and Halloween costumes, so this year we’re hooking you up. Snap a photo of you or a group friends smoking in your costume, and post it through anyone of the channels below..


1. FACEBOOK- Post a picture on our wall

2. Instagram – Tag us in your photo and comments (@hookah_shisha) or use the hashtag #HSHalloween16

3. Twitter – Tag us in your tweet or use the hastag #HSHalloween16

1) Custom Starbuzz Hookah Package
2) Custom Regal Melech Hookah Package
3) $100 Dollars store credit

Winners will be announced on November 1st!
We hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

07 Sep

2016 Hookah Olympics Highlight Video

While you were all busy watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio the Hookah Olympics were being held in sunny Austin, Texas. Luckily we had our crack team of videographers on hand to capture the event. On top of that we hired some fantastic play by play talent to help you navigate all of the different events present. Check out the highlights below and let us know how you think you would fare if you were to compete in the Hookah Olympics!

02 Aug

Al Fakher Taste Test: Golden Orange Vs Original Orange

Al Fakher is one of the oldest, and most respected, shisha tobacco brands in the world. One of the most common questions we get from customers is about the Al Fakher Golden line. People want to know how it’s different than normal Al Fakher, and also if it’s worth the extra money. We have always told people that it is worth it, but just to demonstrate we did a blind taste test of Al Fakher’s original orange flavor versus the new Al Fakher Golden orange flavor. Watch the video to see what our employees thought and then follow the link below to check out the full selection of Al Fakher Golden flavors.

See All Of The Al Fakher Golden Flavors Here