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Dark-leaf shisha is sometimes called black leaf. Smokers can enjoy a nicotine buzz when choosing dark-leaf tobacco for their shisha sessions. Dark-leaf shisha has a higher nicotine content than blonde leaf, delivering the taste, aroma, and effects smokers associate with nicotine products.

What's the difference between dark leaf and blonde leaf?

The difference between dark- and blonde-leaf tobacco comes from the production process. Dark-leaf tobacco producers don't rinse the leaves. Instead, they remove the stems, chop the leaves, and combine them with glycerin, flavorings, and honey or molasses. They secure the mixture in a sealed container and let it sit for at least one night. The longer the mixture sits, the richer the taste and aroma.

Blonde-leaf tobacco manufacturers don't start with removing the stems. Instead, they soak the leaves in water. They may change the water several times, depending on their desired outcomes. The longer the leaves soak, the less nicotine and tobacco in the final product. Blonde leaf with higher tobacco levels can still deliver some of the nicotine buzz, but blonde leaf that's soaked for more extended periods is almost tobacco- and nicotine-free.

How can newer smokers enjoy dark-leaf tobacco?

New shisha smokers should refer to tips for new smokers before their first shisha session. It's usually a good idea to start with blonde-leaf tobacco unless they already have a nicotine tolerance. Those who smoke cigarettes may be able to transition straight to dark-leaf tobacco, but those who aren't accustomed to tobacco taste will find it easier to start with the light taste and aroma of blonde leaf.

Newer smokers should space out their inhalations when they start using dark leaves. Giving time between breaths can help smokers adjust to the taste and aroma of their shisha. Nicotine has a bitter taste, and it takes time to adjust to dark-leaf tobacco's flavor profile. Experts also recommend that all shisha smokers drink water during their smoke session because it helps keep them hydrated and their mouths from getting dry. You won't enjoy the full taste if you have a dry mouth. Those who don't enjoy drinking water can opt to drink mint tea.

How do I know which dark leaves are best for me?

There are several things to consider. One is the size of the shisha. Some manufacturers use finely chopped leaves, while others use larger leaf pieces. Egyptian-style hookah bowls have larger openings to the stem, so finely chopped shisha can fall into the stem. You should avoid finely chopped shisha if you use that style of hookah bowl.

Which brands and flavors feature dark-leaf tobacco?

Leading shisha brands such as Azure, Eclipse, Nirvana, Starbuzz, Tangiers, and Trifecta all sell dark-leaf shisha. There are dozens of decadent flavors to choose from, including mint, fruit, and coffee.

Mint lovers can try Bermuda Mint, Dark Durty Mint, Dark Lavender Mint, Matcha Mint, and Rio Mint. Kashmir Peach, Grow and Pear, Lime, Peach Cobbler, Berry Mania, Green Apple Tea, Old School Watermelon, Juicy Peach, and Strawberry Guava are just some of the options perfect for those who love fruit flavors. Shisha smokers with a sweet tooth may opt for flavors such as Green Candy Apple, Mango Cheese Cake, and Mexi Cola.

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