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08 Feb

Pure Tobacco – FML 1 Million Cans SOLD!


The Pure Tobacco team has sold over 1 MILLION cans of FML!

We’re celebrating this amazing feat by giving away 100g cans of FML on any order of $25 or more.

We also just marked down all the flavors in the Pure Tobacco category.

How To Receive Your Flavor

Leave a comment on your order indicating which color/flavor you would like to enjoy.

GREEN (Strong Mint)

BLUE (Spearmint)

RED (Peppermint)

Fine print

You must have an age verified account on our site to complete any order. We can only provide a can to customers in areas that allow the sale of online tobacco. International orders will be responsible for any potential taxes from their customs department.

28 Dec

John’s Fab 5 Hookah Products For 2017

5 tips for smoking in the cold

John’s Fab 5 Hookah Products For 2017

Hey Hookah fans, we’re back with another blog entry and this time around we’re letting the new guy do his thing. He’s a major hookah fanatic and now he helps make sure your orders go out on time.

The hookah world is constantly evolving, and with so much new product coming into the industry these days, it can be a little hard to navigate these products. Hi, I’m John, and these are 5 products I can’t stop using.

#1 Alpaca Predator Bowl

Hookah charcoal and burners

Remember the Tangiers Small Phunnel? Imagine that with a wider spire, a foil bridge, and an Alpaca logo…that’s the Predator. This bowl is a great solo bowl, ranging from 1.5-2.5 hour sessions for any brand or line. The foil bridge makes using foil a simpler process, and this bowl is a great fit for the AOT Provost HMD.

#2 B2 Reaper Hookah

Egyptian hookah bases

B2 Hookahs are beautiful, CNC-machined beasts. The main line can be a bit pricy for some, but the Reaper sits comfortably under $130 and performs like a dream. Fit it with a MYA small base, and you have an elegant but small cloud beast that can even fit on your desk!

#3 Cocourth Quarter Circle Coals

Egyptian hookah bases

Kaloud, the company behind the first HMD (Kaloud Lotus), created Aura half-circle coals to fit in the Lotus; Charco-Flare made the first Quarter-Circle Lotus coals, and now Coco-Urth has entered in the HMD coal game with a larger, longer-lasting alternative. You’ll stop smoking before these coals do.

#4 Nirvana Super Shisha Milk

Egyptian hookah bases

Nirvana released a lot of new flavors this year, with some weird but delicious offerings. Milk is by far the most out-there flavor in recent releases, but if you like dessert and bakery flavors like Haze Pacoca, Nirvana Milk is worth checking out.

#5 Fumari Shisha Tobacco – Sweet Mint

Egyptian hookah bases

This is a little different in that it’s not a new line or whole product, just a flavor. This mint is a step back from the super-mints we’ve become obsessed with. It provides a sweet, casual flavor with plenty of that mint cooling we all love.

Thanks For Reading

Hookah windcovers

What has excited you the most this year? What do you think of these products? Let us know what you’re thinking! We’d love to hear your thoughts. Cheers!

16 Nov

The Best New Mint Shisha Flavors

5 tips for smoking in the cold

Who’s Ready For A New Mint?

We received several new flavors this year from veteran brands, like Fumari and Social Smoke, plus a whole collection of blends from Starbuzz.

The new guys like Trifecta, Ugly, and Nu had several new flavors launch this year as well. So, if you’re tired of smoking the same thing, give our shisha selection a quick browse.

Today we’re going to take a look at some new mint flavors to add to your collection in no particular order.

Cane Mint still reigns supreme on the leaderboards for top mint flavors, but let’s see what some of the new blends have to offer.

#1 Starbuzz Sting Mint

Hookah charcoal and burners

Does it Sting? Yes. This powerful blend of peppermint shines in the latest Serpent collection from Starbuzz. Their latest tobacco blend is on the stronger side of the smoke spectrum as it uses a new kettle cured dark leaf formula, which leads to a more robust profile than the original lines from Starbuzz.

We made a video on this collection and got to experience the buzz and large clouds output from this tobacco. The sharp peppermint flavor slaps you in the face initially and delivers a cooling sensation later on in the session.

#2 Nirvana Super Shisha -Icy Milk

Egyptian hookah bases

If this flavor is news to you, we’ll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the ground. It happened, we smoke it, and guess what? It’s not bad at all.

We’re not sure who asked for a milk a flavor, but it’s one liquid that we recommend you don’t put in your hookah. Before smoking the flavor we thought of the new blend as possibly being a light flavored cream blend. Our guess was close with the creamy profile but the flavor intensity was better than we expected with a semi sweet finish.

The milk flavor could be enjoyed by itself but the mint variation adds the ice that improves this blend.

#3 Zomo Shisha -Strong Mint

Egyptian hookah bases

Zomo made a splash in the hookah market with their two collection of flavors: World Experience and Strong Line. While the World Experience flavors utilizes a blonde leaf cut of tobacco suited for beginner to veteran smokers alike, their Strong Line was crafted for a different style of smoker.

All of the Zomo Strong flavors have a touch of menthol for a cooling inhale and they’re blended with a stronger cut of tobacco for a mature smoke preference. The Strong Mint flavor accurately displays sugarcane and mint leaves on the box, and a strong sweet mint is what you’ll receive. The 50g boxes allow for an ease in creating new combinations and the mint is a great foundation that also puts on an excellent solo performance.

#4 Alchemist Blend KFC – Moonshine Mint

Egyptian hookah bases

Alchemist is another brand that released a new collection of flavors and they all feature a Kentucky fire cured cut of tobacco, so it received the name KFC. No food is included with these containers.

We opened Moonshine Mint on camera as soon as it arrived and the strength of the peppermint with a natural mint aroma blew our socks off. The fire cured tobacco adds a robust and smoky profile to each blend that intensifies once you add heat with a proper packing method.

This collection stands out in the line of what Alchemist has to offer because this flavor produces longer flavor with a stronger buzz.

#5 Fumari Shisha Tobacco – Sweet Mint

Egyptian hookah bases

This blend is fresh off the press and at this time not too many of you have had a chance to smoke this mint blend. Guess who did smoke it? We did!

Fumari graced us with a rum packed Mojito blend earlier this year but this Sweet Mint is going to be where the party is happening. Fumari gives mint fans a fresh blend of spearmint with a sweet touch that doesn’t overpower the cooling effect. As always from Fumari, you can expect great cloud output and for each flavor to stand on it’s own.

The cut of this new batch is as juicy as always to deliver an even colder smoking experience.

Are Those All The Mint Flavors?

Hookah windcovers

Not Even Close. Remember these are only the new guys and the classics are still available along with a wide variety of other options.

What new mint have you enjoyed this year?

09 Nov

Hookah Survival: 5 Tips For Smoking In Cold Weather

5 tips for smoking in the cold

Hoodie Season

Arriving right on schedule for many of us in this part of the hemisphere is cooler weather. Why is it getting cold? The earth is round. 

There’s more to that story but today we’re solely talking about what you should and shouldn’t be doing with your hookah gear in order to survive these upcoming colder days.

Heat Your Charcoal, Not Yourself

Hookah charcoal and burners

If you’re lighting your coals in the garage or just happen to have cold hands during the prep work, the burner shouldn’t be the thing you hang around.

Hovering around a burner while the coals are initially lighting up is the furthest thing from smart, as the smoke produced will irritate your respiratory system which isn’t a good way to start a session.

Once the charcoal is glowing on all sides it’s party time, so grab some tongs and your coal carrier for a safe delivery of heat.

Say No To Crack

Egyptian hookah bases

99% of hookah owners have a glass base.  98% of them have broken a base. We can’t prevent accidents because well, they’re accidents, but there’s one way to prevent fractures that lead to broken bases.

When you’re rinsing a base after a smoke session, the glass may be warm and the initial water temperature from your faucet will be much lower than it was a couple weeks ago.

If you cause a sudden temperature change (temperature shock), you’ll risk causing the glass to fracture or completely shatter.

Regardless of the season, you should always let the water warm up a little before you start your rinse, unless it’s an ice cold base going under cold water.

The same concept should be applied to your clay bowls.

Night, Night, Keep Your Charcoal Air Tight

Hookah Charcoal

Warmer air will hold on to more moisture than the upcoming cold air that we’ll experience, so even though it may not feel humid, your charcoal will still be at risk.

You can extend the shelf life of your charcoal by keeping them in a very dry location within a closed box or sealed storage container.

A drop in temperature pushes the air molecules close together and squeezes out the water which then makes rain or snow. Hookah charcoal should never be stored outside or near areas of water like the sink.

You’ll know you have moist charcoal when they don’t put out as much heat as you remember and struggle to ignite and stay lit. If you feel like you have a tainted piece a charcoal and don’t want to waste it, we recommend drying out the charcoal with the use of an oven at 250-300 degrees for about 7-10 minutes.

Let them cool before moving to the burner. Keep your coals fresh year round by using a designated container; one wide mouth plastic container should be enough for 1-2kg or more depending on the depth.

Preheat The Oven Not Your Lotus

Kaloud Lotus

Friends don’t let friends preheat the Lotus. Depending on where you store your heat management device, it may be ice cold before you use it leading to a longer heat up time or coal blackouts.

The Kaloud Lotus should never be preheated on any heater because you’ll risk melting the device or instantly scorching the top layer shisha. Not to mention it also voids your warranty.

We recommend running the metal puck under hot water and drying thoroughly if you want to give it a safer boost of heat.

Our Favorite Kind Of Trapper Keeper

Hookah windcovers

If most of your session take place outside, we hope you have a nice jacket. But besides that, you should have at least one wind cover in your arsenal.

These devices are useful year round but they’re also wonderful during the winter as this shield prevents unwanted airflow from affecting your heat output.

This heat trapper keeps your coals glowing. However, the higher amount of focused heat will turn up the temperature on your bowl, so keep that in mind.

You may have to move the coals around as you get used to the device but everyone can agree on the usefulness of a wind cover.

Are Mint Flavors Colder In The Winter?

Hookah windcovers

Does Cane Mint gain power in the winter? Will Mango Habanero actually warm you up? Give it a try and we’ll revisit these questions again later this year.

We hope these quicks tips help you face a smokey cold front and provide you with some new tips for an excellent season of hookah. Old school tips with trial and error helped create this blog and we gain more knowledge when we share with one another. So, leave us a comment about something that changes with your hookah session in the cold or seasonal conditions in your area.

31 Oct

Hookah Shisha Bowl Buying Guide

Hookah Bowl Guide

Hookah-Shisha Bowl Guide

If you’re new to the hookah culture, our bowl selection may be a little overwhelming with the variety hole placements and sizes. We hope today’s blog will give you the knowledge and power to go out there and make an informed decision.

Egyptian Hookah Bowls

Egyptian hookah bowls

The Egyptian bowl is the most commonly owned clay bowl in the community because they come free with most hookahs and they’re cheap. We have uniformly shaped bowls with multiple glaze colors, as well as traditional brown bowls that vary in size. 9 out of 10 hookah lounges will serve this style of bowl and it’s an easy bowl to start off with to find your groove.

Sessions with an Egyptian bowl will require that you fill the interior with shisha tobacco up to the height of your desired smoking preference. Adding too much tobacco will result in a harsher (hotter) inhale depending on your heat input. Always remember to break up the shisha as you fill the bowl to allow for even distribution of heat.

We recommend 2-4 pieces of natural charcoal depending on the size of the bowl and desired smoke output. Each bowl will hold approximately 10-20 grams of shisha tobacco.

Vortex Hookah Bowls

Vortex Hookah Bowls

Before the birth of the phunnel bowl the progression in bowl collecting started with Egyptian bowls and Vortex bowls were the next step. The capped spire prevents any juice from leaking into your hookah and a tight foil application creates a vortex flow of air to pass through the tobacco.  Sahara Smoke Vortex bowls feature  large air channels around the spire with a  wider underside  opening to fit snug on more hookah bowl ports.

The latest entry to the Vortex collection was the Stone Vortex, crafted in the US with stoneware clay. These bowls are able to handle high amounts of heat and provide better heat retention than the lightweight ceramic material of the original Vortex. When you’re ready to pack a bowl, just sprinkle the shisha around the spire and avoid blocking any of the holes, or use a denser pack for the thick walls of the Stone version.

Using a fluff pack method with the Vortex bowl will save on shisha consumption by using 12-20 grams of shisha tobacco per session, and we recommend 2-4 pieces of natural charcoal depending on your desired heat output and bowl materials.

Phunnel Hookah Bowls

Phunnel Hookah Bowls

The most popular bowl style of the modern hookah world is the Phunnel bowl; we have more variation of this style than any other bowl design. Why do people love them? Options. The Phunnel bowl category gives you options that most hookah pros want control of, such as the width of the spire and interior depth. This design features one central air channel that prevents juice from sliding down and shouldn’t be blocked with shisha during the packing process.

(Hookah Tip: If it’s packed loosely, tap the shisha down around the spire to prevent tobacco from falling inside.) Size will play a big role in this bowls performance; wider spires give more airflow and smaller spires create a tighter inhale. The amount of holes in your foil will also have an affect on the smoothness of your inhale. You also have the option of punching holes above the spire or not. Some people say it’s a game changer, while others say it does nothing. You be the judge.

Enjoy any style of tobacco with these bowls, and most of the love for this design comes from the dark leaf fan base (I.E.; Tangiers, Vintage, Trifecta) because of the ease in dense pack preperation. Our Phunnel bowls are commonly crafted with high quality clay materials but you’ll also find some silicone and glass bowl options as well. These bowls will vary in shisha consumption based on the type of tobacco you use; blonde leaf blends require approximately 14-25 grams, while dark leaf  uses 18-30 grams.

Hybrid Phunnel Hookah Bowls

Hybrid Phunnel Hookah Bowls

Over the years we’ve seen new designs and tweaks on the  classic phunnel design to keep the ball rolling on new products and provide options based on feedback from the online community. The popular hybrid phunnel bowls are all created for a reason and, in most cases, it’s to increase airflow, like the notched out spire of the Rook bowl. There are also bowls that provide support during your session, like the bridged spire of the Predator, bowl that  prevents your foil from being sucked down and cutting off the air flow.

This category is fan favored by the dark leaf smokers because they can provide the best of both worlds in function and something new to try through the exploration of hookah.

All of our Hybrid Phunnel bowls are crafted from thick clay materials and vary in shisha consumption, please refer to the product pages to see the available shisha capacity.  If you’ve worked up to this bowl, we probably don’t need to tell how many pieces of charcoal to use, but if we did it would be 2-4 depending on what you packed and how you prepared it.

Lipped Hookah Bowls

Lipped Hookah Bowls

Heat management devices have drastically changed the way we taste our hookah flavors and these bowls all feature a lipped interior to provide a more secure fit with these devices. The Kaloud team created the Vitria bowl for their Lotus heat management device with a thick glass interior and silicone exterior, so you can expect a perfect cut.

Clay artisans, like the Alpaca team, answered the request from fans for more lipped ceramic bowls by creating the Lerook and Lipache. These bowls will usually have a large capacity(20-30g) for shisha and we recommend fluff packing the interior or add more for a stronger flavor. The heat management devices should be used with 3-4 pieces of charcoal depending on their size.

The Other Hookah Bowls

The Other Hookah Bowls

If you’re exploring through all of our bowl options you’ll come across some designs that are a little out of the box, or may not even be designed for shisha tobacco. Starbuzz wanted to give hookah smokers a taste of the vape side with their e-head bowl that utilizes high quality e-juice to bring full flavor with each inhale. We also offer the Hydra bowl with it’s multiple insert that allow the user to experience airflow from an assortment of interchangeable bowl designs like the Vortex, Phunnel, and Egyptian.

Bowls aren’t always made from silicone and clay as we provide metal options like the Minzari Crown bowl or a Pyrex composition like the Mazaj bowl. The Apple On Top won’t require heat management devices like  foil or the lotus because it arrives ready to roll out of the package.

It All Bowls Down To..

Everyone will develop their own preference in what they want out of a hookah session depending on what you like to smoke and how you prepare your sessions. Some of us will try different bowl designs only to discover that they were Egyptian bowl fans all along, while the rest of us enjoy adding new options to our evolving arsenal. It could be the color option that really sets your hookah a part from your friends, or you’ll find the perfect size to fit in your hands that you never knew you needed.

Let us know what your favorite bowl type is below.

Thanks for reading and HAPPY SMOKING!

16 Oct

New Brass & Electroplated Shika Hookahs 2017-2018

New Shika Hookahs 2017

2017 Shika Hookah Collection

It’s fall, which means that once again we get to see what’s new with the Shika Hookah team. Over the past couple of years each new model has been introduced as an upgraded version; i.e v2, v3, v4. This time around we’re changing it up a bit and launching the collection as the 2017 Shika Hookah models, but if  you wanted to keep up with that tradition it’s 4.5. Shika made their mark in the hookah community by creating unique hookahs with a traditional style and jaw-dropping hand engravings. Each hookah is crafted in Egypt with the use of solid brass, copper, and stainless steel to create a long lasting hookah pipe.

We’ve received updated models of many classics from last year’s batch like the Zizo and Genie, along with some new models and accessories. The site will be updated with a few more pieces from the collection later on this week, but for now let’s take a look at what’s new for your next Shika hookah.

Patron & Son Son Tray

Shika electroplated coal tray sonson mandala

One of the first updates we saw for the electroplated series was the multiple tray options: Sonson and Patron (mandala). Each of the electroplated hookahs will come with a Sonson tray that features a wavy edge with a slight slope for your coals to rest. The Patron edition upgrade found on most of our electroplated models will arrive with a heavyweight Mandala tray. The Patron version of the Legend hookah will include both trays to be used at the same time or to have one as back up.

Oblivion Bowl Update

Shika Oblivion bowls

The multi-colored oblivion bowls will be a nice surprise to new Shika owners, as they are much larger than any other bowl that would normally accompany a traditional hookah. This batch of  Oblivion bowls arrived with new color options (randomly selected color for each hookah) and a slightly textured exterior combined with thicker walls. They’ve also introduced an unglazed option for the shisha saving Dragon bowl , which is perfect for people that dedicate accessories to a particular flavor.  These bowls can also be used with any shisha that you’ll find on our site, so what will be next in your bowl?

Updated Hammer Engravings

Shika Hammer engravings

One of the biggest eye catching features for any Shika setup is the highly intricate detail found along the stem and around hub. We were really impressed last year with detail on Skyrim hookah and now it seems the Shika guys saw some room for improvement and updated all of their solid brass hookahs with more details and clean symmetrical lines. Members of the Shika manufacturing team include highly skilled artist that utilize a single hammer and nail to make all the engravings. TLDR: All of these marks came from a hammer and nail. CRAZY.

Hose & Purge Port Upgrades

Shika updated hose and bowl port

Last year the hose ports for most of the Shika brass hookahs displayed a slightly flared and hammered hose port. The engraved brass models for 2017 moved away from the flared port to a much sleeker rounded design with multiple ridges. This updated port gives the Typhoon hose a snug fit and with the proper use of a hose grommet you’ll be able to use any of our silicone hookah hoses. The castle top purge cap from 2016 is no more as the updated design flows together seamlessly with the hose port. The purge valve now includes a top air passage that helps to expel smoke from the base easier for a fresher smoke.

Electroplated With A Little More Sheen

Shika electroplated hookahs 2017

The Electroplated series started off with the Legend hookah and later evolved into a larger collection with hookahs like the Duel, Pen Pen, and Zoba. Last year everything had a smooth matte finish but this year Shika wanted to stunt and brought out the chrome candy paint for all of their electroplated hookahs. Shika doesn’t leave you with mix matched accessories, as this reflective coat is displayed on the coal trays, wind covers, and tongs.

More To Come

Shika Hookahs 2017 More To come

This week we’ll be updating our pictures for the 2016 models that have been upgraded like the Hodor, Mini Hilal, and Avatar. These hookah will be available for purchase while we get our photo shoot started, because there are some fans that have been patently waiting and don’t want to wait for photos . We’ll also be adding a couple more electroplated models this week and a few more accessories. If we hear any news on more Shika hookahs we’ll be sure to grab them up and present them to you first!


12 Oct

Starbuzz Serpent Flavors And Review

Starbuzz Serpent Flavor Review

Starbuzz Serpent Review & Flavor Descriptions

Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce Starbuzz Serpent tobacco as the 4th installment of the Starbuzz flavor series. The company once best known for Blue Mist, is showing once again that they can cater to a variety of palates from beginner smokers to veterans. Vintage was their first dark leaf collection that arrived in spring of 2016, and has since created a multitude of staff favorites here and around world.

The latest collection will arrive to you inside a sleek resealable pouch that features some pretty awesome artwork for each flavor. The cut of this tobacco is very choppy with little to no stems; a semi juicy blend, but not as wet as the Vintage cut. The 200g flavor size features two individually sealed 100g pouches, allowing for an ease in keeping your flavors fresh. This release not only brings us more than just a collection of new flavors combinations, but also a slew of flavor names that’d never help you figure out the taste profile. Some people like the mystery and enjoy trying to pinpoint the flavors, while others would like to know the destination before starting the ride. We respect both paths and, should you need any guidance, just refer to this blog or the product page for Starbuzz Serpent Flavor descriptions.

Afterburner – Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Afterbunner Shisha Tobacco

A creamy blend of coconut with banana and a touch of mint.

Bohemian- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Bohemian Shisha Tobacco

We noticed our clouds became larger when we put on Bohemian Rhapsody, but it could’ve been because we were using a boho base. You’ll taste fresh gum blend.

Cobra Khan- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Cobra Khan Shisha Tobacco

If you next day air this flavor there would be snakes on a plane. Once it arrives the blueberry aroma fills the room with a mint undertone, and grape joins the party.

Crimson Fox- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Crimson Fox Shisha Tobacco

One of our favorite labels from the collection contains a natural peach with berries

Crow- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Crow Shisha Tobacco

A There’s a pirate on the label they could’ve just called this one Pirates cave, but Crow will have to do with a bright lemon mint flavor.

Gee Spot- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Gee Spot Shisha Tobacco

A You read that right, and you couldn’t possibly guess this blend. It could be desire or just how you start your day, but this cinnamon vanilla mix reminds us of horchata.

Kathmandu- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Kathmandu Shisha Tobacco

If you can’t figure out what to smoke and happen to make eye contact with this monkey, he’ll decide on the flavor.

Kings Tea- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Kings Tea Shisha Tobacco

A easy staff favorite that fills our warehouse with a nice earl grey aroma and a kick of fuzzy peach.

Lioness- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Lioness Shisha Tobacco

We were gonna make a reference to all the boys coming to the yard, but let’s just leave it at strawberry vanilla.

Mad Dog- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Mad DogShisha Tobacco

We don’t see the connection between dogs and grapefruit but don’t be mad dog there’s also some citrus mint in this dog house.

Megawatt- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Megawatt Shisha Tobacco

10000 watts of lemonade need we say more?

New Amsterdam- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent New Amsterdam Shisha Tobacco

It’s better than the old one because it has orange cream.

Rogue- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Rogue Shisha Tobacco

A musky sweet melon lies within this blend.

Shishi- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Shishi Shisha Tobacco

More banana flavor than Sin City with a solid floral note layered on  berries.

Sint City- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Sin City Shisha Tobacco

What happens in Sin City stays in Sin City, except for this banana. Who brought this banana back?

Skull- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Skull Shisha Tobacco

We’re still waiting to see whatever happened with the Starbuzz Bold Skull but in the mean time this Serpent edition is licorice.

Sting Mint – Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Sting Mint Shisha Tobacco

Unlike the Vintage release Serpent has one of the smoothest mints right out the gate.

Teabet- Starbuzz Serpent

Starbuzz Serpent Teabet Shisha Tobacco

Are you looking for more tea flavors to enjoy? This little tea pot has a freshly steeped bag of English Breakfast.

04 Oct

Fall Shisha Flavors To Smoke In 2017

Summer Shisha Flavors SMOKEorPASS

Fall is here everyone! Hurry up and get all the pumpkin flavored everything you can get your hands on. This is easily one of our favorite times of year because not only does our flavor rotation change, but we also get to experience some cooler weather down here in Texas. When the restaurants and local shops begin to switch everything to fall mode, it’s hard to avoid changing something about your diet during the season.

That way of thinking is often shown in the hookah community because we’re ussually inspired by our surroundings and what we eat. Our lineup of available flavors has increased a lot this year with some of our favorite companies, so don’t be surprised if you haven’t smoked everything on this list. If you’ve never participated in a seasonal flavor rotation, we encourage you to use this list to add some flavors to your menu.

Tangiers Pumpkin

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

If we had to pick one Pumpkin flavored shisha to smoke this fall that packs a good buzz, it would have to be from the Tangiers flavor lineup. Their Pumpkin produces a strong aroma before you even get it loaded up and within the first 10 minutes of the session, you’ll know what were talking about plus the feeling of bliss. This blend does not include latte, cream, or any other typical spin on Pumpkin flavors. Tangiers went straight to the point with their take and only added very subtle spices to accentuate the overall flavor. The Tangiers selection is all high nicotine dark leaf tobacco and we recommend that experienced smokers add it to their rotation.


Trifecta Tko & Morning Glory

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

This is a tough call right here, both of these blends are great and sit perfectly on our fall menu but it’s hard to choose just one. Luckily for us, we made this blog so we’re gonna break the unwritten rule and feature both flavors. Morning Glory is the equivalent of putting fresh coffee grounds in your bowl, add a slight dark leaf taste and minimal creamer, BOOM. If you’ve felt like coffee flavors in the past have been too light for you on flavoring, it’s because it wasn’t a bowl of Morning Glory. You can play around with several flavor profiles in combination with Morning Glory, but we really like sprinkling some TKO on top and that pretty much seals the deal on a great session. TKO goes out to the Nutella fans with an even blend of rich chocolate and hazelnut. If you don’t have a washable/dedicated hookah hose, we recommend looking into one before adding strong coffee flavors to your rotation.

Fumari Spiced Chai

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

This flavor shows up on every list: Top 10 flavors, Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter flavors, Beginners Favorite, etc. Fumari Spiced Chai will continue to show up on these rankings because it’s that good whether you smoke it by itself or add it to a new mix. Once that unique sweet spice taste hits your tongue, you’ll be transcended into a new world of flavors and little cups of Chai will dance around you as blow out huge clouds. If that’s not the experience you received on your first bowl, we recommend loading the flavor up again and give it another shot. Fumari is loved by novice and veteran smokers alike, while Spiced Chai has peaked the interest of many people who don’t like Coffee inspired flavors.

Al Fakher Special Edition Hookah Matata

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

“What a wonderful phrase FLAVOR” Al Fakher made taste buds around the world do a little boogy when they released their Special Edition flavor collection, which introduced a sweet lineup of custom blends. We all had fun trying to decode each combination but one blend that stood out to us was none other than Hookah Matata. The fall vibes plus this sweet green apple flavor is only the start as the underlying gum mastic flavor adds a unique woodsy taste to your exhale. There is also a cooling back note to this blend but if you’re looking for a cold mint you’ll have to add it yourself, we won’t judge because we like it minty!

Haze Pumpking Pleasure

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

O-M-Geee have you had this flavor before? Haze does amazing work with decadent flavors and we’ve seen this to be true with their latest addition, Sinful Mint. We love using Haze tobacco because it handles heat very well and the flavor strength leaves little room to ask for anything more. Upon first inhale Pumpkin Pleasure delivers the closest thing to a fresh slice of Pumpkin Pie with a touch of creamy vanilla custard. At the peak of this flavor your in pulling sweet spices that give the smoke profile bonus points in the texture category, and then you think about pie. Pumpkin Pleasure can easily be enjoyed by itself but you can mix it with several other flavors like Hazel Eyez (hazel nut coffee) or Pacoca (Peanut Butter). WARNING: This shisha aroma may cause hunger. 

Starbuzz Vintage Delhi Tea

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

This is one strong cup of tea and we’ll have two cups, please. The Starbuzz Vintage flavor lineup has been very good to us and their Delhi Tea sent us down a long rabbit hole of tea flavored shisha but very few compared to this. Your bowl of Delhi brings in a creamy black tea leaf taste intertwined with a Starbuzz secret blend of spices. We can easily pick out cardamom and anise but there’s something else that we can’t put our finger on. If you have an idea about the full flavor composition, be sure to leave it in a comment below. Even if you can’t figure it out, this will be a flavor you’ll remember.

Alchemist Peppermint Mocha

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

Once the fall weather has completely knocked out the hot summer weather and dusk doesn’t burn you, it then becomes time to move your hookah session outside. What would be a better companion than a fresh bowl of Peppermint Mocha? This Original Alchemist blend produces a slightly addictive sweet peppermint that sits perfectly on your taste buds next to a rich cocoa profile. Coffee fanatics may desire a little more mocha while mint fans beg for more peppermint, but in the end we really enjoy this tug of war in flavoring throughout each session. Peppermint Mocha is a great flavor to bring out for beginners, friends, or family as it relates very closely to familiar taste.

Social Smoke Pistachio Breeze

Starbuzz Holiday Mix

Even if you don’t like Pistachio, continue reading. There were a few of us here that couldn’t get down with having a pistachio flavor in our hookah session and then someone packed a bowl of Pistachio Breeze. Everything changed. Social Smoke pinpoints a sweet nutty profile but leaves enough room for minty exhale. Both of these flavor profiles are connected with a creamy touch like a scoop of ice cream….the green kind. This flavor doesn’t need to be mixed with anything else as it’s ready to go out of the jar and can be utilized in any style of bowl. Social Smoke recommends a sprinkle pack method when you prepare your bowls, but lately we’ve been adding a little more with great results.

Starbuzz Holiday Mix

Starbuzz Holiday Mix

We’ve updated the label to better represent what you’ll receive in this mixture because there’s a decent amount of banana (banana bread spice) waiting to be unleashed. This is one of the more complex flavors in the original Starbuzz lineup with the use of multiple spices, a touch of cinnamon, and anise. As you start to break down the unique fruit taste you’re only steps away from sliding into the earthy aspect of flavor. We enjoy the red apple touch because it brightens the ginger snap taste and really sets this flavor apart from the others. TLDR: It smells like an expensive fall candle and it’s one our favorite flavors from the Starbuzz collection.

Nirvana Mint Cinnamon Milk

Nirvana Mint Cinnamon Milk

Milk, it’s the stuff we don’t recommend you use in the base and pretty much anywhere else involving your hookah. Recently, Nirvana threw us a curve ball and released a small group of flavors that feature milk, including a solo blend. We posted a video review of Icy Milk and it lead to immediately adding the rest of the milk flavors to our rotation. When Mint Cinnamon Milk came across the table, our taste thoughts bounced between a toasted cereal with a cinnamon crunch and a glass of horchata using extra ground cinnamon. Place this bowl by the campfire or your couch, either way it will be an enjoyable session.


Is that all the fall shisha

NOPE! We barely scratched the surface with this list of fall flavoring, so don’t let your shisha exploration stop here.

What Shisha Tobacco Will You Smoke next

PSA: If you enjoy Pumpkin Pleasure in October there’s a strong chance you’ll dig it during June, as the calendar is just paper with numbers.

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

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#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.


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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.