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Shisha Tobacco Flavors - Back to Basics

Cinnamon shisha mixed with chocolate and strawberry. Orange cream and cappuccino with a twist of lemon. Equal parts Sex on the Beach, cotton candy fuzzy navel, and mondo mango surprise with a sliver of tofu and a sprig of parsley, with diet raspberry Fanta, birthday cake, and Cocoa Puffs cereal in the hookah base… You see what I’m getting at here. When you work at a hookah store, it’s easy to get carried away trying new flavor combinations. Sometimes you have to take a break from the “shisha lab” and enjoy the classics - No frills, no bells and whistles, just one flavor and plain water in the base. Here’s a short list of my favorite “classic” flavors that will always stand the test of time, in no particular order:
strawberry 1. Strawberry: By far my favorite fruit flavor. Call me biased, but Romman makes the best strawberry shisha that I’ve tried – it tastes just like strawberry Big League Chew, but the flavor lasts 3 times as long.
2. Peach: Christopher has waxed ecstatic on this flavor before (Do I dare eat a peach? My favorite hookah flavor), and for good reason. Peach is one of the best tasting flavors with the most delicate of velvety aromas. Al Waha makes a surprisingly tasty peach flavor, and is probably the best “bang for your buck” shisha. peach
Apple 3. Apple: The original forbidden fruit. Apple is one of the oldest shisha flavors around and, decades ago, was the only flavor offered by many hookah cafés. Today, there are dozens of apple derivatives (apple martini, apple Americano, triple apple, etc.) but apple will always remain the original “old school” shisha flavor. Hydro herbal shisha makes a great non-tobacco apple flavor.
4. Rose: One of the first non-fruit flavors available. Much like eating ginger with sushi, sometimes you want to “cleanse the palate” with a sweet, subtly spicy shisha. Al Fakher makes a particularly good Rose flavor that’s not too “perfume-y.” Rose
Banana 5. Banana: The taste of banana is a hard flavor to capture, considering the fruit itself is cultivated with its shelf life and texture in mind rather than its taste. Most banana flavored shishas taste like banana Runts or banana Laffy-Taffy, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Starbuzz makes a really good banana that captures a good mixture of artificial flavor with authentic starchy sweetness you’d find in organic bananas.
6. Coconut: Coconut is a “love it or hate it” flavor. It’s one of the more bitter flavors of shisha available, but also one of the most genuine to the original fruit (a coconut can also be considered a “nut,” depending on who you ask). I’m partial to Romman’s coconut, but Fumari also makes a pina colada-worthy coconut flavor. Coconut
Mango 7. Mango: Again, mango is hard to convert into a shisha flavor considering there are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos, 500 of them grown in India alone (it’s true!). Starbuzz comes the closest to tasting like a mango that I’ve actually eaten, with a tart, sweet fragrance found in mango-flavored fruit juices.
8. Cherry: Last on the list is one of the true classics. Cherries are known for being both sweet and sour at the same time, and cherry flavored shisha is no different. Havana’s cherry is quite delectable, and Romman has stepped up its Cherry recipe to rival the sweetest and tartest of tasty hookah tobacco. cherry

Comments (3) -

  • When I want to get back to basics I smoke Al Fakher grape or Starbuzz Sweet Melon. Which reminds me, I need to order some supplies soon.  I haven't smoked in months.
  • I think subtitling this "Back to Basics" has solidified my liking of this website. After all, two of the greatest pleasures in life are hookah and Christina Aguilera. I still don't know whether or not I actually plan to own a hookah, but if I do then it will come from here.
  • Nothing beats mint for me. Most people seem to prefer to add mint to something else, but I prefer mint straight or with orange juice in the base.

    Of course, mint blends well with so many flavors...