Welcome to my first hookahforum blogpost, I'll start off to describe the smoking situation in Sweden and try to give the Swedish hookah life justice.
The biggest vendor in Sweden is at this website www.vattenpipan.com. They sell alot of good hookahs (They got the allfamous, luxurey Meduse pipes in storage for an example). Recently ( just noticed) they started to sell coconutshell coals aswell, not the coconara but a brand named "Mazaj". Havn't tried this yet but they look exactly like coconara's so I bet they are made of awesome aswell. Cryptical enough for being a hookah smoking vendor they have taken a big stand against tobacco and nicotine. Their slogan is "No Nicotine, No weirdness". Therefore the only shisha brand they sell is the herbal Soex shisha.
And that is fine, it's their statement but I don't see the point in it. You have to be 18 to sign up for a membership at their website and to buy Soex, so they woudln't brake any laws by selling some real shisha. Since they are the biggest vendor in Sweden (and the only www Vendor that I've seen around here) they have a huge monopoly. They could easily order new shisha brand's like Al Fakher, Nahklah, Starbuzz, Fantasia, Sinbad.. you name it!
So I am a bit dissapointed at the hookahstores in Sweden and the small vareties that we are able to buy. The word "smorgasbord" has it's roots from Sweden, so how come we're lacking so much in range?
I also have to add that during my two years of smoking shisha, we've been hounted by this fake brand called "El Fakher". The weird thing about this brand is that the outside box, designing and logotyping is almost identical to "Al Fakhers" boxes. But when you open them and take the plastic jar out, you see that the design is right, all looks like AF except the change of "El fakher" or El Faker that we call it.
I noticed that I've only smoked Al Fakhers mint as a real AF's shisha, and the difference is pretty big. it's a complete different cut, AF's is much more wet and driMFy and have a better, fresher smell and taste and offcourse lasts longer.
So I'm eager to try the rest of AF's sortiment out and compare to this fake shisha I've been grown up with.
So thats the situation in Sweden right now, I can't wait for a change and update.
Take care you all, i'm out for dinner