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  1. Alright it's been a while since I've posted Tang reviews, have a lot coming so here goes. Borrowing Stuie's format. Tangiers Blue Flower Hookah: KM Original Tri-metal Bowl: Tangiers Small Phunnel Foil/Hole Pattern: Reynolds HD, 40ish large holes Hose: Grand Washable Coals: CH naturals Heat Management: 2 CH at a time, flush with outside edge. No windcover. Base Liquid: Water Smell: Quite strange. Resembles potpourri in some ways, also reminiscent of the kashmir flavors. I alternate between finding it very nice and very unpleasant. Taste: I've been trying to peg exactly what this is. Definitely somewhat floral. I remember someone saying it might be blueberry + kashmir, but that is not what it tastes like to me. If anything, it tastes more like blue gumball + kashmir, except that on certain occasions, even when fully acclimated, blue gumball has a sort of vomit-y aftertaste, and this is the part of the blue gumball that I'm tasting in blue flower. Who knows, maybe my guess is totally off. Either way, it's a weird flavor, and takes some getting used to, but I like the idea of floral tangiers flavors. If we could only get some jasmine... mm... Smoke: This is almost not worth answering. It's tangiers. If you acclimate it and pack it right, it'll smoke great. Buzz: None, not anymore... Duration: Even for tang, this lasted a while. Not disappointed. Acclimation: 3 hours directly before smoking Purchased From: Hookahjohn Overall: 7.5/10. I need to give this a little longer before I form a full opinion, but I don't think this flavor is totally there yet. I remember someone saying HJ's Blue Flower is a beta flavor, and I would believe that quite easily. It smokes well, like all tangiers, but the flavor is quite strange, and not clearly floral or fruity, and the mixture of the two is not as successful as with k-peach or k-cherry, both of which I think are near perfect. I would like to see how this flavor develops, and what direction it goes, and probably if it's around a year from now I'll order it again, but, with that said, I won't reorder this anytime soon. Tangiers Red Tea Hookah: KM Original Tri-metal Bowl: Tangiers Small Phunnel Foil/Hole Pattern: Reynolds HD, 40ish large holes Hose: Grand Washable Coals: CH naturals Heat Management: 2 CH at a time, flush with outside edge. No windcover. Base Liquid: Water Smell: Very bland. Nearly a straight tobacco smell. If there is much flavor, it's extremely slight. It's not an unacclimated smell, ie, no soy sauce; it just tastes like whatever is there is subtly done. Taste: Aligns with the smell. Not overpowering, very subtle. Can be pleasant at times, can feel like you're smoking the long-dead tail end of a bowl at others. It tastes like red tea that was very weakly made, or steeped for like, 15 seconds. Smoke: For some reason, this one has given me more trouble than others. Noticeably harsher than most other tang flavors; comparable to this I think are clove and indigo flower, in terms of being harsher than the rest. Buzz: None, not anymore... Duration: It's hard to tell when this bowl died. I don't think I really noticed. Acclimation: 3 hours directly before smoking Purchased From: Hookahjohn Overall: 4/10. This flavor was a disappointment. I've given it a few chances and none really satisfied. I've had about 150g of it for maybe half a year, sort of avoiding finishing off the 250. Not worth a purchase. Tangiers Cool Strawberry Hookah: KM Original Tri-metal Bowl: Tangiers Small Phunnel Foil/Hole Pattern: Reynolds HD, 40ish large holes Hose: Grand Washable Coals: CH naturals Heat Management: 2 CH at a time, flush with outside edge. No windcover. Base Liquid: Water Smell: Definitely a strawberry taste, with, you guessed it, something cool behind it. I'm not sure how to describe this second thing, but it's nice. Strawberry is a tough one to nail down, and I think eric's done it. Taste: Basically my favorite ever. Perfect strawberry, strong taste, the cooling effect cancels the "tangiers tickle" that n00bs talk about. I don't know if there is a better flavor than this. Maybe melon blend. That's about it. Smoke: "This is almost not worth answering. It's tangiers. If you acclimate it and pack it right, it'll smoke great." Buzz: None, not anymore... Duration: Always gives me good results. Fairly consistent across the brand. Acclimation: 3 hours directly before smoking Purchased From: Hookahjohn Overall: 9.8/10. That is as high of a rating as I would give. Nothing is perfect, but this comes pretty damn close. I just wish john had it in stock more often Tangiers Melon Blend Hookah: KM Original Tri-metal Bowl: Tangiers Small Phunnel Foil/Hole Pattern: Reynolds HD, 40ish large holes Hose: Grand Washable Coals: CH naturals Heat Management: 2 CH at a time, flush with outside edge. No windcover. Base Liquid: Water Smell: Exactly what "melon blend" would imply. I don't think it falls decidedly on either the cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon axes. Definitely a, you know, blend of melons. Very tasty, very summery. Taste: As with cool strawberry, I think this flavor is near perfect. Absolutely delicious. I have a friend who won't eat real melons (I guess the texture is creepy to her? who knows), but she will smoke this. That isn't to say people who love melon won't love this too, they will probably love it more. It is very, er, melon-y. Smoke: "This is almost not worth answering. It's tangiers. If you acclimate it and pack it right, it'll smoke great." Buzz: None, not anymore... Duration: Once again, consistent results. Lasts a good while. I'll regularly have 3-4 hour sessions in the small funnel and not totally run out of flavor. Acclimation: 3 hours directly before smoking Purchased From: Hookahjohn Overall: 9.8/10. Near perfect once again. I always order 500g of this at a time because I know I'll use that much in the time I'd use 250 of anything else. A magical flavor. Tangiers Guava Hookah: KM Original Tri-metal Bowl: Tangiers Small Phunnel Foil/Hole Pattern: Reynolds HD, 40ish large holes Hose: Grand Washable Coals: CH naturals Heat Management: 2 CH at a time, flush with outside edge. No windcover. Base Liquid: Water Smell: Not really a guava smell, but very nice. I don't know how to pin it down. Sort of more grapefruit-y, but less sour? Either way, very nice. Taste: There's something weird about this flavor, but it's really quite nice. Excellent fruity taste, very different from anything else you'll get. Really enjoyable. Smoke: This is almost not worth answering. It's tangiers. If you acclimate it and pack it right, it'll smoke great. Buzz: None, not anymore... Duration: Yes. Acclimation: 3 hours directly before smoking Purchased From: Hookahjohn Overall: 8.7/10. While I do really enjoy this flavor, it isn't a great resemblance to, er, actual guava flavor. Normally I'd mark off more for that, but this flavor is just so damn nice. Maybe if they named it "sort of a mix between guava and grapefruit" it would be rated higher. I really highly recommend trying this flavor. One I always keep around. Tangiers Brambleberry Hookah: KM Original Tri-metal Bowl: Tangiers Small Phunnel Foil/Hole Pattern: Reynolds HD, 40ish large holes Hose: Grand Washable Coals: CH naturals Heat Management: 2 CH at a time, flush with outside edge. No windcover. Base Liquid: Water Smell: So good. It really is just like boysenberry. Supposedly there is blackberry in this too, but I don't know if I believe that. This one destroys the fusion boysenberry, and for me that says a lot, I'm a big fusion fan. Taste: It's a little more generically fruity than it smells, but still the boysenberry taste comes through nicely and makes it a unique smoke. Very strong, clear taste. I guess the blackberry comes through a little more here. Either way, it's very good. If you like berries, you'll like this. Smoke: Yes. Buzz: No. Duration: Yes. Acclimation: 3 hours directly before smoking (side note with brambleberry: I've noted that consistently, the cut of this flavor is thicker and longer than the others. No idea why. It feels completely different in my fingers and acts differently in the bowl.) Purchased From: Hookahjohn Overall: 9.2/10. This is a very good flavor. One to keep around. I have noticed that this one does not handle poor acclimation as well as others (I can usually smoke passionfruit right out of the bag if I want to, though I don't, whereas brambleberry gets angry when the humidity changes. As a general note, I recommend acclimating the whole batch for 2-3 hours before each session. This sounds excessive, but you'll really notice a change in the quality of your sessions if you do this. Trust me, I'm a doctor. Well, not really. But I smoke a lot of tang. Tangiers Passionfruit Hookah: KM Original Tri-metal Bowl: Tangiers Small Phunnel Foil/Hole Pattern: Reynolds HD, 40ish large holes Hose: Grand Washable Coals: CH naturals Heat Management: 2 CH at a time, flush with outside edge. No windcover. Base Liquid: Water Smell: If it's possible for something to smell sour, this is it. I haven't had a real passionfruit, not that I know of, but this smell makes me want to try them. Taste: Also quite sour, though less sharp than it smells. Very crisp and pleasant; a nice change from the more sweet flavors like melon blend and strawberry. Smoke: This one smokes slightly differently than the others, and I don't know why. I mentioned in an earlier review that this one smokes more easily than others when poorly acclimated, but it also seems a little thicker. I've noticed this in maybe 2 or 3 different 250s, it's not a single batch issue. Either way, I like it. Buzz: No. Duration: Yes. Acclimation: 3 hours directly before smoking Purchased From: Hookahjohn Overall: 8.4 out of ten. Sometimes this flavor can get a little too sour, and there's just a bit of sharpness on the tongue. Most of the time it is quite nice. One worth keeping around. (I have about ten more to review, if I get the time to do so. For now, I'm going to go smoke. Stay tuned, folks.)
  2. Broken Mini -- Need Help

    QUOTE (indian_villager @ Jul 16 2009, 09:51 AM) Wrap the entire structure in aluminum foil....just have that holding it all together. That's... wow, that's not a bad idea, actually. If I try this and it works, pics will def be forthcoming. and yea, re: gorilla glue... i was definitely not planning on using anything like that... they make special high-heat epoxy but I'm still not sure how I feel about that...
  3. Broken Mini -- Need Help

    QUOTE (indian_villager @ Jul 15 2009, 10:35 PM) In what fashion did it break. As in what way did it fragment. Pics could help. I'll get them up tomorrow -- there is one big piece broken off, approximately a third of the circumference of the bowl, and two smaller ones, maybe a half inch long each. Luckily no tiny shards or I would've had to pitch the whole thing. I was thinking of the same strategy, keeping it all to the outside, but I'd figured there would still be crevasses where either shisha-juice would leak into the glued portions or hot glue fumes would rise into the bowl. But, if it's worked for you and you haven't died, I feel a bit better about it.
  4. A Guavaliscous Update!

    QUOTE (Arcane @ Jul 15 2009, 09:58 PM) QUOTE (wilarseny @ Jul 16 2009, 12:50 PM) If it's half as good as the tang guava... we may have a hit on our hands. being the big Tangiers fan i am, it sorta hurts to say this...but, Mizo Guava is better than any Tangiers i've ever smoked... wow, i feel bad...good thing i can smoke some Mizo Guava to make me feel better!! hahahahahhahaha!! ohhh snap. this stuff had better be the shit way you're talking..
  5. A Guavaliscous Update!

    If it's half as good as the tang guava... we may have a hit on our hands.
  6. hey everyone -- sorry if i'm mourning the loss of the minis excessively, but i think you all understand how shitty this situation is. two broken within a week, first bowls i've broken in 2+ years of smoking. anyway, my inquiry is: any idea how i can bring myself back into mini-having without shelling out for a glass funnel or buying anyone else's? here were my two ideas: super high heat glueepoxying one back together, making a mold then a plaster copy, preferably with high quality clay like the original From what I gather on the internets, glue that withstands the kind of heat a bowl gets can be pretty expensive. I'm not too keen on molding either -- in my experience the copies tend to be pretty inexact, plus I don't have a kiln so firing and glazing this thing would be a problem. On the other hand, were molding to work, I could have like, endless miniphunnel supply. Thoughts, anyone?
  7. Mini Phunnel Talk

    QUOTE (indian_villager @ Jul 15 2009, 09:30 PM) QUOTE (wilarseny @ Jul 15 2009, 06:35 PM) WTFFFFFFFFF friend just knocked over my hookah and now the second mini broke. DAMNIT very serious about wanting to buy a replacement. message me if you're willing to sell yours. The world hates you. I really do feel for you. I are a sad panda to hear this. It's just absurd, both in one week. I went months with no problem, years in fact: never broken a bowl before this. And of course, the first two are minis. :'(
  8. I'm going to go against the grain and say hookah bars, in general, should NOT stock tangiers, mostly because my experiences with places that do offer it is that they have no idea how to set it up correctly. If you're mush, sure go for it... and no beef against o.p.'s packing skills, but eventually (with luck) you'll have other employees, and they'll be clueless unless they smoke a lot themselves. From a smoker's standpoint, I would say nakhla, but that's my own preference. A word of caution on unwashed shishas, however -- often with hookah bars you get people who haven't smoked before or don't do it often, and nak can knock (ha!) someone out. I'd recommend unwashed that still have some buzz for the newbies, but not too much so that they don't want to smoke ever again. Another perspective that may be unpopular: I've been to a couple lounges where, instead of enforcing a time limit on hookahs before you have to reorder, purposefully use shisha like Havana or Afzal that run out of flavor more quickly than other (better) tobaccos. From a business standpoint, this might be a winning strategy, though people who actually know what's up will probably not like you. I'd recommend looking at Mush's lounge's web page, looking at their menu and how it's arranged -- imo it's good practice to price differently for different shishas, but of course this rules out charging the same (inflated) price for cheap shisha that you do for the nice stuff. Also, once my local lounge introduced starbuzz, no one wanted anything else. You pretty much have to offer it... or for similar out-there flavor choices and smoke quality, fantasia is a good option, though also quite expensive. Just my two cents. I've wanted to open my own lounge for awhile, but alas, I'm a college student and no one will lend to me..
  9. El Hennawy = Good Stuff?

    I liked it quite a bit when I sampled it from John, who said there just wasn't enough interest to sell it. Seems all the vendors think the same thing. IMO this would make more sense as a beginner's shisha than a lot of what's sold in crappy head shops out there -- I definitely second that this stuff takes a lot of heat. Just to test it out I remember sticking a whole 40mm quicklight directly on top of my medium-sized Egyptian bowl -- no harshness, just flavor and clouds. I would actually buy this stuff were it sold online, and I'm pretty much exclusively tangiers and occasional nak nowadays...
  10. Ok, Thats It!

    I'm going to make a proposal -- everyone on this forum will acknowledge the proper term to be gasket in exchange for another round of minis. I think I speak for everyone when I say that's reasonable.
  11. Mini Phunnel Talk

    WTFFFFFFFFF friend just knocked over my hookah and now the second mini broke. DAMNIT very serious about wanting to buy a replacement. message me if you're willing to sell yours.
  12. Mini Phunnel Talk

    Sad news: broke a mini the other day. I am still in mourning. Luckily I have another, but if anyone is willing to sell theirs, send me your price...
  13. New Al Fakher

    Some of the new is like this and some isn't. I have some golden eskandari that's, well, golden, but some plum that's pretty darn red. These are from recent production dates, both 09, so it's not an across the board thing
  14. Currently Acclimating..

    QUOTE (engineonmute @ Apr 4 2009, 12:03 PM) haha ive never smoked one that tasted different than its scent. but ya i tried it the other day and it was kinda blehhhh........ and harsh, not matter what i did. so i think ill leave it out for a while today too The only one that's different from how it smells for me is Blue Gumball. Don't know why, it smelled a bit rancid even after acclimating for 48 hours, but smoked really, really nicely.
  15. I mean, presumably one could just ask one's vendor to look through all the small phunnels in stock and find the smallest one. That being said, my mini is much smaller than my small--which I'd never really considered an especially big small--and it'll be interesting, when/if mine ever comes from the mini sale at MyspaceHookah, to see how that varies from what I already have. And to the person comparing the large and the medium above, at first they look the same size, but the large really does hold quite a bit more; at the width it's at, you don't need to increase diameter much to get a large change in volume. Maybe tonight I'll take a picture of all four... all authentic Tangiers... from what I can gather they are all in their "correct" proportions...