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MR Bubble

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  1. Cardamom

    REVIEW OF NAKHLA CARDAMOM Thanks goes out to Erica for the generous sample she sent me. I received it today in a locking flippy-type lid. Nice touch Erica. Thanks again! Smelling this flavor left me unimpressed. It smelled like Vics vapor rub, and I felt as if it would be a waste of my time. However, I always have lived for smoking the unusual Nakhlas of the world, so I just had to do it. Of course, the cut is typical Nakhla, but the color's just a shade lighter than normal. Chocomint is the same shade. Must be a different tobacco, or process. Same sticky, greasy feel and texture. A few good size Nakhla soup bones (logs) are included, as they don't want to break from tradition. Smoking it is a complex mix of flavors, best endured by the hardcore Nakhla connoisseur. There's no foo-foo going on in here. This is for old Nakhla soldiers. Well, here's the poop: FLAVOR: Kinda cool, in a twisted sort of way. There is cardamom alright. In case you don't know what cardamom is, it's that magical ingredient found in Turkish coffee. It's best described as the spicy, menthol aftertaste that makes some ask: "What's with this coffee?" That and a host of other things I'm picking up on. Coriander is one of them. This can also pass as an eucalyptus flavor. Someone recently asked about that flavor, and I must say that if you are willing to put up with other notes, you may have it in this. If you smoke it fast enough, you get a burning in the throat that isn't really the tobacco burning. It's just kinda strong. I can't do Nakhla mint, but I can do this, even if there is a touch of mint in there in the background. Also, ever been doing a lot of shots of, say, vodka, and start getting this pungent, sick feeling in the back of your throat? If not, maybe you haven't shot enough . If so, then this is another sensation. Hope I don't hurl. I also detect the weird, hair raising flavor that parallels the lemon flavor in Nakhla's Lemon shisha. This may sound funny, but all the flavors combined give me the feeling I'm smoking through a vase filled with a huge, HUGE gin and tonic with massive amounts of lime. Kind of chemical like. Smoke Density: Normal Nakhla like clouds of controversial puffiness. I thinks it's about normal, but given the chance to play around with it, I may get cotton balls. Buzz-Factor: Oh goodness. I may have to shave my tongue after this. A virtual celebration of the good ol' fashioned nakhla sloppy buzz. I hope I'm normal by tomorrow afternoon. Nose-Hittability: My sinus problem isn't so big and bad after all! Shisha-Nazi-Factor: Does it look like I really give a rip? I may lace the toilet paper with this. I'm ticked about something with her. May need a friend. General feeling of wellness: Uh...Er... Wow. I guess I'll survive. Closing comments: Not your typical Nakhla, or typical anything for that matter. This, boys and girls, is only for those who appreciate the absurd. I can't say it's bad, but I don't recommend it for the Al Fakher or AL Amir crowd. This is full of nicotine, packs a buzz that has no limits, and mimics a flavor that's non-standard in the shisha world. It's a celebration of exotic spices that are consumed by those looking for a certain flavor. It reminds me of something I'd come up with in the kitchen that the kids wouldn't touch. I honestly could do without so much vics vapor rub, but you may not be able to put on a cardamom act without it. I'll give it 2 ratings here. One rating is taking into consideration the "normal" hookah forum population and applying it to what the current flavor trend is: I'll give it a 3+ for you all. The next rating is for the small population like myself who thrive on powerful, unique smokes, that feel earthy, exotic, and just down-right middle eastern type wild: I'll give this 8. It could be a bit sweeter (though cardamom by it's self isn't sweet) but sweetness lends it's self to tobacco so well anyway. And, of course, it could be a bit wetter. Also too many confusing flavors, but hey, what flavors does one use to create a flavor a lot of folks never heard of? Yes, 8 or 8+ is good for this if you're out for the weird stuff. MR Bubble
  2. Hey kind and noble knights of the Hookah Table, Just a quick reminder for everyone. The "Serious Discussion Forum" is meant for comments and suggestions to the admin concerning administration and/or mechanics of the forum. There are some great suggestions and such posted here, and while all are appreciated, they will probably not get the exposure meant for them on THIS particular board. So, I will move them to the main discussion forum, where they can have better visibility. Many, MANY tanks. MR Bubble
  3. Licorice

    [b]Nakhla Licorice (El Basha)[/b] [b]Setup:[/b] 32" Egyptian single hose. The bowl is the one you buy from hookah shisha with the hinged lid and screen, but with the lid ripped off and the screen trashed. FOIL BABY! Tap water in the base. One 3 kings coal, broken into 4 pieces While expecting a licorice like Abed Al Khader, I was disappointed and surprised at the same time. The flavor was no where as realistic and licoricie as Al Khader, but it was a pleasing flavor anyway. Cut: :wink: Just like Nakhla, but a little lighter in color and a little wetter than most Nakhla. Smell: :wink: Licorice is really there, but mild and with a hint of another component. Maybe something slightly floral. After all, it is El Basha. Flavor: Hard to say. You have your licorice, but diluted with a milder something. Is it floral? I'll need another go at it. Slightly sweeter than licorice, but not overpowering. I think it's a good alternative to full blown licorice. Smoke density: Nice thick puffy clouds of typical Nakhla smoke (fresh Nakhla). MRS Bubble was sitting across from me, trying to read and I was blowing the smoke across her book, just irritating the crap out of her from its thickness. Buzz Factor: Oh yesss. Better than typical Nakhla buzz. I was surprised. Nose-hitability: :?: Not tested this time. (MRS Bubble would have had a fit.) Shisha-Nazi Factor: :shock: She kinda liked it! However, she claims it made her slightly nauseas. I imagine it was from the above average buzz, and she doesn't like licorice to begin with, but she would smoke it again. Summary: 8) Oh yes. I love licorice, and while not as good as others out there, it has one important advantage... It is smokable for those who normally wouldn't want to smoke a licorice massel. And that's a good thing, but for someone like me, it still is a refreshing take on licorice. [b]RATING:[/b] 7.5/10. MR Bubble
  4. Review of Akhla Coals Received these in the mail from Sahara smoke as a sample. I was very skeptical, as they remind me too much of Bright Star Coals, which I absolutely loath. They look just like them, light just like them and burn hot, just like them. They're even made in Greece too. In case you don't know, Bright Star made all my smokes taste like nothing. The only thing it did was make lots of smoke and a hot throat. No matter how I adjusted them, broke them, separated them. pissed on them, all came out the same. BUT THE AKHLA brand is acting differently. They are a little bigger and thicker than the standard 3 kings. Light like a fuse and burn somewhat hotter. However, I'm not getting the same problems as with the Bright Star. Flavor seems to come through just fine. Well, just a little hot, but a little different technique may be in order. I do taste a little of the coal, the longer I'm smoking. And I am getting just slightly nauseas, but that may be the 2 year old Nakhla strawberry. Don't know, but I will have to experiment more with these and get back with you. MR Bubble
  5. Some Nakhla Questions

    You may want to check out Nakhla's new "Mizo" line. The stuff is dripping wet. The apple Mizzo is like a double apple and so juicy red, it looks like someone slaughtered a hamster . However, it takes less heat. With normal Nakhla, I usually use a 3 kings disk, broken into quarters. With Mizzo, I quarter a 3 kings, and use only 3 pieces. When re-coaling time comes, I use 3 more quartered pieces. By the way, I've been hookah smoking for almost 10 years, and I consider Mizzo to be the most successful re-coaler. For a bigger bowl, like the ones that have the built on wind cover (which I tear off and throw away) I use 3 each 1/2 pieces of 3 kings with normal nakhla. With mizzo, I use 2 each 1/2 pieces. So, in a nutshell, I generally use only 1/3 the normal amount of coal for mizzo that I would for regular Nakhla. But no matter which nakhla you smoke, I would always recommend breaking you coal into pieces, as this helps keep it from burning, and distributes the heat more evenly. Nothing is as nasty as burning Nakhla. By the way, Nakhla is my #1 tobacco. If I could have only one tobacco, it would be regular Nakhla apple. Yes, I like the absurd. MR Bubble
  6. Thehookah.com?

    Second recommendation for them. I've made half my orders from them for the past 8 years. Never a problem, and they answer their phones. MR Bubble
  7. Drunk Hookah

    QUOTE (Apets22 @ Sep 19 2008, 10:42 PM) No chance of a headache happening, chills you out, tastes fantastic, even if your heat manegment isnt great, you dont feel the tickle unless its really bad. I just cant think of a down side? Do down side? Really? You want to know a down side? I'll tell you a down side: A bad batch of Nakhla strawberry after half a bottle of ouzo and and a 6-pack. MR Bubble
  8. Coal Rumbles Off!

    One of the issues can be how you set up your bowl. When you lay the foil over the top of your bowl, grasp the sides of the bowl and wrapped under foil with your "holding hand," while lightly pressing the heel of your palm on top of the foil over the tobacco. This will make a slight indentation (or concaved shape) in the middle of your foil. That ever so slight concave indentation on top should help keep your coal pieces in the middle. One of my problems is the foil dancing to the side due to my bowls not being level to the floor. I just need to periodically shift the bowl around on the stem to get them dancing back the other way. No big deal. MR Bubble
  9. Natural Coals?

    Sorry for stepping on you stuie, I guess we responded at the same time. MR Bubble
  10. Natural Coals?

    I imagine you break them up (or saw them up with a serrated steak knife) into 1 or 1.5 inch pieces, throw them on the burner of the stove until WELL lit. They should be on fire. Then place them on your bowl. You will have to experiment to find the optimum heat for your smoke. That's the plus side of cutting them with the knife, as you can be consistent. MR Bubble
  11. Glycerin

    It really mellows the flavor. My favorite shisha in the world is plain Nakhla apple. When dry, it still tastes right, but is only good for about 15 minutes. With the glycerin, it extends the smoke for a few minutes (maybe 25 minutes) but the taste of the Nakhla apple is only about 70% of normal. Someone on the board once mentioned something about a half-and-half mixture of the glycerin and honey. Haven't tried it, but may do so some day. MR Bubble
  12. Random Headaches After Sessions

    Maybe this can help. I ordered some "Natural coals" and they turned out to be the NOUR "Finger" coals. So many people call these things "Natural." "What the hell," I thought and went for it. Smoked great. However, I got a massive, furry-tongued headrush, and a mind-splitting headache right afterward. I tried again a couple days later and the same thing happened. Nobody on the forum could help me out. A year later, I saw "natural coals" on a site. They were described as "Natural olive wood coals," so I decided to try them. I can't remember the brand, but it was a silver-grey bag that said "Olive coals." they were like the fingers, but you could snap them apart into thumb-sized chunks. When I lit them, they gave off a pungent smell of olive oil. I thought I found something good. Smoke was great, but the massive, furry-tongued buzz and mind-splitting headache came on. My heartbeat went through the roof, blood pressure was like a pressure cooker and I thought MRS Bubble was going to have to call 911. The next day I had to call in with a migraine. Flippin great... The bag had "Bilal Olive Press Works," or something like that on it. Olive press..... Hmm... I did some research and found a grilling article discussing the different coals out there. This Journalist took a tour of an olive press company in Jordan or Syria. I can't remember because it was a few years ago. Anyway, while the actual technique is a guarded secret of these companies, the basic process calls for a massive collection of olive pits (residual from oil processing, pitting for olive exports, etc...) to be ground, packed in metal tubes and cooked to create coal. This explains the "finger" shape. And being that these aren't actually wood from the tree, it's understandable how they may effect some people. I'm just one of those folks. Something to do with being some cellulose byproduct, or waste. Think of it as the hotdog of the olive industry (for those of you familiar with The Jungle by Upton Sinclair So, the question comes back at you: Exactly what type of "Natural" coals are these? If they looked like a black tree branch, then I'm out of line here. But if they were a finger type, you may want to keep your distance in the future. MR Bubble
  13. Glycerin

    Try this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol Interesting reading here. I have a bottle of glycerin I use to "wake up" dried and dead Nakhlas. Your father may be refering to the last paragraph toward the bottom of the page. Diethylene Glycol sounds pretty bad. But I've never had any problem from good old regular glycerine. I think it's overrated though. I think it only gives a coule minutes of better smoking from tired shisha. I notice a sharp reduction in taste and I'd rather just chuck the dried stuff and get a new box.
  14. Really, the secret is finding a liquid (booze in my case) that goes well with the flavor of the tobacco. White zinfadel (had to find some use for the crap) with strawberry or mixed fruit, ouzo for apple and douple apples (Nakhla), and cold coffee for licorice, cappucino, coffee flavored. Once you match things up, they can become enhanced, though the coffee didn't do much for me. The ouzo was the best so far, but that is a 15 dollar smoke. I'll see if I can find the review of that one. MR Bubble
  15. Cleaning Ceramic Bowls

    I use Polident/polydent (however you spell the damn thing), you know, the denture cleaning tabs. No dentures here though. Cuts the niccotine stains in my vase really well. Just use about 3 or 4 tabs in hot tap water. MR Bubble
  16. Here's a fun project: 50-50 mix of water and ice-cold ouzo. I'm talking about the ouzo kept in the freezer for a week. Smoke Nakhla double apple. Brings a nice buzz and the ice crystals in the ouzo look like a giant snow globe. Have a beer with it. Whatever you do, don't smoke strawberry with it. MR Bubble
  17. What Is This World Coming To?

    If I remember right, (many years since) you can file the sere down a little to get full auto on an AR15. No, not the ideal sniper setup (full auto), but he may be thinking of full auto to escape and evade. May be a smart little shit. MR Bubble
  18. Nakhla Flavours

    Oh yeah, Nakhla is definately my favorite! I've been smoking hookahs for Almost 9 years and no other shisha out there satisfies me nearly as good as Nakhla. I love the off-flavors. Makes you sit there and scratch your buzz infused brain, just pondering what you're smoking. MR Bubble
  19. Bad 3kings?

    I really don't think natural wood coal (lump) will go bad from moisture. It would just need drying out really good. As for the 3 kings, I can see if they become permanently damaged. Some places offer a coal named "3 Queens." These seem to be produced by the same folks as 3 kings, in the same box and all, but their presense on the market isn't consitant. I have a feeling they're 3 kings that have been moisture damaged, since they're a little cheaper that 3 kings, and act the same as damaged kings, with crumbling, poor lighting, etc... However, once lit, they seem to smoke fine for me. MR Bubble
  20. Bad 3kings?

    Here in the mucky south, I have the same problem. I'm sure it has everything to do with humidity. One way to tell is by how easy they are to break in half. Well, I usually break mine into 2 or 4 pieces, depending on the bowl I'm using, but a healthy, dry 3 kings takes a fair amount of pressure to snap, while a moist (from humidity) will break with almost no force, and light very slowly and unevenly. What to do? If you live in a damp location, especially when it rains, make sure you always re wrap your coals and keep them covered in a dry place after you open them. Once you do this, your coals will normally be okay. MR Bubble
  21. Anyone else here spotted ZooJohnny here? I just saw a butt-load of Nakhla reviews posted by him today. Nothing else. Leave it to him to be the mysterious one. So, Zoo, if you read this, let me give you a big HOWDY!!! (Bear hugs, high-fives, beer slammin', sentimental reunion) Hope all is well. MR Bubble
  22. Sighted: Zoojohnny!

    Johnny, Johnny Johnny. Don't you know Nakhla's best when past it's exp date? I bet that strawberry gave you a kickin' buzz after a year! Welcome back Brother-man. MR Bubble
  23. Just want everyone to know that Erica set me up with a fancy sample of Nakhla Cardamom. I posted a review of it in the reviews section. I posted this here to draw her attention to the fact that it was received and very, very much appreciated. Thanks again Erica! MR Bubble
  24. What brand are they servin' up there? MR Bubble
  25. Alcohol Thread

    BEER: Any decent German Hefeweizen or Dunkelweizen (Tucher, Paulaner, Patrizier, Erdinger, etc...) Kilkenny on tap (just found out it's NOT available here in the U.S. ) Regular plain Miller Michelobe (whatever the regular one was. They brought in different types now with different names and I have no idea which would be regular) BOOZE (encompasses liquor and liquer--or "foo-foo") Ouzo Smirnoff regular Vodka Southern Comfort Jack Daniels Unicum "Zwack" (if anyone here in the U.S. can direct me to some, I'll be your bestest friend) ***NOTE*** I'll drink/ Try/ try to drink anything, and in most cases, really enjoy myself, but these are my "Go-to" favorites. This means that if I'm faced with a long line of alcoholic drinks, with any one of these "go-to's" at the end, I'll gladly drink my way down the long and winding road toward them. DRINKS/MIXES: Vodka and Empty Stomach. Vodka and Orange Juice Vodka and Tomatoe Juice/ Clamato Juice Vodka and anything really. My Kind of Ice Tea: 1 empty Quart GLASS Gatorade bottle filled 1/2 full of crushed ice. About as much Southern Comfort as you Want. About the same of Vodka Equal amounts of your favorite citrus soda (we don't have any good ones here in U.S. but there may be a good one pop up any time) and Cola to bring it up to the top of the bottle, but make enough room for... ... A shake or three of lemon juice. Now, you're set. Whaen asked about the bottle, just tell the kids it's sun tea, and get happy. Ouzo and shot glass. Ouzo and hookah with ouzo in the base instead of water. When frozen, the ice crystals are really pretty floating and bubbling around. After a couple good Ouzo hangovers, ouzo may not be quite your thing. Can't blame you. Keen discipline kept me going back for more. Jack daniels with shots of beer. Oops, I got it ass-backwards. Unicum, Zwack with lots of thick, hazy, cigarette smoke in a little bar with European babes. Here comes MRS Bubble! Gotta go!! MR Bubble