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  1.   Actually, when you refer to "they", to be 100% accurate, that's changes Kris is making at his retailers. Every other retailer outside California and a few in Nevada already are doing the exact same thing. All my retailers that I rep for have always done that and nothing has changed.    Kris should keep you stocked with stuff until your order kicks in. Why Kris ever started trying to guess what 50+ retailers and lounges needed and ordering blindly in the first place, I can't say.    Some retailers were using Kris' system to order a few flavors and then if someone came in wanting, say Strawberry, they would call Kris and demand he get strawberry to them. It was bad policy for a number of reasons.   This should allow retailers to get what they  want and sell. Like for instance, Cherry Bomb, or its customers rather, don't like Melon Blend. They don't order it because nobody will buy it. Some other retailer sells a lot of Lemon Blossom, they can order what they think they will need based on their customer's purchases.    Its difficult for Kris too, he gets paid a percentage of what he sells. For 6-7 weeks, he'll be making a lot less.    Pavo, if you have any questions concerns or need anything, don't hesitate to call me, I'm always ready to address the problems of retailers and customers.   Eric 
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    Baby Summer Auction!

    I talked to Pat Conley about this item, I'd like to donate $500.   Chris, if you or Adam could let me know the specifics, I'd appreciate it. Phone is best. 619-265-2225
  3. Copper/brass will buildup an oxide layer simply from washing. Don't brush it for a few weeks when you first get it. The green material you're getting off when you wash and brush it is a mixture of CuCO3 and Cu(OH)2. CO2 reacts with water to form carbonic acid H2CO3, which reacts with copper to form the CuCO3. Water will also react directly with the copper to form Cu(OH)2. Both will decompose to form CuO. The CuCO3 will evolve CO2 leaving the CuO and the Cu(OH)2 will evolve water to form CuO.    Aluminum will unlikely contribute any oxygen as Aluminum (or Aluminium to our non-American friends) as the oxidation potential for Aluminium is quite high. The question is always whom has a higher oxidation potential Carbon Monoxide or the element in question? When it comes to iron, copper, zinc, just about anything, Carbon monoxide's affinity to oxygen is higher...except for aluminum. So, aluminum is a poor choice for removing carbon monoxide.    Stainless steel may or may may not have some oxygen on it. Depends on the type of stainless steel. I would wager that the more expensive the grade of stainless steel, the less oxygen will be available on its surface. In general. I could be wrong on that though. I would surmise further that even the lowest grades of stainless steel would be relatively oxygen-free. Still better than aluminum though.   As Matt I believe already quoted me regarding iron in carbon steel, like as in hoses I will only mention briefly that iron will oxidize with great facility, so it will have oxygen availability. Copper is considered a "noble" metal in that its not too enthusiastic about oxidizing. Its the more brutish brother of platinum, gold and silver. So, I would proffer that iron in terms of carbon steel would be the best filter of carbon monoxide. Copper ain't bad, but I should think steel is better.    There is a side discussion, which may be irrelevant to the scope of this conversation, that CO2 may have a tendency to react with an unoxidzed metallic surface to turn it into carbon monoxide and the metal into the oxide. The key summary to be aware of is that the influx of new oxygen is what's important. Otherwise you may be just trading oxygen atoms between metal and carbon. So, its best to give it a quick wash to provide it some hydroxide and leave it open, and off the jar to allow both ends of the shank access to the air. Its quite likely that the ends of the shank will be higher in CuCO3 (since it is closer to fresh air) and the center will be higher in Cu(OH)2 since the water can (through rinsing) get all the way through the shank. Both should get the job done in producing CuO very nicely.    I don't think CO has been used to refine copper as copper ore exists largely as copper sulfide. I might be wrong about that. Iron was and still widely is refined using carbon monoxide however. Refining copper using carbon monoxide might be sloppy. I would think pure oxygen would displace the sulfur (since it has a higher electronegativity) and then the oxide would be heated at relatively high temperatures (say 2000F) to drive off the oxygen.    In terms of filtering out carbon monoxide, which I think is an important conversation, the following things may be helpful:   Good charcoal. Good charcoal will have chemical accelerants in them that will reduce the heat and oxygen necessary to fully oxidize carbon to carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is caused by faulty or incomplete oxidation of carbon. Crummy coal will use sulfur as an accelerant since sulfur is cheap. Sulfur will, unfortunately increase the amount of oxygen necessary to oxidize carbon. This is one of the reasons I use good Japanese coals. They seem to produce much less carbon monoxide. When people say they use natural charcoal, I scoff, even if to myself. There are very people who actually use "natural" charcoal. Besides, highly synthesized and artificial charcoal can be much better at reducing the amount of carbon monoxide.    Good air flow. More air, better flow. More air, more oxygen, more oxygen better oxidation. Small, tight hookahs will allow more carbon monoxide to accumulate presumably.   Copper core hookahs. Hookahs with copper or uncolored brass main tubes will filter out some carbon monoxide by reacting with it.    Steel coil hoses. Washable hoses and plastic hoses like people use from Home Depot for dishwashers will increase the amount of carbon monoxide coming out. Steel coils in the hose will react with the carbon monoxide beneficially.    Fresh water in the jar will help provide oxygenated water which may react with carbon monoxide. Using the same dirty water over and over again may deplete the amount of oxygen in the water available. This reaction may be quite small, but it could make a small difference. 
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    Khalil Mamoon Hoses (All Varieties)

    Old style Khalil Maamon Hoses:Crummy head pieces, poor quality stem pieces...too narrow, need several gaskets to seal up. Thread wrapped hoses prone having thread break and unravel. Steel wrapped ones made of untreated steel, supceptible to rust. Still smokes well. Styling and finish spartan, but reassuring. Holes tend to be irregular and pieces needs taping to fit tightly. 7/10
  5. You can be underpacking and overpacking at  the same time.    Try mashing the tobacco up against the outer edges of the bowl and pack the tobacco without worrying about the weight of the tobacco going into the bowl. A poor heat conduction from the side will affect how it smokes.    You can, quite possibly, have too much or too little coal since coconut coals are too large to begin with. Try moving them around towards the center and towards the outer edge.    It sounds like underpacking. A little juice running down the sides might be normal, especially with blue gum ball. It can be underpacked around the outer edge but OVERALL overpacked too. 
  6. Perhaps you should be using many, good sized holes and not small pin-sized holes. If its taking 10 minutes to get a bowl smoking right, one of three things may be true:   1. You're using too small/too few holes.  2. You're using a crummy bowl that has a poor heat conduction 3. You're underpacking the bowl.   I took Tangiers with me on a road trip in 2003 and I noticed no substantial changes in smoking condition based on altitude. Denver was fine. San Diego's altitude is similar to Florida's, or perhaps a smidge lower, I'd imagine.    I didn't smoke in Holbrook, AZ because there was a huge fire and it was like wading through an incinerator outside, so I just holed up in my room.    In Michigan, using very hard well water, the flavor was significantly impaired. Michigan has extensive iron reserves and the resultant water quality from unprocessed water is quite poor.    Those are the only two things I noticed. Also, acclimation was not ever an issue. Watermelon smoked fine in Denver, for instance. As did Kashmir Peach.  Well, acclimation could have been an issue in Central Michigan, it smoked so awful from the water, I'd never have known. I also smoked it at a little above freezing in a yard metal-sided workshop.
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    Got My Kaloud Lotus, Today!

    The CO detector isn't sensitive enough I should think.    Lets say the difference is between .001 and .002. Substantial, but enough to register or affect the draw necessarily. The draw isn't the the real issue however, the issue is the somewhat enclosed central area. Are there pockets that don't have enough oxygen? 
  8. Its a real KM.    Its about a 2010 model with a 2011-2012 tray on it. The jar is not KM, the hose is not KM. The jar is a typical Cairo quality, but likely made in Egypt. Without picking it up and holding it, I would guess, based on its style, it's about a 2008 model jar. Its somewhat old.   Some of the more important details to determine its authenticity were omitted from your photographs, like the knob on the bottom of the downstem, the detail inside the ice chamber, the hose port close-up, etc. 
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    Wtf Km

    Um, that electroplating isn't done by KM, importers do that subsequently upon importing them.    I hate the electroplated ones, too.    That damage could have happened from the KM factory, in transport on the cargo ship, in the importer's warehouse, when the plating occurred, in the hands of the retailer, or in transport to the customer. Now, I'd be the first to blame KM, if it were appropriate, but I would guess that damage happened after the KM factory. It could have happened in the KM factory, but due to the nature of the electroplating, deficient or defective units would be "hidden" and would be selected because they were 2nd quality. A reputable importer would through it in the pile and get a credit from KM, so I would guess it happened at the electroplater (if the retailer contracted the electroplater directly), at the retailer, or during shipment. If the box came in good condition, then you're left with a crummy importer, wholesaler or retailer. 
  10. Hope everything is going real well over here. Been terrifically busy. Lots of R&D switching the Lucid Flavors (that will remain) over to the Birquq line. Still some testing to do. I've lightened my work load somewhat by hiring an accountant to do all the time-sucking, worrisome things I hate doing. Gives me more time to do fun stuff.    We have four new flavors in the pipeline and then several more in development.    I completed a monumental work reviewing hookahs. My question is: is anything worth buying other than a KM? As many of you know, the quality of KM shanks has been in decline, the quality of KM glasses has been in decline, so I wanted to take a survey of legitimate (or even illegitimate) manufacturers other than KM. An additional aside, the civil war that continues to rage in and around the other center of hookah manufacture, Damascus, has dried up an important source of good quality hookahs. It used to be KM or Syrian? Now its just KM?   There are 75 pics of different hookahs. I was going to post up in the reviews section here, but the sheer complexity of it, and the additional question of do I have that much upload ability any more? :) I checked, I do, but it would take another 6 hours, I'm sure.    Here is a link to the hookah review thread: http://www.tangiers.us/index.php?showtopic=12220&p=72347   I put it in a public forum, so you don't need to be signed in as a member to check it out.    Other than that, how have you been all doing?   I talked to Mushy the other day by text...I assume you all wished him a happy birthday?! :)
  11. Sonthert

    Greetings, All!

    I have no idea what brand the two I have are. One has a Syrian type head port and the other one has a metal base (no glass). I've looked at Elmas Hookahs on-line and didn't like the cast lines and lack of vent. 
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    No, babe, I remember too.  :empathy2:
  13. Sonthert

    Got My Kaloud Lotus, Today!

    Like I said, I wanted to get more information out of him, but he wouldn't discuss specifics unless I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which would have then prevented me from telling what information (usually bad stuff) that I was able to glean from them. If you did ask him, they would probably say it didn't and if you asked for more information they would say its proprietary information. 
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    Got My Kaloud Lotus, Today!

    I had a few more thoughts I wanted to share:   The chemical reactions governing the burning of charcoal are as follows:   C + 1/2O2 -> CO + Heat CO + 1/2O2 -> CO2 + Heat   These types of reactions are called exothermic in that they evolve heat. This is problematic for chemical kinetics because higher temperatures for a reaction IN GENERAL increase reaction rate. Lavoisier's Principle tells us if we increase the amount of a product, it slows the reaction. So, heating up an exothermic reaction may increase the rate of the reaction or slow it down. Since the charcoal take longer to burn in a Lotus, we have to assume that it slows the reaction down since empirically this is what's observed. If you constrict the airflow to the charcoal it will also slow down the reactions. Its possible that the end result is that the first reaction will predominate and the second reaction will be reduced. That being the case, the amount of carbon monoxide produced will be increased.    The question that is important is this is the reduction of the oxygen slowing the reaction down more than the retention of the heat? If so, then the amount of carbon monoxide being produced will be increased. If the constriction of oxygen/air negligibly affects the system, than the carbon monoxide produced in excess over normal will be negligible or non-existent. My pure bullshit-guess on the matter from my chemistry experience and education is that it increases the carbon monoxide a small amount. I could be wrong and it could be non-existent or disturbingly high too. The other problem is that since the adjustments are made by the user, one user could be getting relatively high carbon monoxide amounts produced while another user gets relatively low amounts, depending on how constricted the air intake is. The product was not likely designed to eliminate the possibility of restricting airflow to the point of increasing carbon monoxide production.    If you are getting dizzy, headaches, discoordinated, drowsy or your exhibiting acute or chronic symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning from smoking hookah with the Lotus, open the airways up on it more or discontinue its use. Likewise, if you are experiencing symptoms and NOT using the Lotus, change charcoal, ditch your windcover, do something. Its your long-term health at issue here.    Wikipedia has a description of symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_monoxide_poisoning
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    True that. Grommets are "pass-through" protectors. Grommets are found on shoes and corsets, or things that have laces. The metal eyelets on shoes that the laces go through? Those are grommets. 
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    A Bit Of An Odd Situation

    The boiling point of peach flavors is often close to the boiling point of nicotine as is blueberry. Blueberry is generally lower, however, but its in that area of 250C Depending on acclimation, it can "mix" the boiling point of nicotine and the fruit flavor to make the sucker hit like a freight train.    Fruity flavors often get "harsh" because their flavor's boiling point lie entirely or almost entirely below the boiling point of nicotine. As the flavor is depleted, and the bowl's temperature rises, the nicotine starts boiling off with no flavor to "cushion" the nicotine. Hence, harsh. 
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    Got My Kaloud Lotus, Today!

    I tried one that the inventor gave me (with a red rubber piece :) ) . Now, I never use coconut coals. Everybody that seems to get something out of the Lotus uses coconut coals. I use Japanese Fumaris/Golden Canaries and they don't do much in there. The smoke is kind of anemic and flavorless. I would surmise that they trap and collect the heat that was previously being lost due to the inefficiency of the design of coconut cubes. In short, I think that they make coconut coals smoke more like Japanese coals. Now in this heat-trapping process, they slow down the rate of oxidation of charcoal, but if they are choking off the flow of oxygen, might they be increasing carbon monoxide production? Its a rather complicated chemistry evaluation involving kinetics, which I don't feel comfortable doing without more information about the design, but since the inventor wanted me to sign a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) to talk in specific about things that I know quite a lot about in the first place from my engineering studies and experience, I figured the NDA was more of a muzzle than a sharing of information.    I would say the item warrants caution. Carbon Monoxide is probably one of the largest health risks from hookahs. I use Japanese coals specifically because they presumably produce less carbon monoxide that normal charcoal. 
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    Greetings, All!

    Turkish pipes? Heh. We'll see. They tend towards being ridiculous in price or low in quality. I'd stick with a KM or an MZ given what I've seen on Turkish pipes. Certainly Syrian pipes, although not in plenitude right now are a better value.    Send me a link of something reasonable and I'll poke around. I don't know anybody who's importing Turkish Pipes in masse, which suggests that the value isn't there. Too expensive for what you get.    Besides, what's up with some of the bigger brands not having vents?! Lots of the Turkish pipes I've seen remind me of Northern Syrian hookahs, which unlike Damascene Syrian Hookahs are disappointing.    In short, I don't see the charm of Turkish hookahs. I have two and neither one makes it. They are relatively scarce on the wholesale market, which does interest me slightly.
  19. An importer offered the opinion that the taller four Nakhlas were made of components from China. They are certainly hollow, no central core and whether they were assembled in China or Cairo makes little difference. Pure junk.   The smaller four I reviewed, the Hawonki Bell Ice Chiller was pretty good and the Shamshamadans (single, double and triple) are very good. Their cheap-ish too. Wholesale they're $28, $32, $36 including shipping, complete with all the accessories. Retail they should be $70-$90, $80-$100, $90-$110 respectively. The Halonki Ice Chiller is, wholesale, like $1 cheaper or more expensive than the double shamshamadan, so I would guess it should retail $80-$100 or so. 
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    A Bit Of An Odd Situation

    If you were having heart palpitations, a racing pulse, and/or a cold sweat, in addition to the nausea...it might be solvent chemicals that aren't rated for human consumption.    It could be some sort of contamination, it could be a newer, stronger nicotine base tobacco. It could be acclimation. Over that long a period a time, acclimation is a lot less likely. I take it the White Summer Mixed Fruit affected you similarly? Thats interesting. It eliminates a lot of possible scenarios. 
  21. Well, obviously, as a biased manufacturer, I strongly endorse this unsolicited testimonial.    :nana:   I have toyed around with the idea of manufacturing E-Cig juice, but I keep coming back to the point...it lacks dignity. I'm a hookah tobacco manufacturer. E cig juice? I might as well make ink for ink pens. Its lacks cache I think. I haven't decided for sure, I'm 60% against it, and I keep seeing people come in with E-Cigs and smoking them while they're waiting for their hookah? Huh? I pull out a pen, put it in my mouth and say "I've got an E-Cig too!" I permit cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking at the lounge, within reason, of course, but I've even considered banning E-Cigs.   So, yeah, trust me Mushy, I have a great deal of sympathy for your perspective.    I should add, it might be that hookahs have crested. They're not disappearing any time soon, but perhaps the "wormhole of trendy" is moving its other terminus.   The good news is that the regulatory wrath of the FDA and the government seems to be temporarily turned against the E-Cigs...which might be good for hookah smokers!  
  22. 418 - Lucid Regal Flower Discontinued  424 - Lucid Mint - Discontinued 427 - Lucid Cocoa - Discontinued 435 - Lucid Green Tea - Discontinued 448 - Lucid Tropical Punch - Probably Discontinued  461 - Lucid Indian Summer - Testing required still
  23. Hello, my friends. Sorry to be so busy for sooo long. In a typical fashion, I shall address a number of points, not necessarily directed at any one person or directed specifically at one person, depending on the nature of the comments.    1. About eleven months ago, in secret and without any forewarning, we switched Lucid from washed tobacco to low-nicotine tobacco. Nobody noticed. The nicotine content residue from the washing process is more significant than I had thought, and the lower nicotine base tobacco mimicked this well. The tobacco also retains the natural tobacco sugars which improves its flavor, in my humble opinion. That's why the price of Lucid went down. Name another brand of tobacco that lowers its wholesale price. I admit, getting the retailers to lower the retail price was slightly more daunting.    2. The Birquq has been running at Noir-levels of nicotine and due to the nature of the base, it has a lower nicotine profile. The switch over may be largely unnoticed.   3. I have spent some time revamping all the flavors, testing them and making sure they all translate well or better. I assure you    4. Lucid Cane Mint and Mimon notably have an odd flavor in Birquq. As such, Lucid will remain around for those two flavors. If other flavors are problems we may increase that list slightly.    5. Lucid will continue to be available at the lounge in a limited capacity for pickup. Sorry for the trouble, Jess.    6. I don't necessarily run this organization democratically. I do seek out people's opinions to temper my opinions, but I can't real give all the people all that they want. You can't please all the people all the time. If you were part of the data-collection, by way of a poll, participating in said poll does not constitute a warranty that your opinions will be reflected or acceded to. Everyone knows that anything in terms of naming, numbering, tobacco variations, flavors, samples, etc. are all done on .us. If you choose not to go there, then, a key conduit for dissemination of information regarding Tangiers is not available to you. After all, I voted for Obama the first time and Romney the second time. Thats how the shit goes, I Ching, adapt, evolve.    7. I have warned a number of people that stonehenging coals was not a recommended practice. You may have to adapt as well. It may be required to expand your practices. I never have problems with coal and I never have to acclimate.    8. 80+% of "acclimation problems" are actually because of the molasses base. Remove the molasses, remove the problem. The BBQ sauce smell? Molasses. The Soy sauce smell? Molasses. In a low-humidity environment, volatile smells (i.e. fruity flavors) are more pronounced. In humid conditions, more stable flavors are more pronounced (i.e. molasses)   9. A small group of people I know switched to Lucid for awhile and then switched back to Noir citing "Lucid is harder to acclimate than Noir." If you feel the reverse is true, you might want to examine why you feel that way. The acclimation variances in Noir are more noticeable, to be sure,    10. Noir accounts for about 60% of Tangiers sales, Birquq for about 25% of sales, Lucid for about 15% of sales and F-Line for about 1% of sales. Yes, I know it totals to more than 100%. Rough estimates.   11. I love you too, Rani, but I thought we were going to keep our relationship a secret. I think by saying you dated a couple of Geminis, you let the cat out of the bag.   12. I feel like lower-nicotine Birquq is going to be a good threshold and entry-level tobacco. The flavors are crisper and fresher. Its a much better "contrast" to Noir. Lucid is a smaller, weaker twin to Noir. Birquq is its own thing.    13. Testing looks good. Feeling good about what's going on with it and the flavors are largely being quite cooperative. I did note many months ago that Birquq flavors were good candidates for use in Lucid. This is the same logic, just turned backwards.    14. This is a TENTATIVE list for those of you who like to skip to the end of the book to read the ending early: Lucid 401 Apricot - Discontinued 402 Apple - May need something done to it 409 Melon - May be discontinued 410 Orange Soda-almost indistinguishable 411 Kashmir Cherry-Better in Birquq 419 Watermelon - More testing needed 431 Chocolate Cherry 432 Sour Grape - Fine 433 Cactus Fruit - good 434 Its Like that one Breakfast Cereal - Good 456 Tasty Peach - Good 465 Blue Gum Ball - Discontinued 469 Passionfruit -  Not tested yet 474 Lemon-Lime - Good 478 Horchata - Better in Birquq 482 Brambleberry - Discontinued. Duplicate of 682 Boysenberry, which will continue on 490 Peach Iced Tea - Significant improvement in Birquq 492 Mimon - Awful in Birquq. Will Remain as a Lucid base and flavor. Packages will change from the familiar orange face to the Birquq Green face. Otherwise, unchanged.  494 Maraschino Cherry - Good 496 Cane Mint - Awful in Birquq. Worse than Mimon. Will remain as Lucid. See comments after mimon (#492, above) 499 Static Starlight - Not tested yet, but no problems are expected. Birquq 638 Kashmir Peach - Being brought back 682 Boysenberry - Fine 700 Its Like That Other Breakfast Cereal - Good 701 Picnic Punch - Good 702 Little Purple Candy - No problems Ok, the rest of Birquq is fine with the following exceptions   708 Rangoon Sunrise. Terrible name. Sells poorly, discontinued 709 Soursop Problematic flavor-wise. Discontinued.    15. Unfortunately, we will also be raising prices slightly to account for surging prices in shipping and molasses markets. Additionally, the tobacco market is decimated. Lots of wet, early rain. The wholesale price of tobacco is expected to increase at least 25%, so to take all of those things into account, retailers will be seeing an increase of about $.75/250g wholesale. Expect prices to go up by a buck or $1.50/250g. The price spread between Birquq/F-Line and Noir/Lucid is being closed up slightly. So expect a slightly smaller increase in Birquq/F-Line prices. Real sorry about it. I've been putting the price increase off for five months.    16.  Unfortunately, I haven't decided regarding the wisdom of keeping two flavors in Lucid and charging the lower Noir price for them. I may increase Cane Mint and Mimon prices to conform to the rest of Birquq prices. I may not. I have to test a few things out first.    17. A small redesign in packaging is coming. Look for hologram stickers on packages to indicate its real Tangiers. It will be replacing the size stamps at the right side of the package. The price increase also reflects this increase in packaging costs.    18. Some of the new, lower nicotine Birquq flavors require even less charcoal than the Lucid or the regular nicotine Birquq. They are running at half of the charcoal of the corresponding flavor in Noir. (Current Birquq takes about 3/4 of the charcoal of the corresponding Noir flavor).   19. Try Noir Strawberry (Not Cool Strawberry). Its new and really good. /shameless plug   20. The packaging lineup runs as follows:   Yellow: Noir Orange: Burley Green: Lucid/Birquq Purple: F-Line and other special releases   21. The price of the Burley line will be at the same level as Noir.   22. The flavor testing of Burley will be resume once the switchover in Birquq occurs (and testing in that is complete)   23. New, exciting flavors are being tested. Bacon flavor is a distinct possibility. At least I think they're exciting.   24. Still working on Blueberry and Mango.  :sign0001:  25. Still love you all, still working seven days a week, 365 days a year to make sure its right for all of you. As much as possible anyways.   26. Bear in mind, the more varieties we have the longer the wait times are and the worse the stocking problems are for retailers. Thats part of the practical piece of the equation which is one of the principal reasons Lucid has to hit the dirt. Its nothing personal.   27. I hope you will all see and embrace the Lucid-Birquq as being a better substitute for Lucid. I'm glad some people are nervous in a manner. It means you guys are concerned, you love Tangiers and you don't want your perfect moments of life with Tangiers messed up. I understand and will continue to be your dutiful advocate and try to make things that people will be able to fathom and appreciate.    28. Hope this answers many of your concerns and may move you towards looking forward with anticipation to the new things we're doing.    Eric
  24. Sonthert

    That New Hose Taste...

    Smoke a flavor that has an oil soluble component. I used to use Nahkla Double Apple. A good citrusy flavor like Lemon, Lime or Orange should work good too. Specifically Tangiers citrus flavors I refer to, since they are oil-based. Other brands often used water-soluble based citrus flavors. 
  25. Some sources have exploded the rumors way out of proportion. Apparently, there was some state agencies that normally would be found at a company like Starbuzz on 3/21/13 who came for some business information and Starbuzz was open for business like normal on 3/22/13. The only variation was that they were issuing paper invoices rather than computer-printed ones. That doesn't mean anything however.    Sounds like listening to rumors is a bad idea. Remember that.