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Back to College We Go!

Hookah Lover Back To College Ideas

Head Back to School With Your Hookah

All across the country young adults are headed to institutions of higher learning. Some are headed out into the real world for the first time and many more are back at it for the second, third, or fourth year. Besides furthering education, you also further your social skills and learn a great deal about how to interact with others and society.

It is inevitable that college students will gather in groups to socialize and the majority of the time, there will be a hookah around. After all, that is what hookah is all about!

RELATED – Back to School Survival Guide

Now a days, it’s tough to find a college town that doesn’t have a hookah lounge or smoke shop, but going to the lounge all the time on a college student budget doesn’t really equate most of the time. This leads us into our one question test: What should you do then? Option A (the correct choice) is head over to our online hookah store and check out the great deals we have to offer. See, our tests are the easiest and we even give the answers because we like you.

RELATED: Back To School Guide: Essential Shisha Flavors

How to Safely Store Your Hookah At College

One of the main things to consider when purchasing your very own hookah while at college is storage. There is no need to bring unwanted attention from your RA or sticky fingers in the dorm.Khalil Mamoon Safari Hookah

Khalil Mamoon has two great options for hookahs that are small enough to store away when not in use but also produce excellent smoke quality.

The KM Safari is the smallest model that checks in at 22″ and is great for a small budget. You get the quality of KM and the size of a shorter Chinese hookah. The sessions you get with this model will be incomparable to Chinese hookahs but is easily storable and portable. Take it to your favorite session spot and meet up with all the buddies!

 

The next step up is the KM Plus. This model stands at 29″ tall and is at the shorter end of the full sized Khalil Mamoon spectrum. Both are great models for college life and will withstand the abuse of a group smoke with the buddies.

Here at SouthSmoke.com we don’t believe being on a small budget because of college should rob you of your ability to smoke with a quality hookah. So between classes, swing over to SouthSmoke.com, all your hookah smoking friends will wonder how you got a great hookah on a budget of nothing!

Tangiers Hookah Tobacco Has Arrived

Tangiers Shisha Available

Tangiers Hookah Tobacco

We are ecstatic and proud to announce we now offer Tangiers Shisha in our hookah store! We have been working for a long time to be able to offer Tangiers consistently like our other brands. As Tangiers smokers know, this can be a hard brand to find at times, and for a good reason. But this does not sit well with us here at SouthSmoke.com and we pride ourselves in being fully stocked of anything we offer.

Tangiers shishas have what can only be described as a cult like following. Tangiers smokers are some of the most brand loyal customers, they will search far and wide to get their flavors and wait for it if need be. No other shisha brand out there has customers pre-ordering shisha at their local shops, and that says a lot!

Why does Tangiers Shisha have the cult like following? Tangiers uses only raw American tobacco leaves that they leave in a long cut and do absolutely no treating or altering. This translates into a bold full bodied shisha that is not intended for beginner smokers. The buzz inducing qualities of this hookah tobacco are unrivaled, even with all the new brands popping up.

Tangiers Shisha Flavors

We know that Tangiers can be hard to come by at times. Well, this is for a respectable reason. Tangiers produces small batches, so small, that they only have one flavor in production on any given day. This extreme attention to detail is unheard of in this hookah industry. Tangiers has held true to quality being their main priority when most main stream shisha brands try to pump out as much as possible.  You know that if they are only producing one flavor of shisha per day, they are putting everything they have in to it, and it shows.

Tangiers shisha keeps a smaller flavor list that they offer in four lines; Noir, F-Line, Birquq, and Burley. We will detail each line in separate blogs but until then hit the reviews and forums.

If you are looking to step up your game or find a new place to get your Tangiers Shisha, check out our online hookah store to see what flavors are in stock!

Tangiers Noir Line Has Arrived

Tangiers Shisha Noir

Tangiers Shisha: Noir

Tangiers Noir Shisha is the line that started it all, affectionately known as OG. In French, Noir means dark or black. This is exactly what you will get with Tangiers and nothing less. The dark American hookah tobacco that is used is meticulously prepared in a multi-step process that gains all of its success from the idea that less is more. The Tangiers Noir hookah tobacco is not washed, treated, or altered in any way leaving huge amounts of nicotine that other shisha manufacturers simply wash away.

Tangier Noir Flavors

SouthSmoke.com is offering Tangiers Noir Line in the 250g size and all popular flavors. Because of the unique manufacturing process that Tangiers uses, not all flavors are in stock at the same time so check back often to see what’s in. Don’t let this hinder your smoking though, instead broaden your horizons and pick up a flavor that is in stock and try something new.  Some popular flavors to try in the Noir Line are Cane Mint, Kashmir Peach, Static Starlight, Fresh Lime, Peach Iced Tea, and Sevilla Orange.

How To Use Tangiers Shisha Noir

Noir does require some special conditioning that you are probably not used to. Tangiers loves their followers so much that they put the conditioning instructions on every pouch. Who else does that? They recommend that you remove the shisha from the pouch and keep in a shallow air-tight container making sure to not discard any of the juices with the pouch.

Like a fine wine, let the shisha that you intend to use for your session come in contact with the air for a few hours before smoking. When removing the tobacco from the tub make sure not to just scrape the top layer of shisha, but to dig down into it. Lastly, they recommend packing your bowl as densely as the shisha is packed in the pouch and don’t use a lot of heat when smoking Tangiers.

 

Space Jam E-Juice + Star Trek Beyond = Perfection

Space Jam E Juice and Star Trek Beyond

Space Jam E-Juice

For all of you Vape fans out there, don’t forget to pick up some Space Jam E-Liquid for the Star Trek Beyond release! There is no better fitting e-juice for such an epic release, this is a very special occasion!

Space Jam is one of the top E-Liquid companies in the market. Their attention to detail and their dedication to using only quality ingredients are what has driven them to the top of the vape world and kept them there from the beginning.

SouthSmoke.com carries Space Jam E-Juice with pride! Space Jam has some of the best tasting flavors out there. They uphold the philosophy that less is more, they have a small flavor list but have perfected the flavors that they do make. You will seriously love them. Not only do they have a fantastic selection of flavors they have them available in a wide range of nicotine strengths. Our selection is available in 0mg/3mg/6mg. Here are just a few flavor suggestions to start with.

Space Jam E Juice E liquid Vaping
Omega – This is a spicy peach flavor and it is my personal favorite. The draw is smooth and very flavor packed. This is a flavor you will be back for more of.
Pluto – This is a delicately crafted fruit blend. It has a deliciously sweet smell similar to watermelon jolly ranchers. Pluto is a mix of watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe with a bubble gum/minty finish to match.
Astro – This is Space Jams best seller. It is a lip smacking granny smith apple flavor upon inhale that transforms into a strawberry flavor upon exhale. You’ll love it.

Hookah Shisha Flavors You Didn’t Know Existed

Hookah Flavors you didnt know existed

Surprising Flavored Shisha

The marketplace is full of instantly recognizable shisha flavors. You could go anywhere in the world that has a market for hookah and there are flavors they will know, like Blue Mist for example or Al-Fakher Double Apple. But let’s focus here in the United States for this topic.

Every brand is going to have those top couple flavors, Purple Haze, What a Mint, Code 69, White Gummi Bear, AF Mint, Nakhla Double Apple. But Starbuzz, Al-Fakher, Haze, Fantasia, Fumari all have great shisha flavors that are not that well known. Now this isn’t because they didn’t do the flavoring well, it just seems like if a flavor doesn’t make it into a “popular” status then it never gets that kick start that it needs.

Below we offer a list of great hookah flavors that aren’t so basic. We highly suggest giving these an honest try and be open minded about it. Who knows, you may be the one to suggest it to all your friends and boost the flavor into stardom!

Haze – Pineapple Krush. Pineapple is a hard flavor to mimic but every brand out there seems to have a pineapple flavor of some sort. Haze worked very hard on this one and it definitely paid off. You won’t find a better tasting pineapple shisha out there. You can find this in their Jazze Pha line.

Fumari – Fumari. This is a house blend of all the apple flavors out there. A perfect mix of sweet, sour, tart, and all those perfect apple flavors you look for in a shisha.

Hookahfina Blak – Cucumber Lemonade. You don’t have to eat cucumbers to fall in love with this flavor. Mix it with a little watermelon or other fruity flavor and you have a nicotine packed lemonade flavor that you won’t put down.

Al-Fakher – Mojito. Know we know it is difficult to find an AF flavor that is not well known, but Mojito is not in their top selling flavors. This is a perfect refreshing lemon lime mix for those hot summer days we are experiencing right now.

Starbuzz – Blackberry. We are sure you are just as surprised to see SB on this list as you are AF, but their Blackberry makes a great mixing flavor, say maybe with Fuzzy Lemonade or classic mojito.

So here are a few flavors to get your mind and taste buds curious. Give them a try and spread the good word! When you are raving about these flavors, don’t forget to leave a review on their product pages at SouthSmoke.com.

Golden Al-Fakher Eskandarani Apple Flavor Review

Golden Al-Fakher Eskandarani Apple Flavor Review

Eskandarani Apple Golden Al-Fakher Review

Does this new line of Golden Al-Fakher hookah tobacco live up to the hype? With new flavors like the Eskandarani Apple, said to be a sour green apple flavor, it is easy to see, and taste, why there is such a stir over the new hookah tobacco.

It is time to find out what all the hype is about the Golden Al-Fakher Tobacco line. Al-Fakher Golden hookah tobacco is making a resurgence in the industry but is by no means something new. It has always had a cult-like following, much like Tangiers does. But as of recent, with the two new flavors being released, more hookah enthusiasts are beginning to take notice.

Today we will review a long standing popular Golden flavor, Eskandarani Apple.

Goldned Al-Fakher Packaging

You know you are about to get into something special as soon as you remove the cellophane wrapper and feel the velvety texture of the box. Inside you will find a golden screw on jar that is different from the typical Al-Fakher hookah tobacco jar. When you open the jar of hookah tobacco you will notice a better cut than typical Al-Fakher and you won’t really find any stems! The jar we opened, we found to be maybe a little juicer as well.

Our setup for this session ended up being pretty simple. We used a Khalil Mamoon, Utopia bowl with foil, and 3 Ecocha Coals. We tried packing the bowl a little denser than the usual Al-Fakher pack as well. This turned out very well.

Eskandarani Apple Shisha Flavor

We achieved an amazing session with great clouds and a wonderful bold sour apple flavor throughout the session.

This is definitely a flavor to keep in the stash for those days you feeling like smoking a premium shisha.

How NOT to act at the Hookah Lounge

Hookah Lounge Etiquette

Hookah Lounge Etiquette

We all love the peacefulness and relaxing atmosphere of smoking our hookah at home, but going to a hookah lounge or cafe also has it’s perks. We frequent hookah lounges for many reasons like socializing and trying new flavors. Going to a hookah smoking lounge is a completely different experience than smoking at home and requires a whole different etiquette. Nobody wants to be that guy and become the center of attention in that manner! So this is to help point out some tips to make you a hookah lounge guru.

RELATED – See our list of Hookah Lounges around the country

    • The first is to know what kind of setting you are walking into, is it a traditional Middle Eastern setting or a modern American setting? In a traditional hookah lounge, passing the hose with your left hand could be viewed as impolite to some due to traditional customs and courtesies.
    • If you are taking guests with you, let them pick the flavors.
    • Always pass the hose clockwise when with a group and point the hose towards yourself.
    • Try to not blatantly blow your smoke in someone’s face, it’s rude no matter where you are!
    • When using a multi-hose hookah, don’t compete for smoke, only one person should be taking a turn at a time and the rest of the group should be plugging their mouth tip with their thumb.
    • This brings us to another super important point, always use a hookah mouth tip! You never know how well the hose was washed or who used it last so get a mouth tip and don’t share with your friends.
    • If you are sick, you shouldn’t be at the lounge!
    • When you do find yourself at a hookah lounge, be polite to the staff, this is the golden rule of life, being rude gets you nowhere.

 

So get your friends together and start lounge hopping, every one of them is different and you will soon find a favorite! Have Fun!

Don’t Touch My Fumari Blueberry Muffin!

Dont touch my fumari blueberry muffin

Blueberry Muffin for Your Hookah

The smell of warm fresh out of the oven blueberry muffins. Filled with delicious fruit and a touch of sweet. Blueberry Muffins are a staple of the American culture, just like Apple Pie and the 4th of July! Blueberry Muffins are your every morning breakfast delight, your afternoon snack, or your after dinner dessert.

Fumari Blueberry Muffin Shisha Flavor

Hookah tobacco brand Fumari has taken our every day love of blueberries and muffins and turned this delight into the Shisha flavor that is one of this brand’s most popular sellers.

Fumari’s flavored tobacco mix does not taste like some blueberry hard candies, but instead is reminiscent to the sweetness enjoyed in a blueberry muffin or blueberry pancake. Instead of tasting like the sweet and sour blueberries, Fumari flavored hookah tobacco has made their flavor mix to taste purely like sweet blueberries.

The quality and accuracy of this blueberry shisha flavor has made it one of Fumari’s top 3 hookah tobacco flavors.

Fumari knows that a hookah session is only as good as it tastes. Which is why Fumari hookah tobacco is known for their dedication to delicious flavors and an enjoyable smoke. And, they are a good value for the hookah smoker. The 100g pouches of Fumari shisha tobacco contain up to 7 bowls in each, making the most of your hookah tobacco purchase. Delicious hookah smoking flavor plus a great value makes for a very happy hookah lover.

Next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, pack your hookah full of Blueberry Muffin hookah shisha, available for order right here at SouthSmoke.com. Know that you will be enjoying the sweet taste of blueberry without any of the sour. Just make sure that when someone else picks up your hose to smoke, yell at them saying “Don’t touch my Fumari Blueberry Muffin!”

Flavor Review – Fumari Spiced Chai Flavored Tobacco

Fumari Chai Flavored Tobacco Review

Fumari Flavored Tobacco

Fumari Spiced Chai is one of those shisha flavors you must try. Don’t know what a Chai Fumari flavored tobacco would taste like? We’re here to help you understand the complex make up of Chai flavors.

What is Chai?

Chai is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has placed an important role in many cultures. Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is usually made up of black tea, heavy milk, a combination of spices, and sweetener.

Chai Spices

The spices used to make Chai tea drinks vary from region to region and are even different among households in India. The most common spices that make up the Chai signature flavor are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper.  The blend makes the tea drink not only warm and inviting with the soothing milk, but also sweet and spicy with the blend of flavors.

Fumari Chai Flavored Tobacco

Now that you have a better idea what the inspiration for the Chai flavor comes from, let’s get down to the Fumari brand and the Spiced Chai Hookah flavor itself. Fumari offers a medium cut that is somewhere between a small Tangiers cut and an Al-Fakher cut flavored tobacco. If you prefer, you may chop up the tobacco for a more even pack.

Fumari Spiced Chai flavored tobacco has strong scents of Vanilla and a hint of butterscotch or toffee right when you open the pouch. Now, onto the taste. Fumari Spiced Chai is very sweet, smooth, and most importantly, delicious! It is a mix of tea with vanilla, toffee, and butterscotch. If you prefer this flavor to be less sweet, add a touch of coffee and it’s absolutely incredible. This is a great flavor for any summer night or if you’re a fan of tee and toffee.

We think you will enjoy this new flavor and make sure to pickup a pack of Fumari Spiced Chai right here at SouthSmoke.com.

Save the Hookah Industry From the FDA

Save the Hookah from the FDA

How To Save the Hookah Industry

There is a lot of gossip and rumors floating around out there about this topic so we are here to give some facts and help educate our community.

Starting August 8, 2016, the FDA will control and regulate hookahs, hookah charcoal, accessories, and hookah tobacco, freezing the marketplace and not allowing any additional hookah products to come to market that were not already in commerce! This will forbid the innovation and enhancements that have been so prevalent to the hookah industry over the past decade.

Hookah products that were not already on the market as of February 15, 2007 will have to undergo pre-market analysis, which could cost over $1 million dollars per item. As a result, 95% or more of the hookah marketplace will be eliminated and the prices of hookah products that can survive this regulation will become substantially more expensive to purchase!

This will put most of the hookah industry out of business.

What can you do?

There is something you can do though! The good news is that there is a proposal in Congress that will change the predicate date to August 8, 2016, sparing the hookah industry from such costs and allowing for the hookah marketplace to survive with all the great products you have come to enjoy since February 2007!

We need your help though in order to get this passed through congress! Please contact your local Congress person and respectfully let them know to support Congressman Cole’s amendment to HR 5054.

Visit www.house.gov/representatives/find/ to locate your Congressperson and let them know how you feel!

You can even submit an online support ticket at SouthSmoke.com and we will be glad to provide you with a template that may be used when emailing your representative. Exercise your right as an American and let your voice be heard!