Sophisticated Palates

When it comes to tobacco, our brand of choice is Argelini. Not always easy to find, but worth the search, Argelini blends Virginia tobacco with honey and flavoring. It tends to be a bit stronger than some of the “smoother” brands like Starbuzz and Fumari. After all, if one is smoking hookah, do they really want their experience to be “smooth?” Not these ladies!

We have tried a number of flavors, and have settled on a few that make the top grade, namely Clementina, Mojito and Lychee. Other flavors have been tried, and will never be finished due to their nastiness (Mango tastes like soapy water, Black Currant is super-blah). Others are nice when blended in slightly (think Champagne, which can be sweet and Rose, which can be fragrant). When it comes down to it, though, it’s all about the blending of flavors. Here are some of our favorite blends:

Clementina & Mojito: You get the nice, sweet-ish flavor of the Clementina, plus the tingly, minty flavor of the Mojito. You definitely can’t go wrong with this combo.

Lychee & Mojito: You’ll notice a theme here… Mojito makes everything better! When mixed 2/3 Mojito, 1/3 Lychee, you have yourself a nice blend of minty and neutral/sweet. Good stuff.

The tri-blend (if you dare!): Try throwing a third flavor in the mix! Maybe some Champagne for sweetness, or some Passion Fruit for fragrance. Always a nice choice.

We’ve found that the secret to a great blend is placing your flavors in a pile and hand-mixing the tobacco. This guarantees a good mix, otherwise you’ll get all one flavor as it burns under the coals. By hand-mixing, you guarantee yourself a consistently great flavor.

Argelini can be purchased at Dream Tobacco in Anaheim, CA (Brookhurst at Ball). They carry about 20 flavors in the smaller portions (100 grams), but are willing to order you any flavor in the larger tin size (250 grams), for a fraction of the cost of most other shops I’ve found. You can expect to pay about $15 for a 250 gram tin.

More to come on future flavor sensations!