If you haven’t tried the divine pleasure that is the hookah, you are missing out. The hookah offers a touch of elegance and atmosphere combined with a pleasant, relaxing, and smooth-tasting smoke. As most of you already know, a hookah is used to smoke a special mixture called shisha.
Shisha is normally made from tobacco, to which various flavorings are added. In case you’re wondering about other ingredients, they also add molasses and a little bit of glycerine. These are added mainly because they produce a smoother smoke than tobacco alone, and because they improve the burn time.
The only problem is that many people do not like tobacco. Apart from the well-known and admitted health risks, some people just don’t enjoy the taste of tobacco. Some people feel that the flavor of the tobacco interferes somewhat with the flavorings that are added. Herbal shisha gives you a way to continue enjoying the pleasure of a good hookah smoke even if you have chosen to stop smoking tobacco.
For these reviews, we have chosen to focus on products from a single company. From the title of this article, you already know that we are reviewing herbal shishas from Hydro Herbal. It is important to note that all of these products are basically the same product, but each one offers a different mix of flavors and a different number of packages for a different price.
For that reason, we will be focusing mainly on price, flavors, and value. It represents the only definitive difference between these five products.
The Cheapest Viable Option
|Premium Hydro Herbal Hookah Shisha Molasses Flavor|
|Hydro Herbal 250g, 5 Mix|
The beginner Pack
|Hydro Herbal 50g, 3 Mix|
The Intermediate Pack
|Premium Hookah Shisha Molasses, Lot of 6|
The Fake One
|Premium Hydro Herbal Hookah Shisha Molasses Flavor|
This is a value pack of 12 packages, offered for the price of $25. Flavors include watermelon (Melon Dew), spearmint (Green Ice), blue raspberry (Qing Rubus), banana (Avalanche), orange (Sun Ray), blueberry (Kali Drizzle), grape (Hydropurple), and something called “Dr. 23.”
This is a large value pack, so occasional smokers won’t find this to be a good buy. Also, “Dr. 23” is a product name that tells us absolutely nothing about the flavor. It’s a shot in the dark. You might like it, or you might find it to be disgusting, as some reviewers have.
This is a pack of five, so those who don’t smoke their hookah all that often may find this to be a good choice. However, it does suffer from the rather serious problem of being the most expensive product on our list in terms of price per pack.
This is our smallest value pack, but it might be a good choice for you minimal smokers. In terms of value, this one is the second-most expensive shisha pack we have examined. The flavors included are strawberry (Red Lightning), blueberry (Blue Viper), and mango (Tropical Storm). The higher cost of this pack, like that of product number one, is just more proof that lower bulk equals higher cost.
This is another one of those smaller value packs, but this one is large enough that it might be a good fit for novice smokers and those looking to try something new. In terms of value, this one is right in the middle.
At first glance, this looked like the best choice. At a value of only $1.83 per pack, this one topped the list in terms of value. However, when we looked a little closer to check the flavors, we found a disturbing fact.
After doing a little research, we have to conclude that Tanya is not a bad brand. That being said, dishonesty in business must not be overlooked. The people who are selling this value pack seem to have made a serious mistake. Either that or they are selling counterfeit products. This level of deception is unacceptable, and we advise everyone to avoid this particular deal.
At this point, you should be somewhat well-educated about the basics of herbal shisha. However, it always pays to know a little bit more. In this section, we will give you a little bit of information about herbal shisha and the things that make it so popular.
What Is Herbal Shisha?
Like me, you might be wondering what this stuff is made from since it isn’t made from tobacco. According to our research, herbal shisha is made in a process very similar to regular shisha.
You see, herbs are normally added to many shisha brands to enhance flavor. For instance, mint is often used to give the smoke a nice minty aftertaste. If you look at a recipe for normal shisha, you can see that all you need to do is remove the tobacco from the recipe and substitute some other kind of herb.
In most cases, the tobacco is substituted with sugarcane. After sugarcane is processed and most of the sugar has been removed, the remaining plant material is put to a number of uses, of which herbal shisha is only one. Also known as bagasse, this material makes an ideal base for a smoking herb because it has virtually no flavor. This means that there is nothing to interfere with the intended flavor of the product.
What Are The Advantages Of Herbal Shisha?
The first and most obvious advantage of herbal shisha is the fact that it contains no tobacco. Although moderate tobacco smoking is unlikely to kill you, most smokers are not able to keep their habits at a moderate level. Obviously, this is the result of the nicotine and its highly addictive properties.
Being addicted to something has a way of removing the enjoyment factor. When you watch cigarette smokers, they don’t really seem to be enjoying the tobacco. Indeed, most people think they smell terrible, but people continue to smoke them because they are addicted. Removing tobacco from the equation turns your smoking into a pure leisure activity that can be picked up or laid down with no fear of addiction.
Another advantage of herbal shisha is the fact that there is no taste of tobacco to interfere with the flavors that you want. As we mentioned earlier, this stuff is made from sugarcane remnants that have little to no taste. Therefore, the bagasse serves as a blank canvas from which a more discernable set of flavors can be created.
There are also a couple of legal advantages regarding herbal shisha. For one thing, you don’t have to pay a tobacco tax, making the product a little bit cheaper. For another thing, you can smoke in a public place, and anti-smoking laws will not apply. Of course, a hookah isn’t the most portable thing in the world, but a bowl of herbal shisha might be just the thing to go with a good outdoor picnic at the local public park.
Herbal shisha also tends to be very cheap. If you want to know why that is the case, as yourself this question: Which is more expensive…sugarcane remnants or tobacco? When you look at it in this way, it’s a no-brainer. A waste product is always going to be cheaper than a purposed crop.
As a final note about the advantages of non-tobacco hookah smoking, many reviewers seem to believe that herbal shisha creates larger clouds than traditional tobacco-based shisha. While this may not matter to some, it is important to remember that hookah smoking is usually a social activity. As such, everyone wants to make the biggest clouds.
What To Look For In An Herbal Shisha
The first thing to do is to make sure that you are buying from a reputable source. With a product like this, there is always the danger that someone could use some sort of weird substitution instead of just using bagasse. By going with an established and reputable company, you can greatly reduce the chances of getting some weak knock-off product that might contain any number of strange contaminants.
In case you were wondering, that’s why we chose to focus on just one brand for this article. Hydro Herbal is a company with a very good reputation rather than some fly-by-night operation. A disposable “take the money and run” company (i.e., one that comes along and makes some cash before dissolving and disappearing) has no reason to care about the satisfaction of their customers because they won’t be around long enough for it to be their problem. A more established company will tend to have a desire to preserve their reputation.
Always check to make sure that your shisha comes in a well-sealed bag so that it will maintain the appropriate moisture content. When this stuff dries out, it can still be used, but it will have lost some of its flavors and will be less pleasant to smoke. It will also probably burn faster. Always make sure the packaging is in good shape and free from leaks.
You should definitely check to see how dry the shisha is, and whether or not it has any kind of unpleasant smell. If you don’t like the smell, you probably won’t like the taste either. Some people complain about the way that herbal shisha looks, saying that it looks like a wad of grass clippings, but the appearance is not very important for a product that is intended to be set on fire.
When buying this kind of thing online, the main thing you need to watch out for is counterfeit products. Sometimes, disreputable sellers will advertise one product and send you a completely different product. For instance, look at product number three, which turned out to be a perfect example of this point.
Oftentimes, the packaging for a counterfeit product will be in a foreign language, making it even harder to make sense of the mess. When buying online, always check the seller rating and any comments from previous buyers.
Shisha is meant to burn slow, as hookah smoking is not meant to be a rushed experience. In many ways, the hookah smoker is the polar opposite of the crack cocaine smoker. While the crack smoker is probably trying to smoke as quickly as possible, the hookah smoker is taking their time and having a nice, leisurely smoke. Where the crackhead is probably doing his thing in an abandoned building or under a bridge or something, the hookah smoker is probably hanging out with their friends and trying to relax.
Of course, I haven’t known many crackheads (and I hope you haven’t either). Therefore, some of the statements above are based on assumption. However, our example serves to illustrate the importance of long burn time for good shisha. If your shisha does not provide a long-lasting and satisfying smoke from a single well-packed bowl, there might be something wrong with the product.
This is an instance in which we can declare a clear winner with no question. This is because all of our products are essentially the same in terms of how they work and what they offer. The only differences are price and the variety of flavors offered.
In terms of value, product number three was the early favorite to win. Then we realized that this deal was too good to be true. We don’t know what they are trying to pull with this one, but we know that you should stay away. Having disqualified number three, we must give the point for the best value to product number one.
As for the number of flavors offered, we cannot really make any definite judgments because of the fact that individual tastes vary so much. Therefore, we have no choice but to judge this contest entirely on value, which makes product number one the obvious winner. We hope that you have enjoyed this article, and we hope that you will continue to smoke like freight trains so that you can continue to uphold the fine old tradition of the hookah.