Re: brands of shisha
It's all self prefrence, and some brands do certain flavors right so there isn't a "best brand" but possibly a best brand for a certain flavor.
Having said that, the best, or most over-rated was Alfakher and some point but it really took a fall.
The best in my opinion are:
Nakhla: Had a lot of bad experiences with it, but it has a couple of my favorite smokes. It's also really cheap.
Fumari: Nothing negative than the price. I tried like 10 flavors from Fumari, only 1 disappointed me, and by disappointed I mean it was average, the rest were beyond excellent.