You know i find ice in the base to out do any ice torrent
For your first hookah i'd recommend an egyptian, or one thats easy to clean..
As far as shisha goes, every brand (except so far Al Amir) have their good and bad, SB (starBuzz) has amazing pumpkin pie, but my favorite Vanilla is Nakhla, ect.. Overall i've been the most satisfied with Al waha, and SB but SB is really expencive. (this is just my opinon)