Re: On tobacco
Great post! I know where you are coming from. I came to the hookah from briar pipes. I still enjoy my pipes as much as I do the hookah. In my pipes, I smoke natural blends, that is, all natural tobaccos, blended to taste. I never really liked the aromatics, as they tend to bite and smoke wet. It is amazing how many different blends can be made using the same basic ingredients! Look at Cornell and Diehl, for example. They must have hundreds of blends, all from burley, virginia, latakia, turkish and perique. I came to the hookah, looking for an aromatic experience, but am glad to find a strong traditional tobacco presence as well.