Re: Starbuzz > Al Fakher
If it came down to SB vs AF I'd go with AF. Despite the inconsistencies of batches, it is on a significantly lower price point and delivers all the clouds that you'd expect from something like SB. Although AF doesn't have the creativity of flavors that can be found in some of the SB tins, a creative mind can make a variety of mixes for the cost of 1 tin of SB. I will say that SB doesn't have the "throat tickle" that AF does but once you get the hang of AF it is very enjoyable. Another plus of AF for me is that you can still smoke it in a standard bowl and have reasonably good results, whereas if you put SB in a standard bowl the juices just dont stay with the tobacco.
Nakhla remains my go to but between AF and SB, Al-Falkher still wins out.
36" Al Falkher Solid - 36" KM Copper Heart Two Hose - 22" Temsah Mini-Wheat(a.k.a. Golden Nugget)