Originally Posted by nars2k
Honestly trash that bowl and get yourself a cheap Egyptian bowl. They are of one of the best bowls in my opinion. Also how are you making the holes?
Egyptian is too broad of a term. Some are great and some are terrible. It is quite the gamble. Just about every bowl should be able to smoke well. It's just a matter of how hard you need to work at finding the perfect combination of factors, especially regarding heat management.
I would say that you may be over heating the bowl if the smoke was harsh. It's odd that you were getting no flavor from a mint though. Are you a cigarette smoker?