Re: using pipe tobacco in a hookah
I've made a lot of moassel using pipe tobacco and it is indeed a lot of work.The end result is great but it it's like Havana Pipe flavour in that while it's really nice it doesn't taste like Western pipe tobacco. Still, anything that adds real character and complexity to smoke is good. I recall back when I had some working gigs in Iraq I used to hang with some Shabak folks when the opportunity came up and they had a sort of nearly whole leaf that was slightly damp and wrapped into a ball around some very finely cut and moist leaf. They smoked it like tombac and to me it was sort of a mid way point between Western pipe and normal tombac.