Originally Posted by Hajo Flettner
So called "Herbal" moassel has nothing herbal about it.
As to tradition keep in mind that narghile smoking is not the same as Occidental style pipes. Personally, I hate flavour casings used with drystyle dry pipe tobacco.
narghile smoking until farily recently in historical terms has meant smoking tombac which has no honey/molasses or glycerin. You can try it if you wish but it is very different then Western style tobacco and it is an aquired taste. I like it but it's not for everyone.
What we commonly concider to be narghile style tobacco for past 130 years or so uses molasses as an agglutinant and often has herbs and spices but no fruit/drink/candy type flavourings added. When you smoke this style of tobacco (which can be either a moassel, tobamel or jurak depending on how it is made) you don't literally burn the tobacco but instead vaporize the liquid content off of it using indirect heat. What you taste is a mixture of the tobaccos, molasses and herbs used.
The fruit/candy/drink flavoured style moassel is a recent development that has been around less then 30 years.
So with the historical type were those direct burn like a pipe or were they indirect heat as well? 130 years is good enough and while flavorings weren't so much added except for spices I gotta say i see how it got there. I am sure the stuff now would be an abomination 130 years ago. Still for me personally it would be much more appealing. Though I am intrigued by the more traditional methods. Herbal just doesn't sound right to me.
I guess the pre 130 years ago stuff goes as far back as tobacco being introduced to Europe?