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Old December 20th, 2009, 02:40 AM
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Lately, this company's rep has been rolling in the dirt because of their products' inconsistency, throat tickle and/or ketchup flavouring. But the latest Al Fakher batches I have received (from June 09 to September 09) have all been fantastic!

Not that my '08 batches have treated me wrong, but they (even the Golden ones) have that annoying harshness that some of us have experienced. It's just a matter of paying more attention to the packing/heat management, but it's still friggin' annoying.

Now, I found that the September 2009 Orange from Al Fakher is a delight! And so are the other flavors I ordered that were made during the last 6 months. Some of us have been poking fun at this brand for a while now, but if this really is the great comeback of Al Fakher, I think it's time to pay our respect to this company and its long-awaited return to quality.

So HP, what are your latest experiences with AF? Don't forget to mention the production dates!
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Old December 20th, 2009, 02:45 AM
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idk i got a thing of watermelon and i had the throat tickling but idk then the batch was dated i throw the box away
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Old December 20th, 2009, 02:50 AM
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I have a 09 batch of Pomagranate and its surperb! I also have a 08 batch of peach that is also good.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 03:00 AM
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Had an 08 batches of grape, grenadine and watermelon, all were fine.

I do hate af watermelon because it's so friggin sweet, but all shish smoked just fine.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 03:07 AM
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i have an 08 batch of apple and it's pretty good, i have yet to try a new batch of grape
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Old December 20th, 2009, 03:10 AM
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told you so told you so, i think they have changed something, especially apparent in orange
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Old December 20th, 2009, 03:33 AM
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I have november AF grape, and wow, its 98% better, still not as good as 06, but REALLY close. get the batch of november and you will not be sorry, its great! And october cola is the best cola i've ever had HANDS DOWN, of ANY brand!
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Old December 20th, 2009, 03:35 AM
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I have to find myself some new batch AF.
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it's so hit and miss, any vendor or store can have a mix of newer and lolder batches, depending on the flavor,
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When I got my tub of Soft Black, I noticed that the cut of the tobacco was larger than my previous AF purchases. Even my last 250 of Esk Apple was so fine it was almost mush. The Soft Black, though still more fine than Nakhla, was noticeably more chunky.
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When I got my tub of Soft Black, I noticed that the cut of the tobacco was larger than my previous AF purchases. Even my last 250 of Esk Apple was so fine it was almost mush. The Soft Black, though still more fine than Nakhla, was noticeably more chunky.
I noticed that as well, I still have an unopened container of vintage 'o6 cherry in my stash that I refuse to open because its probably one of the only tubs left of the old style.
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When I got my tub of Soft Black, I noticed that the cut of the tobacco was larger than my previous AF purchases. Even my last 250 of Esk Apple was so fine it was almost mush. The Soft Black, though still more fine than Nakhla, was noticeably more chunky.
That's only with the Soft Black, my buddy got an October 09 peach - still bad.

I don't think it's better, Orange is probably just the only usable flavor.
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I noticed that as well, I still have an unopened container of vintage 'o6 cherry in my stash that I refuse to open because its probably one of the only tubs left of the old style.
Cherry from 06 was amzing. smoke it you will not be sorry
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When I got my tub of Soft Black, I noticed that the cut of the tobacco was larger than my previous AF purchases. Even my last 250 of Esk Apple was so fine it was almost mush. The Soft Black, though still more fine than Nakhla, was noticeably more chunky.
Only soft black i have orange, grape, mint DA, mixed frutis from oct 09 onwards, and the cut aint as fine as 08, its a bit bigger, but not the same as 06 still
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Old December 20th, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Well i have an older 08 batch of peach and it does have a slight throat tickle and odd flavor but other than that i still enjoy AF and plan to get some newer flavors in the future especially watermelon
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i have never experience tickling or "ketchup" taste with AF. I still love all the batches of it i have.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 03:18 PM
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I recently smoked a batch of '09 lemon and watermelon. Both were amazing. Watermelon was a little overpowering, but its definatly one of my favorite flavors.
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I have some AF mint from Oct. 09 and its delicious...
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Eh, I'm glad to hear all this, but after the 250g of AF Cola I bought it's gonna take about a decade of wows to get me to buy from them again.
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Eh, I'm glad to hear all this, but after the 250g of AF Cola I bought it's gonna take about a decade of wows to get me to buy from them again.
Fortunately for you, wows comes in convenient kilo tubs.
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I have some AF mint from Oct. 09 and its delicious...
Its pretty damn difficult to screw up mint, the day AF does that is the day they should just give up making shisha.


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Fortunately for you, wows comes in convenient kilo tubs.
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Cherry from 06 was amzing. smoke it you will not be sorry
I don't wanna open it. Its the last of when AF was actually good. I did have some grape from the same year that I smoked.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 01:24 AM
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i enjoy af grape and watermelon. mint is also pretty good. agree that the old stuff was better.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 01:29 AM
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a found a local shop here in Duluth that had some AF 06 still laying around, I bought what they had left, hella good, it was nice being able to enjoy some grape and not having to worry about it!
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Old December 21st, 2009, 04:43 PM
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To recap, what were the dates that one should avoid?
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