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Old May 28th, 2010, 05:56 PM
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******** Note: pay attention to the stuff at the start and end of the post if you want to get some fabulous jurak i'm talking about! **************

As some of you know Iíve been working hard to obtain enough high quality hand crafted jurak to distribute it to sizable portion of my fellow HPers and it seems that Iíll be able to do so thanks some recently made contacts in absolutely heavenly village of Masouleh in lush and gorgeous province of Gilan (which is Northern Iran near the Caspian Sea). What I havenít really gotten into is defining jurak because doing so is tough but Iíll give it a shot.

Basically what is considered jurak depends upon the region or country one is talking about but no matter the locale jurak can be said to always consist of unwashed, lightly processed tobacco with a robust flavour and far greater strength then what is possible with the ultra mild Virginian leaf commonly used in modern moassels that is agglutinated solely with molasses. In a great many instances jurak refers to a black moassel that has had a complicated blend of various herbal essential oils incorporated into it without any single flavour such as vanilla, cardamon or pudina dominating the flavour profile. To put it simply, often times a jurak is simply a traditionally made spiced moassel by another name.

In terms of spice or herbal essences used in making juraks one wonít find a simple flavour like cinnamon, aniseed, vanilla or sandalwood being prominent but rather a cocktail of things like the essences of essences Carotte, Parma Violets, Geranium bourbon, Lemon May Blossom, Tonquin, Geranium African, Arrack (distilled Dates), Rose, Cedar, Oak, Neroli Oil (Seville Orange or Haifa Orange distillates) and various spices and herbs commonly used in Arabic, Persian, Turkic and Indian foods.

In India and less often in parts of the Arabic world juraks often use a cooked or baked fruit pulp that is baked/cooked/smoked a second time along with the agglutinated tobacco before being aged for an extended period of time. Outside of India such juraks are rare and never mass produced.

In terms of curing methods juraks are typically sun or fired cured and flute curing is rare outside of a few places along the Turkish/Syrian border, Turkmenistan and apparently some portions of Southern Lebanon and Northern Iran. In Syria and parts of Iran Iíve seen jurak tobacco cured in barns like those found in the Southern portions of America or various Latin American countries with the leaf hanging being exposed to smoldering pots of herbal essences for extended periods of time. In the Al Jawf and Tabuk provinces of Saudi Arabia the tobacco is cured in clay rooms connected to clay ovens which indirectly heat and smoke cure the tobacco. In the case of some jurak makers in Tabuk I understand that wetted, smoldering hardwoods are use in the process and the vapours of locally made floral essences are forced into the curing room via hand pumped bellows. A similar method is found in various portions of the Alborz moutain range within the general vicinity of the previously mentioned village of Masouleh which is a bit different in that they apparently age the jurak in ceramic jars which have wooden staves inserted into the leaf filled jars which are then buried in cellars and left to mature.

In any case, it appears that Iíll be obtaining enough jurak from the general region around Masouleh that Iíll be able to hook up a notable number of HPers with a decent sized sample. Personally Iíd say that the jurak under consideration is among the best Iíve ever had and certainly as complicated as anything Iíve ever tried. If I can generate enough interest in the blend I stand a very good chance of getting the family that makes it to regularly supply it to the states. As usual Iíll pay for purchase price and charge just the customs and shipping fees incurred. Anyone that is interested needs to watch out for posts on the subject because Iíll bet that what ever I get will come and go very quickly.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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You know I'm up for it!

Our video on The Pride of Al-Qimishli should be up very soon.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 06:10 PM
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I drooled while reading that.... For sure would love to get my hands on that Hajo, I'd even sell my first born lol.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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as always I would be more than excited to get my hands on some jurak. The possibility of having a more constant supply for jurak would be wonderful.
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count me in!!!
i have been wanting to try some jurak for a long time now
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Old May 28th, 2010, 08:16 PM
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I am totally game for this. Just let me know what i have to do to get my hands on some.
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wow, im totaly in.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 09:36 PM
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Hajo, I'd be very excited to try some. Way to be awesomely generous, sir. Sounds like a nice place that you described, as well.
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I'm definately up for it Hajo. Keep us posted as to when, where, and how. Take care man. Smoke happy.

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As always I'd love to try some of this! I hope it does make its way to the states in a more permanent fashion.
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do you smoke this out of a pipe or a hookah And i would love to try some. Just keep us updated!
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do you smoke this out of a pipe or a hookah And i would love to try some. Just keep us updated!
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Keep me updated Hajo, especially if they decide to import it!
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Old May 28th, 2010, 11:32 PM
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I'd be honored to try some.
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this sounds truly amazing. iv read alot about jurak and some books about the process of making it. How does one find themselves in situations such as yours hajo?
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Old May 29th, 2010, 01:59 AM
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As always, I'm up for anything in my quest for the perfect shisha.. I'd love to be included if at all possible.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 02:11 AM
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I'd love to give it a try if I could!
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This sounds awesome!
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Sits in Lonely SA just thinking about it
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sounds excellent! that would be great if they exported their product regularly.
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I'd be down, sounds pretty damn amazing.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 05:23 PM
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I would love to be able to try some jurak Hajo and I am going to get a video review of the pride up as soon as I get back from my honeymoon sometime in the middle of june. Just been a little busy finishing up wedding things to be able to do a review
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 11:26 PM
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I'll see to it that you get hooked up with some of this stuff if you want. I should have it about 2 weeks and I suppose I can get some down to Zumaland.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 11:38 PM
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do you smoke this out of a pipe or a hookah And i would love to try some. Just keep us updated!
You should smoke Iranian jurak out of a Ghalyoon with a jurak bowl and with a wooden tube ideally. Since that is a tall order I use one of my Syrian narghiles with a super Chief bowl. Set up isn't hard but it's a little different. I'll spell that out when I get closer getting the stuff out to everyone.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 11:40 PM
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Anyway, the big news is that i'll be seeing this stuff made in another couple of days and it looks like i'll be scoring plenty so i'll be able to get some of this stuff out to a bunch of HPers. I'm smoking it now and it makes everything I can buy in the states seem like crap. This is the way smoking is meant to be. Rich, heavy and full of dark and earthy flavours that you can't get in food or drink.
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Wow Hajo, cant wait for this!!
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