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Old March 28th, 2008, 07:31 AM
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I normally get my Al Fakher shisha from this local store, but the flavours are not remotely similar to stuff I smoke at shisha cafes. Its not fake, I checked with few people who have more knowladge than me; but the taste is off. I checked the dates, etc but everything seems to be fine. The grape was totally off, but thats because of a general bad batch, but orange was also off and so was strawberry. Lucky I got the small package. Is there any reason why the flavours would go off so qucikly after production date? He stores the shisha out of light, and in a cool area. I don't understand.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 07:37 AM
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Its normal. Al Fakher changed the recipe and the raw tobacco in 2007. The flavors arent that good now.
but i heard the production of 2008 should be better, ill try it the next days
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Old March 28th, 2008, 07:52 AM
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Its normal. Al Fakher changed the recipe and the raw tobacco in 2007. The flavors arent that good now.
but i heard the production of 2008 should be better, ill try it the next days
I really don't think its normal. I mean its unsmokable! If its normal, I really hope they change the formula.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 07:56 AM
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well, i smoked af cola and af grape from 2007 and it was horrible! such a bad flavor ..
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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Trust me, Orange is NOT off lol. I tried it, couldn't taste ANYTHING...for some reason, AF's orange is VERY light. Thank God I only bought a sample pack cuz I really dislike the flavs b/c of that.

Also, lounges (the good ones) have better tasting sessions compared to at home sometimes b/c some of them clean out their hookahs like crazy. Dunno what else they do, but sessions at the lounge I have been to seem to taste much better compared to home ones.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:17 AM
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i tried the melon is there was no taste at all.. maybe was also from 2007?!?! as some ppl told me its really good...
not sure.. i was really disappointed when i spent £12 ($24?!?!) on it,
so i got some shisha juice and turned into lemon
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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the 2007 i tested was really horrible ...
im still waiting for my 500g af grape from feb. 2008, ill post a review
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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actually also the strawberry wasn't that nice either
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:47 AM
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actually also the strawberry wasn't that nice either
thats odd, the watermelon and strawberry I get over here is very good
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:51 AM
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thats odd, the watermelon and strawberry I get over here is very good
do you have to original package? if yes, please look to the prod. date and post it
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thats odd, the watermelon and strawberry I get over here is very good
the 1st time i bought strawberry it was amazing, but 2nd time was bad lol
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oh man. i was thinking the same thing ! I bought some af strawberry .. and trust me it sucked the most ! such bad smelling juice, that stuck in my hookah's stem and i cleaned the hookah for 3 times and still the smell lingers ! i thought it would be gr8, so i bought 250 gm tub. i thought i was the only one that was cheated by the local shop guy. but i'm soon ordering from hs.
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do you have to original package? if yes, please look to the prod. date and post it
don't have the package but i've only had one batch of strawberry that was a little odd tasting. I get most of my shisha from a local head shop that is owned by middle eastern folks. Almost every time i'm in there someone is buying shisha so I guess their stock is constantly being refreshed.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 01:31 PM
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actually also the strawberry wasn't that nice either
I vomited after trying the strawberry. It was so weird, like it went off.
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Hmmmmm...The strawberry i got from nazarhookah.com tastes great. My batch was in NOV 2007 i think. Not sure what's wrong with yours...
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Old March 28th, 2008, 02:19 PM
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I am really starting to think that the best bet for Al Fakher is going to be John at ******* Hookah......his store and online are going to have the latest dates for production as he is just opening, and I don't think he is getting any of the old 2007 batches, also, you can call and talk to him as he seems to be "in the know" about what Al Fakher is doing (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) I have to admit, I got some 50g boxes of Al Fakher grape, lemon and mint from South Smoke....and they seem to be fine, they taste, smell and look really good.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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Ugh I've had AF strawberry twice. The first time I bought my 250gram tub, it was awesome.

Then, the second time I bought it, it tastes weird so I threw it away. I think its cuz the production date was like April 2006 and it expires 2 years after that...but I bought it February of this year so i dunno?
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LOL I love AF strawberry.
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[quote=JillyIsJustKidding;34511]Trust me, Orange is NOT off lol. I tried it, couldn't taste ANYTHING...for some reason, AF's orange is VERY light. Thank God I only bought a sample pack cuz I really dislike the flavs b/c of that.

AF is known for having moderate flavor intensity. For those of us who enjoy cotemporary moassell but don't want to be knocked off our feet by the strength of, say, a starbuzz or tonic, ect.
I've tried 3 of the new favors, and each one smelled overwhelmingly strong. But the flavor intensity was just right. Now, that's not to say all AF is perfect. As PCserver stated, they have tweaked some of thier flavors recently whith mixed results(see grape, late 2007 batches).
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Hi,

I normally get my Al Fakher shisha from this local store, but the flavours are not remotely similar to stuff I smoke at shisha cafes. Its not fake, I checked with few people who have more knowladge than me; but the taste is off. I checked the dates, etc but everything seems to be fine. The grape was totally off, but thats because of a general bad batch, but orange was also off and so was strawberry. Lucky I got the small package. Is there any reason why the flavours would go off so qucikly after production date? He stores the shisha out of light, and in a cool area. I don't understand.
Does the package have a silver hologram?If not, its fake. This was started around 3 or 4 years back because of students from Baharain bringing fake shisha in suitcases with real packages that are similar to AF.
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I noticed that the new AF has to be heated just right, it seems to be very sensitive. I have already dropped my exotica coals down to just one quarter of the stick instead of two quarters. The flavor with one piece in a medium mya bowl last a good hour plus and with good clouds and flavor the whole time. Also not shisha is being burned.
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