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Old September 11th, 2008, 10:31 PM
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Today it's called Iran, it was once Persia, Medes, and in it's history saw hundreds of other conquerers who changed its borders slightly along with it's form of government. But the Iranians stay true to their hookah tradition and have a special hookah shisha bowl for the Ajamy style shisha which is total dry shisha tobacco with no glycerin, molasses or honey. I bought a pack 2 months ago in Jerusalem which must have come like this : Iran to Iraq to Jordan to Israel. Came in a small square pack.
I took it home, put in a small plastic bag with tiny holes to let water out and rinsed it once letting all the water to drip and then squeezed out the extra water lightly. I found it too strong so I made some more by rinsing a second time and found it fine. Don't make more than one bowlfull or it will grow mold, believe me it happened to me. I find non-flavoured Nakhla Zaghloul much tastier and easier than the above, but it's smoked Egyptian style not "Iranian style".
which leads me to the special Iranian hookah :
See that the head is a part of the whole metal assembly. I have this hookah at hom ,same designs but unfortunately no Iran hookah head.
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Old September 11th, 2008, 10:36 PM
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I like dry tombac and I smoke semi-regularly. I have different style bowl for doing it then the Iranian high sided bowl. Actually, I've found that I like the darker Van style tombac as it's more rich and heavy tasting. Excellent photos.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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next time I go to Iran I'll be getting some local shisha and some hookahs, i've got to work on my farsi though.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 01:29 PM
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thats really cool i wanna try some of that tobacco... haha i wish i can speak farsi ..
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Old September 14th, 2008, 04:22 PM
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With it being dry and not wet, do you still smoke it with foil/coal? Direct flame?
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