|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Capn Jimbo (24)||Medium to Strong||None Detected||Medium to Full||Tolerable|
From one of my spirits and tobacco website members who is very knowledgable of narghile:
"A few counterpoints.
1. Mu'assal or however one chooses to transliterate مُعَسّل does NOT mean molasses. It literally means "honeyed," from 'asal/عسل - "honey." On the boxes of tobacco from Nakhla, Salloum, and whoever else, the ingredients list in Arabic lists honey and glycerine as the wetting agents, and that's it. Molasses in Arabic is an entirely different word and my guess is that its vague phonetic similarity to the word "mu'assal" is the only reason behind the confusion.
2. The charcoal doesn't have to be made from wood, as you know, but that's not too important.
3. Salloum is NOT a particularly wet tobacco. It is not red (the unflavored stuff, anyway), but nearly black, and compared to other nargile tobacco, fairly dry. It is quite sticky, though (almost identical in consistency to Zaghloul).
4. Most old country narghile smokers do not deeply inhale unflavored/coals-straight-on tobacco. Your lungs and throat will get TORCHED if you try.
I suspect this reviewer has his memories mixed up. The flavored stuff tends to be fairly to extremely wet, and it is inhaled deeply. The unflavored stuff is nearly dry and smoked like a cigar."
Offered only in the interest of unsuspecting inhalers...
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