Flavor Spotlight

ABSOLUTE ZERO

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Mint has always been and will always be one of the classic hookah blends. Like Double Apple, it’s a flavor that is easy, consistent, and holds true until the bowl is spent.

What makes mint delicious and better than many of the ‘classic’ blends is that it packs a bit of a zing. A ‘wow’ effect that tantalizes the senses, refreshing, yet also relaxing. And it’s this dual effect, relaxing while invigorating, that makes any mint blend so popular.

Mint carries a pretty powerful punch for a herb that is nothing more than a simple leaf. But it’s that same powerful kick that turns so many people off of it. It’s a flavor that overwhelms all other ingredients. It will always stand out be the first thing you taste in your smoke, drink, or food.

Personally, as a hookah blend, mint always starts off delicious and stimulating, and ends as a bit acidic and harsh. I’ve always found myself changing blends half way through a bowl because the mint had become too much to handle. That was until I discovered Social Smoke’s Absolute Zero.

Absolute Zero is an icy mix of mints with a sweetness that seems to cut through the harshness that mint naturally carries. And it’s this unique, softer take on the classic blend that has made Absolute Zero one of Social Smoke’s best selling and most sought after blends. Every inhale perks up your senses with a mint rush, while the exhale carries a sweetness, almost a berry undertone, that softens the intensity.

The smoke clouds come out thick and fragrant, but not overwhelming. Absolute Zero perfectly bridges the duality of revving you up while calming you down. And without a doubt, it’s probably one of the most delicious minty blends on the market. So the next time you are going out or setting up your hookah for a relaxing night in, try Absolute Zero, and get lost in clouds of mint.

And if you are looking to add a bit of icy tartness to your smoke, mix Absolute Zero with Social Smoke’s Arctic Lemon. The mint and lemon mix perfectly into a chilling lemon drop shot!

Want to know more? Check out what these reviewers had to say about Absolute Zero:

http://www.hookahreport.com/2010/08/10/social-smoke-absolute-zero-review/

https://www.hookah-shisha.com/hookahlove/4354-hookah-tobacco-review-social-smoke-shisha-tobacco-absolute-zero.html

WHITE GUMMY BEAR

Have you ever been at the store and had to take a minute to decide what flavour drink you want? Or what chocolate bar to get, or even what liqueur would be the one to hit the spot that night. Not those times when you just blindly choose something you know is good and move on. I’m talking about those days when you stand in front of the display, mouth a bit open, and you take the time to actively contemplate what to choose. Then, when you’ve finally made a choice and you are ready to indulge, there is just a moment, one moment when all is right with the world and you get this feeling of complete and utter euphoric satisfaction. It’s an enlightening feeling and one that only comes when everything falls into place and the thought behind the action is as satisfying as the actual act.

When it comes to smoking hookah, there should be a lot of thought put into the flavour, because it’s one that will stick with you for a while. If you think about it, an average, lightly packed bowl, usually takes about 45 minutes to smoke out, if you are the only one smoking it, at a relaxing pace. The whole experience needs to be an hour of pure euphoria. And that’s why the flavour of the night needs to be well thought out. Because if the flavour is off, it doesn’t matter how awesome the smoke clouds are, or how great the company is, you just don’t enjoy it.

I’ve learned that the classic blends like applemint, and lemon, while great and delicious in their own right, just don’t work when I’m actually taking the time to plan a hookah night. They don’t pack that special punch of satisfaction I’ve come to depend on from my hookah sessions. Because of that, I think I’ve gotten a lot more adventurous in the flavours I like to indulge in.
And one of my new favourites, because it always brings a smile to my face every time I think about smoking it, is White Gummy Bear.  I mean, seriously, smoking a gummy bear! It’s gotta be one of the coolest and silliest hookah flavours out there. It makes me happy just thinking about it. White Gummy Bear is usually a burst of pineapple cooled with peach, cherry, and some citrus. Pineapple has always been one of my favourite blends because I love anything sweet, but in a lot of blends it gets to be too much after that fourth or fifth pull. It’s sweetness starts to turn a bit soapy and then you get that same feeling you have when you’ve eaten way too much candy, or drank too many of those syrupy sweet cocktails. So while I loved the concept the flavour was usually more than I could handle. That was true Until I tried Social Smoke’s version of White Gummy Bear.

The one thing you can always depend on when it comes to the Social Smoke blends is the perfection of lightness they manage to achieve with even the sweetest of flavours. We pride ourselves on creating blends that are flavourful but light enough, you can smoke several bowls without getting sick or tired out. And we’ve hit a homerun with our White Gummy bear blend. The pineapple is there, but it doesn’t carry the heaviness of artificial pineapple flavouring. It’s a bit crisper, almost like biting into a just ripe pineapple. And the aftertaste is a smooth and slightly tart peach and cherry flavour that cools down the next pull of pineapple. It’s the exact taste of a white gummy bear without the sickly sweetness of drinking too much of it. And it hits all the points on the “hookah experience hierarchy,” great flavour that doesn’t burn out, awesome clouds, and a lasting aftertaste. So the next time you are having a moment of choice, contemplate trying Social Smoke White Gummy Bear. We can almost guarantee that moment of satisfying enlightenment.

Banana Foster

For anyone who has ever been to New Orleans knows that it is a city of unforgettable experiences, strange and beautiful people, and some of the best and spiciest food in the States. There is something really special about New Orleans. It’s a city that promises excitement and sultry experiences. It’s Cajun undertones keeps things hot and spicy and the heartbeat of the city is in its sweetness and unforgettable people that reside there. It’s impossible not to fall in love with New Orleans and the smorgasbord of fun and seductiveness that it offers. Pretty much any restaurant, cafe, or even home you visit there produces these unforgettable can’t find anywhere in the world sweets that I crave for years after having them. My favorite, and New Orleans is the only place that makes it right, is banana foster. I love bananas and this dessert is only for those who have a passion for the sweet fruit. Banana Foster is ripe bananas covered in rich vanilla ice cream and topped with a sauce made from butter, cinnamon, and rum. It’s rich, gooey and sweet. Some people add all spice and banana liqueur, but in New Orleans they sometimes add anise seed to the sauce which gives it a bit of a kick and light it on fire. It’s a fun presentation and the end result is something unforgettable! 

Social Smoke’s March blend is Banana Foster and I can honestly say that it’s a blend that lives up to its namesake. In this blend you get more of a cream flavor to compliment the banana. Sometimes banana blends could be a bit overpowering in their artificial sweetness so the overall smoking experience kind of has a sticky, sickly feel to it. But in this blend the banana flavor is more subtle. It’s in the background, you taste banana but what really stands out is the cream perfectly blended with the kick of cinnamon. So you breath in banana and exhale spice. It perfectly mimics the feeling you get in New Orleans. Sweet and sexy.

For most people, this blend might not be one you would break out on a daily basis like apple or Pear Chill. It’s one that requires a certain mood and atmosphere. Something you smoke when you are among close friends out and about, looking for fun. It carries the excitement of New Orleans without the astronomical calorie count of its signature dessert. So this weekend, dress up, go out, and enjoy Social Smokes take on Banana Foster.

Want to know more? Check out what these reviewers had to say about this blend. The links are below, and please don’t forget to leave comment about what you think and your experience with this blend and any of our other blends!