The Hookah, also called the narghile or shisha, has a rich history behind it and is commonplace in many cultures around the world. It originally came from India and now has found its way all over the world. "Hookah" is the most common term. Originally, hookahs came from India as a form of coconut waterpipe, and are more aptly termed toward the implements from that region. "nargileh" is the Turkish term ("arguileh" in Lebanon), while "shisha" remains the term popular from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.
Smoking hookah is one of the oldest traditions and is one of few affairs enjoyed mutually by men and women. When you smoke a hookah, it takes you away to another time and place. You learn patience and tolerance, and it gives an appreciation of the good company that you’re in. Some of the most prolific leaders of the past centuries enjoyed hookah and respected it for the symbol that it represented.
The flavor and method of the hookah is the most eloquent and exotic in the world. It provides the maximum smoking pleasure and the highest conviviality. Traditionally in many parts of the world, smoking a hookah with someone expressed a gesture of trust and bonding. The ceremonial gesture has translated to our society in that the elevated status of smoking a hookah has been preserved, and that people who smoke one are above and beyond the norm of society. It is a complete experience.
The tobacco made available for hookah smoking comes in a variety of flavors. Traditionally, it is long pieces of tobacco mixed with a sugar-based syrup mixture and fruit bits or extract. The fruit flavors really come out in the smoke, and the cooling action of the hookah provides added smoothness. Flavors include apple, peach, raspberry, mixed fruit, orange, and MANY more. Combining flavors makes for a unique experience. The tobacco isn't burned to complete ash, but rather it is cooked by the coals that sit on top of the hookah.