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Basic rules of hookah mixology.

Mixology is not just adding+adding=sum, it is a set of specific rules. By mixing equal parts of suitable (in your opinion) tobaccos, you can get a completely unpredictable result. Which may not please you at all.

 

 

Before we move on to flavor mixing, it is necessary to determine what types of flavors there are in general.

  1. Fresh flavors. These include all aromas of menthol, eucalyptus, peppermint;
  2. Spicy flavors, including cinnamon, ginger, coffee;
  3.  Sweet or sweet-sour flavors – a huge variety of different variations ranging from lemon pie to delicious flavors such as bubblegum or alcoholic liqueurs, etc.;
  4. Fruit and berry flavors – such as raspberry, blackberry, cherry, blueberry, apples or tropical fruits and so on;
  5. Exotic flavors – in this category we have unusual flavors such as arctic freshness, a bright cola flavor, or Redbull.

There are several ways to mix tobaccos in a bowl:

  1. Mixing together – provides a more uniform flavor.
  2.  Layering – allows different flavors to unfold gradually.
  3. Sectoring – makes the mix more multifaceted.

Three components are at the base of a good, delicious mix:

  • Dominant flavor – base tobacco;
  • Additional flavor – tobacco aftertaste;
  • Undertone – tobacco note.

Formula approach.

Most often, this approach is used: it involves simply defining the percentage ratio of tobaccos. This method is ideal for novice hookah enthusiasts, as it minimizes the possibility of error.

The formula is as follows:

  1. Base flavor share – 50-70%;
  2.  Additional flavor share – 20-40%;
  3.  Undertone flavor share – no more than 20%.

But keep in mind: in a mix, the dominant flavor is not always determined by the quantity of tobacco, but by the intensity of the tobacco flavor. Sometimes even a very small amount of tobacco can set the tone for the entire mix.

Base flavor

This is the primary flavor that will dominate the mix. When choosing this flavor, consider that all subsequent decisions should be based on the dominant flavor: whether to enhance it, complement it, or emphasize it.

! A mix can have multiple bases, but using equally strong and vibrant flavors is a mistake.

Additional flavor

This flavor is also strong enough, but not expressive enough to be used solo. When we talk about expressiveness, we mean depth of flavor rather than intensity. For example, spicy mixes should not be based on cinnamon or ginger; these blends are better used as additional flavors.

Undertone flavor

This is the final note – a flavor that adds a subtle aroma to the mix, helping to enhance the base and additional flavors. A mix is considered particularly successful when the additional notes come through in the aftertaste.

It should be noted that increasing the percentage of a specific flavored tobacco does not always mean that this flavor becomes dominant – it all depends on the specific tobacco, the specific flavor, and how you use it. Some tobaccos are overpowering, while others are difficult to detect even in a solo pack.

 

The main thing when creating a hookah mix is – Do not be afraid! And then everything will come with your experience.

 

 

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