Dark Leaf Tobacco
Don't be discouraged by the myth that black tobacco has no taste! On the contrary. Black tobacco lovers have come to love it precisely for its complex taste, which perfectly blends the flavour and the taste of the leaf itself. And, of course, for its strength and stamina. But remember that both strength and flavor depend on many aspects, from the amount of coals and proper heat handling, to thorough heating at the beginning, to the choice of bowl and the method of preparation.
Remember that there is no one right way in hookah.The pipe maker's journey is full of trial and error, trying and finding the perfect combination of tobacco, crown, coals and dozens of other little things that will create that desired perfect shisha flavour. And everyone has to find their own!
Enter the dark side of the Force!
Black tobaccos, unlike their light cousins, contain more nicotine, which gives them their greater "strength". These are tobacco blends, which are predominantly Burley, but you can commonly find a mix with cigar leaf or Virginia or Oriental varieties. In addition to the higher nicotine content of the tobacco leaf, processing is also responsible for its strength. You can come across tobacco blends in which the Burley leaves are unwashed, thus retaining the maximum amount of nicotine, as well as their more or less washed variants. At the same time, Burley leaves are often fermented, giving them a more distinct flavour and aroma of their own. Thus, black tobaccos can vary in strength, and you may see manufacturers on the market who divide their tobaccos into several categories based on strength, such as Element.
You can give black tobaccos a little extra heat. There are exceptions, of course, but most black tobaccos can take more heat as opposed to light tobacco. They don't have a problem touching aluminum foil or HMS either. On the contrary, the touch will provide direct heat transfer and greater intensity of strength and flavor. But count on the fact that black tobacco kind of makes a non-touch, and needs a few minutes to warm up properly first before sharing its flavor. If you rush the heating, you may lose all the flavour.