Over the years the hookah market has grown by leaps and bounds resulting in a smorgasbord of different tobacco brands, flavors, cuts, and styles of shisha. While this may seem like shisha heaven for experienced smokers, for those new to the hookah world all of these options might be a bit overwhelming at first.

When deciding on a new shisha flavor to try out most hookah smokers start by considering the shisha brand or what the flavor itself might taste like, but something that is often overlooked is whether it is a blonde leaf or a dark leaf tobacco.

Each of these types of tobacco has its own distinct attributes and may require a different bowl packing method to get the best results, so today we’re going to cover some of the distinct qualities to both dark and blonde leaf tobaccos as well as some great recommendations for each style as well.