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Social Smoke Chai Latte

Authored by William on 20 May 2010 4,031 views No Comment

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Rating

Cut & Composition

This batch of Chai Latte from Social Smoke has a medium-fine cut. It isn’t dripping wet, but is still going to leave your fingers good and slimy. While packing the bowl and mixing up the tobacco in the tin, I noticed only very small stems.

Price

  • 100g – $10.95
  • 250g – $20.95
  • 1kg – $69.95

The Set-Up

This review was performed after two smoking sessions using a Khalil Mamoon Single Pearl hookah and a Vortex Bowl. Three Coconara coals were used to heat the tobacco, and two layers of standard tin foil, punctured in a star shape, sealed the bowl.

The Experience

As is typical with the Social Smoke brand, the tobacco was slightly more resistant to getting started. A little extra heat was necessary to get the bowl going, but once it began the smoke was dense, but not quite as much as much as what you may expect from other brands such as Starbuzz. But it is more than acceptable. Almost immediately, however, the flavor was clear and rich. At no point was there a buzz associated with this flavor.

The Flavor

Chai Latte is an attempt to mimic the popular chai tea latte found in coffee shops like Starbucks. Social Smoke has been more successful in replicating the flavor than other brands making similar efforts, though it’s not quite there. The taste is mellow, creamy and slightly sweet, set on the backdrop of a smooth cinnamon taste. The cinnamon is has a spicy element to it, but is well balanced by a creamy vanilla flavor. However, if the bowl gets too hot the other flavors are almost completely lost leaving a potent cinnamon taste.

The Insight

Being a fan of spice flavors, Chai Latte scores big points. It’s not too sweet, and the cinnamon flavor is not overpowering. For me, the flavor did not beckon too much of my attention as other flavors might, instead it blended nicely with the incense I had burning and the coffee I was drinking with my morning reading time. The flavor is as calming as the smoking experience itself is and I love that.

Who Should Try This Flavor

Chai Latte is a quiet flavor. I don’t imagine that it would be a big hit at a party, but perhaps in a quiet room among friends this flavor will find its niche. Spice flavors are also usually a somewhat acquired taste, though this one may be more accessible than most. If you already know that you like spice flavors, you should feel comfortable picking this up with your next order. Or, if you’re usually into fruity flavors but want to explore something with some spice, this will make an excellent entry point.

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