Cut & Composition
Nakhla Lemon is sticky, but not particularly wet. It’s also usually very dark. It almost appears as though it’s already been smoked. But this is simply Nakhla’s standard preparation. The cut is medium to fine and you can expect to find at least some good sized stems mixed among the tobacco.
Price & Quantities Available
- 250g – $9.95
- 1kg – $39.95
This review was performed after countless smoking sessions using various hookahs and bowl styles. It was most recently smoked using a Khalil Mamoon Pearl hookah and a standard Egyptian bowl.
Nakhla is some of the most heat-resistant tobacco you can buy. It will require more heat to smoke properly, but won’t become harsh as easily. The smoke produced by Nakhla has the potential to be thick and dense, but under most circumstances will simply be adequate. With plenty of heat, Lemon began smoking within 1 minute and the flavor came with the smoke and lasted the duration of the session, which ended after roughly an hour of smoking. Because Lemon will require more heat than other brands, a wind cover was necessary earlier in the session than most other brands.
Nakhla Lemon is a candy, citrus flavor. The aroma is deceiving as it does not accurately match the flavor. But this isn’t a complaint. The flavor is easy to enjoy, not being too sweet or rich The lemon flavor probably most closely resembles the Lemonhead candy, which is sweet and lemony, but also a bit tart. This is just what you can expect from Nakhla Lemon. As with most Nakhla flavors, the natural tobacco taste is also clearly present, and introduces a dark, earthy experience to the Lemon flavor.
For my taste, Nakhla Lemon is one of the best plain lemon flavors available. It successfully dodges the risk of coming across tasting like dish detergent, without betraying the lemon taste altogether. Though it’s not much like a real lemon, the candy-version of the fruit is a welcome concept. Being a fan of the natural tobacco flavor, I find it’s subtle presence beneath the obvious lemon taste an excellent combination. Plus, being so resistant to heat, Nakhla Lemon is easy to smoke and requires so little attention, I love to use it in situations where people want to smoke, but I can’t be there to keep it at the sweet-spot.
Who Should Try This Flavor
Most people should feel comfortable giving Lemon a try. It’s far from an exotic flavor in its simplicity, but it’s also fairly accessible and the lemon taste is obvious right from the start. If you’re a fan of mild citrus, don’t like things to sweet and perhaps even like a hint of natural tobacco, you’ll probably love this one. If this isn’t you, you still may find that you can appreciate it, but perhaps may save this one for mixing.