Paan or Pan; Why This Shisha Flavor is Always on Top
There's a reason why this is one of the top selling shisha flavors. Find out what paan is and why it's a favorite flavor to smoke...
If you're a hookah smoker or have been in the hookah business for a while, you've probably seen some sort of paan shisha flavor around. Many brands have a variation of paan, or pan, depending on the manufacturer. Afzal was the pioneer introducing paan shisha to the hookah market and features a wide variety of paan adaptations. In preparation for writing this blog we were astounded to learn all the different intricacies and differences in the paan world let alone shisha flavors. We thought we'd share a few different ways to enjoy paan and highlight the brands and versions available in shisha.
What Is Paan?
Paan or sometimes pan, is a preparation that consists of betel leaf filled with areca nut, slaked lime, and other ingredients such as tobacco, spices, and sweeteners. It is a traditional chewing preparation consumed in many parts of South and Southeast Asia, particularly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Paan is often chewed after a meal as a digestive aid, or as a stimulant to produce a mild euphoria.
Paan has a distinct taste and aroma and is considered a cultural and social tradition in many communities. Traditional chewing preparation is the main way paan is enjoyed but there are quite a few different types that are also quite popular. From the powdered drink mix to flaming paan there are many different ways to enjoy pan, with shisha of course, being our favorite!
What to Expect from Paan Shisha
With a few different brands and types of paan shisha, you can really dial in your preference for enjoying paan in your hookah. The general flavor notes tend to stay pretty consistent with some variations depending on the version. You will usually be greeted with a nice cold inhale with some type of mint notes at the forefront. The betel leaf flavor tones are the most recognizable and give most paan shishas an effervescence and almost floral vibe rounding it all off. Of course many Paan flavors have some added sweet notes, while others tend to be more spice dominant but they will all give you a similar “paan” feel.
Where Can I Get Paan Shisha?
We've got you covered on that. While Pan Rasna is the most popular blend when it comes to shisha, there are quite a few different versions and varieties you can pick up today. Here are some of the options we have available here at Hookah Wholesalers.
Afzal Pan Raas
Afzal Special Pan
Afzal Pan Masala Supreme
Afzal Pan Twist
Afzal Pan Fusion
Afzal Kesar Pan
Al Waha Pan Rasna
Mazaya Pan Raas