Professional reviews

WTO Tobacco is exactly that kind of a product which all the hookah industry was waiting for...

Sinyakov Artem, Saint-Petersburg

CEO of «ART HOOKAH» company. Producer of video hookah blog – «Hookah Box»

“WTO Tobacco is exactly that kind of a product which all the hookah industry was waiting for. It took over a niche which hasn’t been taken over by competitors because nobody could achieve such high quality and strength. We use WTO tobacco in our Lounge in California, and our American guests highly praise the tobacco, asking for updates on new types of flavors. We do hope to keep on working with «World Tobacco Original» and that they will keep growing and making new flavors. Best regards and great sales!”

Favorite mixes:

1. WTO Carribean Blend Raspberry 20% /Tangiers Pinepas 40% / Tangiers New Lemon Lime 40%

2. WTO Tanzania Original 20%/Tangiers Kashmir Cherry 50% / Tangiers Boysenberry 30%

Zaveruha Igor, Saint-Petersburg

Hookah smoker since 2000 A.D. Owner of an internet store «Royal Smoke», co-owner of «Royal Smoke Club», «Royal Smoke Lounge-Bar» and «Gohard Lounge» hookah lounges.

“For me WTO hookah tobacco is the most interesting premium product. Together with Ivan Batanov we were first to be imbued with this tobacco. We were sure of its success right from the beginning. After trying the tobacco, in my first review I noted that there will be a niche for it. When I started to mix WTO with other types of strong shisha I completely fell in love with it. Afterwards a line of flavored WTO tobacco as well as a strong «WTO Nicaragua» line appeared and WTO became very popular. It was a revolution in the hookah industry. There are always guests which praise WTO products a lot, asking for it in a mix, to add its character or some prefer to smoke it solo in an official WTO branded bowl.

I’m sure that soon, hookah smoking will gradually shift from just smoking something strong to something completely different with the industry developing rapidly. «World Tobacco Original» is that exact breakthrough I’m anticipating!”

Sasha Nuahule, Krasnodar

Found of the «Nuahule Smoke» and «Nuahule Store» projects, popular hookah blogger, wine blogger and overall a good guy

“WTO is that kind of a product, which turned over all my understanding of hookah tobacco. It’s a unique mix of vintage cigar leaf aroma and terrific flavors which makes it a very special product on the market. Having a bowl of «WTO Cuba» and a cup of fragrant Americano is the begging of the day!

Nikita Efimov, Kiev

Founder of «Typical Hookah (Tipichniy Kaljanshik)» project

“WTO is a tobacco which differs a lot with its flavors, aftertaste and it well deserves its place on the market. I don’t do mixes with WTO, I smoke it solo. I don’t see the reason to mix it.”

Stanislav Medkov, Saint-Petersburg

Co-Founder and one of the executives of the «Nargilia» company. Founder and an executive of «Hookah Battle company.

“I think WTO truly made a furor on the market, it was something new and exciting, it surprised us all. I myself enjoy «WTO Tanzania» a lot.

Dmitry Gustoj, Tyumen

Popular hookah video blogger, champion of Hookah Rematch, owner of «Gustoj (Густой)» hookah lounge chain.

“WTO is a choice for true connoisseurs. It’s a revolution on the market, no less. I deeply enjoy classical «Original» line as well as a line of flavors. Additional thanks for Tanzania – it’s definitely in my top list!"

Favorite mixes:

Oleg Knyaginin, Saint-Petersburg

Manager of the biggest hookah resource in Russian internet – «CLUB 24». Owner of hookah store chain in Saint-Petersburg and a marching leader for Saint-Petersburg hookah lounges since 2007.

“I should start by saying that I’m always up for diversity. There should be plenty of different types of shisha and appearance of WTO on Russian market is a big plus for hookah lovers. The price in this situation doesn’t matter since it’s a totally different hookah smoking experience.”

Ilkin Shafiev, Moscow

Hookah smoker since 2005. Hookah master since 2011, one of the «Top Hookah Masters of Russian Federation».

"It sure is an innovative product with both the technology for flavors and mostly with the quality of raw materials." It surely is the best tobacco on Hookah market! The best thing about it – “It smoke flavor is just as its smell”! It’s a top for WTO!"

Favorite mixes:

1. WTO Strawberry 20% +Afzal Ginger Ale 80%
2. WTO Waffle 25 % + Afzal Ice Coconut 85%

Ivan Batanavo, Saint-Petersburg

Founder and owner of «OtIvana» company. Inventor of «OtIvana» waterpipe. Founder of the new direction in design and hookah manufacture. Co-owner of «GoHard» and «TheRooms» projects.

“WTO is a very interesting product which differs a lot from everything else on the market and it’s great that its owners care a lot about aromatic features of the product and that they just make you happy with new products!”

Aik Lazarjan, Moscow

Popular hookah blogger. Owner of «Hookah Time» hookah lounges chain.

“When I got my hands on the first jar of «WTO Cuba», frankly I was surprised by the packaging and the price even though the product was made from a rather difficult to attain cigar quality tobacco. After trying «WTO Cuba» I had a desire to taste other lines of WTO. Afterwards a line of flavors appeared and I found a lot of them to be quite interesting for myself. In the end: now you can smoke WTO in almost all of the «Hookah Time» lounges!

Favorite mixes:

1. Pina Colada with alco: WTO Rum Cake 25% + Argelini Pineapple 30% + Serbetli Coconut 25% + Serbetli Milk 20%
2. A taste from childhood: WTO Waffles 65% + Serbetli Tea with lemon 35%

Nik Shamrin, Astrakhan

Hookah master for over 5 years. Brand-Chef and executive manager of hookah outsource «Shamreen Family».

“WTO is a very interesting product which differs a lot from everything else on the market and it’s great that its owners care a lot about aromatic features of the product and that they just make you happy with new products!”

Favorite mixes:

1) WTO Lychee-Strawberry 70% + WTO Tanzania 30%
2) WTO Lemon Cheesecake 70% + WTO Basil 30%

Egor Chigridov, Tula

Famous Mixologist Hookah master. Hookah smoker for over 11 years.

“WTO tobacco – is a product which turned the whole shisha industry over, both in its methods for stuffing in the bowl (with just a few grams of tobacco used), which makes the price tag more reasonable, but also with its flavors: they are very close to their original form, very natural. All the flavors are very cool, very unique and perfect for solo smoking. Thus I prefer not to mix them”

Favorite mixes:

If you’re a fan of classical mixology, it’s best not to mix tobacco but to layer it down (which I rarely do myself though):
1) Nakhla lemon + Nakhla Peach + small layer of WTO Cypres.
If you want to mix the tobacco:
2) WTO Raspberry + WTO Lemon Lime + WTO Basil. Mixed well and placed in the official WTO bowl. I would recommend to try as many different flavors as possible and find mixes that fit you well on your own.

Evgenij Popov, Moscow

Found and the executive director of Hookah Master Federation and a chain of «F-Lounge» hookah lounges. Founder of biggest hookah shows (BigHookahFest, International Hookah Picnic etc.), member of numerous hookah shows, hookah battle judge, video blogger (fohm.tv, F-Lab). Works on hookah market for over 7 years.

“As a big lover for a good cigar, appearance of such a noble tobacco with deep notes of flavor and possibility to be smoked via hookah is extremely valuable. I prefer the «Original» line especially «WTO Cuba» and «WTO Tanzania».”

Evgenij Popov, Moscow

Co-owner of «Hookah Time Oktabrjskaya» hookah lounge.

“What is WTO? It must be the best tobacco currently on the market. Everything is great in it, with its smoking quality, aromas and taste, mostly with my favorite «Original» line. In our hookah lounge WTO is one of the most popular tobaccos. Even though the price is high, it’s well worth it. Also it’s made in Russia! Why smoke something else if you have WTO?!

Favorite mixes:

WTO Cypres 30% + WTO Cuba Original, + dry Tanzania tobacco leaf 10%

Ilya Romanov, Moscow

Moscows popular hookah master, brand-chef of famous «Shishka Lounge» hookah lounge, a person of creative mind, famous for his bowl sets and individual care for each of his guests and mixes. Works with hookah since 2006, worked in Moscows first hookah lounges. Prefers the term “Hookah culture”.

“I really admire the fact, that Russian manufacturers decided to start working with cigar quality leafs. Deep but soft, almost velvet like notes… people from «World Tobacco Original» are very powerful mixologists in terms of flavor, and from my point of view a mixed feel from cigar leaf with certain aroms (waffles, fragaria, etc.) was a new tension to overwrite my menu”

Favorite mixes:

1) Tangiers Rangoon Sunrise + WTO Peach (layered) + WTO Fragaria (layered)
2) Adalya Caramel + WTO Waffles + WTO Lemon Cheesecake + WTO Strawberry (just a bit)
3) WTO Passionfruit + WTO Tanzania Original + WTO Rum (just a bit)

Artem Hlopov, Novosibirsk

In hookah business since 2008. Co-executive of «SmokeHouse» hookah lounges. Co-owner of «Oasis Premium Coal» hookah coal brands.

“What is WTO? It must be the best tobacco currently on the market. Everything is great in it, with its smoking quality, aromas and taste, mostly with my favorite «Original» line. In our hookah lounge WTO is one of the most popular tobaccos. Even though the price is high, it’s well worth it. Also it’s made in Russia! Why smoke something else if you have WTO?!

Favorite mixes:

While I do prefer classical WTO Cuba Original…
WTO Passion Fruit 80% + WTO Maasdam Cheese 20%

Pavel Savinov, Moscow

Chef of «HookahPlace Mansion» hookah lounge. Double winner of «HookahRematch».

“Very interesting cigar leaf flavor will definitely enrich the whole flavor pallet in hookah market”

Favorite mixes:

1. WTO Tanzania Original + Al Fakher Ice Lemon White Mint
2. WTO Nicaragua Original + Nakhla Raspberry + Tangiers Cane Mint

Favorite mixes:

1) WTO Cuba Original + WTO Caribbean Blend Waffles
2) WTO Waffles + WTO Rum

Evegeny Golovkin, Moscow

Hookah smoker for over 10 years. Bought his first waterpipe in 2008 and afterwards got addicted to hookah culture and history.

All those years I was trying to get maximum natural taste in hookah. WTO cigar quality tobacco became a real discovery for me! Prior to that I thought it to be a miss for manufacturers not to make hookah tobacco from cigar quality tobacco. After hearing about such a product, not to mention the one made in Russia, I decided to try it in the begging of 2016.
I think it’s a real breakthrough in the hookah market. Extremely deep and natural flavors can’t stop to amaze me, especially since I appeal natural flavors so much. A very good line of flavors followed the classical «Original» line such as «WTO Cuba Original» and «WTO Tanzania Original».
Overall I would like to wish best of luck to «World Tobacco Original».
To be even more successful in what they do and to honor us with high quality products!

Sergej Shtorm, Moscow

Hookah master for over 6 years. Blogger.

“WTO tobacco broke in to the market and instantly got renown as a very powerful and serious manufacturer. «World Tobacco Original» is serious in its craft and flavor development that I can just applaud to their success. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a more serious player on the hookah market. WTO is not just a hookah tobacco, it’s a hookah tobacco with its own charisma which fits well with self-respecting people.”

Favorite mixes:

1. Serbetli/Oriental Baklava + Fumari Spice Tea + WTO Waffles + WTO Rum Cake. WTO layered on the top.
2. Tangiers Horchata + WTO Lychee-Strawberry (layered on the top).

Artem «Ches Ter», Moscow

“A unique product from cigar leaf, which made a big resonance in the whole hookah industry which raised standards for quality of tobacco and aromas”

Favorite mixes:

1) WTO Caribbean Blend Raspberry 50% + WTO Melon 50%
2) WTO Caribbean Blend Passionfruit 30% + WTO Peach 30% + WTO Melon 40%
3) WTO Caribbean Blend Lime-Lemon 50% + WTO Tanzania Bergamot 50%
4) Triple layered mix DS Supernova 20% (- on the bottom) + WTO Nicaragua Porto 30% (- in the middle) + Social Smoke Dulce de Leche 30% (- in the middle) + WTO Nicaragua Lychee-Strawberry 20% (- on the top)

Felix Miranda, Cuba

Hereditary torcedor. Expert on Habanos. Foumletier.

“It’s a wondrous work of keeping aromas and rich bouquet of tobacco.”