A sleeper - something that is slept on. Something that's always exceptional for what it is, but doesn't get enough attention for one reason or another. Everything in life has sleepers, and hookah flavors are no exception. In order to help shed some light on some of the sleeper flavors out there, today we're going to be going over my top five sleeper flavors of all time - the flavors that I love, that not everyone is hyped about. The flavors that are skipped over, for one reason or another, but flavors that deserve their time in the limelight regardless. Without further ado, let's jump into it!
Fumari - Citrus Tea
Fumari is a brand that everyone knows well - you're probably familiar with their more popular flavors like White Gummi Bear, Tropical Punch, and Mint Chocolate Chill. What you probably haven't tried is Citrus Tea - arguably one of my favorite flavors from Fumari thus far. Citrus Tea isn't quite as balanced as the name implies, however I think that's partially why I like it so much. The flavor comes in with a nice and refreshing black tea flavor which is accentuated perfectly by a perfectly light citrus flavor. Citrus implies that it's a mix of different citrus flavors, and while there might be some lime in there, it's predominantly a lemon flavor that takes the backseat to the great tea flavor. This flavor is just a wonderfully light smoke with plenty of flavor, and that's why it's been one of my go to's for a while now.
Pure - Pineapple
I don't think it's any secret that I like Pineapple flavors - I blew through a kilo of Trifecta Pineapple over the summer. What you may not know, however, is my secret love for Pure's Pineapple in particular. This is another flavor that's easily been blown through in kilos in my house, as it's one of the best iterations of Pineapple on the market now. While I love Trifecta's Pineapple a lot as well, it's a lot more muted of a pineapple flavor due to it being a dark leaf - part of me thinks that it helps making it less of a super sweet pineapple, but I love it all the same. With Pure's Pineapple, it's a blonde leaf, so it ends up being a perfectly sweet and succulent pineapple flavor, without being overbearingly sweet. While Pure has some super popular flavors, like their Morangie and FML line, their Pineapple never gets enough love. If you're a fan of Pineapple, this is one you absolutely cannot sleep on!
Ugly - Guava
Ugly never tasted so good - something that Ugly has hailed as their tagline for years now. While that's true for a lot of their flavors, they also have had some that have been less than positively received. At one point, I ordered a few flavors, and Guava was not one of them - however, some kind of mix up happened, and I ended up with it on accident (it was later fixed of course). That said, it really was a "happy accident", as Guava ended up being one of my favorite flavors from Ugly. While I've always liked Guava, it's never been my go-to pick for a hookah flavor, as, up to this point, I had never had a good one. Ugly Guava changed that, with it's robust sweetness and subtle earthiness. It ended up being one of the most well balanced guava flavors that I've had so far, and I've not yet found anything that's come even remotely close.
Social Smoke - Blue Raspberry
Sure, you can flame me all you want for talking about Social Smoke. While it's not a brand that's regarded as one of the best out there, they have some lovely flavors that provide a nice and smooth smoke. It's not something that I want to smoke all the time, but when I'm looking for a nice and light smoke, Social Smoke is often something that I'll reach for. Another friend of mine who really opened my eyes to SS - DudeWhere'sMyHookah - was the one who grabbed me this flavor a few years ago. I had my doubts, as blue raspberry can be a hit or miss flavor, just like Social Smoke can be a hit or miss brand. That said, this flavor ended up being one of my favorite flavors our there, as it's easily one of the most unique flavor profiles on the market. Social Smoke's Blue Raspberry brings some much needed sourness to the market, with a well balanced sweetness to the flavor as well. It's very much a candied sort of sweetness, but I think it really hits the nail on the head for what a Blue Raspberry flavor should be, and I've yet to find another truly sour flavor that comes off as well as this one does.
Trifecta Tobacco Blonde - Coconut Ginger
Trifecta is one of the mostly highly regarded enthusiast brands out there, but since they hit the market with their dark leaf line in 2016, their blonde leaf line of flavors hasn't seen nearly as much love as it should be getting. So while there are a lot of flavors in their blonde leaf lineup that could've made this list, I think Coconut Ginger is probably my favorite of them all. Trifecta has never been a stranger to bringing in some very unique flavors to the market, and Coconut Ginger is probably one of their most unique. Coconut is something that has never translated very well into hookah flavors, and ginger is something that I don't even think has been attempted as a hookah flavor, so I'll be honest - it took me a long time to pick this flavor up - I was scared. But I'm so happy that I did, because this is easily one of the best flavors that I've had to date. The coconut and ginger as so well balanced and mix so well that it's mind-blowing. It's not an overly sweet flavor, more of a relaxed and well balanced blend that makes it the great flavor that it is. This is a flavor that I strongly believe that everyone should try at some point or another, as it is just one of the most unique flavors that I've had up to this point, and one that definitely does not deserve to be slept on.
There are a lot of great flavors out there, and a lot of great flavors that are slept on, so I'm sure there are some that I missed. What do you think? What is your favorite sleeper flavor, and why? Let me know what I missed, and help spread the word as to what your favorite sleeper flavor is! I do sincerely hope that you all give these flavors a chance, as they're not only some of my favorite sleeper flavors, they're just some of my favorite flavors out there in general. I hope you guys enjoyed this list, and it helps you find some of your future favorite flavors as well. As always, thank you guys so much for reading, and happy smokes!