I am very surprised I didn’t have this listed in my cupboard, but I guess I shouldn’t be. I counted just the tea I can see in one go and there was a lot more than what I have in my cupboard. I need to catch up!

I first got this as a sample in a swap with Hesper June. We loved it, so I purchased some at A Southern Season, and have bought it there more than once now.

I usually drink my smoky teas in fall and winter, and it is around 100F here these past few days. However, I am eating Howling Cow ice cream, have bare feet, a wooden floor, and the a/c roaring. The ice cream is from the University my daughter attends – North Carolina State. They have a huge veterinary school and agriculture program so they have lots and lots of cows and they put them to good use making some truly delicious ice cream. The flavor I am eating is called Campfire Delight, and I’ll be durned if it doesn’t taste like a campfire roasted marshmallow with caramel with graham cracker and chunks of chocolate. The light smokiness and the ice cold condition of my toes called for some hot tea, preferably smoky to match the mood the ice cream had set.

This is not as smoky as Lapsang Souchong, but smoky enough. The key here is that the base has FLAVOR and personality, something often lacking in really smoky tea. I think sometimes they use inferior tea since they know the smoke is strong, but you really can have both – smoke and tea base that has great taste.

This is making me want to revisit some of the other Grace Teas and try some new ones, too.

gmathis

NOBODY does atmosphere like you do :)

ashmanra

Heehee! I’m all about some atmosphere!

Kittenna

I’m not an ice cream person, but that does sound delicious!

ashmanra

Kittenna: I don’t mean to be an ice cream person, but I am. Homemade milkshakes and floats have been a terrible weakness, and now to find that some teas pair beautifully with ice cream….OY!

gmathis

Do you have Braum’s in NC? (Oklahoma based ice cream & burger chain.) Their sundaes are (heh) pure evil.

ashmanra

Oh my, it is probably a good thing that we don’t have them then! I miss Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor..

gmathis

Oh, that’s a throwback! (Favorite big sister memory, too…thanks for the reminisce.) Braum’s is tasty, but we are still mourning the loss of our local Baskin Robbins.

ashmanra

Awwww! My Farrell’s memories are all of my mom, patty melts, and hot fudge sundaes! Come see me – we still have Baskin Robbins!

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gmathis

NOBODY does atmosphere like you do :)

ashmanra

Heehee! I’m all about some atmosphere!

Kittenna

I’m not an ice cream person, but that does sound delicious!

ashmanra

Kittenna: I don’t mean to be an ice cream person, but I am. Homemade milkshakes and floats have been a terrible weakness, and now to find that some teas pair beautifully with ice cream….OY!

gmathis

Do you have Braum’s in NC? (Oklahoma based ice cream & burger chain.) Their sundaes are (heh) pure evil.

ashmanra

Oh my, it is probably a good thing that we don’t have them then! I miss Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor..

gmathis

Oh, that’s a throwback! (Favorite big sister memory, too…thanks for the reminisce.) Braum’s is tasty, but we are still mourning the loss of our local Baskin Robbins.

ashmanra

Awwww! My Farrell’s memories are all of my mom, patty melts, and hot fudge sundaes! Come see me – we still have Baskin Robbins!

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about twelve years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

I am also reviewing for Sororitea Sisters now!

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