Author Archives: Holly K.

Stay tuned…

Hi guys!

Steep Inclined is not dead! It has been dormant for about two months, and that is most regrettable. BUT! I am going to be reviving and revamping this blog within the next few weeks.

The focus of this blog is going to shift a little. Although I had originally intended it to be a beginner’s tea blog, I am more likely going to be moving toward a “tea guide” to different kinds of teas. I will still retain my original posts in an archive, and I will be hyperlinking and providing resources for beginners where I see fit.

Also keep an eye out – I’m probably going to change the title.

I can’t wait to start posting again! Keep steeping, and I’ll see you soon!

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Tea Primer: Herbal Teas

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Chamomile and rose tea.

Need chamomile tea to fall asleep?  Yerba mate to stay awake?  Love the taste of lavender tea?  Wondering what the heck rooibos is?  Enter the wide world of herbal teas!

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My tea interview!

Hey guys! I completed a brief tea interview with Drink Militia, talking about autumn teas and such. They put out a different interview each season, and it’s completed by all kinds of tea and coffee drinkers.

Check it out here!

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How To: Use a Gaiwan

14769559363_7123428cf8_zDid you know there’s a way to make an even tastier cup of tea than you get from your teapot?  Bring out the most in your tea with the graceful, elegant, yet easy-to-use gaiwan!

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Tea Guide: Earl Grey

512px-Cup_of_Earl_Gray“Tea, Earl Grey, hot!” Even if your only experience with tea is hearing Captain Picard ordering his favorite beverage from the Enterprise’s food replicator, you’ve probably heard of Earl Grey. Brisk and delicate at the same time, ever-popular Earl Grey tea is perfect for everything from your morning caffeine kick to your Downton Abbey-themed tea party. But there’s more to the Earl than you might think!

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How To: Store Loose Leaf Tea

Good tea doesn’t last forever. Unlike wines, teas usually lose their spark over time. Properly storing your tea will get the most out of its shelf life! Continue reading

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On Discovering Tea

Tea for two. By naama ym. CC BY-SA 2.0.

 

How can you make the best cup of tea possible? Well, knowing your way around your teas helps, as does having your teapot, kettle, and infuser and a dab hand at steeping. But I’ve found that as I sip, having a certain mindset will make any cup, even a less than perfect one, a rewarding experience.

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Tea Primer: Pu Erh

Pu erhs are truly a tea like no other.

Whether you are ready to explore the most fascinating of Chinese teas, have heard people talk about how healthy it is, or just want to know the difference between a sheng and a shu, this post is all about pu erh!

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Tea Primer: Oolongs

Oo… what?

From bai haos to tieguanyins, oolongs are what some call “the champagne of teas” – complex, subtle, and very flavorful. But you don’t need to be a tea expert to love them!

Here’s your primer to the incredible oolong.

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How to Make a Smashing Cup of Tea

You love drinking loose-leaf tea. Loose-leaf teas have the fullest flavors, richest aromas, and most antioxidants of any kind of tea. You’d love to make yourself a cup… but you don’t know what you’re doing.

Right this way!  In this how-to guide, I’ll outline all the equipment you need, provide a step-to-step guide, and point you to some places to get all of your tea fixings!

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