Autumn 2014 Interview – Holly Faye (Steep Inclined)

Holly Faye - Steep Inclined

Q1. What is your Name?

Holly Faye

Q2. What is the name of your blog or organisation?

Steep Inclined

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Lancaster, Ohio

Q4. What is your favourite Autumn drink and why?

Not specifically an autumn-flavored tea, but I do so love me a brisk Earl Grey!

Q5. What is the perfect Autumn day setting to enjoy the drink?

You know those September days when you can tell it’s finally turning into fall? Cold gray sky, biting wind, long sleeves for the first time. That’s what the bergamot in Earl Grey reminds me of.

Q6. What contributes to receiving a high quality drink?

For me, a high-quality drink doesn’t have as much to do with any quantifiable aspect – price, brand, place of origin, etc. – as the flavor itself. A high-quality tea has well-balanced flavors that are both “sophisticated” and enjoyable, with nothing too subtle and nothing too harsh. It’s hard to put into words. You can just… *tell* that it was mastered with deliberation.

Sometimes, a tea will be so intriguing that I find myself sipping again and again, trying to figure out all the timbres flitting across my tastebuds, or just trying to recreate the joy from the first sip. It’s kind of like finding a new song and not being able to stop listening to it.

Q7. What drink do you start your day with and why?

Depends on the day, but it’s almost always a black tea or a pu erh! Sometimes I’m in the mood for smooth, sweet teas like black dragon pearl, but sometimes I’ll go for a brisker breakfast tea, or a thick shu.

Q8. Do you order a different drink whilst travelling?

I don’t travel very far, and when I do I usually drink the tea that’s available to me. I find that when I’m traveling, I make a point to order something I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity or desire to try – especially if it’s at a foreign restaurant. When I visit friends, we always seem to go to Turkish restaurants (which I love!), so Turkish tea happens a lot.

On a recent visit to a friend in grad school, I ordered an iced sencha from a coffee shop. It was a step out of my normal boundaries, considering that I rarely drink iced teas (besides the Southern sweet variety) or Japanese greens. But it was a hot day, and that sencha was perfection.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you?

My tea blog, Steep Inclined, isn’t a personal tea blog but rather a guide for beginners and casual tea drinkers looking to expand their horizons. http://steepinclined.wordpress.com

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