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  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 10 months ago

    I’ve written about the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu a couple of times, now. But there’s one period of time I haven’t yet quite covered.

    Mainly because . . . it’s not really a growing season, in the traditi […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 10 months ago

    Allow me to be the first to admit that I know very little about Masala Chai.

    My expertise extents only as far as the etymological; as in, I know it’s a redundancy to call it “Chai Tea”. “Chai” literally […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 11 months ago

    Mandal Gaon is a village in the state of West Bengal, India—in the Darjeeling region. Like many villages in the area, the inhabitants are mostly of Gurkha descent; a Nepalese ethnic group brought over to India b […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 1 year, 12 months ago

    Over the course of years, I’ve had strange relationships with many teas. I’m kind of a steep-slut that way. But none have been as ass-backwards as my journey with An Ji Bai Cha.

    To those who’ve never […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years ago

    Toward the end of any year, content creators, influencers, media pundits (social or otherwise) are encouraged to create look-backs or listicles of the year-that-was. Throughout my long and industrious “career” as […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 3 months ago

    In July, a very 2020 thing happened.

    I shattered a gaiwan lid. Even “funnier”? This was the second such gaiwan lid I’d shattered this year. My luck with even the most basic teaware was middling at best. […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 3 months ago

    Did you know they grow tea in Bhutan?

    Well, until a few months ago, neither did I.

    Long time readers of this blog (all three of you) will remember that my original mission statement was to track down […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 4 months ago

    If there is one prediction I never would have made for this blog in 2020, it’s that I would spend at least five articles talking about one plant. Okay . . . true, there are four hundred articles here that talk a […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 5 months ago

    I recently noticed I don’t cover a lot of matcha on this here blog. There are some completely innocuous reasons for that: (1) everyone is already covering matcha just fine, and (2) when I do cover matcha, I tend t […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 5 months ago

    Back in June, I was tagged in an Instagram post by O5 Tea. It featured a very familiar plant.

    Pedro, one of the tea outfit’s co-owners referenced my first Ivan Chai article to go along with something they j […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 5 months ago

    Let’s talk about border sheng.

    As long-time readers already know, I’m a bit of an old hat (and advocate) of sheng cha produced outside of Yunnan province, China. I’ve devoted the last decade or so to tryin […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 6 months ago

    Meet Herb.

    Herb is a tea pet. What’s a tea pet, you might be asking? Well, it’s a long story, and—honestly—one I haven’t taken much interest in. Until now.

    There is no clear origin story about how […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 6 months ago

    A couple of months back, I did an Instagram Live tasting with this chap.

    So Han Fan, purveyor of West China Tea.

    I’ve “known” So Han for nearly six years. I put that in quotes because . . . we’ve never a […]

    • Sounds quite interesting.

      And “only on a more “castle dungeon”-y level.” was really a great description.

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 7 months ago

    One of the nerdy pursuits we in the tea community like to pay attention to is origin. Single origin teas are the bread-‘n-butter of tea geekery. However, outside of good ol’ Camellia sinensis, herbal infusions are […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 7 months ago

    Trigger Warning: The following article discusses religion and race. So, consider yourself doubly warned.

    In my Bible readings, there is one aspect I keep coming back to. In the Gospels, Jesus conveyed his […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 7 months ago

    One of the (few) benefits of this whole quarantine/lockdown thing we’ve endured so far in 2020 has been the chance to get to know new people. Granted, not in real outdoor life, but in an online capacity. During […]

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 8 months ago

    At the beginning of May (of 2020), I received a box from Moychay . . .

    A blogger friend saw the write-up I did on Ivan Chai a couple of months prior, and recommended I get in contact with this Russian-based […]

  • lazyliteratus commented on the post, Tea in Star Wars, on the site 2 years, 8 months ago

    Dang it, how did I miss that blog?! I’ll have to look.

  • lazyliteratus commented on the post, Tea in Star Wars, on the site 2 years, 8 months ago

    Nope, I haven’t written a book, yet.

  • lazyliteratus wrote a new post on the site Steep Stories 2 years, 8 months ago

    Episode 1
    The Rise of the Steam

    The kettle boils! A tea geek, locked in his room during quarantine, casually watched an episode of some Star Wars cartoon, and—lo!—a tea pot appeared into view. At first, he […]

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