Saturday, 3 May 2008


Until I went to Africa a few years ago, I really wasn't a big fan of tea. The only time I ever drank a cup of tea was when I was really cold and there was no other hot drink on offer except tea. But after travelling around Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia I got hooked on their black tea, especially the ones served with loads of sugar, or sometimes a bit of spice. Tea like that was surprisingly thirst quenching on hot days. And in Morocco, we'd drink between 5 and 10 cups of refreshing mint tea every day. I still make mint tea at home on hot days to bring back fantastic memories of Morocco.

Now I only drink black tea, with a couple of sugars. I'm not a big fan of milky tea. One of my favourite spots to pick up tea in Brisbane is from tlicious at Southbank. tlicious has over 150 different teas to pick from, so there is no excuse if you can't find one you like. Their teas are categorised as black tea, green tea, white tea, rooibos, chai, herbal infusions and fruit blends. Some of the more eye catching teas are Oz bushfire caravan, genmaicha (Japanese tea with roasted rice), Casablanca (North African blend of gunpowder and spearmint) and Turkish apple. Prices for 100g of tea range from $8 for orange pekoe Ceylon to $32 for the vanilla pearls white tea blend.

It's a great shop, because there are little jars of tea on the shelves, which you can open up to smell the aromas of all the weird and wonderful teas. There is also usually one tea made up for you to try as you wander around the shop.

If you just want to buy a few teas to try at home, you can get three 20g packs for $10. The tea is so good that you need surprisingly little to make a cup, so 20g goes much further than you would expect.

tlicious also sells teapots and tea accessories. You can also buy a cup of tea if you aren't in a hurry to head off. If you're looking for something a bit different to your next cup of Lipton's, give tlicious a try.

Shop 9, 176-178 Grey Street
South Bank 4101
P - 07 3844 3305
E -
W -

No comments: