Liquorice root tea for coughs & colds? Tea Freaks gives it a whirl

One good thing to come out of this awful cold-mageddon (it’s a thing ok?) is – I’M BACK FELLOW TEA FREAKS! Back and posting for real.

Let’s ignore the last couple of months of radio silence (please?) and instead ponder the cold-mageddon – that is, a cold of epic, world ending proportions. Sadly, I am experiencing said epic cold, and currently feeling quite stuffed up and sore throaty and all woe is me.

I’ve tried all kinds of things to tame the nasty virus within – cough medicine, lozenges, large steaming mugs of hot water with honey & lemon, cold & flu tablets, nasal sprays, vicks vaporub on my chest, and even the old wives tale of slathering it on my feet at night, under thick warm socks – verdict? doesn’t do much to stop coughing, but it does make your feet awfully soft. and mentholly.

Anyway, you might be wondering  – why is my tale of cold related woe anywhere near a tea blog?  T2 Liquorice Legs

Well, a tip from my naturopath that “liquorice root can help with a cough” lead me to track down herbal teas with liquorice root. As I rather vehemently dislike liquorice, I was really hunting for a tea that combined it with something lovely enough to distract me from the weird (to me) flavour. Probably not liquorice root tea as pure as naturopathically prescribed, but close enough for this coughing freak to give it a go.

I found T2’s Liquorice Legs. They say “Sweet, smooth and comforting liquorice is blended with fresh peppermint for zing and the sweet aromatics of fennel.” I say: it definitely has a strong liquorice/fennel aroma, but is minty enough to take the edge off the aniseed-y, fennel taste when you drink it.

They say: “its powerful digestive properties make it wonderful to serve after a meal.” I say: just sweet enough for me to drink 2 or 3 small mugs a day, trying to keep the itchy, gnarly cough at bay. anything digestive it achieves is a happy coincidence at this point.

Upshot? Sadly, I’m still coughing. But I’m also still slathered in vicks, trying the nose sprays periodically and taking cold & flu tablets. And I’m also still drinking this weird little new tea. For one, it’s good to mix up the honey & lemons and super strong english breakfast teas with something different. Two? every little bit helps, right?

How do you feel about liquorice? Any other cold remedy hints or tips you want to throw my way? Hit me up.


T Totaler: tea cafe and store, Newtown, Sydney

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T Totaler is a groovy little tea cafe & store in my local area, staffed and run by owners Paul and Amber. On my first visit there – a particularly steamy, sticky Saturday afternoon – I partook in some cold brewed chai tea, and a truly delicious chocolate brownie.

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The cold brewed chai was a gorgeous amber colour, and really smooth and mild on the palate. The requisite spicy flavours were all there, but in a much milder way than a hot chai tea would be.

While I attempted to cool down and also not devour my brownie in record time, one of T Totaler’s owners explained I could make my own cold brew chai at home – and all I’d need was a bottle of filtered water, some chai tea and a fridge – INTRIGUING!

Both Paul and Amber were attentive and informative on my visit, with the DIY Cold Brew tip, and also info on all the different T Totaler blends they made and sold on the premises (and usually online too, though the store is currently on a ‘tea break’ while they’re in China & Japan stocking up ).

I decided to purchase two of T Totaler’s own blends – the Smokey Black and Chai Yoga – which come in these delightful (and reusable) glass apothecary jars. I figured I had to give the cold brew chai a go with T Totaler’s own chai. Stay tuned for how that turned out!

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T Totaler was a really lovely experience, and I’m quite looking forward to another visit soon, especially now its getting cooler, and trying out some other delicious teas! And maybe a chocolate something too.

tea review: Twinings Green Tea with Grapefruit & Pineapple

In my continuing attempts to drink more green teas, I’ve added this little gem to my repertoire –  Twinings’ Green Tea with Grapefruit & Pineapple. Green Tea with a little other flavour – mint, lemon, and now sweet, tropical pineapple and grapefruit – seems to work for me.


Hmmm, I hope some of those wondrous health benefits of green tea still benefit when there’s a little extra something something masking the earthy, grassy green-ness somehow…

Anyway, as for this tropical green tea extravaganza, I can tell you it’s sweet without being cloying, and very fruity and refreshing. I often have it in the afternoon and its a terrific pick-me-up. I like steeping it for a smidge longer than you might a straight-up green tea, as it certainly isn’t as bitter, and a little longer means you get more of the sweet tropical flavours.

Seeing as we’re heading into the cooler months here in Sydney, maybe this tea is a nice way of holding onto a little bit of Summer…

tqotd: cuppa tea, cuppa tea, cuppa tea…

“Spike (to Giles) _ Oh, poor Watcher.

#5MWAFTF: Green Tea & Potato Heads

Meet fellow tea freak Hana, from the awesomely named Midnight Snacking Sheep –  a lifestyle blog, about everything really. Food, travelling, TV shows, books and beauty stuff, Hana’s aim is to share her life with her readers.

Today that includes her love of tea, and her rather adorable favourite mug…

Mr Potato Head! What’s your favourite type of tea?
I can’t live without green tea, specifically Japanese green tea. Something else I’ve been hooked on lately is Japanese “brown rice” tea (also known as Genmaicha).

Do you have a favourite mug/cup? If you do, show us!
My adorable Mr. Potato mug that was a gift of purchase. Makes me happy every time!

Do you have a tea routine? 
I almost have green tea first thing every day in the morning, and that’s about it. I can’t really have tea at night because I can’t sleep! (I sound like an old woman haha) During the colder months though, I basically live on tea to keep me warm.

I’ve also been trying a new tea called “Tiny Tea” for a tea-tox by, and have been drinking it routinely after meals. Can’t say if it works or not, but I might review it soon so stay tuned! (MelTheTeaFreak note: be sure to send us a link when you do!)

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Tomorrow is #5MWAFTT Day!

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We’ll have another great #5MWAFTT up tomorrow – if YOU want to share your tea love with us, drop us a note at


tqotd: “I like the Irish way better…”