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Published November 26th 2016
Magic Carpet Ride with Tea for Me
How can I describe the experience of entering T2 at World Square? In a word: Aromatic. As soon as you wonder through the threshold to the store you are greeted by the aroma of exotic blends of tea and your sight is dazzled by an almost overload of information, luckily the store itself is darkly coloured because the stock as a compilation is outrageous.
The first thing that you notice is the colour and kaleidoscope of intricate design, once your eyes adjust you notice the differences in each piece. Each teapot, cup and saucer set, and intricately patterned tin has its own special appeal. The loveliest patterns this year are based on traditional mosaic designs of Arabia and India. The Magic Carpet Ride range reflects these timeless pieces. They are stunning classic patterns that reflect the beautiful order of the universe, they will make you feel stable and relaxed, perfectly evoking the need to enjoy a lovely calming cup of tea.
The store is perfectly merchandised and has an eclectic but uncluttered look. You have enough space to walk around and shop without feeling in danger of knocking over some delicate porcelain wares. At the same time, you can marvel at the displays that feature clusters of beautiful tea sets. They have so many individual pieces, that you really must have a look and see what speaks to you personally. It is almost like being in an art gallery that has magically fused with a winery – with tea not wine. However, like a winery, they do tend to be a bit expensive. You should splash out on the exclusive blends that you can't get elsewhere like Hot Date but you would be best advised to purchase simple blends like Peppermint elsewhere for a better price. They do have some stunning gift sets and teapots and saucer sets.
The wonderful thing about the World Square Store is that you can try at least 4 different teas, and usually a cold brewed iced tea at the counter. They rotate the tea blend that is on offer for customers to try (you don't even need to buy anything to sample the tea). They have the tea already brewed and fresh for you. Just ask the staff member at the tea sampling station to try whichever one takes your fancy. You almost feel like you are at a winery sampling the fine vintages on offer, and in a way you are. The staff members at World Square are keen to help and are friendly and attentive but do not push you to buy things. They understand the need to wonder and take everything in, before deciding.
The best gift from their new Magic Carpet Ride range is the Madagascar Large Teapot is a wonder to behold, a conversation piece that will lighten up your kitchen for only $68.
The Majestic Disorder Elephant range is transparent and modern with an exotic twist – featuring you guessed it stylised Elephants and lovely traditional inspired patterns. The Majestic Disorder Elephant Gold Teapot is only $55; it matches with the Mug from the same range that is on offer for only $30.
If you want to encourage someone to venture out and try something different you could give them the excellent gift of the T2 Twelve Faves gift box, consisting of twelve of the most popular teas in a colourful gift set for $80. It is a great way to introduce yourself or your friends to the different varieties of teas that are available. It features traditional teas like Oolong, Japanese GMC Sencha, Darjeeling, Rose and Liquorice, alongside exotic new blends such as Lamington, Cocoa Loco, and Detox tea.
The When in India gift set is perfect for someone who really enjoys his or her tea. It would suit anyone with style. It features a personal teapot – the pot fits into the oversized cup. It comes with two teas in a lovely gift set. It is $55
At T2 World Square the staff can even gift-wrap your purchases using their own stylish gift-wrap that mirrors the patterning on the gifts themselves.
At T2 ,they use such exotic ingredients in their tea blends; such as dates, cacao beans, vanilla pods, lavender, rose, citrus peel, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, and every spice you can imagine in their blends. Is it perfume or tea? Good question! It has been said that you don't actually taste tea at all, you actually just smell it; if this is true, then T2 knows it and knows it well.