It all began one very rainy afternoon last week when I was horribly late (by fifteen or twenty minutes) to a tea-tasting session with Snigdha Manchanda (the founder of this little tea business called Tea Trunk). I was meeting my friend, Magali there as well, along with the two girls who sweetly invited me (LaToyah and Gayatri, I was first introduced to them once before at a Pipa + Bella meeting). Even though I was late and ushered in hurriedly, Snigdha who had already begun talking about some teas with Magali, shook my hand and smiled ever so nicely at me (I kept apologising for my tardiness), and we got down to business right away. She spoke to us about her collection of teas (six of them are being retailed currently through her e-store), how she sources and selects them and how she’s looking forward to gathering new tea flavours and varieties to add to her trunk.I was surprised to hear that Tea Trunk has been around since 2011 because I had only heard of it this year (there was a Kala Ghoda workshop mention, and she recently conducted a tasting session at Le 15 Pâtisserie as well).
We tasted just two of the teas – the Vanilla black tea and the Lemon green tea – while we were at the venue (it was Vinoteca at Worli, by the way), and both of us (Magali + me) decided that we liked the lemon-flavoured one the most (perhaps because it was more zesty). The vanilla tea was nice too, then, but I think it falls somewhere in between all those acquired tastes (and I think it tastes better when you pair it with complementary foods, or desserts).
Snigdha immediately struck me as a very warm person, and the whole session was a lot of fun (I wished it was longer since I know zilch about teas as such). Ooh, some more exciting things! :-) One of the main reasons why I was so eager to make it to this tasting session was because I LOVE the Tea Trunk illustrations on the packaging and recipe cards – and you know how I crazy I am about the little details. As you can see in the picture, the cute little elephant totally won my heart over! By the way, each of the tea bags come inside an envelope (crafted out of tracing paper, I suppose), and I’ve saved a few of mine to do something D.I.Y-like with them (oh yes, we were each given a tin of tea too containing a few of the different flavours and I’m waiting to try the Rose oolong tea because of the rose petals in the leaves). The weather certainly added to the whole experience of spending a rainy afternoon with good company while sipping on some fragrant teas!
P.S. I happened to ask Snigdha about personalised blends and flavours, and she does take up custom-orders whenever she can! I would personally like to try a birthday cake flavour (I’d seen it in a store once). And I definitely think she should consider retailing some of her tins of tea at Marry Me – The Store, they would go so very with the whole vintage vibe (and gifting theme) of the store.
Pictures by Roanna Fernandes