O Christmas Tea { GIVEAWAY }

211 O Christmas Tea { GIVEAWAY }

Giveaway#4 is LIVE! Remember I had said that I wanted to host one more giveaway before the year ended… Well, it didn’t honestly seem likely or possible. Abandoned hope of sorts, and then a cheerful connoisseur of trunks of tea in the form of Snigdha Manchanda came a-knockin’! Christmas miracle, y’all. Okay, chitter-chatter aside – I am very excited to be giving away this box of tea. Part of a Limited Edition range by Tea Trunk; Mulled Spiced Tea combines the classic flavours of Christmas (That would be cinnamon, star anise and clove, accented by hearty apple, orange and cherry notes… Teas really are a lot like fragrances!), and sports a package coat designed by none other than (one of my favourite illustrators of all time… ) ALICIA SOUZA! Wowza.

Reminiscent of a rich, indulgent plum cake, I could not think of a better giveaway for this time of the year. This tea is inspired by mulled wine, and is made with whole leaf black Assam tea. Snigdha suggests drinking it as is, or adding in a splash of dark rum (Don’t mind if I do!)… Would it not be lovely sipping it as you sit by an open window at home on Christmas day, and while some of your folks are sleeping, you are happily reading a copy of Little Women (Okay, I am too excited!)… And now, the steps.

What’s in the Box?

1. Christmas tea! The BOX of Mulled Spiced Tea is what you are going to win, oh sweet reader. I believe it would be perfect for all of you tea drinkers out there, more so if you love Christmas just as much as I do. 

2. Favourite feature? Snigdha was gracious enough to sponsor this box of tea for the giveaway; and, also, the illustrations created by Alicia are reason enough for me. (They are so adohreebal!)


The rules are simple! (This giveaway is for Indian residents, only.)

1. Comment here on what excites you about/why you would like to win this delightful tin of tea.
2. Follow Tea Trunk on both Facebook & Instagram; this is not optional either. :-)

(Brownie points will be awarded to you if you are to ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, and/or follow me on Instagram.)

What happens after?

I’ll choose ONE winner in exactly four days, from now – save the date – December 14 is when this contest comes to a close! As soon as I announce the winner – which will either be on my Facebook or Instagram page (and through an e-mail, perhaps) – please write back to me with your postal address and phone number right away. (Will share the contact details with Snigdha who will directly post the tin of tea across to you, then.)

The “Fourth Year of Festivities” remains yours for the taking! Giveaway-gift-makin’.

{ Tea Trunk is a tea label founded by Snigdha Manchanda, a certified Tea Sommelier; she specialises in creating hand-blended teas. She can perhaps create a blend for you if you request for one, I would want a birthday tea complete with colourful sprinkles, if ever… Would that not be exciting? The packaging is so adorable, that the tins can be used as memento boxes for use, after consumption of the tea. I still have mine from last year! }


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes, illustrations by Alicia Souza and picture by Mitwa A. V


A Tale of Two Teas

125 A Tale of Two Teas

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