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The Water You Pour Over Your Bigelow Tea Makes A Difference!

water_bigelow teaWhat beautiful alchemy takes place when boiling water and Bigelow Tea meet in your mug! Ah, the aroma! But you might be missing a few steps that ensure that every cup of tea you brew tastes as good as it smells. It turns out the condition of the water poured over your tea makes a big difference.

For starters, please don’t consider re-using the water left in your tea kettle from the last time you brewed. Fresh, cold water is essential to making a great cup of tea. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf to bring out all that wonderful flavor. So always let the tap water run for 30 seconds before filling the kettle. If you’re using bottled water, give it a good shake to aerate (oxygenate) the water.

And here’s another teapot tip to improve aeration: take the chill off the pot by rinsing it first with hot water. Next, consider the type of tea you’re making to determine how long to leave the kettle on the stove. For black, oolong and herbal teas, it’s best to bring the water to a full, rolling boil. Green and white teas are more delicate, so the ideal time to pour the water is before the boiling point when tiny bubbles just begin to form.

Now the fun part: steep (black tea 2-4 minutes, green tea 1-3 minutes and herbal tea 4 minutes or more) with the mug covered to seal in all the tea goodness, and remember — no squeezing the tea bag! Final step? Inhale deeply and enjoy! As @mik_cm tweeted, the perfect cup of tea is worth waiting for!

Image by Evan Wood via Flickr

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Bigelow Tea With A Push Of A Button

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These days everyone is busy, busy, busy. But when you do have a few minutes to relax, it’s nice to enjoy a mug of Bigelow Tea at a moment’s notice. And while boiling water isn’t the most harrowing task, there’s an even easier way when you have one of those moments: Bigelow Tea K-Cup pods.

In case you didn’t know, Bigelow Tea has the same delicious teas you love packaged in K-Cup pods for use in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. Just load the pod, place your mug underneath, and push to brew. Voila—delicious Bigelow Tea made to order!

And the best news is that, each Bigelow Tea K-Cup pod holds the same quality ingredients you have come to expect from the Bigelow family. The Lemon Ginger K-Cups are filled with zesty ingredients that appeal to the taste palette and the nose, including lemongrass, lemon peel, cinnamon, ginger and lemon verbena. And the Earl Grey K-Cups hold aromatic bergamot and bold handpicked black tea—no surprises here, simply premium ingredients that take Bigelow Tea flavors from beyond good to great!

That’s what the Bigelow family insists upon: A promise of smooth taste, consistent flavor and exceptional aroma. From classics like Green Tea and English Breakfast, to seasonal favorites like Pumpkin Spice, there’s a wide assortment of Bigelow Teas available to brew with your Keurig K-Cup brewer. So the next time you think you don’t have time for a cuppa, remember that a hot cup of your favorite blend can be ready in seconds.

 

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Bigelow Tea Shares A Painter’s Green Tea Inspiration

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Many tea lovers find beauty in their daily cup, and Bigelow Tea learned about a unique tea-lover from CBS News. This artist was so inspired by his mug of green tea, that he began painting with it! And now something is always brewing in Gerard Tonti’s basement studio, where he brushes his canvases with both tea and coffee to create stunning works of art.

As a third-generation family tea company, Bigelow Tea has spent 70 years perfecting the art of blending tea and always loves hearing about creative endeavors involving this ancient brew. Founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, who experimented in her kitchen until she came up with the legendary “Constant Comment“® recipe, would certainly be delighted by Tonti’s curiosity. He has been mixing various types of tea and coffee for 10 years to develop a range of colors, including flesh tones, reds, purples, silvers, grays and blacks. But it all started when he looked bigelow tea green tea pot and saucerinto a cup of green tea and wondered, “if I make this into a painting medium, what would that be like?”

A graphic artist by day, Tonti embraces the challenge he has set for himself and says it’s just not as much fun to paint with conventional oils and acrylics. It’s that kind of passion that yields amazing results, from his mesmerizing images to every delicious cup of Bigelow Tea. Check out the Bigelow Tea Joy of Drinking Tea board on Pinterest for more lovely thoughts and images inspired by tea, and share your own tea inspirations in the comments!

 

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Lewis Carroll’s Birthday And His Teatime Inspirations!

Today Bigelow Tea celebrates the birthday of literary legend Lewis Carroll and the teatime mischief made famous in his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a beloved tale that continues to delight readers around the world 150 years after its publication. Now that’s a reason for a tea party!bigelow tea peppermint tea time mug

Born January 27, 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was an accomplished but relatively obscure instructor at Oxford University when he wrote the story about Alice, using the pen name Lewis Carroll. The book has been translated and distributed to more than 80 countries, and Carroll is one of the most quoted authors in the English language.

Key to the author’s enduring appeal is his association with one of the world’s most popular beverages: tea! While many are familiar with the Mad Hatter’s tea party and several Alice movies, they may not know about the real-life tea inspirations for this particular scene and the book itself.  Here are a few fun facts shared by NPR:

 

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  • The story evolved from an outing on a “golden afternoon” in 1862, when Charles and a colleague took the three daughters of his college dean (one of whom was named Alice) on a boating expedition on the river Isis. The group stopped for tea along the way, and Charles entertained the girls with a story of how an adventurous girl pops down a large rabbit hole, “never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”
  • The “golden afternoon” fell on the Fourth of July, a detail Carroll worked into the published story.
  • The Victorian ceremony of high tea also figures prominently. Carroll pokes fun at the pretensions of the day with memorable images of rudeness at the Mad Hatter’s tea party:  Alice sitting down uninvited, elbows on the table, the March Hare offering Alice wine where there is no wine, and the Hatter making personal remarks such as, “Your hair wants cutting.”

It’s all in good fun, and that’s just what Bigelow Tea believes tea time should be, even when you bring out the fine china and scones!

Second image via Wikipedia

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Bigelow Tea Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Recipe

bigelow tea hot cocoaIt’s no secret that Bigelow Tea is creative and passionate about specialty tea… and specialty drinks! Bigelow offers hundreds of recipes for fans to incorporate or pair with their favorite Bigelow Tea blends, including fan-favorite Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa recipe. Adults and kids alike will love this special hot cocoa made extra cozy with Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea! Perfect for before, during or after Valentine’s Day!

Bigelow Tea has such a wonderful reputation in the food and beverage industry that in January of 2015, Eunice and David Bigelow were honored for their decades-long contributions by being inducted into the inaugural class of the Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame! The Bigelow family has been shaping the American tea market for over 70 years and continues to grow under the leadership of third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow. The family’s story was recently featured in Connecticut Explored magazine. Check out the feature here … and read it while sipping some of that yummy cocoa!

Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

  • Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea Bags*bigelow tea sweetheart cinnamon
  • 2 ¼ cups hot whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • *Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

In a small saucepan, warm milk until piping hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea bags and gently squeeze out the liquid. Add sugar and cocoa, and whisk vigorously to combine. Serve hot. *Optional: Top with freshly whipped cream or mini-marshmallows. *Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks are formed. Spoon on top of hot chocolate.

 

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Bigelow Tea Focuses On Ingredients: Lemon

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For over 70 years the Bigelow Family has handcrafted tea blends, focusing on quality and flavor to deliver a consistent cup of delicious tea. As a third generation family-owned company Bigelow Tea takes pride in developing and maintaining relationships with suppliers who embody similar practices and values.  Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years.

As an essential ingredient in many of Bigelow Tea’s blends, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow Family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

The next time you sip on your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor, check the ingredients to see if lemon peel is part of your blend and rest assured you have a combined 140 years of experience in your cup!

 

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How The World Looked In 1945 When Bigelow Tea Began

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In 1945, World War II ended, the Yalta Agreement was signed and Bigelow Tea was born! As Bigelow has been celebrating 70 years as America’s family tea blenders, it’s an opportune moment to reflect on the company’s auspicious beginning and the many historical milestones ushered in during the same year. Here’s a snapshot of events and statistics from 1945, when Ruth Campbell Bigelow adapted a Colonial recipe to create “Constant Comment®”:

  • The first German war crimes trial began in Nuremburg.
  • Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence from France.
  • The average American salary was $2,400.
  • The cost of a gallon of gas was 15 cents.
  • Ruth and her husband, David Bigelow, were making a living blending and packaging seasonings that they sold in New York City. They wanted to expand their product offerings, and Ruth’s hunch that the American market was ready for a more flavorful tea than the bland brew available at the time proved correct.bigelow tea ruth bigelow
  • A July 1945 article in the New York Herald Tribunereported the following about “Constant Comment,”®according to a recent account in Connecticut Explored magazine:  “One of
    Mrs. Bigelow’s Park Avenue friends was giving an afternoon party, and it was suggested she try the new blend. Not a word was said to the guest regarding its novelty, yet everyone spoke of the tea’s aroma, its flavor—there was ‘constant comment.’ A good name, why not? Labels were made and the tea was hurried to the stores where it is selling at around 75 cents for the two-and-one-quarter ounce jar. Expensive? But here’s a tea so flavorful that three-quarters of a teaspoon make six bracing cups of aromatic spiciness.”

Today, “Constant Comment”® remains one of Bigelow Tea’s best-loved flavors in a line that has expanded to include more than 120 varieties. Just ask Instagrammer @Scot30, who says “Constant Comment”® is his all-time favorite tea. Enjoy the aroma, taste and nostalgia in every cup of Bigelow Tea!

 

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Give The Gift Of Herbal Bigelow Tea


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Wintertime is a wonderful time of year to share a little tea with the ones you love. If you’re invited to a party this month or are just stopping by a friend’s house, consider bringing a Bigelow Tea gift!  January also happens to be Hot Tea Month … so a big, beautiful box featuring Bigelow Tea’s Herbal Tea Assortment is the perfect present for the tea lover in your life!

Naturally caffeine free, herbal teas can be enjoyed at any time of day. Our Herbal Tea Assortment offers 96 individually-wrapped tea bags with twelve different flavors guaranteed to please even the pickiest palate! bigelow tea cup

For the fruit lover, Pomegranate Pizzazz’s apple, blackberry, and pomegranate flavors are a sweet treat! If you prefer lemon, Bigelow I Love Lemon blends lemongrass with natural sweet lemon flavors and a daily dose of Vitamin C! Mint fans will enjoy sipping on Mint Medley or Peppermint. If relaxation is what you seek, look no further than Sweet Dreams or Cozy Chamomile! And that’s just naming a few of the favorites in this robust variety!

Facebook fan Laurel Yost says Cozy Chamomile is her “bedtime beverage almost every night!” And that’s just naming a few of the favorites in this robust variety!

Keep a box of Bigelow Tea’s Herbal Tea Assortment on hand for your next gift-giving occasion—and maybe get one for yourself as well!

 

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Tart Herbal Bigelow Teas & Their Perfect Pairs

bigelow tea I love lemonYou may have tried picking the right wine to go with your meal at some point … but have you considered pairing your favorite Bigelow Tea blends with recipesBigelow Tea has more than 120 flavors that, while delicious on their own, truly stand out when paired with the right dish! While there are no rules on which blend you should pair your favorite dish with, we do have suggestions!

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine free, making them ideal to enjoy at any time of day. Bigelow’s herbal teas fall into three categories: sweet, floral, and tart flavor profiles. Let’s chat about the tart teas today. Bigelow’s tart herbal teas have a subtle tart, clean finish. They are excellent to pair with grilled tofu or chicken, vegetable, and light, berry-forward desserts.

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Use Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate and Earl Grey teas to make a vegetarian Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu dish. The smoky, grilled flavor of the tofu will pair perfectly with Lemon Ginger tea.  Twitter fan @beausci2010 says Lemon Ginger is “good any time of day especially after meals.”

Maybe next time she’ll try pairing it with her meal!

 

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Bigelow Tea Prepares For Cold & Flu Season

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Like chicken noodle soup, a hot mug of Bigelow Tea just makes you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. The warmth, the aroma and the enticing flavor of tea can really soothe you from the inside out! So, as cold and flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Chamomile? Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating Green Tea with Mint? Alternatively, do you want that traditional black tea boost from a cup of Earl Grey? And zesty Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics is delicious and may aid your digestion. Really, you can’t go wrong with whatever variety you choose!

Of course, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. But Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA, recommends consuming plenty of fluids especially hot tea. “Hot tea soothes the throat and warms the body on chilly winter days, and it can promote relaxation.”

So, drink up! Here’s to a healthy cold & flu season!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition. Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

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