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Get Bigelow Tea’s 2015 Limited Edition First Flush Loose Tea!

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The Bigelow Tea team is flush with excitement and ready to share some important news from the Charleston Tea Garden! The very first tea leaves of the season were recently harvested, and that means American Classic First Flush® Loose Tea is now stocked and ready for sale! This unique black tea comes out only once a growing season and is made entirely from tea plants grown at the tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island.

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This “First Flush” tea is produced from the leaves of the tea plants’ new growth for the season, which is called their “first flush.” The leaves from this early part of the growing season produce a smooth and mellow flavor for a truly pure and fresh cup of fine tea.

But First Flush® quantities are quite limited, so be sure to get yours soon! It’s easy to purchase First Flush® Loose Tea through the Bigelow Tea website and have it shipped directly to you, or if you happen to be near the tea garden, do stop by the gift shop to buy your tea there. Each 2.3-ounce canister, which is a lovely shade of ivory, costs $15. Try it, and don’t be shy about sharing what you think about this very special tea via FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

 

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Bigelow Tea Honors Those Who Serve America On Memorial Day And Every Day

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Let’s take time to honor the 1 million fallen heroes who, since the Revolutionary War, gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have those freedoms we enjoy every day.  We are blessed to live in this country…thank you to all those, past and present, who have made this country great. With our deepest gratitude, The Bigelow Family

This Memorial Day communities across the country honor the brave men and women who died serving with the Armed Forces of the United States. The significance of Memorial Day brings heartfelt pride to Bigelow Tea, as folks visit cemeteries and memorials, take part in family gatherings and line the streets for local parades. Memorial Day remembrances highlight why Bigelow Tea started Tea For The Troops – to honor the brave people who serve in the military today, as well as those who have gone before.

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Tea For The Troops was started six year ago by third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow. The tea is 100 percent grown and produced on American soil at the Charleston Tea Plantation, and packaged in patriotic red, white and blue! Tea For The Troops and thank you notes for the troops are two ways to say “thank you,” because, as Bigelow Tea fan Marian Lehner said on Facebook, “Our Troops deserve the best!

 

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Bigelow Tea Wants To Know: What’s Your Tea Frequency?

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Bigelow Tea knows that when tea lovers are ready for that perfect cup, nothing else will do. Whether sipping one cup in the morning or relishing your tea all day, Bigelow Tea lovers will not be denied! That’s why since 1945 Bigelow Tea’s family run business has been making America’s best cup, with now more than 120 flavors too good to pass up. That’s 70 years and brewing strong! Bigelow Tea appreciates determined tea lovers like @PammPeterson, who tweeted “I drink Bigelow Tea all Week long!” But what about your daily tea – what category of tea cup tipper are you every day? Tell Bigelow Tea!



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Bigelow Tea Raises Its Mug Of Chamomile To John Legend

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At Bigelow Tea, it’s music to our ears when we hear about singers who drink tea before a performance. Bigelow Tea imagines vocalists enjoying a mug of Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea to soothe the voice and calm the nerves backstage!  We found out that nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician John Legend is known to sip hot chamomile before a big show. And if he loves the taste of chamomile, maybe he would enjoy Novus Citrus Chamomile Herbal Tea at home too—perhaps over conversation with his newlywed wife, actress and model Chrissy Teigen.

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With its mellow, delicate and slightly floral notes, Cozy Chamomile offers understated flavor along with the calming quality of chamomile flowers coupled with a hint of lemongrass in Novus Citrus Chamomile which is legendary.  With the busy life that John leads, he certainly deserves a bit of relaxation between shows on his #AllOfMeTour. And, hey, it looks like @THE_Umrani has a pretty peaceful view to enjoy a cup of tea while listening to John Legend’s music! Bliss!

Image thanks to John Legend’s Facebook page

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Bigelow Tea Spotlights Belle Of The Ball Lily James

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Bigelow Tea loves a good tea party—it’s a delightful way to celebrate most any occasion— even movie premieres! Recently, the cast of Cinderella joined guests at a tea party before the New York City premiere of the new film, based on the timeless classic fairytale. And, of course, the enchanting princess herself, portrayed by Downton Abbey’s Lily James, was in attendance.

Perhaps Lily enjoys a cup of robust Bigelow Earl Grey or rich “Constant Comment”® while hosting tea parties as Cinderella. Or maybe the Britain-born starlet prefers drinking classic English Teatime while traipsing around the Downton Abbey set. No matter which blend you prefer, the ambiance of Downton is enough to put anyone in the mood for a tea party. Avid watcher @carolinespruill shared, “Thanks #downtonabbey now I can’t get enough #tea #bigelow #missinglondon.”

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Top image via Instagram

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Bigelow Tea Employees Find Greener Transportation For CT Rides Week

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Bigelow Tea is proud to finish CT Rides Week with a total of 2,040 miles saved from being driven by employees who found greener ways to travel. Governor Dannel Malloy declared May 11 – May 15 CT Rides Week to encourage all solitary drivers to try alternate methods of transportation when traveling or working within the state of Connecticut. As a company dedicated to sustainability, Bigelow Tea was excited to be a part of this important initiative.

Several Bigelow Tea team members rose to the challenge by biking, ride sharing or using public transportation to get to and from work, or to get around on their own time. Throughout the week, CT Plant Manager Jim Gildea and his team kept a running log of miles saved from being driven and noted that the tally rose steadily each day.

“Sharing a ride can have a huge impact on Connecticut’s air quality. An individual switching a 20-mile roundtrip commute to public transportation can decrease annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year,” said Gildea. “Additionally, sharing a ride can afford a variety of benefits to commuters, including saving money on the cost of maintaining personal vehicles and the cost of parking, providing some protection from the rising cost of fuel and a less stressful commute.”

Thank you to all employees who participated. Well done, team!

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Bigelow Tea Time With Cindi Bigelow 

Sip your way to serenity and wellbeing with Bigelow Tea! If you love yoga, you’ll be happy to know that drinking tea can create a peaceful, good feeling similar to the one you get from practicing yoga! Yes, the light amount of caffeine and L-Theanine in tea have the effect of both stimulating the mind and relaxing the body! @cici1722 tweeted about starting her day with both: “Hot yoga, green tea, and dressed for work all before 8 am.” Nice! As you sip your mug of Bigelow Tea today, check out this video (above). Third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow shares some great information about tea and health! Namaste!

 

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Three Tasty Twists on Salad Recipes From Bigelow Tea

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Give your next barbecue or dinner a lift with one of these three salads made with Bigelow Tea. It’s the perfect way to celebrate National Salad Month this May! Spoil your taste buds with the Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese Garnish, or the Mint Medley® Tabouleh Salad with Feta, Cucumber and Olives, or simply dress a bowl of greens with the easy-to-make Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette.

Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese Garnish 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed lettuce greens
  • ¼ cup (60mL) pomegranate seeds*
  • 2 ounces (56g) soft goat cheese, crumbled

Pomegranate Vinaigrette:

  • ½ cup (125mL) boiling water
  • Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea Bags
  • ⅓ cup (80mL) red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup (80mL) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons (30mL) grated shallots
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) sugar – to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Make this vinaigrette by infusing water with 6 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea Bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Combine vinegar, olive oil and shallots together. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Arrange a cup of mixed greens on 4 individual plates, garnish with pomegranate seeds and goat cheese, drizzle with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

*If pomegranate seeds are not available, substitute sun-dried cranberries

Mint Medley® Tabouleh Salad with Feta, Cucumber and Olives

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Ingredients

  • Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¾ cups Bulgur Wheat (Tabouleh)
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • 1 large tomato, split and cut into ¼ inch dice
  • ½ cucumber, peeled, and cut into ¼ inch dice
  • ¾ – 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, about 4 ounces
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped pitted Greek olives
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Plenty of freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Pour the Bulgur wheat into a bowl. In a glass measuring cup, pour one cup of boiling water over the tea bags and steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove the tea bags to a small strainer and using the back of the spoon, press as much liquid as possible back into the cup. If needed, add additional boiling water to measure 1 cup, then pour it over the Buglur wheat. Let it stand until all the liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the finished tabouleh (Bulgur wheat) in a salad bowl. Add the tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, scallions, mint and olives, turning to mix well. Pour in the olive oil; add salt and pepper and toss again. Taste to adjust the seasonings, if necessary. Serve over a bed of lettuce leaves.

Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup white wine vinegar (125mL)
  • Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea*
  • 1 tablespoon honey (15mL)
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard (30mL)
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (250mL)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (5mL)
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • *Optional – tarragon, fresh, chopped or dried

*Variations – Try using our Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea or Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai

Instructions

Pour the vinegar into a small microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 1 minute, or cook in a saucepan on medium heat, until bubbles are visible. Remove, add the teabags, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags to a small strainer and, using the back of a spoon, press as much liquid as possible back into the bowl. Stir in the honey and mustard, then pour the mixture into an electric blender or a food processor. Add garlic and salt. Slowly drizzle the oil while the machine is running until it is smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

 

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What Do Kim Kardashian And Bigelow Tea Have In Common? Mango Iced Tea Of Course!

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As warmer weather approaches, it’s the ideal time to add Bigelow Tea’s mango teas to your shopping list! If you love Bigelow Tea Green Tea with Mango like tea enthusiast @foreveryours072, try it over ice. It’s a perfect choice for an accompaniment to a fresh salad, à la celeb Kim Kardashian who recently revealed to her “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” fans that her favorite go-to meal was a chef salad and mango iced tea. Great choice, Kim!

Bigelow Tea offers a few mango-flavored options, Green Tea with Mango and the herbal Chamomile Mango. Both are refreshing and seriously delicious when served iced!

bigelow tea chamomile mango and green tea with mango If you’d like to channel your inner Kardashian, you should try one of Bigelow Tea’s salad recipes—such as the Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette or the Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad—made with Bigelow Tea of course. Serve it with a side of iced tea, turn on Kayne West’s latest album, and before you know it, you may even feel like you’re guest starring in the latest episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians!”

Image by Eva Rinaldi via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Reports More Good News About Green Tea Via Time Magazine

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Bigelow Tea reported previously that Time magazine published an article listing seven reasons to drink Green Tea—as if taste, aroma and all-around awesomeness weren’t motivation enough! Here are reasons four through seven as reported by Time. Drink up and enjoy!

Green tea could lower your cholesterol. Green tea has been linked to lower levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Overall, tea drinkers had slightly lower levels of LDL than those who did not drink green tea.

Green tea may promote healthy gums. A lower rate of gum-tissue loss and bleeding was found in those who regularly drank green tea, according to researchers at a Japanese university. The more tea subjects drank, the fewer symptoms of periodontal disease they displayed, so downing more than one cup a day could go a long way toward improving your oral health.

Green tea is good for your heart. Drinking green tea every day could help lower your risk of heart disease, according to Harvard Medical School. Regular tea drinkers showed a 26% lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke in a Japanese study of over 40,000 participants. But these participants consumed at least five cups of green tea per day, so drink up if you’re after a healthy heart.

Green tea gives you an energy boost. Even those trying to cut back on caffeine can reap the energy benefits of green tea. Because one 8-oz. cup of green tea contains 24-25 milligrams of caffeine, vs. 95 to 200 milligrams in a cup of coffee, tea offers a boost of energy with a lower risk of the headaches, shakiness and nausea that come with caffeine overload. And a little caffeine can boost exercise endurance, according to research published in the American Journal of Physiology.

So, as you brew your Bigelow Green Tea today, which @anna_banana_13_ wisely tweets “is really the best green tea,” enjoy the tea and think about all the good you are doing for you body!

 

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