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Last Chance To Enter Bigelow Tea’s Hot Tea Month Sweepstakes!

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Have you entered the Bigelow Tea Hot Tea Month Sweepstakes? There’s still time to join the celebration and win an All Occasion Gift Basket … but hurry, the sweepstakes ends TODAY! 12 winners in all!

Head over to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. The sweeps ends at midnight EST on January 30. If you’re using a mobile device, please use this link to enter instead: http://woobox.com/y2cxho

Each All Occasion Gift Basket includes the following:

  • Willow tray
  • Assortment of Bigelow Tea black, green and herb teas – 8 each of 9 varieties, 72 tea bags in all
  • Two exclusively designed ceramic Bigelow Tea 16-oz mugs (microwave and dishwasher safe)
  • All-natural tea honey, 3 oz
  • All-natural pure butter key lime shortbread cookies, 5.7 oz
  • Butter pecan praline cookies, 7 oz

We at Bigelow Tea are excited as our family-owned business celebrates not only Hot Tea Month, but also 70 years of blending and packaging teas in America, starting with “Constant Comment®”! This tasty and timeless tea was created by matriarch and founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow in her kitchen in 1945 and remains one of America’s best-loved teas. Never tried this delightful blend of black tea, orange and sweet spice? Hot Tea Month is the perfect time to explore different flavors … Bigelow Tea now has more than 120!

Good luck! The 12 lucky winners will be announced on the Bigelow Tea blog!

 

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American Traditions of Bigelow Tea and The Big Game!

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Bigelow Tea is proud of its American heritage and the family run business that is rooted firmly in the American dream. American-made institutions and home-made pride are also a part of the biggest game of the year (number XLIX, or 49!) which is being played February 1st at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Will you be watching with your family and friends … and maybe sipping the brew known as Bigelow Tea? Bigelow Tea fan Lesa Ann Moats tweeted that while all Bigelow Teas are great, the Green Tea is her favorite!  So here’s to a super day with Bigelow Tea!

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This year, when you watch the New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks, remember that the pageantry, the intense play and the celebrated half time show showcasing superstar Katy Perry are all American, all the way—just like Bigelow Tea!

Image by Great Degree via Flickr.com

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Seventy Years Of Bigelow Tea

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The year 2015 is a special one for the Bigelow Tea family. It marks 70 years since the day Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the very first Bigelow Tea, “Constant Comment”® in her home kitchen. For a family-run company to continue for seven decades is no small accomplishment—and Bigelow Tea has not only remained a constant presence on the tea scene, it has thrived and grown to become America’s number one specialty tea company! It’s a true American-dream come true, and it’s a family story that Bigelow Tea is proud to share and savor—much like a nice pot of freshly brewed tea.

Seventy years ago, back in 1945, life in the United States was a bit different. Abbott and Costello made people laugh, World War II was coming to an end and 10 year-old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at a talent show. Also back in 1945, when the Bigelow Tea company first started, Ruth Bigelow and the family could only afford a single-color label for her first tea. To help spruce up the package, her son David Jr. and her husband David Sr. would sit together each night, hand-painting the two ladies on the original label.

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Each morning, they would put the tea into the family station wagon and sell it store by store. 70 years later the Bigelow family still puts this kind of effort and passion into selling their tea.

Today, not only is family-owned Bigelow Tea is the #1 U.S. Leader in specialty tea, but that first tea—“Constant Comment”®—is its flagship brand and a tea that has given tea lovers many, many cherished family moments. On Facebook Shannon Martin shared her memory of having “real tea parties” with her great-grandmother and Bigelow Earl Grey. “She passed when I was eight. I’m still a Bigelow drinker today.”

As the Bigelow family and Bigelow Tea celebrate this 70th anniversary throughout the year 2015, please share your special memories of sipping Bigelow Tea throughout the decades!

 

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Is Your Cuppa Bigelow Tea In A Really Cool Mug?

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There are so many positive elements of our daily Bigelow Tea, and a big part of the enjoyment is the warm feeling a good tea mug gives you, as you wrap your hands around it with an affectionate embrace. That’s why Bigelow Tea thinks you may want to look at some really cool tea mugs that could brace up your morning.

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We believe that the vessel used to embrace your favorite Bigelow Tea is a personal statement and is almost as important as the tea itself so we would LOVE to see or hear about your favorite teacup.  Share with us on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram and tag it with #drinkfashionably so we can all celebrate the joy of drinking from a favorite cup!

Tea Cup Images Via visualnews.com

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Oatmeal Month in January

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Bigelow Tea is always awesome in the mornings … and during Oatmeal Month the Bigelow family has cooked up some new ways to enjoy tea beyond the cup as the flavors of Bigelow Tea infuse these two wonderful  and easy to make recipes. In the first, it’s Orange & Spice Herbal Tea making the muffins moist and flavorful. In the second, the zesty taste of Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea With Lemon does the trick!  Give them a try! Tea fan @purpluepassion12 tweeted that a muffin is “the best breakfast item ever to pair with @bigelowtea!”  Do you agree? Share how you’ll get #backtobreakfast! And while you’re at it, brew a mug of good, strong American Breakfast Black Tea to pair with these recipes. Happy muffin making!

Cranberry Oatmeal Orange and Spice Tea Muffins

(pictured above)

Ingredients

For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (two bags)
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, sliced
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 3 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (1 tea bag)

Instructions

For the Muffins:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners OR 11 2 3/4-inch x 2-inch cupcake molds
In a medium bowl add the oats, brewed tea, milk and orange zest.
Stir to combine and set aside for 20 minutes.
Place sliced cranberries in a small bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over cranberries and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the eggs and oil to the oatmeal mixture; stir to combine.
Add the oatmeal mixture to the flour mixture; stir until combined.
Fold in cranberries.
Scoop into prepared muffin pans.

TIP: For regular size muffins use an ice cream scoop. For the larger size cupcake molds use 2 ice cream scoops.
Bake regular size 20 to 25 minutes AND large 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool on rack.

For the Glaze:

Cream together the cream cheese and butter.
Mix in vanilla.
Blend in the sugar.
Add the tea 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches a drizzle consistency.
Use a large spoon and drizzle over muffins.

Gluten-free* Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

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Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Muffins:

  • ⅔ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon Xanthan Gum**
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

*Use Gluten Free certified Oats to be totally Gluten Free when making this recipe

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 1-cup glass measure. Add water to equal 1 cup. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside. In large mixing bowl add brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add tea concentrate and ginger. Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together gluten-free flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan Gum, and salt. Add to tea mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in currants. Fill muffin tins about ⅔ full. Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar. Bake until very light brown (14 to 18 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool.

*What is Gluten Free and Gluten-Free Recipes? All vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, rice, potatoes, and corn are gluten free in their natural state. Also milk and most hard cheeses and creams are naturally gluten free. Recipes using any of these items would be naturally gluten free. The recipes designated Gluten free do not include the following ingredients: wheat, rye, barley, or oats; or ingredients that might contain these, but Bigelow Tea does not assume liability for information reported on our recipes. However, anyone who needs or wants to follow a gluten free (GF) diet should check ingredients and products to ensure they are GF. (For example, sesame seeds are naturally GF, but it’s always wise to check with the manufacturer to make sure that gluten was not introduced to the product during processing.) Bigelow Tea makes no guarantees that the recipes are appropriate for your diet. Individuals should consult with their physician or other medical professional.

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Bigelow Tea Likes Glenn Close’s ‘A Delicate Balance’ And Her Cup of Tea

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No stranger to challenging roles—from the most unhinged woman ever scorned, Alex Forrest, in Fatal Attraction to the cunning Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous LiaisonsGlenn Close is one of the finest female actors of this generation. She is also a devoted tea drinker. And given Ms. Close’s impressive range of work, Bigelow Tea can only surmise her palate for tea is equally extensive.

Now, this three-time Tony, three-time Emmy award winning actress and six-time Oscar nominee returns to the Broadway stage for what she describes as the “very challenging” role of Agnes—opposite John Lithgow as Tobias—in the Edward Albee Pulitzer prize winning playA Delicate Balance.

While sitting down for an interview about her latest project, the magnificent actress curled up in the communal backstage room with a cup of tea reflecting on history and connections. As a company built on these very same pillars, family-owned Bigelow Tea wishes we could have been part of the conversation!

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So, what kind of tea was she drinking that day? Perhaps Cozy Chamomile or Jasmine Green Tea? (It was reported around the time her gender-bending film Albert Nobbs hit theaters, that she was in an English Breakfast mood!) Bigelow Tea is curious to find out what herbal tea lover and Glenn Close fan @hampsonwrites thinks!Whichever tea it was, it’s just nice to know that tea is a part of this star’s life.

What’s your favorite Glenn Close role? Tweet about it now!

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Bigelow Tea Shares Quartzs’ Discovery Of The World’s Biggest Tea Drinkers 

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Can you guess which nation has the most tea drinkers? Bigelow Tea found that according to a survey by Quartz (with additional clarifications about the survey by World Tea News), Turkey takes the lead, with close to seven pounds of tea being consumed per person each year! Fun fact on Turkey:  tea or coffee will be offered as a sign of friendship and hospitality, anywhere and anytime, before or after any meal. We always knew tea brought friends and family together!

Back to the survey, Ireland comes in at second place, at approximately 4.831 pounds, followed by the United Kingdom, at 4.281 pounds, and in the USA tea drinkers consume 0.503 pounds.

#Bigelow is glad that tea drinkers are found across the globe, like Louisa May (aka @hey_im_ginger). In her tweet, tea is her “fav drink in the world.”

How much tea do you think you consume in a year?

Top Image via qz.com

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The tea kettle can be an important tool in your fight against a cold or flu

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Who doesn’t love a steaming mug of Bigelow Tea on a cold January day during Hot Tea Month? Yes, that aroma, that taste, that warm sensation … it’s amazing what tea can do to boost your mood and change your day! And, if you happen to have a cold–or even the flu—put that kettle on ASAP!

Sore throat? Tea can also soothe a sore throat.  Sip soothing and satisfying Green Tea with Lemon and a little bit of honey.

Need rest? Brew a relaxing herbal variety like Chamomile MintA good night’s sleep is key to recovery—and chamomile is widely believed to have a calming and relaxing effect.

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Want to clear those sinuses? A stronger blend like American Breakfast Black Tea will do the trick. Let that steam waft and breathe in deeply. Between the steam and the caffeine, you’ll be up and running in no time.

Last month the Bigelow Tea blog posted several studies that showed drinking black tea might improve the body’s defenses and that drinking tea can activate immune cells and boosted the immune system. And U.S. News & World Report offered three frugal ways to stay healthy this time of year: (1) Wash & Sanitize; (2) Rest; (3) Drink Tea!

So brew your favorite Bigelow Tea now … and stay well!

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Rethink your Drink During Diet Resolution Week And Throughout 2015!

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As the New Year rings in a fresh start, put the champagne glasses away and get the tea mugs out! Bigelow Tea thinks last week’s Diet Resolution Week is a great time for tea fans to get fit, get healthy and “Rethink your Drink”!  Taking small steps—like drinking Bigelow Green Tea and staying hydrated—is the best way to adopt positive lifestyle changes!

Bigelow Tea knows that minor adjustments such as eating more fruits and veggies, daily exercise and staying active can make a big difference. Staying hydrated is important too. And of course tea can be a healthy and flavorful part of any diet. It’s zero calories and it’s also gluten-free! Bigelow Tea has so many varieties and flavors, ranging from herbal to strong black tea like American Breakfast. There’s also Organic Green Tea, which @iamanitamarie praises for its many pluses on Instagram. And don’t forget our delicious seasonal and holiday teas are a good substitution for high calorie desserts.

To brew up additional support for getting healthy, the Bigelow Tea family found a few motivational posts from celebrity tea drinkers. Demi Lovato tweeted that she is working out and “just killed a 90 minute cycling class.”

Share your New Year’s resolution with Bigelow Tea!

Top image by lavender_wolf via Instagram

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Bigelow Tea’s Energizing American Breakfast Tea Is Waiting For You

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Tea drinkers craving  extra focus—and coffee drinkers looking to add a new caffeinated beverage to their repertoire—need look no further than the shelves of their local retailer. Bigelow Tea is excited to announce that Bigelow American Breakfast Tea, an all-new line of robust black teas naturally formulated with 50% more caffeine than the average cup of tea, is now available at Walmart, Publix, Giant, Wegman’s, Shop Rite, Weis, A&P and Price Chopper.

The full line consists of:

Crafted with premium, all-natural ingredients, Bigelow American Breakfast Tea is made in America, by an American family, for the American consumer. In that same spirit of patriotism, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the American Breakfast Tea line goes to support our U.S. servicemen and women. And please note Operation Gratitude added American Breakfast tea to their wish list on Amazon so please think about making a contribution to our troops.

New Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are specially formulated with natural black tea extract—a concentrated form of brewed black tea—to deliver 60-90mg of caffeine per cup, versus the typical 30-60mg in regular black tea. Despite the significantly higher caffeine content, drinkers won’t experience the “rush and crash” effect typical of coffee.

Cindi Bigelow, third generation president and CEO of the family-owned Bigelow Tea, explains, “The lift you get from the caffeine in tea is different from that of coffee. That’s because tea has the added benefit of Theanine, a naturally occurring component in tea. Studies have shown this unique combination gives tea drinkers a sustained energy boost and, at the same time, a feeling of relaxation and focus similar to what is achieved through meditation. ”

Try out Bigelow American Breakfast Tea with a limited time coupon found here.

 

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