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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!

 

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

What’s Your “Cup of Tea” When Drinking Bigelow Tea?


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The expression “cup of tea” is often used to mean something you really enjoy and savor … and if a cup of Bigelow Tea is your “cup of tea,” then you’ll be delighted to know that January is Hot Tea Month!

There are so many ways to savor hot tea this January. Some Bigelow Tea lovers count on a good, strong black tea to wake up in the morning. (Facebook fan Eugene Usow swears by American Breakfast with honey, “hands down.”) Others sip their favorite green teas during an afternoon break from a hectic life. And many tea fans look forward to evening, when a hot mug of a favorite herbal blend is the perfect way to end the day.

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During Hot Tea Month, why not try tea at a new time—or try a new variety or recipe!—to shake up your usual routine. You might even consider having tea for dessert. A hot mug of Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea (made with Bigelow Spiced Chai, milk, cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa) makes a great little indulgence after any meal!

When it comes to tea, it’s all good! But we’d love to know: which Bigelow Tea is your “cup of tea”?

 

Happy New Year From Bigelow Tea!

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Share Bigelow Tea With The Ones You Love

bigelow tea puppyBigelow Tea knows that tea is best when shared … and the following story is a lovely example of that philosophy! Two officers from Greater Manchester Police in England responded to a call earlier this year that was unlike any other call they had received. Much to their surprise, there was no emergency … just a lonely elderly couple seeking some company. Police Constable Stu Ockwell and his colleague brewed a pot of tea and stayed to visit with the couple for a while.

As a third generation family-owned company, Bigelow Tea knows many families have passed their love of tea on from generation to generation. Perhaps you have fond memories of sipping “Constant Comment”® with your grandmother, or maybe you remember that your Dad always started his day with a hot cup of Earl Grey.

Tea—and the conversations that happen over a cup—can be a part some of life’s greatest moments. So, brew a cup and invite a friend!

 

Bigelow Tea Is Curious: What Song Would You Prefer To Sip Tea To?

bigelow tea pairingsBigelow Tea knows that tea pairings can be a lot of fun—and not just with food… with music, too! @Hirzchau set the perfect scene when she tweeted that she was drinking Bigelow Tea Green Tea with lemon zest and a teaspoon of honey, while listening to music. And whether your preference is dance music, mellow tunes or classic rock, this Paste Magazine compilation of music that mentions tea in the lyrics has you covered. Steeped in melodious flavor, these ten songs may pair perfectly with your next cup of tea.


On Election Day Bigelow Tea Asks You To Vote For Your Favorite Black Tea!

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It’s Election Day and Bigelow Tea is asking you to vote one more time! Well, actually, we’re just curious to see which Bigelow black tea is your absolute favorite. Bigelow Tea Facebook fan Carolyn Toler posted that her favorite cup is Earl Grey… but there are so many other choices, from the company’s very first tea “Constant Comment”® to the new American Breakfast line. So, tell us: What is your favorite black tea?


Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Love Fall Teas!

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Bigelow Tea welcomed the fall with seasonal teas  … and Bigelow Tea Facebook fans were delighted! Hot tea and cool autumn weather certainly go hand in hand. Here’s some of what you had to say on Facebook!

*“My mid morning enjoyment, Pumpkin Spice,” said Anne Elizabeth Twohey.

*And Doris Tyler Bartlett added: “Need to get some fall flavors.”

*Linda White posted that Bigelow’s fall teas are great all year round! “I have been drinking Pumpkin Spice since I first found it, even though it was summer! It’s my absolute favorite flavor! I also like Salted Caramel quite a bit!”

*And Bigelow Tea lovers who didn’t have seasonal varieties on hand yet still enjoyed their cups of tea. Denise Darcell noted, “I don’t have pumpkin spice, but I’m sipping the heck out of what I got. Good ol’ black tea, regular.”

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*Fan George Wright summed it up (and posted the cool “Constant Comment”® photo, above): “I can’t think of a better way to usher in the new season.” Agreed!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Bigelow Tea’s seasonal favorites. Keep those constant comments coming!

 

Bigelow Tea Wants To Know: What Completes Your Perfect Cup?

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Bigelow Tea knows nothing compares to the perfect cup of tea …. and sometimes, perfection means adding just a pinch of something else to bring out the flavorful goodness of a Bigelow Tea blend. For 70 years, the Bigelow family has been brewing tea, and now has more than 120 flavors too tasty to pass up! So, this month, Bigelow Tea wants to know: What completes your perfect cup?

So share your habits and let the world know whether you like to keep your cuppa pure and simple, or add a touch of something else!

Image via Instagram by @nubestsalon

Bigelow Tea Marvels At Queen Elizabeth II’s 46,000 Cups Of Tea!

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Bigelow Tea was impressed when, on September 9thQueen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history! Having sat on the throne for sixty-three years and 7 months, the 89-year old Queen has brought regality and tradition to a new level. One of the traditions she has continued for her entire reign? Having tea every day!

According to sources, Queen Elizabeth II begins her day with a cup of tea and also enjoys a cup of afternoon tea, typically with her beloved corgis. If the Queen does in fact have two cups of tea every day, she would have had roughly 46,000 cups of tea over the course of her reign … and she’s still going strong!

The word in the palace is that the Queen prefers Darjeeling and Earl Grey, not surprising choices for a woman of distinction. Darjeeling black tea has often been called the “champagne of teas,” and is rich, fragrant and sophisticated—a tea befitting royalty. Earl Grey is an aromatic and traditional favorite, one that seems perfectly suited for a queen (we love to note that Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey is particularly special, because the real oil of bergamot used in the tea comes from a family citrus farm in Calabria, Italy!

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Bigelow Tea is curious to know if you could possibly calculate how many cups of tea you’ve consumed in your adult life. Can you match the 46,000 cups of Queen Elizabeth II?

Congratulations to Queen on this historical achievement. May her tea-drinking days continue for years to come!

Coronation teacup image by Essie via Flickr.com