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Bigelow Explores The History of Iced Tea

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When you hear the words “iced tea,” it’s easy to envision a pitcher of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. Perhaps you add in a sweetener, or maybe you enjoy it nice and simple. Whichever way you drink it, now you can sip with an appreciation for its back story—it is steeped in history, after all!

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped while summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School.bigelow tea iced tea blend These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round. In the United States, 85 percent of tea consumed each year is iced as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are an iced tea culture, and we are the only country in the world [noted as such],” said Peter Goggi, president of Tea Association of the USA. Who are the most popular consumers, you may wonder? Well, baby boomers and millennials, of course! 87 percent of millennials drink tea, according to the Tea Association. Goggi said that it’s likely because millennials grew up in the ready-to-drink era that accepted tea as a good alternative to soda and other sugary drinks.

Whatever the reason (or season!), iced tea is always a cool option—and you can make it with any flavor of Bigelow Tea that you would normally enjoy hot. So pick your favorite (@LukeIsASequin suggests “Constant Comment®”), brew and pour over ice for a cold treat any time!

Bigelow Wants To Know Your Favorite “Naught-TEA” Cocktail!

Bigelow Tea has the perfect ingredients to make your gatherings with friends and family more festive. We’ve been blending fine quality teas for over 70 years and have created exciting cocktail recipes, which we like to call “Naught-TEAS”, using our teas to add a twist to classic drinks. These recipes are simple, as demonstrated in a short video featuring third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she shows us how to mix a delicious “Constant Comment®” Cosmo.

Whether you follow this recipe or try one of our other creative cocktails, such as our Blueberry and Pomegranate Sparkler, our I Love Lemon Gimlet, our Mellow Limoncello Sparkler or another variation on the Cosmo, our Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, serving cocktails made with our teas will add pizzazz to your next party or get-together. These recipes may even turn you into a cocktail connoisseur and inspire you to create your own exciting naught-TEA cocktails which we hope you will share with us! In the meantime, take our “Naught-TEA” cocktail survey and let us know which your favorite is (and if you haven’t tried any, let us know which recipe sounds the most delicious to you).

Happy tea cocktailing!

Let’s Open Some Bigelow Tea Fan Mail!


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For 70 years, Bigelow Tea has heard feedback from tea drinkers around the world. And throughout that time, hearing from you—our fantastic fans—has been a highlight of our day. We’ve heard about family traditions and the part that Bigelow Tea plays, and have read about your favorite flavors (and not-so-favorite flavors, sometimes!) and recipes. As the times and technology have shifted from letters and envelopes to emails and website reviews, what hasn’t changed is the love for Bigelow tea.

Judy in Seattle said that “Constant Comment®” is the “only tea for me!” She began drinking the flavor when she was 4 years old and her mom would take her to visit a family friend. Judy shared that she would drink it every day after school, and to this day, she’s continued the tradition after work and many times a day on the weekends. She said, “Tea time has been a ritual in my life that has given me great comfort and I have passed it on with my own family. I have tried hundreds of teas in many countries always looking for another tea that I liked as much as ‘Constant Comment’ and I have never found one that compares. Thank you so much for the amazing blend of tea, citrus and spices. It is absolutely perfect!”

bigelow tea mint medleyOn the other coast in Tallahassee, Georgianna loves Mint Medley. She said that she drinks it every day at work. “It makes me feel warm and cozy at my desk!”

 

 

bigelow tea green tea with lemonAnd Jen in Kansas City wrote that her go-to flavor is Green Tea with Lemon. She even credits the tea with helping her break her diet soda habit. “This tea is so light and refreshing with a perfect pop of lemon flavor. It is wonderful hot, but I especially love it over ice for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up.”

 

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Fran from Fairview Park loves Perfect Peach in the evenings, and thinks it tastes like a warm peach pie in a cup. “The back note of spice is perfect, and with a little milk and a little sugar, it’s like a relaxing 14-calorie piece of pie. Delicious!”

 

 

Mornings, afternoons and evenings—whatever the time—Bigelow Tea is a great choice. Do you have a favorite story or memory with Bigelow Tea? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

So Happy To Hear We Aren’t The Only Ones Loving Bigelow Iced Tea!

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During the summer months, drinks get cooler and the days get longer and now that we are in June, that means one thing—it’s time for iced tea! Easily made and enjoyed by the pitcher or by the glass, iced tea is a low-calorie way to stay hydrated. And this June, what better way to celebrate National Iced Tea Month than with a glass of Bigelow Tea over ice? To help you decide on which flavor to savor, we’ve collected a few of our favorite reviews and comments from fans like you. Check them out:

  • “You know when people say, ‘This is the best such-and-such I’ve ever tasted.’? Usually an exaggeration. I’m saying it; and I really mean it. I adore this stuff. I tried one pack of it on a whim. It. was. amazing. The next time I went back to the store, I purchased 7 more boxes. That’s 42 quarts of tea, folks. We burn through it so fast.” – Heather from Bellevue, who is a fan of Bigelow Half Tea & Half Lemonade with Pomegranate.
  • “Deliciously awesome!” – John from Whitestone, who loves the Iced Tea and Lemonade flavor.
  • “This is my most favorite tea! The aroma is absolutely amazing and it actually does taste like a peach pie in a cup! Great way to help unwind! :)” – Emily from Emporia, referring to Bigelow Perfect Peach® Herbal Iced Tea.
  • “Other than coffee and water, Bigelow Red Raspberry Iced Tea is the only liquid I consume on a daily basis. I don’t like any other tea nearly as much. It is so good it doesn’t even need sweetener of any kind!” – Carol, Pilot
  • “I have been buying Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea by the case several times throughout the summer for close to ten years now. I love it with three or four lemon slices and sweetener. Tastes like raspberry lemonade to me, soooooo refreshing on a hot summer day.” – Lee, Salt Lake City
  • “One of the best teas I have ever had.” – Charles from Fremont, who enjoys Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea.

In the event your favorite flavor is not one in the Bigelow Iced Tea line, you can always add ice to your go-to brew!

  • “We are huge fans of I Love Lemon. It is the perfect balance of lemon, lemongrass and rosehips and is never too tart. The hint of peppermint is a welcome bonus too. We enjoy it year round, hot or iced… Thank you Bigelow for making such a great tea blend and hope you’ll always keep it in your lineup!” – Terry, Charlotte
  • Catherine J. Curtis suggests a glass of “Chai with some vanilla soy milk, sugar and ice!”
  • Sandy from White Springs likes to make a gallon of iced tea by combining two bags of Orange and Spice Herbal Tea with two bags of Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea + Probiotics. “I love its blend of spices!”

We also love to see the feedback on our social media channels. Linda Cunningham shared the tip of combining Bigelow Green and Black tea over ice on our Facebook page, and Cecil Young, Jr. commented that his favorite Bigelow teas to enjoy iced are Green Tea with Lemon or Earl Grey@LukeIsASequin tweeted that his favorite flavor over ice is Constant Comment and @LeahTweetr is a fan of Mint Medley.

Of course, you could always follow B from Newtown’s lead: “During family meals we only serve water, seltzer, milk, orange juice, and Bigelow iced tea!!!” Now that’s a tradition worth getting behind with your family or friends this summer. Ahhh… we can already hear the ice clinking. Enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Reports On Trends Behind Tea’s Growing Popularity

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According to a report by the Tea Association of the U.S. (a study we recently shared that talked about the growth of the tea industry), food and beverage trends indicate that consumers are increasingly demanding healthier options. As a result, they have been choosing tea as a better-for-you alternative to other beverages.

Since 1945, Bigelow Tea, a third generation family run business, has been creating teas made with the highest quality natural ingredients, sourcing teas grown high in the mountains and herbs from the world’s finest gardens, choices that have kept us ahead of bigelow tea steep decaf green teathe trends over the years!

Additionally, the tea report indicates that while consumers want to find simple ways to incorporate healthier food and drinks into their daily lives, they also want products that offer exciting new flavors along with the convenience. Bigelow Tea has continued to meet consumers’ desires by providing them with an expanding variety of teas from the original “Constant Comment” ® tea to over 130 flavors of specialty teas including our new line of 13 organic non-gmo teas, steep by Bigelow.

Tea fits perfectly with the trends in consumer’s food and beverage preferences. It is no wonder why more people are drinking tea and why the U.S. Tea Association expects tea to grow in popularity for a long time to come.

Start and Finish A Meal with Bigelow Green Tea

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Bigelow Tea has spent over 70 years developing and perfecting some of America’s favorite tea blends. These multidimensional flavors are delicious on their own, but can be further enhanced when paired with the right foods! You’ve heard of tea and scones, but have you ever considered pairing Bigelow Green Tea with steamed shellfish? It’s a big yes!

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Bigelow Green Tea is delicate, smooth, and mellow on the palate. Facebook fan Nickolette Simmons says “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine” and we couldn’t agree more! Its clean notes of green melon and grass pair well with lighter dishes such as Steamed Clams in Lemon-Garlic Broth (pictured below). This flavorful dish is prepared with Bigelow I Love Lemon, an invigorating blend of lemon and lemongrass, meaning double the Bigelow Tea in this perfect pair!

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Another go-to pairing for Green Tea is a good veggie dish. Bigelow’s Green Tea Ramen Soup uses Bigelow Green Tea to create a warm, comforting broth. Pair this with a hot cuppa Bigelow Green Tea and say hello to the ultimate cold and flu fighter!

If Green is your favorite cuppa Bigelow, try one of these pairing tips next cup you steep!

Let Bigelow Tea Know: Where Is Your Favorite Place To Sip Tea During The Year?

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Spring, summer, fall, and winter… the Bigelow Tea family knows each season provides a special reason for pouring that perfect cup or glass of tea. Of course, it could be argued that any time of the year is great for sipping on your favorite Bigelow Tea type. Yet, if a choice must be made, let’s consider these four scenarios: would it involve cooling off with a glass of iced tea on a warm summer day or perhaps savoring green tea indoors on a rainy spring day? Sitting by the fire with a mug of hot black tea on a cold winter’s night sounds appealing like Instagrammer @mrsjensclark’s steaming cup of Bigelow’s French Vanilla. So does brewing a seasonal flavor while watching the autumn leaves come down off their trees!

Each season certainly offers the opportunity to sip your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor. Let Bigelow Tea know when and where you’re mostly likely to be found enjoying a cup by completing the survey below:

Bigelow Tea Fan Kristy Shares How To Start A Tea Bag Garden

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At Bigelow Tea, we are big fans of composting, so we get super excited when a tea fan shares a new composting tip, especially when it involves used Bigelow tea bags.  Meet fan Kristy as she shares her family story, the how-tos and pictures on starting a tea bag garden:

You can start a garden easily and with very little expense using tea bags.  When I was growing up, my family would go to Puerto Rico every year for spring break.  It was there, visiting my grandmother (Abuela), that I first learned about tea bag gardening. 

My grandmother always served tea in the evening and collected our used tea bags in a glass jar.  At the time, being about 6 years old, I thought this was an odd practice, so I asked her why she was saving our old tea bags and she said that she would show me in the morning.  The next morning, my grandmother passed on the steps that I will now share with you. 

 

How To Start A Tea Bag Garden

You will need:

  • Disposable serving tray
  • Seeds of your choice
  • Used Bigelow tea bags-any flavor –minus the staple
  • Unbleached paper towels
  • Watering pitcher
  • Small blade/knife (optional)

Step by step instructions:

  1. Begin with a plate, platter or disposable serving tray (found at any Dollar Store).
  1. Line your tray with unbleached paper towels.  Use unbleached paper towels to avoid chemical leaching.
  1. Prepare your fresh tea bags (prepare normally using boiling water from your kettle) or take your collection of used tea bags and moisten them in water.bigelow tea tea garden
  1. Place your moistened tea bags on your tray.  Be sure to allow space between the bags.
  1. Next, using a small blade/knife or your fingers, make a small slit in the tea bags (large enough to plant your seeds).
  1. Now, take 2-3 seeds and push them into the slit that you made in the tea bag so that the seeds are slightly covered by the tea leaves.  Note that because the tea leaves are moist, some of the contents of the tea bag will get on your fingers but be patient and continue to make sure that the seed is indeed in place.
  1. Take your watering pitcher and pour water onto the paper towels-NOT directly onto the teabags.bigelow tea tea bags garden
  1. Now place your tea bag garden in a sunny area and wait for your seeds to sprout.  Be sure to keep the paper towels moistened and depending on sun exposure, temperature and watering, seeds should begin to sprout in 10-15 days.  Note that some seeds do take longer to germinate so don’t give up!
  1. Once you have a small sprout, take the ENTIRE tea bag and plant it in your garden which can be a raised bed or container.   And no worries about doing this because the tea bag that you used as a planter/seed starter is great compost for your garden.

 

As an adult and an avid gardener, I now know that this is a great way to begin your garden as there is less shock to your seedling because you don’t have to remove it from the tea bag. 

I am so happy to pass along my grandmother’s garden/tea tip.  Happy tea drinking and good luck with this season’s garden!

 

Kristy from Shelton, CT
Bigelow Tea Fan

Bigelow Tea Gets A Kick Out Of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Latest Tea-Drinking Adventure

If you follow soccer, then the name Cristiano Ronaldo sounds awfully familiar. One of the most famous professional soccer players in the world, the Real Madrid C.F. and Portuguese National Team player has set multiple records on the field. Off the field, Cristiano is no stranger to fame and is known as someone who loves to have a good laugh (which Bigelow Tea can certainly appreciate).

As you can imagine, life as a famous athlete is no doubt a hectic one. And Cristiano proved just that when he had a little fun by recording how many times he was interrupted with requests for pictures while drinking tea at a café with a friend. Within a few minutes, Cristiano posed dozens of times with fans while sipping. Whew… what an adventure it is to be such a high-profile celebrity! At least he was a good sport about it—with a cup of chamomile tea in hand, no less!

Bigelow Tea Wants To Know Which Tea You’re Inspired To Try This Spring!

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Spring into spring this year by trying a new Bigelow Tea flavor! This season, go beyond your go-to and experience something new. Looking for a welcoming, yet mellow flavor with floral notes? Try Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea. Seeking a tea with an aroma that will transport you to the tropics? Look no further than Green Tea with Mango. A fan of fresh flavors with a hint of tartness? Savor a cup of Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea whenever you need a pick-me-up. Are you wishing for bright flavors that remind you of a summer day all year ‘round? Then Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Teais the perfect choice!

If these flavors are enticing your tastebuds, Bigelow Tea is curious to know which tea you’re most interested in sipping this season. Take the survey below and share your new tea ventures!

Image by Lucy Djevdet via Flickr