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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’s Lemon Lift is a Perfect Pick-Me-Up

bigelow tea lemonlift cupLike peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, tea and lemon are a classic pairing. So it’s really no surprise that Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift is such a fan favorite. In this distinctive blend of black tea, however, you don’t just taste lemon notes—your taste buds have the opportunity to flirt with the spices that the Bigelow family has added to round out the cup for a product unlike any other. Now that’s quality flavor!

As if you need more proof, Pat Benatar—ranked by Billboard magazine as the most successful female rock vocalist of all time, winner of four consecutive Grammy Awards, and creative genius bigelow tea lemon lift boxbehind timeless hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”—is a fan of Lemon Lift, too! Pat has been known to request the tart and refreshing blend before performances.

Take this stellar advice from Bigelow Tea: When life gives you lemons, slice them up and add them to a cuppa tea. It can make your day any time, which is why Lemon Lift is the perfect afternoon treat for @angelic_abbie. Pucker up and enjoy!


Bigelow Tea Is In Orbit Over British Astronaut

bigelow tea lemon lift mugFor more than 70 years Bigelow Tea has been shipping its assorted teas to stores and tea lovers across the globe … and more recently even offering cups of tea on a traveling Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar! Now it might be time to think of sending tea into outer space!

British astronaut Tim Peake did just that. While preparing for his six-month stay at the International Space Station, Peake insisted that his favorite beverage would be waiting for him up there! Brewing tea in orbit, however, is quite different from doing it on Earth. While in orbit, Peake must prepare his tea inside a special drinks pouch instead of a kettle. To make sure that he won’t end up with stewed tea, Peake created a technique of using a second pouch as a decanter so that his tea comes out just right.

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As for his choice of tea, Bigelow Tea thinks Peake will find English Teatime or Earl Grey to be stellar and traditional. Facebook fan Shirley Smith, an Earl Grey lover, would certainly agree! Or perhaps Lemon Lift after liftoff? Which Bigelow Tea blend would you be set to launch with?


On Presidents’ Day, Bigelow Tea Hails U.S. Presidential Tea Drinkers

bigelow tea american breakfastOn Presidents’ Day, Bigelow Tea gives a hail to the chiefs known for drinking tea. Here are some Commanders In Chief historically linked to the beverage.  At Mount Vernon, George Washington stocked up on teas popular during his time, and imported tea chests, silver teaspoons and even a silver-plated tea urn.

o  Letters between John and Abigail Adams mention tea. One from July 1774 describes a hostess only serving coffee since tea (during the American Revolution) was considered unpatriotic.

o  Thomas Jefferson bought different teas for Monticello, but would drink a particular type like Imperial.

o  Lyndon Johnson had four buttons installed in the Oval Office to order his favorite beverages—including tea—on demand!

o  For breakfast, Gerald Ford had tea with lemon alongside OJ, melon, and English muffins.

o  Barack Obama has been spotted drinking tea as well.

o  Let’s not forget the First Ladies! From Dolley Madison to Michelle Obama, they’ve served tea to White House guests.

This year, on Presidents’ Day, Bigelow Tea’s caffeinated American Breakfast teas are a great fit for the day off! Facebook fan Lydia Kammerer starts the morning with “large cup” every day! Sip and think about the presidents who have sipped as well.


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!

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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!

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Bigelow Tea Loves A Royal Tea To Break The Ice!

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What happens when Hollywood royalty meets British royalty at Kensington Palace? Tea is served, of course! Bigelow Tea knows that sharing tea is a lovely way for new friends to connect, and it sounds like afternoon tea turned out to be the perfect ice breaker when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie visited Kate Middleton and Prince William in June for the first time!

People magazine reported that Brad and Angie zipped over to Kensington Palace for this high-powered tea with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following a luncheon Angie attended in London.  A palace spokesman told People that the couples discussed their mutual interest in combating the illegal wildlife trade and spent much more time together than originally planned.

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Naturally, Bigelow Tea is having fun imagining what type of tea was served (and would love to have been a fly on the wall!). A classic black tea like English Breakfast or English Teatime, perhaps? Or maybe Earl Grey? Bigelow Tea uses real oil of bergamot from one special garden in Calabria, Italy, to create an Earl Grey fit for, well, royalty! It’s @SFereshetian‘s choice for teatime.

What’s your favorite Bigelow Tea to share with new friends? Do tell!


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Bigelow Tea is Steeped in Admiration for Judi Dench

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Actress Dame Judi Dench was spotted with a cup of black tea with honey while doing an interview for her film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A star of stage and screen in England for decades, Dame Judi has been known for often playing dignified, strong willed women in positions of authority which we appreciate as Bigelow Tea is a third generation family run business started by Ruth Campbell Bigelow over 70 years ago.

A recent quote by Dame Judi Dench, “celebrate the things you can do and also try to do new things” could apply to drinking tea as well…celebrate our English Teatime while trying something new like Bigelow Home Blend organic Iced Teas. What is on your list of new Bigelow tea flavors to try?

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Bigelow Tea Gives A Royal Welcome To Princess Charlotte

Bigelow Tea knows that most tea parties can’t compare to one of the most famous tea traditions in England — the christening tea of a new member of the Royal Family. And this year was no exception when Queen Elizabeth II hosted guests following the christening of Princess Charlotte, daughter of William and Kate (also known as Their Royal Highnesses Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

Brilliant, indeed! Which tea would you serve at such an impressive occasion? Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey or Darjeeling certainly has a noble ring to it, but a lighter Green Tea or Lemon Lift might better fit the summery setting — the Queen’s grand house at Sandringham in July. And of course, Constant Comment® would be a traditional favorite for such a time-honored event.

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Take a nod from @tdbeadles and raise your mug of Earl Grey to the young princess on the occasion of her christening. Here’s to the health of Princess Charlotte and many more high teas, afternoon teas and just-because teas in the future. Cheers!


Bigelow Tea Loves How “Fight Song” Singer Rachel Platten Spends Quality Time With Friends

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Whether you’re planning a casual mid-day tea party, or a low-key girls’ night in, Bigelow Tea knows that getting together for tea is a timeless ritual for connecting and relaxing with friends or family.

It looks like singer Rachel Platten feels the same way.

Rachel has been enjoying much success this year, as her powerful “Fight Song” continues to climb the charts, becoming one of this summer’s big hits.

When she gets a break from her busy schedule, you might catch Rachel and a friend enjoying tea time at the Plaza in New York City, maybe sipping Earl Grey.

After a long day that ends with a high-energy performance, Rachel might opt to stay in and unwind on the couch with a friend, chatting and sharing some cookies and some Bigelow’s Sweet Dreams Tea, with its soothing blend of chamomile flowers and mint leaves.

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While Rachel is on the road touring this summer, she may not get to meet up with friends as often. It’s nice to imagine that she takes a little time-out before each show, perhaps with a nice cup of Bigelow’s Lemon Lift to soothe her throat and get ready to give another great performance.

Bigelow Tea congratulates Rachel on her success!