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Leadership, Sacrifice And Courage: Bigelow Tea Spends A Day With Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman

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It’s not every day we get to meet a hero. But a few weeks back, that’s exactly what we did. Decorated former United States Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman spent a few awe inspiring hours at the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he personally addressed Bigelow employees.   The visit was shared via live feed to our teams in Louisville, KY and Boise, ID. As founder and spokesperson of the Combat Wounded Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports combat wounded warriors and families of the fallen, and author of the memoir The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Officer, Jason spent some time talking about leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity. It was an honor and privilege to hear him speak.

Jason served 21 years with the U.S. Navy — 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and 10 years as a SEAL officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded in a firefight in Iraq after his team was ambushed. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Jason bravely faced his challenges by writing a bright orange sign to hang on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. It read:bigelow-tea-sign

Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.  

— The Management

The original sign on the door, signed by President George W. Bush, now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda as an inspiration to his fellow service men and women.

After 37 surgeries, Jason candidly shares his experiences and positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s courageous military forces and their families. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and the U.S. Army Ranger tab, along with numerous other personal and unit awards.bigelow-tea-cindi-bigelow-jason-redman

Just as Jason is committed to the U.S. military community, so are we. In 2009, we launched the “Tea for the Troops” program, which sends specially designed boxes of 100% American-grown tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation to U.S. military personnel overseas and in the States. To date, we have sent more than 5 million tea bags to service men and women. We also became an official sponsor of the USO in 2015. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices the members of our military—and their families—have made to keep our country free, and we will continue to support them, one tea bag at a time.

Thank you, Jason, for your service. You are an inspiration to us!

Top image: Jason Redman speaking to Bigelow Tea employees

Lower image (L-R): Cindi Bigelow, Jason Redman and his service dog, Kharma, and Jason’s wife, Erica.

Bigelow Tea Loves A Good Tea Party—Especially One Hosted By Sofia Vergara

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Celeb tea parties have been all the rage this year, and Hollywood A-listers Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are joining in on the fun! Both Sofia and Joe took to social media to give a sneak peek into a tea party they hosted—now that’s being a proud tea-drinker! Surrounded by close family and friends, it looked like the event was a success—smiling faces, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets, beautifully-arranged flowers, teacups, and guests happily drinking tea (of course).

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In an image captioned, “”What do u do when @clarissa_rezende brings u a @stefanbeharsucre cake from Brazil??!!!!!! Invite friends for Tea Partyyyyyyy,” the oh-so-lovely Colombian actress posed with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake that event decorator Clarissa Rezende brought back from São Paulo, Brazil.

We can just imagine being in Brazil with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake for a delicious treat—and perhaps a cup of tea to accompany a slice? After all, black tea is a popular Brazilian choice, either hot or iced, along with herbal teas such as mint and lemongrass.

Whether you’re having your cake and drinking tea, too, or celebrating good friends over good stories at a tea party, let’s keep showing how tea is such a big part of our lives. At Bigelow Tea, we love when celebrities share their tea-inspired moments, and we can’t wait to hear more of your stories, too. Show us your #TeaProudly moments and tell the world why you love to make a cup of tea part of your day!

A Bigelow Tea Tribute To Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen will always be considered a musical legend. He was iconic. He was tremendously influential. He was considered a visionary by so many. And as the world mourns his passing, the Bigelow family wants to give our condolences to his family, friends and many, many fans.

For six decades, Leonard revealed his soul through music and poetry. As Billboard noted, his songs that became radio hits were more likely to have been recorded by other musicians, such as “Suzanne,” by Judy Collins. In fact, it was the success of Judy’s cover of the song that led to his recording career—soon after, he released The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the first of 14 albums. And it was the beautiful lyrics in “Suzanne” that honored our “Constant Comment®” tea by making reference to “tea and oranges.”

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
Then he gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer that you’ve always been her lover

Inspired by his friendship with Suzanne Verdal, the evocative lyrics in “Suzanne” describe the afternoons they would spend together at her apartment by the Montreal harbor: she would serve him “Constant Comment” tea and fruit, and they would walk along the St. Lawrence River and by the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, where sailors prayed before heading out to sea.

“The song was begun, and the chord pattern was developed, before a woman’s name entered the song,” he told the BBC in 1994. What allegedly began as a song about his hometown of Montreal evolved into a reminiscent and melodic poem of friendship, a story that NPR’s The Salt shared in detail here.

While great songs last forever, we recognize that our time with people, even the greatest and most creative people, is fleeting. We’ll miss you, Leonard. To his fans in the tea community, let’s find some time today to turn on “Suzanne,” make a pot of “Constant Comment,” and reflect on the work of one of the greatest songwriters of time. Tag your reflective moment with #TeaProudly to share with other tea drinkers.

Who Doesn’t Love A Celeb Filled Tea Party? BAFTA LA Does It Right!

Celebs came out in full force a few months ago to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea held by BAFTA Los Angeles (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) the day before the Emmys. The annual event took place at the Boxwood cafe inside of the London Hotel in West Hollywood, and gave Brits and non-Brits alike a chance to relax before the big awards night – plus munch on teatime goodies! BAFTA Los Angeles is an organization that promotes British talent and bridges the relationship between Hollywood and the U.K. film industry, and the event included plenty of stars from the other side of the pond. Celebs such as Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones, and Laura Carmichael and Julian Fellowes (star and creator of Downton Abbey respectively) enjoyed a spread that included the ever classic scones with strawberry preserves and clotted cream, as well as a variety of tea sandwiches such as roast beef with horseradish sauce, cucumber, and egg salad and watercress. Of course, there was plenty of tea sipping, with English Breakfast, Earl Gray, and Peppermint being some of the varieties on pour. For celebs looking for a little bit more of a kick, a variety of cocktails also shared the menu. And what does a star wear to a tea party? A tea length dress of course! Clarke and Carmichael showed off their English rose radiance by wearing delicate tea length dresses that were right in tune with the theme.

If you’re looking to replicate the BAFTA experience at your own home, unfortunately we can’t promise that the cast of Game of Thrones will show up. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious recipes and flavorful teas to create a memorable event for your own friends and family!

Bigelow Likes A Green Monster’s Taste in Tea!

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It’s Halloween and you know what that means — trick or treat yourself to a warm cup of tea! Speaking of ghouls and monsters and all things spooky, actor Boris Karloff, who famously played Frankenstein’s monster as pictured, was known to be a tea enthusiast. Whether it was between takes on a movie set or sitting quietly at home, a cup of tea was never far out of his reach. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a cup between all the takes and lines?! Perhaps Green Tea (or in this case maybe our Green Tea with Lemon) helped him get into his green-tinged character?bigelow-tea-green-tea-with-lemon

Which Bigelow Tea flavor do you sip during a long day? (And, yes, a Greenie Mar-TEA-ni can count today… after all, it’s, technically, a holiday!)

Image by Insomnia Cured Here via Flickr.co

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!

Second image via Wikipedia