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Bigelow Tea Reflects On America And Independence Day

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The land of the free and the home of the brave … that is America, the country we celebrate as we head into Independence Day weekend. Bigelow Tea is proud to be American-made and American-run. For three generations, the tea you love has been blended and boxed right here in the USA.  Yes, 4th of July is a great time for barbecues and iced Bigelow Tea, but it is also a day to remember those who gave the United States its independence and those who continue to fight for peace and freedom on our behalf.

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One small way Bigelow Tea supports those in the military is by sending them tea. Third generation CEO and President, Cindi Bigelow, started the Tea for the Troops program as “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” To date, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow Tea have been sent to troops serving in German, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

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In addition, Bigelow Tea was proud to recently sponsor Warrior Week in Virginia. Cindi and Tim Richmond, a veteran and Bigelow Tea Project Manager, cycled in the 80-mile Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge on May 29. The ride was followed by a beach reception sponsored by Bigelow Tea.

As you enjoy a beautiful summer weekend—and possibly sip some iced American Classic or American Breakfast tea— please take a moment to remember the significance of Independence Day and all that it means to be an American.

 

Bigelow Tea: Made In The USA

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This weekend, millions of people will honor Independence Day, a time when families celebrate their American heritage … and the Bigelow Tea family is no exception. Seventy years and three generations ago, family-owned and operated Bigelow Tea planted its roots in American soil. To this day, every batch of tea is still blended and packaged in the United States, and each Bigelow Tea employee is based here, too. America is a land of opportunity, and Bigelow Tea wants to help keep those opportunities plentiful.

July is the perfect time of year to celebrate — the weather is warm, the family gatherings give everyone a reason to smile, and barbecues with endless pitchers of iced tea are the perfect excuse to get outside. Toast to the weekend with a glass of Bigelow Tea Iced Tea and Lemonade or cool down with a round of Bigelow® Frozen Iced Teas, made with Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea —a flavor that @angiejromero claims is “positively the best tea around!” If you’re in the mood for a drink with a kick, try a recipe for Simply Summer White Sangria, made with Bigelow Tea Pomegranate Pizzazz or quite simply have a cup of our American Breakfast tea hot or cold!

So grab that mason jar, pick out your favorite Bigelow blend, and join in the celebration: of family, of tea, of America.

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Bigelow Looks Back at the History of Afternoon Tea

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A cup of Bigelow Tea is delicious any time of day, but there’s something classic and whimsical about sitting down for afternoon tea. The idea of afternoon tea is said to have originated in the early 1800s in England by Anna, the 7thDuchess of Bedford. Anna proposed having tea around four or five in the afternoon to ward off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread. These habits soon became popular at social gatherings and started a trend that survives to this day: afternoon tea!

Afternoon tea takes on many forms, but more formal events include teacakes and breads, fresh fruit, cucumber sandwiches, and scones with Devonshire cream and jam (with tea, of course).  Embrace the tradition by incorporating Bigelow Tea recipes like I Love Lemon® Quick Bread and Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad for extra fun and flavor. And, don’t forget the tea! Sip to your heart’s content with a ‘cuppa Bigelow Tea Earl Grey or a robust Darjeeling.

Whether you’re hosting guests or taking time to enjoy a “tea party for one” like @graceglimmersBigelow Tea has the perfect blend to make your afternoon tea a success!

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Looking Back Through the Years of Bigelow Tea for Family History Day

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The year was 1945, and Ruth Campbell Bigelow spent weeks blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Soon she emerged with the first cup of what we now know as “Constant Comment®.” Three generations and 70 years later, Bigelow Tea remains family-owned and operated, and is the #1 specialty tea company in the country. Given that Family History Day is this Sunday, June 14, there’s no better time to celebrate the history of Bigelow Tea!

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After creating “Constant Comment,” Ruth began to sell it from store to store. One day, a shopkeeper shared that he had opened a container of Ruth’s tea to allow his consumers to enjoy the amazing aroma. “One whiff and they were sold!” he exclaimed. Ruth immediately started including an “extra” little jar of “Constant Comment” labeled “open and whiff” with each case shipped. Stores across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers. It was a defining moment that helped Bigelow Tea grow and succeed, and to this day, Bigelow Tea fans like @joelance comment on the blend’s sweet and spicy aroma.

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This weekend, take a minute to learn some of your family history either by calling a family member or researching your ancestry online. There’s no better way to discover the defining moments of your family than over a mug of Bigelow Tea.

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates A Record-Breaking Iced Tea Day

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Iced Tea Day 2015 is here, and Bigelow Tea is going big this year to celebrate the singular summertime pleasure of fresh-brewed tea over ice! Excitement has indeed been brewing as the Town of Summerville, S.C., the birthplace of sweet tea, today attempts to shatter the Guinness World Records for the largest glass of iced tea, using 116 pounds of tea leaves from Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Garden!

Our shared goal is to make a 1,400-gallon, nearly 12-foot “glass” of iced tea (once it’s decorated with a straw, a lid and a lemon!) sweetened with 2,100 pounds of local sugar to create sweet tea, the South’s preferred version of iced tea, chilled to a cool 42◦ with 2,800 pounds of ice. A record-smashing tea party is planned for this evening in Summerville, after the Guinness adjudicator verifies the new world record.

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Adding to the fun for Bigelow Tea is the special connection the company has to both the Charleston Tea Garden and Summerville. Acquired in 2003 by Eunice and David Bigelow and the family-owned #1 specialty tea company (now in its 70th year), the Charleston Tea Garden is a 120-acre working tea farm located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston.  The tea plants that thrive in the lush fields were transplanted there in 1963 from the former Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville.  Today, the Charleston Tea Garden grows 100% American-grown tea — without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides — that goes into the making of gluten-free, non-GMO American Classic Tea® and Charleston Tea Plantation loose and bagged teas.

Bigelow Tea is proud to be a part of the rich history of tea in America and thrilled to support Summerville’s epic tea party! Happy Iced Tea Day!

 

Get Bigelow Tea’s 2015 Limited Edition First Flush Loose Tea!

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The Bigelow Tea team is flush with excitement and ready to share some important news from the Charleston Tea Garden! The very first tea leaves of the season were recently harvested, and that means American Classic First Flush® Loose Tea is now stocked and ready for sale! This unique black tea comes out only once a growing season and is made entirely from tea plants grown at the tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island.

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This “First Flush” tea is produced from the leaves of the tea plants’ new growth for the season, which is called their “first flush.” The leaves from this early part of the growing season produce a smooth and mellow flavor for a truly pure and fresh cup of fine tea.

But First Flush® quantities are quite limited, so be sure to get yours soon! It’s easy to purchase First Flush® Loose Tea through the Bigelow Tea website and have it shipped directly to you, or if you happen to be near the tea garden, do stop by the gift shop to buy your tea there. Each 2.3-ounce canister, which is a lovely shade of ivory, costs $15. Try it, and don’t be shy about sharing what you think about this very special tea via FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

 

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Sip your way to serenity and wellbeing with Bigelow Tea! If you love yoga, you’ll be happy to know that drinking tea can create a peaceful, good feeling similar to the one you get from practicing yoga! Yes, the light amount of caffeine and L-Theanine in tea have the effect of both stimulating the mind and relaxing the body! @cici1722 tweeted about starting her day with both: “Hot yoga, green tea, and dressed for work all before 8 am.” Nice! As you sip your mug of Bigelow Tea today, check out this video (above). Third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow shares some great information about tea and health! Namaste!

 

What Do Kim Kardashian And Bigelow Tea Have In Common? Mango Iced Tea Of Course!

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As warmer weather approaches, it’s the ideal time to add Bigelow Tea’s mango teas to your shopping list! If you love Bigelow Tea Green Tea with Mango like tea enthusiast @foreveryours072, try it over ice. It’s a perfect choice for an accompaniment to a fresh salad, à la celeb Kim Kardashian who recently revealed to her “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” fans that her favorite go-to meal was a chef salad and mango iced tea. Great choice, Kim!

Bigelow Tea offers a few mango-flavored options, Green Tea with Mango and the herbal Chamomile Mango. Both are refreshing and seriously delicious when served iced!

bigelow tea chamomile mango and green tea with mango If you’d like to channel your inner Kardashian, you should try one of Bigelow Tea’s salad recipes—such as the Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette or the Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad—made with Bigelow Tea of course. Serve it with a side of iced tea, turn on Kayne West’s latest album, and before you know it, you may even feel like you’re guest starring in the latest episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians!”

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Bigelow Tea Reports More Good News About Green Tea Via Time Magazine

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Bigelow Tea reported previously that Time magazine published an article listing seven reasons to drink Green Tea—as if taste, aroma and all-around awesomeness weren’t motivation enough! Here are reasons four through seven as reported by Time. Drink up and enjoy!

Green tea could lower your cholesterol. Green tea has been linked to lower levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Overall, tea drinkers had slightly lower levels of LDL than those who did not drink green tea.

Green tea may promote healthy gums. A lower rate of gum-tissue loss and bleeding was found in those who regularly drank green tea, according to researchers at a Japanese university. The more tea subjects drank, the fewer symptoms of periodontal disease they displayed, so downing more than one cup a day could go a long way toward improving your oral health.

Green tea is good for your heart. Drinking green tea every day could help lower your risk of heart disease, according to Harvard Medical School. Regular tea drinkers showed a 26% lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke in a Japanese study of over 40,000 participants. But these participants consumed at least five cups of green tea per day, so drink up if you’re after a healthy heart.

Green tea gives you an energy boost. Even those trying to cut back on caffeine can reap the energy benefits of green tea. Because one 8-oz. cup of green tea contains 24-25 milligrams of caffeine, vs. 95 to 200 milligrams in a cup of coffee, tea offers a boost of energy with a lower risk of the headaches, shakiness and nausea that come with caffeine overload. And a little caffeine can boost exercise endurance, according to research published in the American Journal of Physiology.

So, as you brew your Bigelow Green Tea today, which @anna_banana_13_ wisely tweets “is really the best green tea,” enjoy the tea and think about all the good you are doing for you body!

 

Bigelow Tea Reports On Penn State Research That Says Green Tea May Keep Your Mouth Safe From Certain Forms Of Cancer

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Yes, Bigelow Tea in a big mug can warm your hands and it can bring delicious aromas to your nose … but it’s the mouth that really gets to enjoy Bigelow Tea. The mouth is the gateway to Bigelow Tea’s rich flavors and that soothing sensation of sipping and swallowing tea. Now there’s news that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer! Read on.

A new Pennsylvania State University study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food stated that green tea might kill oral cancer cells, and boost healthy ones. In the study the authors found that a compound in green tea triggers a process in the cancerous cells’ mitochondria that leads to early cell death. A previous study in 2002 found that green tea could induce cancer cell death and suggested “regular consumption of green tea could be beneficial in the prevention of oral cancer.”

This is exciting news! So, in addition to tasting good, keeping you warm and making special memories, Bigelow Green Tea might keep your mouth healthy. Another wonderful reason to enjoy Bigelow Tea during its milestone 70th year@DarlenyGomezR tweeted that she might be obsessed with Bigelow’s green tea … are you?