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Bigelow Tea Adds Flavor Excitement to the Holiday Season

The Bigelow Tea family, renowned for three generations for their tea blending craftsmanship, is delighted to add scrumptious new teas to its ever-popular seasonal tea line that are perfect for holiday enjoyment, and on target with today’s consumer taste trends.

In addition to Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea, Bigelow’s Harvest line now includes:

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Salted Caramel Tea!

Reflecting the latest confectionary trend of melding a salty note to rich buttery caramel, all-natural Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea captures all the appeal of this popular, full-bodied-caramel flavor combination. To achieve its tantalizing flavor profile, the expert American tea blenders at Bigelow Tea have combined hand-picked black tea with natural caramel and salt flavors. Amazingly, for a beverage so loaded with indulgent flavor, Salted Caramel Tea has zero calories and no sodium for a sublime, guilt-free indulgence.

Adding zest to the Bigelow’s already delicious Holiday line of Eggnogg’n® Tea and Ginger Snappish® Herbal Tea, is this refreshing new offering:

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Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea!

As fans of peppermint bark candy know, peppermint and chocolate make a wonderfully refreshing flavor combination that is truly irresistible! Now, consumers can enjoy this delicious Holiday favorite – a hallmark of season, in a whole new way. Bigelow Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea is an all-natural herbal tea that is decadently rich in chocolaty flavor with a cool, fresh minty finish. Hot and cool at the same time, it makes a perfect treat to warm body and soul on a cool day. Here’s another reason to celebrate. This caffeine-free treat has zero calories.

“We are truly thrilled to offer these richly flavorful teas to the growing world of tea drinkers,” says Cindi Bigelow, 3rd generation president and CEO of the family-owned company. “Everyone who has tried them absolutely loves the comfort and pleasure of these tempting seasonal tea treats. They’re two of the holidays’ favorite flavors. Pure enjoyment – with no calories and no guilt!”

Protective Packaging

True to tradition, both new flavors are packaged in individually wrapped tea bags in Bigelow’s signature foil pouch to protect them from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, to keep the tea as fresh and flavorful as the day it was blended. It’s easy to tuck a few into a pocket or handbag to enjoy the fresh, luscious flavor anywhere, anytime throughout the busy holidays.

Look for Bigelow Harvest and Holiday Teas in free-standing floor shippers at retailers starting in October. They will also be available at bigelowtea.com.

“We invite you to try our new teas” says Cindi Bigelow. “Not only are they a satisfying pleasure that you’ll want to enjoy often, they make wonderful gifts for family, friends, colleagues, teachers – anyone you think deserves a holiday treat. Pop them in a gift bag with a special mug and spread the joy!”

 

Sip & Savor Bigelow Tea During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month everyone is encouraged to learn more about the disease and to consider ways to help those affected by it. If you or a loved one has breast cancer, you know that rest and relaxation can be important parts of the healing process. So today, brew a mug of Bigelow Tea and take some time out for yourself. And since it’s a month to “think pink,” why not give English Breakfast Tea (in its pretty pink box) a try! It’s the favorite of many tea lovers including @smartdinnerplan who tweeted about it recently!

Like mindful meditation or deep breathing, sipping a soothing cup of Bigelow Tea can help calm your mind, body and soul. Herbal blends, in particular, offer aromas and tastes that can just “take you away” from it all. Try Chamomile Mango or the truly comforting blend Sweet Dreams®. Green Tea is another option, and studies have shown that it can be a lovely and delicious part of your everyday wellness.

Because October happens to offer some of the year’s prettiest weather, it’s a wonderful time to walk and savor life. So, whether you march in a Breast Cancer awareness walk or just step outside and meander to the mailbox, enjoy some fresh air and think about your health this month. Bigelow Tea will be ready for you when you come back inside!

 

Bigelow Tea Talks Celiac Disease

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Bigelow Tea is all about a great cup of tea with so many tea varieties and different flavors  that speak for themselves! But even more than that, Bigelow Tea also promotes a healthy lifestyle and diet, and that’s why October’s Celiac Awareness Month is so important.

It’s vital to take care of yourself and bring mindfulness to your day. Celiac Sprue (also known as gluten intolerance) is a serious medical condition you should be aware of—a permanent immune reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. If you are concerned about gluten, it’s good to know that all current Bigelow Teas are formulated to be gluten-free. There are even several Gluten-Free Recipes made with your favorite Bigelow Teas!

Fortunately Celiac disease is becoming less of mystery and has become more accurately diagnosed over recent years. This serious intolerance to gluten can actually damage the lining of the small intestines, preventing absorption of some nutrients. The condition touches as many as 1 in 150 Americans.

But if you are watching your gluten intake, you can sit back and relax with your cuppa from Bigelow Tea. BT fan Cristi tweeted that Bigelow Tea is a part of her routine because “self-care is so Important!” That’s for sure!

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New Bigelow American Breakfast Gives Tea a Caffeine Boost!

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Tea drinkers longing for a stronger wake-up brew – and coffee drinkers wanting to add variety to their repertoire of caffeinated beverages – now have options! Bigelow Tea introduces American Breakfast teas, an all-new line of robust black teas naturally formulated with 50% more caffeine than the average cup of tea.

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New niche, new opportunity

Bigelow American Breakfast Tea creates a new niche in the category that will be embraced by tea lovers and coffee drinkers alike. As one early taste tester noted: “This tea is perfect for someone like me who likes the boost and buzz of coffee but not the acidity. I would keep this on hand as an alternative to my morning java, as well as for a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up – not just for breakfast.”

Not your ordinary cup of tea

Line priced at $2.99, this unique and innovative beverage naturally delivers all the benefits of Bigelow’s smooth and flavorful black tea with a higher caffeine boost than typically found in a cup of tea. It’s the perfect way to start the day — or get an extra dose of energy any time of day, without nerve-jangling side effects. The full line consists of:

Perfectly blended pick-me-up for any time of day.

New Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are specially formulated with natural black tea extract – a concentrated form of brewed black tea – to deliver 60-90mg of caffeine per cup, versus the typical 30-60mg in regular black tea.

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Yet despite the significantly higher caffeine content, drinkers will not experience the ‘rush and crash’ effect typical of coffee thanks to L-Theanine, the naturally occurring compound found almost exclusively in tea.

Cindi Bigelow, 3rd generation president and CEO of the family-owned company, explains what tea drinkers instinctively already know. “The lift you get from the caffeine in tea is different from that of coffee. That’s because tea has the added benefit of Theanine, a naturally occurring component in tea. Studies have shown this unique combination gives tea drinkers a sustained energy boost and, at the same time, a feeling of relaxation and focus similar to what is achieved through meditation.”

All natural, all delicious

True to family tradition, Bigelow American Breakfast Tea is crafted with premium, all natural ingredients to create a beautiful cup of tea. Its superb tea leaves are from the preferred high-grown bushes sourced from the world’s finest tea gardens. These pure blends — even the honey-flavored option that derives its flavor from natural honey, contain no sugar and no calories.

Like all Bigelow teas, each bag is individually wrapped in Bigelow’s signature foil pouch to protect it from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, to keep the tea as fresh and flavorful as the day it was blended. This special packaging makes it easy to tuck away in a pocket or handbag to enjoy the fresh, robust flavor on the go.

And All-American!

Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are teas created for the American consumer’s palate and are blended and packaged in the U.S.A.

Consumers will be further pleased to know that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the American Breakfast Tea line goes to support our U.S. service men and women.

In the words of Cindi Bigelow, “I invite you to sip a cup of our beautiful American Breakfast Tea; made in America, by an American family, for the American consumer. And as always, we hope our teas delight you.”

 

Celebrate National Organic Harvest Month With Bigelow Tea!

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September is that glorious month when summer meets and greets autumn, and Mother Nature celebrates this  “changing of the guard” by providing a rich and flavorful bounty of vegetables and fruit.  Join Bigelow Tea in celebrating National Organic Harvest Month™  to help raise awareness of the importance of North American organic agriculture and to encourage people to choose healthy (and tasty!) organic foods.  When you “go organic” and make efforts to live sustainably, you reap what you sow… literally, and in the best possible way.

bigelow tea organicBigelow Tea has turned the practice of Sustainabili-TEA into a lifestyle choice.  From community involvement to waste reduction and energy conservation, Bigelow Tea is 100% committed to preserving the environment, eating  healthy foods, and drinking plenty of Bigelow Tea! With a flavorful selection of certified organic teas at your fingertips, tea fans who choose to go organic, have many options, like Organic Imperial Earl Grey with Natural Bergamot or Organic Moroccan Mint Herbal Tea. And, for those purists (you know who you are!), nothing says organic like Bigelow Tea’s  All Natural Organic Pure Green Tea (USDA organic)!  All of Nature’s goodness in one little teabag…  simply marvelous!   Just ask@abrinezr, who tweeted a pic of the teas; he’ll give it a green thumb’s up!

So, as you bid summer a fond “adieu” and say “hello” to the colorful season of autumn, savor the natural flavors of organic food and libation.

2nd image by Jina Lee via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Oz Likes Bigelow Tea

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Bigelow Tea’s classic Green Tea is pictured and featured in an article in the October/November issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life. The piece has reported on green tea and shared that studies show it may have health benefits, particularly when people consume 2-3 eight-ounce cups a day.  The staff of the magazine taste-tested several blends and raved about Bigelow Tea! They called it “Darned good”” and “pleasantly mild.” They also said, “I’d buy it.” Share your love for Green Tea on Facebook (like our fan Peggy Clay who posted “Love Love Love Bigelow Green Tea”) if you agree!

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Sipping Bigelow Green Tea Is Smart!

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Bigelow Tea recognizes that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month—so here’s some info about the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.

Symptoms of Prostate cancer include frequent or painful urination and frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.

Living a healthy lifestyle (eating well, avoiding smoking and exercising often) can help prevent the disease, but men over the age of 50—or over 40 if you are African-American or have a family history of the disease—should consider yearly exams for the disease.

A study, published in the academic journal Phytomedicine, suggests that green tea could play a vital role in protecting the body against cancer. That’s good news for @juliahartlieb, who tweeted that she drinks “endless” cups of it every day!

Bigelow Tea good friend Joe Torre—who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999—also knows that sipping green tea is an easy way to feel good every day!

So now that you’ve been educated about the prostate, it’s time to break out the Bigelow Green Tea and sip your way to good health!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition. Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea Loves Tempting Teapots

As the hippest tea lovers know, tea drinking is a delicious ritual whether you’re grabbing a to-go mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea on the run (don’t be late for that awesome internship!) or sipping from a steaming mug with study buddies. Either way, the mug you love can be a bold statement to invite conversation. If you’re looking for another way to put your tea on display, serve your favorite variety in a dazzling teapot.

If you’re into unique and creative teapot designs, look no further than the National Teapot Show, running through early September in North Carolina. Artists from all over the United States and Canada showcase their creative works of ar-tea-stry. Here are a few that will be on display:

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Teapot by Barbara McKenzie

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Teapot by Steve Hansen

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Teapot by Beth J. Tarkington

Another great place to check out #teapot fashions is Instagram, to see what artists are designing.

Check out these beauties from @newdaypottery:

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Image via instagram, @newdaypottery

Kermit the Frog also makes a cute musical teapot!

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Photo via instagram, @pawsandreflect

So tell us, which teapot tempts you?

 

US Open Tennis & Bigelow Tea: What a Match!

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Love. Set. Serve. Important tennis terms, yes? But also words that apply to the joy of drinking Bigelow Tea! As the US Open tennis begins in Flushing Meadows, New York, here’s a little discussion of what tea and tennis have in common.

Love. The term for “zero,” in tennis originated with the idea that tennis is played for the love of the game. And how does this apply to your cup of Bigelow Tea? Well, everyone loves it, of course! Raise your hand if you agree with the phrase (and the name of a tasty Bigelow herbal tea) “I Love Lemon!”

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Set. Tennis matches are made up of sets. Winning in straight sets is a seriously great thing. And how does the word “set” apply to tea? That’s easy: Bigelow Tea offers an amazing range of gift sets to give the tea lovers in your life.

Serve. Possibly the tennis player’s most powerful tool is his or her serve. It’s how each point begins, and a serve that the opposing player cannot return is called an “ace.” In the tea world, serving tea is the final step in getting that mug to your eager lips. Serve your Bigelow Tea over ice in the summer for a truly refreshing experience.

Tea and tennis fans like @TeaForDummies appreciate a little tea with their tennis. So, as you enjoy watching the players at the US Open this year, brew up some Bigelow Tea and remember that tennis and tea make a perfect match!

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It’s National Lemonade Day: Tart it up with Bigelow Tea

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Tangy. Tart. Sour. All words used to describe the beaming lemon. And no better time than National Lemonade Day for Bigelow Tea to celebrate this wonder fruit. In fact, Bigelow Tea makes a Half-and-Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blend of rich black tea and lightly sweetened lemonade that’s brew-ready and super-refreshing!  The perfect cup to drink today … and everyday! Twitter pal @mariatack knows it’s “perfect for a hot day.”

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So, while we’re on the subject, some lemon tidbits to brighten your day…

Lemons possess detoxifying and antibacterial propertiesskin brightening benefits, work to repel insects, and are a great source of potassium, which helps with clear thinking, normalizing blood pressure and regulating water balance.  Cleansing, astringent and aromatic, dipped in salt or baking powder, lemon juice can even polish copper pots and fine silver.  Wow, what can’t the lemon do?

So, where are lemons grown? On US soil, mainly in California and Arizona, although the lemon tree flourishes in temperate climes and is iconic to the mountainous landscape of Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, the birthplace of limoncello.

And here’s a fascinating ditty: when given a choice of eating an orange, grapefruit, peach, apple or lemon, cows will choose lemons first! The assumption being: The juice works wonders as a digestive aid.

So don’t be a sourpuss! Turn lemons into Bigelow Tea lemonade today. And drink up!