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Which Bigelow Tea Seasonal Flavor Will Be YOUR Favorite? 

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors are here! Not sure which one to try first? Take a quiz and let the answer guide you… all the way to the store (or Bigelow Tea website!) to stock up. Are you ready? Set? Snow!

  1. When it comes to this time of the year, you are:
    A.   SO. EXCITED. THIS IS THE BEST TIME! All the lights, cheer and wintry goodness!
    B.   Pretty cool with it! Sometimes, I think it’s crazy that people start to decorate before Thanksgiving, but whatever.
    C.   Chill. (And not just because it’s cold outside.)
    D.   I’d rather close my door to it all and hibernate through the season. (Bah, humbug.)
  2. Finish this sentence: My favorite holiday treat is _______.
    A.   A nice, cold glass of eggnog!
    B.   Cookies. All the cookies.
    C.   Candy canes. Or chocolate. Or both.
    D.   Whatever I don’t have to share.
  3. What type of music is your go-to this time of year?
    A.   Holiday music! Starting in October… or sooner!
    B.   I like anything offbeat – maybe some rockin’ holiday tunes or a funky twist on a yuletide classic.
    C.   Cool jazz is the way holiday songs were meant to be played, but I’m open to others’ suggestions.
    D.   Anything that’s not 24/7 holiday music would be nice, right?
  4. It’s almost midnight on December 24th. What are you up to?
    A.   I’ve been in bed since dinner! Santa could come any minute!
    B.   Sneaking a couple of those treats someone left by the fireplace.
    C.   Sitting and sharing stories of holidays past with close friends and family.
    D.   I’m asleep. It’s almost midnight, dude.
  5. Best holiday movie?
    A.   It’s a Wonderful Life
    B.   Christmas Vacation
    C.   Home Alone
    D.   Die Hard (what, it counts)

Alright! Now let’s see which seasonal tea is caroling out your name.

Mostly A’s

If the holidays were a country, you would be their chief ambassador, and Bigelow Eggnogg’n® Tea would be your national drink. Throw on a kettle and your favorite wintertime movies on loop and fall in love with that rich, creamy, spiced flavor for another year running.

Mostly B’s

You’re down with the holiday season, but like to spice things up with your own style. We totally get that, and recommend Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea with Lemon for you. Like biting into (well, technically sipping) a favorite holiday cookie, this tea packs a flavorful kick you’ll fall in love with.

Mostly C’s

You’re easy going but still like to show off your sweet side around the holidays, just like a cup of Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. Cool peppermint oils meet cocoa for a cup that will immerse you in seasonal bliss.

Mostly D’s

Oof. You need to get in the holiday spirit and fast. Here’s a tip: pick up a box of all three flavors! Give them a try and we’re sure you’ll be more in the mood to be merry!

Cinnamon And Chill With Bigelow Tea

Baby, it’s cold outside and you know what warms you up inside? Bigelow Hot Cinnamon tea. A cup (or many) of this delicious flavor is just what winter ordered. So take a mug, a flannel blanket, and cozy up with someone worth sharing this spicy tea with (though, it’s totally cool to keep it to yourself, too!)… because this new seasonal fave is going to blow. your. mind.

So what’s in it? Well, each tea bag holds a rich, bold black tea blended with spicy cinnamon to create the perfect brew to warm you up from your toes. Add hot water and steep a bag for 3 minutes (or whatever best suits your lifestyle) and there you have it… a cup totally worth the wait. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) and has quite the history. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Wait… dead people? And gods! Cinnamon was believed to have been first used as a perfuming agent during the embalming process around 2000 BC in Egypt. Later, an ancient Greek inscription describes the spice as one of the gifts given to Apollo at the temple of Miletus.

Shh… it’s a secret! Watch out for those birds, though… Despite its widespread use throughout the ancient world, it didn’t arrive to Europe until after the Middle Ages. Actually, it was known to be the Arab merchants’ best-kept secret until the early 16th century. To keep their monopoly on the cinnamon trade and justify its high price, traders would tell tales to their buyers about where and how they obtained the luxurious spice. One documented story claimed that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human and could only be gotten when the nests broke. Another tall tale claimed that cinnamon was found in deep canyons guarded by snakes.

Columbus barks up the wrong tree. In one instance, Christopher Columbus wrote to the King and Queen of Spain and said he’d found cinnamon and rhubarb in the New World. However, when he sent samples of what he found, it was discovered that it was, in fact, NOT cinnamon. Sadly, it was just tree bark. Womp womp.

These days, it’s a lot easier to find great cinnamon – look no further than your favorite tea cup or mug! It’s the perfect way to beat a wintry, blustery day. Pro tip: pay homage to the storied spice and throw in an extra cinnamon stick for a perfectly Instagram or Pinterest-able cup! And hey while you are at it, check out our Benefits Cinnamon and Blackberry herbal teaCinnamon Stick tea, and Sweet Cinnamon tea. Don’t forget to tag #TeaProudly for good measure! Cheers and enjoy!

This Is Why You Should Drink Bigelow Green Tea

The second-most popular beverage in the world next to water, tea has long been a favorite drink around the globe (who knew #TeaProudly was an international sensation?!). While the taste of Bigelow Tea is totally awesome, did you know that green tea may also give you a more mellow, steady caffeine boost that can keep you going all day? Wait…catch a caffeine buzz while feeling mellow?! How is that possible? Author Hana Hong chronicled her journey on Readers Digest when she ditched coffee and switched to green tea for a week. Not only did she mellow out, she found the additional benefits of drinking green tea to be crystal clear. Let’s join Hana on her journey:

Day 1: Although it took a while to sink in, Hana was energetic, alert, and felt a sense of steady calmness throughout the day. Here’s why: the L-theanine in green tea calms the nervous system while increasing concentration levels. (Amazing!)

Day 2: There’s nothing as refreshing as a good night’s sleep (except maybe green tea!). Hana snoozed peacefully (zzzzzz…) without restless tossing and turning or waking in the middle of the night. She felt less anxious, and the mellow caffeine boost lasted a solid eight hours. (Yay!)

Day 3: Instead of feeling bloated and sluggish after lunch (yuck!), Hana felt a surge of productivity and alertness she’d never encountered after a meal before. There’s a reason, many say, why the use of green tea for digestive health dates back thousands of years!

Day 4: Hana noticed some serious changes in her skin—a healthy glow and no breakouts or undereye circles; and hyperpigmentation looked lighter. The catechins in green tea can fight damage caused by free radicals says the article, so it makes sense that it helped her skin look awesome!

Day 5: Green tea officially stole Hana’s heart! (awwww). She was focused, lively and her body and mind felt better on just about every level. The caffeine boost started lasting at least 10-12 hours. (Sweet!)

Day 6 and beyond!: Hana felt the cumulative effects of drinking green tea for six days in a row. She was less dehydrated, her digestion was much improved, her skin looked better than ever, and a hot cup of green tea helped Hana keep her cool—her frequency of mood swings decreased significantly. (Wow, those are some awesome benefits!)

If you’re inspired by Hana’s exciting journey and you yourself are new to green tea, grab a box of Six Assorted Bigelow Green Teas to get acquainted with some of Bigelow Tea’s fabulous flavors! Tag #TeaProudly to let us know how drinking green tea has changed your life!

3 Reasons Why Pomegranates Are So Amazing. (Especially In Tea.)

It’s exciting. It’s potent. It’s pomegranate. Ever since this “wonder fruit” found its place in Bigelow Tea’s blackgreen and herbal teas, tea lovers haven’t looked back. The flavor is unmistakably rich and robust, and hey, a cup of pomegranate tea has the perfect rosy hue – perfect for an Instagram filter, right?! As if you needed another reason to love it, we’ll give you three.

  1. There’s a whole month for celebrating pomegranates. Every November, pomegranates are in the spotlight. Why not use this time as an opportunity to try a new pomegranate flavor or recipe? Love a good twist on a classic? Try a tangy spin on a traditional Bigelow Tea favorite: Green Tea with Pomegranate (which also comes in an organic version, steep by Bigelow). This beautiful cup of tea offers a touch of sweetness and a hint of tartness, and packs a punch with the power of pomegranate which is the perfect way, we think, to celebrate #NationalPomegranateMonth!  And don’t forget to try Pomegranate Black Tea too!
  2. It’s a pretty neat and exotic fruit. (And it’s awesome to be a little different, right?) So, what is a pomegranate, anyway? A pomegranate is a round fruit with a thick, reddish skin that—when cut open—reveals ruby-red seeds called arils. High in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and a great source of fiber, pomegranates are often used in cooking, juice blends, cocktails and, of course, tea!
  3. Pomegranates have quite the history. Pomegranates are rooted in history, and have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility for thousands of years. According to a Greek myth, the goddess Persephone was forced to spend every winter in the underworld because she had eaten pomegranate seeds there (worth it). And, of course, today, back in the real world, it can bring a wealth of flavor and health benefits to your cup of tea.

So, there you have it. More than enough reasons to add pomegranate to your life – and to your tea cup. Have a favorite flavor? Tag #TeaProudly to show it off!

All The Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Harvest Teas

It’s crisp outside, the trees are losing their leaves and the only thing on everyone’s mind is this: cold nights, warm socks, cozy blankets and a cup of Bigelow Tea. Hoping to stay festive? Look no further than the flavors of the harvest. From September to December, autumn brings a bounty of delicious produce like pumpkins and apples. And if you love those things, then guess what? Bigelow has just the selection of teas for you to enjoy.

It’s always pumpkin time.

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your mom’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like harvest bliss.

 

Apple everything.

When we think of this time of year, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and apple teas like Apple Cider herbal tea and our newest flavor Caramel Apple tea! Want to make the most of a crisp fall day (or just want to feel autumn-y)? A cup of tea will do!

Spicy cinnamon = the best.

Warm up from your toes to your nose with a cup of Hot Cinnamon tea. Sweet and spice and all ingredients nice…that’s exactly what you’ll find in this spicy blend. Waiting for a cup to brew will seriously feel like the longest minute of your life. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) – it worth getting cozy over!

Oooohy-gooey caramel.

As if you needed one more thing to sweeten your season, here it is… An all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt, the sweet and salty flavor of Salted Caramel tea is a perfect after-dinner (or anytime!) treat. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Show your love for the harvest with a cup of tea—the cornucopia of choices makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of this time of year and all that it means to be grateful for good things in the world. Talk about soothing the soul, right?! Tag #TeaProudly and show us how you enjoy your fave flavor!

Make Mine a Mint! – The Story Behind Bigelow Mint Medley’s Famous, Fresh Taste

Let’s talk mint! A revitalizing, prized herb which has been used for ages in every civilization for its medicinal and culinary properties, mint is the bold star of one of the most refreshing sips to savor, Bigelow Tea’s Mint Medley.

Definitely a #TeaProudly favorites, Mint Medley has a bit of history of its own to boast.

It all started down at the (mint) farm… In the early 1960’s, the Bigelow family set out to develop a revitalizing mint tea.  In addition to being a flavor tradition in many countries, mint tea has been said to have a calming effect on digestion, be a great antidote for cough and congestion and is a non-caffeine revitalizer for an anytime pick me up.

To find top quality mint, the Bigelow family visited farms throughout the Northwest, where the rainy, chill climate is ideal for growing the multi-variety herb.  In fact, the Northwest region even once led the world in mint farming and mint oil production.

Finally in Oregon, the Bigelow family met its mint match – the family farmers and multi-generational growers that have been growing mint crops specifically for Bigelow Tea for over 50 years. In addition to a shared love of mint, the families found their philosophy to produce the best possible product for their customers aligned perfectly, a commitment and business model which has persevered since.

Today, the father and son farming team that provide Bigelow Tea with its tasty and thrilling mint taste only harvest the fragrant and potent little leaves twice a year.  The result – unparalleled superior quality, cleanliness in processing and tea connoisseur worthy “crop to cup” traceability. Bigelow Tea and its mint farmers proudly contend no mint is purer, no mint tea more flavorful that Bigelow’s Mint Medley. So next time you’re thinking tea, make it a mint… enjoy some today!

Want To Spoil Your College Student? Send Tea, Please.

The fall semester has started, midterms are finished, and finals will be approaching soon. And you know what’s synonymous with college finals? Care packages. Still not sure what to send? Here’s a little hint: boxes of Bigelow Tea.

Consider this: research suggests that millennials seem to pay greater attention to leading a healthy lifestyle than other generations – nearly half (47%) of the 18-34 age-group surveyed had changed their eating habits towards a healthier diet. Plus, tea is now considered trendy as 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Yep. You read that right. Tea = cool (even when it’s hot). In fact, if you’ve got a University of Connecticut student, they’ll see Bigelow teas in the cafes around campus this year!

So, yeah. Show your college student that you’re thinking of them. We suggest a selection of Bigelow Benefits tea. Why? Well, first, they’re awesome. Second, they’re totally delicious. Third, each tea is masterfully blended with the goodness (dare we say, benefits?) of wellness ingredients, which tackle those moments in life that require a breather… You know, like finals.

Want to build a fab care package? Here are a few other items to consider sending: stationary or swag from home to remind them of their favorite places, a few yummy snacks (homemade Vanilla Drop cookies for the win), pictures of the fam (fur-babies, included), cash or gift cards (dinner’s on the ‘rents), household items (laundry detergent pods, shampoo/conditioner always help), and maybe a few fun magazines (for those much needed breaks between studying).

Be a warm, invigorating (and delicious) ray of light in an otherwise hectic finals schedule. With a care package headlined by Bigelow Benefits tea, your student will be focused on their course content and thinking of you as they relax with a cup of their favorite tea. And with any luck, they can boast to you about their awesome grades as you gather together and #TeaProudly on break!

This is Why Bigelow Caramel Teas are Perfect for Fall

As the leaves start changing and fall gets into full swing, Bigelow Tea lovers everywhere look forward to sipping on delectable, decadent Bigelow caramel teas. The main ingredients in caramel are surprisingly simple: milk, sugar and butter. But when does caramel become caramel? The process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 170 °C (340 °F). As the sugar heats, the molecules break down and re-form into compounds that create a characteristic rich caramel color and flavor. (wow, the science of food is amazing!)

A variety of desserts and confections are made with caramel, and all of Bigelow Tea’s scrumptious seasonal caramel tea blends feature real pieces of caramel. (yum!) An all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt, the sweet and salty flavor of Salted Caramel tea is a perfect after-dinner (or anytime!) treat. Velvety smooth Vanilla Caramel tea features robust black tea blended with rich caramel and creamy, oh-so-luscious vanilla. Add a little milk and sweetener, and you’ve got a decadent delight! (yum!)

Tasty caramel and exotic chai spices are carefully mixed with mountain-grown hand-picked black tea to create heavenly Caramel Chai  Black Tea. One sip and you’ll see why caramel and chai are a perfect union of rich spices and buttery caramel.

And our newest treat, Bigelow Caramel Apple Tea is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without getting sticky fingers! This tasty tea is the embodiment of fall flavors–rich caramel and sweet-tart apples pair perfectly with bold black tea to create a party of caramel apple flavors!

@mrspandalee writes on Instagram: “Drinking my new Bigelow Caramel Apple tea in my new #HalloweenCat cup my amazing husband got me!” You go, mrspandalee…..after all, October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day! (yay!)

C’mon, who doesn’t love the rich, creamy taste of caramel? (right?!) Give Bigelow Tea’s yummy caramel tea blends a try, and tag #TeaProudly to share your favorites!

Bigelow Tea’s First Social Craze: “Constant Comment” Tea

Isn’t it awesome to see a post or a photo from a year or two or five ago? It puts all the craziness of life in perspective, right? Well, let’s rewind over 70 years. We’re going all the way back to 1945 in the Big Apple – c’mon! Let’s take a stroll down a tree-lined block. Here we are. That brownstone right there. Imagine it with a sepia filter if you like. That’s where it all started: Bigelow Tea, America’s classic, family-owned tea blender. It all started with a kitchen and an enterprising woman who never gave up on her amazing vision.

Inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. It got its name from the “constant comments” of her friends. How cool is it that today Bigelow Tea’s friends and fans are still “commenting” about Bigelow Teas all over the web?

Back at the beginning, Ruth couldn’t simply tweet about her teas (no social media then, obviously…). So, when it came time to market her product, one shopkeeper told Ruth that the aroma of “Constant Comment” was a big selling point. She promptly set up a jar of “Constant Comment” labeled with the directions: “open and whiff.” It was an instant teaser of what’s to come – like a GIF for your nose! Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers and the sales began to grow!

The rest, as they say, is history. And though Ruth never saw the power of the worldwide web, she’d be thrilled to know that “Constant Comment” is still generating buzz! In fact, you can even join our Facebook group dedicated to loving “Constant Comment” – check it out!

Plus, “Constant Comment” even has its own admins-only rules (the tea, not the Facebook Group). To this day, it is made following a secret recipe that only Bigelow Tea Co-Chairmen Eunice and David Bigelow know and blend. It has stood the test of time and continues to fill cups, kitchens and hearts.

And while we can’t share the recipe, you can still like, love and favorite the tea in your cup each day. So drink up, #TeaProudly, and think about how far this tea has come in 70 years. Not bad when “Internet famous” usually only lasts about 70 seconds!

Ready…Set… Pumpkin!

With crisp in the air coming soon and the hint of turning leaves signals the return of two of fall’s most anticipated traditions… pumpkin mania and time to enjoy Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea!

A total standout in this season of everything pumpkin, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea combines tasty flakes of real pumpkin, warm, delicate spices and hearty black tea to create a flavorful hint of holidays to come.  Often trending as a #TeaProudly fan flavor favorite, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea’s taste and smell is literally cozy pumpkin pie – minus the calories and resulting guilt! So delicious any time of day, as an all-natural ( did we mention the pumpkin flakes, cinnamon and nutmeg?) pick-me-up that’s good for you too.

But all this pumpkin talk begs the question, why the national obsession with this much beloved titian-tinged gourd that is actually a fruit?  While there is no one answer to why people crave pumpkin spice flavor so much, theories abound including that it is a welcome signal to the start of a new season, it recalls the tastes and smells of holiday memories and even that the combo of  pumpkin, spice and sugar may be downright addictive.  Whatever the reason the reason for a passion for pumpkin, the craze continues strong.  According to Nielson Data, pumpkin spice flavoring is a $361 million dollar market and between 2011 and 2015, sales of pumpkin spiced food grew 79% in the US… 79%!  The  Bigelow Tea family got the pumpkin vibe right in tea form, that’s for sure!

Luckily, there is plenty of pumpkin to be enjoyed throughout this pumpkin season, or any other time of year, with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. Enjoy hot, cold or even added to favorite pumpkin recipes. Tell us about your pumpkin dreams and tag #TeaProudly!