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Third Generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow Shares Fascinating Facts About Tea

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Tea comes in a myriad of flavors and types, but there’s so much more to this drink than meets the eye. Third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow sat down with Naturally Savvy, a website focused on natural and organic living, to share some interesting tidbits about tea that you might not know. Here are some of the highlights:

The theanine in tea is what gives you that relaxed feeling.

Studies say theanine  (also called L-theanine) can stimulate the immune system as well as the mind, leaving the body with benefits similar to yoga. Theanine actually binds with the caffeine in tea, which is what makes the tea-drinking experience so different from the jolt you get from coffee.

The benefits of theanine are found in tea bush leaves.
Theanine is a component of the camellia sinensis plant, so it’s found in green teablack tea or oolong tea. While herbal teas, such as chamomile, don’t contain leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, these teas can also be very relaxing because of the herbs used.

The tannin levels in a tea can affect people differently.

It’s not necessarily the caffeine that some people are sensitive to in tea- it might be the tannins. This natural component of tea that gives it its color may not agree with some people when the tea is consumed on an empty stomach. A high amount of tannin can taste astringent, and in general, a high quality tea will be lower in tannins, providing a better flavor.

Not all tea ingredients are the same. 

Sourcing is very important when it comes to making quality tea. Bigelow Tea sources many ingredients from family farms that have not only known the Bigelow family for decades but also provide high quality ingredients like the mint and the lemon used in a variety of Bigelow tea flavors.

Making time for tea everyday can be a great way to relax and revive as shared by Cindi Bigelow. How and why do you incorporate tea into your daily routine?

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know Why Do You Drink Tea

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As we’ve reported earlier, people are drinking more tea than ever before.  And we are thankful that so many are making Bigelow Tea a part of their daily routine! Bigelow Tea drinkers like Lauren Stallard Kramer grew up drinking “Constant Comment”®, one of America’s most loved specialty teas. She says, “My mother always had it in the cupboard and so do I.” And Patsy Shuman, who explains that she “was introduced to “Constant Comment”® 20 years ago and has loved it ever since.”  Others like Cecil Young Jr, switched from coffee to Bigelow Tea because, as he says, “I heard of the health effects of green tea.” Still others, like Christie Hoffman White, tell us, “Every day calls for a cup of tea!” She particularly enjoys Bigelow Tea’s Raspberry Royale.  And Bigelow Tea drinker Kathie Fetterly says she’s a tea lover, whether she drinks it “hot or cold.”  And then there are fans like Erin Schrepfer who simply say, “Bigelow is my go to!

So now it’s your turn to share your reason for drinking tea. We invite you to brew up a cup of your favorite hot or iced  tea and take a few minutes to answer the survey below because we’d love to know your own reasons for drinking Bigelow Tea!


Bigelow Tea On Ice—You’ll Want To Try These Winning Combinations!

 

Whether you enjoy iced tea by the glass or by the pitcher, it’s tough to top pouring your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. But do you know what’s better than one flavor? Two! That’s why iced tea combinations are so much fun. Here are a few of our favorite thirst-quenching iced tea pairing recipes:

These are the combinations we’d recommend, but we wanted to hear from you, too. That’s why we asked Bigelow Tea fans to vote for their favorite iced tea pairings, and wouldn’t you know… they responded by the thousands! The I Love Lemon and English Teatime combination won first place with 2434 votes, followed closely by Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz with 2264 votes. Other popular choices were Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai, and Pomegranate Pizzazz and Green Tea with Pomegranate. Don’t forget to check out the video above, too, where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow makes a glass of Red Raspberry and Jasmine Green iced tea. Another great option comes from Bigelow enthusiast @CallMeTeff, who suggests combining Earl Grey and “Constant Comment®” over ice. Yum… we’re getting thirsty with just hearing all these flavor combos!

With so many more fantastic undiscovered combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty season of iced tea. Send in your favorites, and keep cool this summer—one glass at a time.

Bigelow Tea Uncovers the Mysteries of Chai

bigelow tea vanilla chaiWe love to respond to Bigelow Tea fan questions and this was a good one so we wanted to share it with you as well.  A reader asked. “What is Chai?”  The easiest definition of Chai is spiced milk tea, but let’s look a bit more closely at this historical brew.

Chai originated in the East and dates back to thousands of years ago as a concoction sipped by Eastern royalty, though it did not actually contain tea leaves at the time. The drink grew in popularity when the British set up tea plantations in India in the 1800’s, leading to widespread variations across the country and eventually the rest of the world.  Chai was often used as a healthful tonic for common ailments such as colds or indigestion.

Chai is typically a blend of rich black tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorn, nutmeg and cinnamon.  It may also be made with green tea.  Spices and sweeteners may vary based on preference so if you are up for a tea change,  check out our Spiced Chai (also available in Decaf), Vanilla Chai, Green Tea Chai,  Chocolate Chai (Yum!), and Caramel Chai as they will be sure to keep you coming back to the kettle for another cup.

Now, how many of you hesitate to talk about how much you love Chai as an alternative to morning coffee or an irresistible beverage any time of day just because you are not exactly sure how to pronounce it?  Is it “ch I” or “k I?”  The answer is: ch I.  In fact, Chai is actually the word for tea in many languages.

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So now that you have some history and Chai and you know how to pronounce it, which Bigelow Chai flavor will be your first choice to try?

Peach, Love and Happiness With Bigelow Tea


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Juicy, succulent and sweet, peaches are at the top of our list of favorite fruits. That’s why Bigelow Tea has created several flavors to capture all of that deliciousness and peachy goodness. But, how exactly did peaches come to be? Well, science tells us that peaches have been enjoyed by people for at least 7,500 years, according to well-preserved ancient peach pits found in China. Considered to be the favorite fruit of emperors, peaches were written about in Chinese literature dating back to the 10th century. By way of Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire, the peach was brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. Now that’s some history worth taking a bite out of!

Today, peaches are a staple in the summer fruit basket—August is even recognized as National Peach Month! Celebrate all month long with Bigelow Tea’s blends bursting with the flavor of peach for you to enjoy. Brew a pot (or a pitcher) of Perfect Peach® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with PeachDandelion Peach Rooibos Green Tea, and Plantation Peach® Pyramid Bags.

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@_EmeraldEarth thinks Bigelow Tea peach flavors are “sooo good,” and we couldn’t agree more. And if you’re still craving more peach after a few cups, look no further than our recipe for Peach No-Bake Cheesecake for a treat that makes a perfect snack or finale to any meal.

Sink your teeth into some of our peach flavors this month—you’ll be glad you did. It’s the freshest flavor you can get this side of the farm stand, and a truly refreshing drink, hot or iced. One taste and you’ll be peachy keen on it all!

Embrace The Taste Of Summer With Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry

bigelow tea red raspberry iced teaA bowl of fresh, sun-kissed raspberries has always been synonymous with summer, and Bigelow Tea has captured that flavor with Red Raspberry herbal tea. Deliciously tangy with a hint of sweet, Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry tea is made with quality ingredients including hibiscus, rose hips, apples, elderberries and, of course, raspberries! Bigelow Tea enthusiast Nancy from Des Plaines said, “I love this tea! Because I love raspberries, I decided to try it and found that the flavor of this tea is definitely raspberry.”

For centuries, raspberries have grown wild and free around the world. The raspberry plant was believed to be a native to Turkey, and was even thought to have been gathered by the people inhabiting Troy in the first century B.C. Vividly colorful and refreshingly juicy, raspberries also offer plenty of health benefits—a cup of the fruit contains high levels of assorted vitamins and minerals. And studies suggest that the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in the fruit can fight against cancer, heart disease and age-related decline.

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This season, we’re definitely celebrating all things raspberry. Get adventurous in the kitchen with a few of our favorite recipes using Red Raspberry tea! A bowl of Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Splash is sure to wow guests at your next barbecue or treat the kids with Double Raspberry Tea-sicles. If you own an ice cream maker, you’ll definitely want to try our recipe for Raspberry Sorbet. Or, simply enjoy a tall glass of Red Raspberry over ice (try it with a handful of fresh raspberries!), or a warm mug of it for a relaxing evening in.

Find the joy of summer in Red Raspberry tea—and with the flavor, continue to feel that sunshiny vibe all year ‘round!

Sweet Dreaming With Bigelow Tea

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Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post spoke about the power of sleep in one of her TEDWomen talks, and told her audience that “the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.” At Bigelow Tea, we agree, but unfortunately 45 percent of Americans suffer from poor or inadequate sleep which is “linked to poor health, mood disorders and low productivity” according to National Sleep Foundation data.

We have our own recommendations for getting a good night’s sleep, but check out these great bedtime routine tips from Lifehack (we are especially fond of #3), and let’s see if we can all sleep easier tonight:

  1. Prepare for bed and go to sleep at the same time daily.
  2. Take a warm bath as part of your routine.
  3. Drink a soothing beverage like herbal tea. (May we suggest pairing Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Tea— where chamomile has long been thought to have calming and anti-insomniac benefits—with Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea, a blend of chamomile and mint?)
  4. Relax your body and mind by reading, doing yoga or journaling.

Make the most of your bedtime with a restful sleep, and before you know it, you’ll see improvements during your day. Good night and sweet dreams!

Bigelow Tea Goes Wild For National Blueberry Month

 

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Nothing compares to fresh, sun-ripened blueberries—in your baked goods, beverages, salads or simply popped into your mouth by the handful! That’s why Bigelow Tea is so eager to celebrate National Blueberry Month this July. To help you enjoy the month, too, we have a few recipes and teas that are bursting with the flavor of these delicious berries.

Get excited about blueberries with two different Bigelow Tea flavors: Green Tea with Blueberry and Wild Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. We took a walk on the wild side when we blended the popular combination of blueberry and acai with our gentle green tea. Or, try a cup (hot or iced, of course!) of Bigelow Tea Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. These sweet and tart flavors are sure to please tea drinkers—and blueberry lovers—everywhere.

Offering an explosion of flavor in every bite, blueberries are yummy in a myriad of dishes! Celebrate all month with these recipes for Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit SaladBlueberry Acai VinaigretteRaspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries, and Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing. Or, relax poolside with a Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea or Wild Blueberry Delight. Delish!

Whether you’re brewing or cooking, sipping or savoring, Bigelow Tea wants you to make the most of National Blueberry Month. Share your top blueberry moments with us in the comments section below and take a moment to enjoy the sweet, plump fruit. It’s never been so fun to be blue!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Ice Cream Month With Tasty Recipes

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Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s as American as apple pie and with July being National Ice Cream Month, what better way to celebrate than to make your own ice cream at home or add a special sauce to jazz it up. Bigelow Tea, a third generation family owned American business, has created several recipes to add delightfully unexpected flavor to one of this country’s favorite desserts.

If you have an ice cream machine, Bigelow Tea has the perfect recipe for homemade peach ice cream, which gets a peach flavor boost from steeping Bigelow Green Tea with Peach bags in the heavy cream.

And the perfect topping for any flavor of ice cream? Chocolate sauce, of course. Why not try Bigelow Tea’s recipe for a delicious chocolate sauce with just a hint of cinnamon, which comes from steeping Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea bags in evaporated milk before adding semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips. You can also use Bigelow Tea’s Earl GreyEarl Grey Green TeaMint MedleyGinger Snappish or Cinnamon Stick Tea to add subtle, yet tantalizing flavor to classic chocolate sauce.

Make up an iced pitcher of your favorite Bigelow Tea to serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce, and you have the perfect ending to any summer meal. Enjoy!

Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250mL) half-and-half
  • ¾ cup (180mL) sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla extract
  • 20Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained

Instructions

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Bigelow Tea’s Sweetheart Cinnamon Milk Chocolate Sauce

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 Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 10 bags Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea*
  • 2 cups (12-ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (6-ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring evaporated milk to a simmer. Add 10 tea bags; steep 5 minutes. Remove bags from evaporated milk and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add remaining sauce ingredients to tea milk mixture. Stir until chocolate chips melt (2 to 3 minutes). If necessary, heat over low heat to help melt chocolate chips. To serve: place a scoop of ice cream in bowl. Top with Sweetheart Cinnamon chocolate sauce. Refrigerate remaining chocolate sauce. Re-heat refrigerated Sweetheart Cinnamon sauce over low heat until softened to desired consistency.

Soothe and Refresh with Bigelow Peppermint Tea

bigelow tea peppermintBigelow Tea knows that some fans prefer their hot cup of tea to be minty fresh. For these crisp, pure-mint lovers we suggest our Peppermint Herbal Tea. Few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic mint scent! And at Bigelow we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint from the Western US to create this simple single-ingredient tea.

bigelow tea peppermint herbalPeppermint, experts claim, is known to help aid digestion and calm the stomach. Its calming effect is also said to help treat headaches, skin irritations, and symptoms of the common cold! No wonder you’re almost instantly relaxed with one whiff of a mug of Peppermint Herbal Tea!

And like all herbal teas, Peppermint Tea is naturally caffeine free. Herbal teas are blends of the finest herbs and spices, but do not contain any of the camellia sinensis plant, better known as “tea.” So next time your stomach is rumbling, your head is pounding after a long day in the office, or you just need a peaceful zen moment, you can rest easy reaching for a warm mug of Peppermint Tea like Facebook fan Linda LaCoste Suraci.  Enjoy!