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This Is Why You Should Start Your Day With A Mug of Bigelow Earl Grey

A true classic, Earl Grey is a tea fit for a queen (more on that later). Ask anyone. A cup of Bigelow Tea Earl Grey tea will make your day. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes – thanks to the finest bergamot oil sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. Wait, you may ask, what’s so special about this bergamot oil?

The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor – just like the Bigelow family.

So, about that queen? Yes, the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth starts her morning with a pot of Earl Grey tea. In fact, this cheeky writer even spent a week eating – and drinking – like the queen. And, well, suffice to say, she enjoyed quite a few mugs of Earl Grey. Who can complain about that?!

Another fan of Earl Grey? Bob. Who’s Bob, you may wonder? Just the coolest guy ever who also happened to be president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s CPR instructor. And, hey, there’s even a fun – and entirely impromptu – moment on camera where he tells us why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. Wow! As he emphatically explains in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot. Tag #TeaProudly if you agree!

5 Reasons To Be Peachy Keen On Bigelow Peach Flavors

It’s summer, summer, summertime, and you know what that means! Fresh, yummy, DELICIOUS peaches! And if you like sun-ripened peaches, you’ll looove Bigelow Tea’s peach flavors. Why? Well, if the taste of perfection isn’t enough, here are five facts that prove peaches are awesome. Go ahead, brew a pot (or a pitcher) of Perfect Peach® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with PeachDandelion Peach Rooibos Green Tea, and Plantation Peach® Pyramid Bags, and read on.

  1. Oh, that’s old history. Peaches are so rad, they’ve been around for longer than all of us. 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.
  2. Stop and smell the roses… errr… peaches. Believe it or not, peaches are a member of the rose family! Who knew?! Peaches are also related to plums, apricots and almonds (distant cousins, maybe??).
  3. So good, there’s even a month for them. 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.
  4. Winner of the “goes with everything” superlative award. Seriously. Peaches – and peach-flavored teas – go well with everything. Sweet, savory or spicy? No problem. Don’t believe it? Try one of these fab recipes for Peach No-Bake Cheesecake, Perfect Peach Mustard Dipping SaucePerfectly Peachy Pineapple Smoothie, or Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches.
  5. They’re so vain, they probably think this blog is about them. For real, the color of peach tea alone is worth a post on Instagram. Have you seen how pretty it is?? Steep a bag until you get that perfectly peach hue, slice up a peach and get that phone ready.

Yup, so there you have it. You’re craving a glass now, aren’t ya? Go get a box (or two, or three) and tag #TeaProudly with your best photos!

Go Wild With Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai Herbal Tea

Sweet and tart, sweetheart. That’s how best to describe a cup of Bigelow Tea’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Yup, acai. But how the heck do you even pronounce it? Easy. AH-sigh-EE. “Ahhh…..” (like the sound you let out when you’ve had a really long day and just got a minute to sit down and watch Netflix); “sigh,” (like what you do when you realize you ran out of tea); and “Eeeee” (like the “Wheeee – without the “W” part – you make when you’re on a roller coaster). See? Simple.

But what exactly is acai? And why does it pair so well with blueberry? And why will you absolutely love it if you don’t already? Funny you should ask…

Deep in the Amazon

Açaí is a delicious black-purple berry that resembles a large grape and grows on tall, slender palm trees in the Amazon, where it has been consumed in the form of a pulp (purée) for centuries. So, yeah, it goes pretty far back.

Here and there and everywhere

Acai has become pretty trendy these days. Look anywhere online or in popular juice bars or cafes, and you’ll see gorgeous acai bowls or smoothies. However, in different parts of the world – take Brazil for example – acai is also used as a sauce for fish dishes. Looking for a more savory recipe? Try this Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette. It’s great on a bed of greens or grilled chicken.

Oh, hi, blueberry and acas.

Acai is one of the ingredients in Bigelow’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Along for the ride – err, in the bag – are real blueberry pieces, rose hips, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves, apple, cinnamon and orange peel. Talk about a fruit bouquet. Mmm… Yes, please! Try a cup (hot or iced, both are nice!) and see just why it’s a fan favorite.

Have you tried Wild Blueberry with Acai yet? Love it? Tag #TeaProudly and share what you thought!

This Is Why People Love Bigelow Tea’s Raspberry Flavors

Amour, amore, amor, uh… more, please! At least when it comes to Bigelow Tea’s raspberry flavors! Have you tried them yet? If not, you’re gonna want to get on that. A cup of Red Raspberry™ Herbal Tea is out of this world. You can also choose from other flavors like, Raspberry Royale®Red Raspberry™ Herbal Iced TeaNovus Wild Encounter Herbal Tea and Charleston Tea Plantation Rockville Raspberry® Tea. Mmm… delish!

So, how much do you know about raspberries? Well, for starters, raspberries have grown wild and free around the world for centuries. 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. Today, there are more than 200 species of the berry, and they come in all sorts of colors. And, hey, fun fact, according to the Telegraph, in the late 1950s, raspberries were brought down from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.

Curious what to do with all the ripe raspberries in your kitchen? Easy enough. A bowl of Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Splash is sure to wow guests at your next barbecue. Looking to make life a little sweeter this season? Hello, raspberry sorbet and Double Raspberry Tea-sicles. 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.

Go ahead and find the joy of summer in Bigelow’s raspberry flavors—and continue to feel that sunshiny vibe all year ‘round! While you’re at it, tag #TeaProudly on social media and tell us how you’ll be enjoying the sweet, ‘lil fruit!

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Is A True Blue Fan Of The Blueberry

Warmer weather = blueberries. And when it comes to fresh, sun-ripened blueberries, absolutely nothin’ compares to them – in your baked goods, drinks, salads or simply popped into your mouth by the handful! Yup, blueberries are totally amazing, which is EXACTLY why Bigelow Tea has captured their flavor in a few different teas, like Benefits Blueberry and Aloe Herbal TeaWild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea, and Green Tea with Blueberry. Because while these ‘lil berries deserve their own month every July, you can still enjoy their deliciousness all year ‘round.

So, what’s the blueberry’s story? Here are some facts about this little blue dynamo’s journey from farm to table.

They’re as (North) American as blueberry pie

According to folklore, blueberries are one of only a few fruits native to North America. However, it wasn’t commercially grown until the 1900s. We know, we know… Apples tend to be more popular in American history and traditions, but really, it should be red, white and blueberry!

20-ish Shades of Blue

You may not realize it, but there are 19 varieties of blueberry that are grown around the world today. The most common is Vaccinium corymbosum, the northern highbush blueberry, which we all know, love and snack on.

A Cultural Phenomenon

In 1981, Ronald Reagan’s inauguration sparked the creation of the blueberry-flavored Jelly Belly. In fact, more than 6,000 pounds of them were consumed throughout the festivities!

Offering a burst of flavor in every bite, blueberries are also fab in all types 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. Is your mouth watering yet? Mmm…

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 a #TeaProudly tag, and take a moment to enjoy the sweet, plump fruit. It’s never been so fun to be blue!

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.

Do You Want To Tango With Mango And Mix It Up With Mint…Speaking Of Tea Of Course!

 

Trying to catch a break? Need some tea? Thinking of going for something different? When in doubt, go for Chamomile. Why? Easy. It’s a go-to for stressful days and is the perfect excuse to grab a mug and chill. Besides, Bigelow Tea has several Chamomile flavors to choose from, which is awesome if you’re looking to mix up your tea drinking habits.

And check this out, the chamomile flower has a mellow and slightly floral character, perfect for relaxation. In Bigelow Tea’s chamomile varieties, the whole chamomile flower is used—carefully picked for a sweeter, rounder, more flavorful experience. And, because it’s light and refreshing, it blends beautifully with other ingredients like mint and mango. Sooo, what do you know about mint and mango (other than the fact that they’re delicious in tea)?

Well, let’s start with mmm-mint. As a third-generation family business, Bigelow Tea sources ingredients only from suppliers who share the Bigelow family’s passion for quality. Many of these trusted partners have worked with Bigelow Tea since the company’s early beginnings and are now, well, like family! A great example is our supplier of 100 percent American-grown mint that is masterfully blended into several Bigelow mint teas. When you marry mint with chamomile, like in our Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea it makes a refreshing relaxing blend to enjoy.

Okay, next up. Let’s unpeel the history of the mango. Who wouldn’t want a tropical escape right in their mug? Mangos are the succulent, aromatic fruits of an evergreen tree, and are thought to have originated more than 5,000 years ago in Southeast Asia and India. Buddhist monks cultivated the fruit and the mango is considered
to be a sacred fruit in the region because legend says that Buddha himself meditated under a mango tree. (“Om” sounds a lot like “yum” to us!) Interestingly, the mango belongs to the same family as the cashew and pistachio nut, but it makes for a much sweeter and tangier treat than its cousins.

With these great flavors to choose from, cozy up to a cup or two (oh, heck, make it three) with Bigelow Tea Chamomile. Enjoy some sweet relaxation with fabulous flavors mixed in. Take some time to #TeaProudly, confidently and even nonchalantly, because with chamomile in your cup, it’s time to take a break!

 

 

This Is Why You Should Double Your Delicious With Iced Bigelow Tea Flavor Combinations

Life needs more iced tea especially during June (Iced Tea Month!!). And what would be better than TWO of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors COMBINED in a glass over ice??? Yes, it’s totally a real thing, and Bigelow Tea has several combos that will absolutely. blow. your. mind. But before you even think about different flavor combinations, how much do you know about the history of iced tea?

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped and summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School. These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round.

Looking for the perfect combos? No worries – these are a few faves!

Before you go off to treat yourself, have you double-checked your iced tea-making skills? A glass of fresh iced tea is surprisingly pretty easy – and quick – to make. President and CEO Cindi Bigelow has the scoop in this video. All you’ve gotta do are 6 little steps.

  1. Boil. Boil some water as you would for any cup of tea.
  2. Add a spoon (you heard us). As the water prepares, have a glass ready. And be sure to place a metal spoon into the glass, which helps absorb the heat from the hot water.
  3. Go crazy. Choose your favorite Bigelow flavors, unwrap each individual pouch (made to preserve freshness!) and place 1-2 bags into the glass.
  4. Pour and steep. Pour the water over the bags – leave some room for ice – and let them steep for a bit longer than the box recommends for hot tea. Don’t squeeze the tea bags!
  5. Add ice. Be generous!
  6. ENJOY. It’s like a little vacation in the middle of your day.

See? Super quick. And delicious. Now, you go try and tag your masterpiece with #TeaProudly. Go on, give it a whirl – you’ve got this. And you’ll have the perfect treat to chill with when you’re done!

Ahhh… Savor Sweet, Sweet Relaxation With Bigelow Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea

Busy day after busy day after busy daaay… do you ever feel like you just want to press “pause” on your to-do list? Here’s the thing: you deserve a break, especially on the craziest days! And that’s where a mug of soothing Bigelow Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea comes in. You can almost taste each ingredient as you read them on the box: Chamomile. Vanilla. Honey. Yup—quality in every silky-smooth-sweet sip. Because that’s our promise at Bigelow Tea.

So, let’s start with chamomile. What exactly is chamomile, anyway? Well, it’s a dried daisy-like plant, and for centuries, has been commonly used to make herbal infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. It’s used for its soothing and relaxing qualities, and folklore claims that it goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt where it was used in teas and grown for dedication to the sun god, Ra. Ooh, fancy, fancy!

Vanilla, on the other hand, came later to the party, but it’s been busy since it leapt onto the culinary scene. A member of the orchid family, it’s native to South and Central America, and the Caribbean. That said, the first people to have cultivated it were the Totonacs of Mexico’s east coast. And the first American recipe (for vanilla ice cream) was published in 1824. Today, vanilla is a hot commodity!

And, honey. Oh, honey… exactly how long honey has been in existence is hard to say. Cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC show the earliest records of beekeeping, however, fossils of honey bees date back about 150 million years!

Combined, you can see how this tea flavor really brings the “wow” factor. Donald from San Antonio had his own “wow” moment when he added Chamomile Vanilla Honey to his arsenal of home remedies: “I was a little under the weather and thought some hot tea would make me feel a little better. I tried the Chamomile Vanilla with Honey. WOW, this is really a wonderful tea! if you haven’t tried it, put it on your list of teas to try. You won’t be disappointed.” We couldn’t agree more, Donald.

So, when you need to slow things down, here’s a suggestion:

  1. Take 10 minutes for yourself.
  2. Put on the kettle.
  3. Brew a mug of Chamomile Vanilla Honey tea.
  4. Relax.
  5. And then get back to work (or play, or just enjoy that relaxation).

It’s your day, and it’s your tea. Drink up and #TeaProudly, everyone. And when you do, don’t forget to tag your chill sesh with the world!

From Ruth Bigelow’s Kitchen To Yours: 6 Facts About “Constant Comment” Tea

The awesome story of Bigelow Tea begins with “Constant Comment”®, the iconic blend of orange and sweet spice created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in her kitchen in 1945. But how much do you know about the very beginning? If not a lot, that’s about to change right now!

  1. A Fresh Start
    Picture this: in the early 1940s, Ruth and her husband, David Sr., decided to start a tea business. But, that’s not where they began. Initially, Ruth had owned an interior design company called Ruth Campbell Design, and was very successful. But when the Great Depression hit, both Ruth and David Sr. lost their jobs. It was then that she decided to make tea.
  2. Manhattan Roots
    When they started to talk more seriously about tea, the Bigelows lived in a small apartment in Manhattan. They felt strongly that, for the company to be a success, they needed a home where they could begin. Searching the local streets, they found a brownstone, just off Second Avenue, which was in terrible disrepair. Optimistic, they bought it with the last of their life savings, and plastered and repainted it themselves—talk about fixer uppers! It was in this home, in 1945, that Ruth and David Sr. opened the doors to the new Bigelow Tea Company. Little could they have imagined that their dream would one day grow to be America’s #1 Specialty Tea company!
  3. Orange and Spice, and All Things Nice
    Inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth spent several weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Finally, she created her own special blend and shared it with friends. Anyone who tasted it couldn’t stop commenting—the name “Constant Comment”® was a natural choice for the tea.
  4. That One Shop
    Ruth knew she was on to something with her blend and took “Constant Comment” to every store she could. One shopkeeper told Ruth that he had been opening the container for customers to take a whiff of the incredible aroma, and it was flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew.
  5. All in the Family
    Jump ahead more than 70 years to today, where Ruth’s granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, serves as the third-generation president and CEO. If you’re a fan of “Constant Comment” tea, Bigelow Tea or tea overall, you’ll love hearing Cindi Bigelow herself tell this story of this original creation while sharing more about her personal (and professional) love of tea! In a month that celebrates mothers around the world, it’s heartwarming to know that this love for tea runs strong through three generations – from the mother of “Constant Comment” all the way to Cindi today.
  6. Shhh… It’s a Secret
    To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe that only Cindi’s parents, 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.

Every Bigelow Tea flavor is blended to be remarkable, but it’s the very first that got so much talk it still carries the famous name. What was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time? Tag #TeaProudly with your memory!