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Take Your Pick Of Bigelow Teas From The Camellia Sinensis Plant

bigelow tea plantWhen it comes to multitasking, it’s tough to top the camellia sinensis plant. This mighty bush is the single source for three types of tea offered by Bigelow Tea: black, green and oolong! How long the newly plucked leaves are fermented (exposed to air) determines the final tea variety. Third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow shares more fun facts about the process in this video.

Regardless of which type of tea you prefer, rest assured that Bigelow Tea takes great care to work with the world’s best growers and suppliers of each one. Here’s a closer look at how your favorite brew makes the delicious transition from crop to cup:

  • Blackgreen and oolong teas all begin with the top two leaves in a bud plucked from a camellia sinensis plant.
  • Leaves destined to be black teas are immediately exposed to air for six to eight hours, dried and then chopped. Bigelow Tea’s black teas are sourced primarily from high-elevation gardens in Sri Lanka and India that adhere to the highest standards for quality and growing practices set by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
  • Green teas are unfermented, which means they are steamed or pan-fried without being exposed to air, then dried and chopped.
  • Oolong teas are partially fermented by being exposed to air for about three hours.
  • Herbal “teas” blend fruits, herbs and spices but do not contain actual tea leaves.

So go ahead – take your pick from Bigelow Tea’s 130+ varieties (check out Twitter fan @tiredapplestar‘s drawer full of choices!) – and enjoy the purity in every sip, along with new-found knowledge about the plant that makes tea possible!

Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime: Traditional And Exceptional

bigelow tea english tea time mugBigelow Tea lovers are fortunate to have options galore, from fruity flavors to herbal blends … but sometimes an unadulterated cup of traditional black tea is hard to beat. And that’s when Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime really shines!

English Teatime is a full-bodied black tea with a rich, smooth taste. With no bitterness and plenty of pure tea flavor, it is delicious on its own or with honey, milk or a wedge of lemon (like the Brits take theirs!).bigelow tea english tea time black tea

The hand-picked tea leaves used in English Teatime are grown high up in the mountains of Sri Lanka where the very best leaves are cultivated! It’s pretty amazing to see where the tea comes from … and third generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, visited Sri Lanka and made videos about the company’s long-standing relationship with the tea growers there.

Thanks to those ideal growing conditions, English Teatime’s has become a fan favorite. As @Esprix tweeted, “Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me… .” Moreover, its extremely smooth flavor makes it ideal to mix with other ingredients. Combine it with I Love Lemon for a refreshing iced tea or use it in a baking recipe to create some of the tastiest donuts you’ve ever nibbled!

So when you’re in the mood for tea—exceptional, smooth tea—English Teatime is your go-to blend.

New Steep By Bigelow Organic Teas Combine 70 Years Of Inspiration And Innovation

bigelow tea_SteepIn keeping with the revolutionary spirit of founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Bigelow Tea is once again adding to its vast repertoire of 130+ varieties with the launch of a new line of craft teas named “steep by Bigelow.” This premium line of 13 USDA Certified organic teas creatively blends exotic ingredients in unexpected and uniquely pleasing ways. These teas are also non-GMO and gluten free!

“Our new line of hand-crafted teas was created to engage all the senses, from shelf to cup, beginning with the serenely visual appeal of the packaging to the wonderful aromas and tantalizing flavors that follow,” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president & CEO.  “Made with exceptional care under the careful watch of Bigelow family tea blenders, this is our ‘microbrew,’ rich-in-flavor teas that will enhance life’s everyday moments. I invite you to come with us on this journey to live a life steeped in experiences.”

The introduction of steep by Bigelow continues a cherished family tradition of innovation that began over 70 years ago when Ruth developed her iconic “Constant Comment“® blend and created specialty tea in America. Just as Ruth knew America was ready for a more flavorful tea, Bigelow Tea believes tea lovers will embrace the steep by Bigelow tea experience!

Inspired by the popularity of the craft beer movement, steep by Bigelow teas cater to individual palate preferences. Each of the 13 teas delivers a unique flavor experience by combining such taste counterparts as sweet peachy notes with earthy dandelion, smoky and nutty oolong with delicate floral jasmine and smooth, malty teas with flowery top notes. Check out these choices:

  • Sweet Cinnamon
  • Chai
  • Lemon Ginger caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Dandelion & Peach Rooibos & Green Pure Green Tea Green Tea with Pomegranate Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea
  • English Breakfast Certified Fair Trade Tea
  • Mint caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Rooibos caffeine free Hibiscus Herbal Tea
  • Chamomile Citrus caffeine free Herbal Tea

Look for these enticing new teas in stores near you, on the steep by Bigelow website (http://www.steepbybigelow.com) or Amazon.com. And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

Bigelow Tea Goes The Extra Mile With Packaging Details

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It’s said that quality is in the details, and Bigelow Tea is a true believer! As you may have noticed, Bigelow Tea boxes brim with small touches that reflect this third-generation family-owned tea company’s passion for tea and joy in bringing it to consumers for 70 years. So it was a thrill to read a third-party review in Converter News that highlights “eight things to like about Bigelow Tea cartons.”

Each feature cited in the article is by careful design and came about as part of a refresh of the packaging in 2013, in anticipation of Bigelow Tea’s 70th anniversary in 2015. The goal was to showcase the company’s long and flavorful history with vivid colors and engaging stories, while also enhancing ease of use as well as showcasing the pride Bigelow employees feel when they bring you a great cup of tea. Of course, as noted in the company’s response to a question from @RateTea on Twitter, you’ll find no change to the delicious, high-quality tea protected in foil-wrapped pouches inside each box of Bigelow Tea!

Here are eight design elements that have made the new packaging a winner with consumers and industry insiders alike:
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  1. The UPC barcode on the bottom of the box – Each one is in a distinctive shape to reflect the tea variety inside.
  1. Personalization – On the bottom of every box it is noted who packaged the tea, using the worker’s first name and last initial.
  1. Best enjoyed by …” – This appears instead of the standard “use by” date.
  1. Sustainable packaging statement – Included is a gold heart that mimics the gold in the company logo, as well as encouragement to “do your part” to recycle.
  1. Caff-O-Meter – Lets you know how much caffeine is in your tea. You’ll also find helpful brewing tips.bigelow tea raspberry tea
  1. Unlock the freshness – A gold key points to the nifty “tuck tab” closure.
  1. Company history printed on the top – One of nine different stories from Bigelow Tea history is featured on every box of tea.
  1. Color scheme – “As satisfying as a fresh-brewed cup o’ tea,” according to Converter News!

Enjoy these enticing visual elements as you sip and savor your next cup of Bigelow

 

 

Learn Why Bigelow Tea Uses Tea From Sri Lanka

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High in the mountains of Sri Lanka grow acres of gorgeous tea plants renowned for yielding a light, bright brew prized as “the champagne of teas.” Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow fell in love with tea from the region and initiated a partnership that has endured for 67 years! Third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow was thrilled to visit this tiny island country in South Asia to meet the folks who expertly hand-pick tea leaves used in Bigelow’s black teas.

For a rare peek inside the tea gardens of Sri Lanka, check out Cindi’s Sri Lanka journal and videos. And here are a few more interesting facts highlighting why Bigelow Tea embraces Sri Lankan tea producers as part of its extended global family:

  • The British planted the first camellia sinensis (tea) plant in Sri Lanka in the 1800s following a blight that had wiped out the coffee crop, sparking new traditions built around tea farming.

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  • Today, tea cultivation is a $1.5 billion industry in Sri Lanka employing more than 1 million people who produce the world’s most expensive tea.
  • Before 1972, while under British colonization, the island was known as “Ceylon.” Hence tea from Sri Lanka is still called Ceylon tea.
  • Every tea estate in Sri Lanka with which Bigelow Tea does business is part of the Ethical Tea Partnership, which promotes fair treatment of workers and sustainable farming practices.
  • With high elevations that can exceed 6,000 feet, Sri Lankan tea gardens boast extremely favorable soil and weather conditions for growing delicate tea plants.
  • Each Sri Lankan estate prides itself on producing signature teas —much the same way vintners age wines for different tastes.

Enjoy the delicious results in your mug of Bigelow black tea! @Daniela441 tweeted his love for English Teatime. What’s your favorite Bigelow black tea blend?

 

Add Some Zing To The Table With Bigelow Tea’s Signature Spice Cake

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Looking to bring a bit of spice to your baking repertoire? Look no further than one of Bigelow Tea’s most popular recipes: “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. Considered to be the “signature cake” using Bigelow Tea’s flagship blend, this spice cake has been teasing taste buds for years—ever since the era when “Constant Comment”® was first introduced.

There’s a lot of history behind this flavor (and this recipe). In 1945, founder Ruth Bigelow’s revolutionary spirit created the very first Bigelow Tea, which generated constant comment among those who sampled it. She named it “Constant Comment”® of course! In doing so, she challenged well-known tea brands and helped establish specialty tea in America. Seventy years later, under the third generation of family leadership, Bigelow Tea produces 1.7 billion tea bags annually in more than 130 varieties of blackgreen and herbal teas in may flavors and varieties. Each tea bag is individually overwrapped in signature foil pouches that protect the tea from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, keeping all the flavor and freshness in until you’re ready to enjoy!

This expert blending and zealous protection of flavor not only makes for a fantastic tea, it also makes a spectacular ingredient for the “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. It’s a sweetly-spiced dessert as timeless as the tea with which it’s made. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredientsbigelow tea constant comment

  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1-⅔ cups flour
  • 2-½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Confectioners sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9″” round cake pan. Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags squeezing out liquid. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk to blend. Add the cooled milk; continue to whisk until thoroughly combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into pan. Bake approximately 35 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when touched. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan. Let cool completely before serving. Dust top with confectioners sugar.

 

Bigelow Tea Focuses On Ingredients: Lemon

bigelow tea lemon

For over 70 years the Bigelow Family has handcrafted tea blends, focusing on quality and flavor to deliver a consistent cup of delicious tea. As a third generation family-owned company Bigelow Tea takes pride in developing and maintaining relationships with suppliers who embody similar practices and values.  Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years.

As an essential ingredient in many of Bigelow Tea’s blends, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow Family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

The next time you sip on your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor, check the ingredients to see if lemon peel is part of your blend and rest assured you have a combined 140 years of experience in your cup!

 

How The World Looked In 1945 When Bigelow Tea Began

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In 1945, World War II ended, the Yalta Agreement was signed and Bigelow Tea was born! As Bigelow has been celebrating 70 years as America’s family tea blenders, it’s an opportune moment to reflect on the company’s auspicious beginning and the many historical milestones ushered in during the same year. Here’s a snapshot of events and statistics from 1945, when Ruth Campbell Bigelow adapted a Colonial recipe to create “Constant Comment®”:

  • The first German war crimes trial began in Nuremburg.
  • Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence from France.
  • The average American salary was $2,400.
  • The cost of a gallon of gas was 15 cents.
  • Ruth and her husband, David Bigelow, were making a living blending and packaging seasonings that they sold in New York City. They wanted to expand their product offerings, and Ruth’s hunch that the American market was ready for a more flavorful tea than the bland brew available at the time proved correct.bigelow tea ruth bigelow
  • A July 1945 article in the New York Herald Tribunereported the following about “Constant Comment,”®according to a recent account in Connecticut Explored magazine:  “One of
    Mrs. Bigelow’s Park Avenue friends was giving an afternoon party, and it was suggested she try the new blend. Not a word was said to the guest regarding its novelty, yet everyone spoke of the tea’s aroma, its flavor—there was ‘constant comment.’ A good name, why not? Labels were made and the tea was hurried to the stores where it is selling at around 75 cents for the two-and-one-quarter ounce jar. Expensive? But here’s a tea so flavorful that three-quarters of a teaspoon make six bracing cups of aromatic spiciness.”

Today, “Constant Comment”® remains one of Bigelow Tea’s best-loved flavors in a line that has expanded to include more than 120 varieties. Just ask Instagrammer @Scot30, who says “Constant Comment”® is his all-time favorite tea. Enjoy the aroma, taste and nostalgia in every cup of Bigelow Tea!

 

Bigelow Tea’s Spearmint Goes Crop To Cup!

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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 founding, 70 years ago and are now, well, like family! A great example is our supplier of 100 percent American-grown spearmint that is masterfully blended into several Bigelow mint teas.

bigelow tea spearmint

What makes this mint so special? It is grown exclusively in the northwest corner of the United States by a family company of multi-generational growers. A loyal relationship began in the early 1960s, when Bigelow Tea set out to develop a tea with the refreshing taste of spearmint. Today, a father-and-son team meticulously harvests acres of spearmint two times each year, continuing to demonstrate the same uncompromising care and craftsmanship that Bigelow Tea demands. The superior quality of their product, the cleanliness of their processing and the traceability of the mint from “crop to cup” are what make them ideal partners for Bigelow Tea.

The proof, of course, is in your mug of minty-fresh tea. One variety to try is Sweet Dreams, a soothing herbal blend of chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice and orange blossoms. Facebook fan Lisa N John Rigby enjoys winding down with a cup or two of this favorite before bedtime. Delish!

 

Have You Tried Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics?

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You can always grab a cup of tea to calm things down or settle in for your evening, but did you know Bigelow Tea has a tea that may also help settle your stomach? Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics is not only tasty, it’s also blended to help support healthy digestion.bigelow tea lemon ginger herbal tea

Adding lemon to tea is a time-honored tradition, practiced from England to India. The tart flavor of lemon counters the earthy and tannic flavor of cinnamon. And ginger adds its own distinct notes of spice, heat and a woody aroma. It’s a zesty taste trio that is not to be missed!

But the benefits of this blend go far beyond your palate. Ginger is considered a natural aid for nausea. This is supplemented by a probiotic called GanedenBC 30, which is resistant to high temperatures and thus won’t break down in hot tea. Probiotics are sometimes referred to as “good bacteria” and help maintain a healthy balance in your digestive system.

If you’ve just eaten a particularly adventurous meal, take @LordRiddlesXIII’s advice and brew a pot of Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics as a tasty defense. Delish!