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Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey Gives Ice Cream A Distinct Flavor

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Hey Bigelow Tea fans, do you know what gives Earl Grey Tea its distinct taste? It’s bergamot oil, which comes from bergamots, a type of citrus fruit. Who knew? Not all bergamots are the same … and in producing Bigelow Tea’s famous Earl Grey, the Bigelow family sources bergamot oil directly from a long-time family-owned orchard in Calabria, Italy, where bergamots naturally thrive. The oil is extracted during the fruit’s harvest season, so that the batches are first pressed and purely fresh. As a third-generation, family run business, Bigelow Tea makes great efforts to ensure that the ingredients used in all of their blended teas come straight from quality sources.

If you simply can’t get enough of Earl Grey (like Chris Costello, who tweeted about his four cups a day routine!), consider taking an even cooler approach by making this Earl Grey Ice Cream recipe. Savor it and let us know what you think!

Earl Grey Ice Cream

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 8 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan combine half and half and whipping cream. Over medium-high heat bring to a low boil (5 minutes). Remove mixture from heat and add 8 tea bags; steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags from cream and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Place tea mixture, sugar, vanilla, and ½ teaspoon salt in mixer bowl; beat on medium speed until sugar dissolves (1 minute). Place in refrigerator; cool completely. Once cool, place tea cream mixture in bowl of ice cream maker; process as directed. Suggestion – top with Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce.

Cool Down This Summer with Bigelow Iced Tea

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Who doesn’t love iced tea on a hot summer day (and if it is Bigelow tea, even better right)?  Luckily, iced tea is quite simple to make as it really only requires two ingredients: fresh water and of course, tea. But here is where the fun comes in because green, black, white and herbal tea can be used to create a refreshing glass as noted by tea experts Nathaniel Pantalone and Cynthia Gold. Some of the best varieties to use include the following:

bigelow tea jasmine green teaJasmine Green Tea which is subtly sweet and has a fresh, flowery fragrance.

 

 

bigelow tea oolongOolong Tea which is a smooth, full-bodied, fragrant variety due to being exposed to air for half the amount of time as black tea.

 

 

bigelow tea english teatime teaCeylon Tea like Bigelow English Teatime® which is a strong, full-bodied variety of black tea with a golden color. This is probably the type of tea you think of when you think of Iced Tea!

 

But don’t stop with just these flavors!  With over 130 varieties of tea offered, why not follow third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s suggestion for pairing different teas so you can create your own perfect glass (or quart) that is both refreshing and delicious!

Don’t want to experiment?  No problem.  We have perfect iced tea recipes that will be sure to quench yours or your guest’s thirst.  Give these a try or share your own recipes with us….we would love to hear from you! Happy iced tea drinking!

Green Tea with Mango and Perfect Peach Iced Tea

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Ingredients

Instructions

Pour boiling water over 2 Perfect Peach herbal tea bags and 1 Green tea with Mango tea bag. Steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add cold water. Sweeten to taste. Pour into tall glass filled with ice…and enjoy.

Constant Comment and Plantation Mint Iced Tea

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Ingredients

Instructions

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 “Constant Comment”® tea bags and 1 Plantation Mint® tea bag and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste.

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’s Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler Is A Winner

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Any time is the right time for dessert … and if it features Bigelow Tea, it’s even better! This delicious and simple Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler is made with Bigelow Tea’s “I Love Lemon”®. This light, moist, tea-infused cake includes blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and will be ready in under an hour. It’s made in a cast iron skillet, so it is pretty to serve! Pair your cobbler with a hot cup of Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea—which @panglugayawan tweeted “is heaven,”—and you’ve got the perfect after-dinner treat!

Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler

 

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Submitted by Lyuba

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Bigelow “I Love Lemon” herbal tea (1/2 cup of boiling water and 1 tea bag)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Use a 6 1/2 inch skillet.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Place a tea bag in a cup with 1/2 cup of boiling hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, mix berries, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and sugar vigorously for about a minute. Whisk in salt, sour cream and vanilla, until all well combined. Whisk in cooled tea.

Whisk in flour until all incorporated. Preheat seasoned skillet over medium heat and melt butter in it. Swish butter all over the skillet. Take off heat. Pour in most of the batter in the skillet and add berries over the top. Drizzle in remaining dough over the top. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 33-37 minutes.

Learn Why Bigelow Uses Tea From Sri Lanka

 

bigelow tea sri lankaHigh 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.
  • 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?

Celebrate Spring With Seasonal Recipes From Bigelow Tea

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Now that flowers are blooming and days are getting warmer, it’s the ideal time to enjoy the flavors of spring with delicious recipes from Bigelow Tea.

Add a little bit of spring sunshine to your meals by featuring aromatic flowers and fruity choices from Bigelow Tea as an epicurean theme. With over 120 flavors of specialty tea with the finest ingredients to choose from, there are countless ways to make dinner delicious. Lemon is one option that is great for springtime, and Bigelow Tea uses zesty yet sweet lemon that is grown with only the highest of standards.  Impress guests with this uplifting flavor by making Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze as a deliciously light main course.

Spring flowers are a feast for the eyes, and Jasmine Green Tea captures the joy of fresh blooms in every sip. Enjoy this fragrant experience at dinnertime with  Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits.

No festive meal is complete without a luscious dessert. A thick slice of I Love Lemon® Quick Bread is a refreshing way to end the meal, along with a cup of your favorite flavor of Bigelow Tea to sip!

Did you enjoy these recipes? Let us know what you think!

Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze

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Ingredients

  • Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • Butter
  • 4 catfish or other flat whitefish fillets, blotted dry
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup flavored bread crumbs

Instructions

Pour ½ cup boiling water over Lemon Lift® tea bags and steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags; squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. In a small bowl combine tea with mayonnaise and minced shallots. Mix until blended. Heat oven to 375º. Lightly butter a shallow heat-proof pan. Lay the fillets in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Spread the tea/mayonnaise mixture over the fillets. Cover with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes until fish is opaque and the top golden brown. Serve immediately.

Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 4 qt water
  • Bigelow Green Jasmine Tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Rinse rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve. Bring water and tea bags to a boil, set aside. Meanwhile melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, green onions, salt, pepper and fruits. Stir until onions start to soften and rice starts to get white around the edges 8-10 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing well, discard. Carefully pour Bigelow tea water over rice-it will bubble and steam up- stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, raise lid and cover rice with a cotton (non terrycloth) dishtowel, replace cover. Let stand, covered and undisturbed, 10 minutes. Open lid and remove dishtowel, fluff gently with a fork. Note: Basmati rice can be used instead of brown rice, for extra jasmine flavor.

I Love Lemon® Quick Bread

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1-½ cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
  • ½ tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

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. Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 4″ x 9″ loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Alternate adding tea-infused milk and flour mixture; stir after each addition. Add lemon rind and stir until well blended. Pour batter into saucepan. Sprinkle poppy seeds evenly on top. Bake 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

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