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Bigelow Tea Applauds Tea Pouring Record Setters

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Bigelow Tea loves to learn about people who are passionate about tea. And what’s more passionate than setting a world record?! In September, an expert team of 12 tea pourers in Ireland set a new Guinness World Record for pouring the most cups of tea in 60 minutes. In one hour, they filled 1,848 cups of tea, surpassing the previous record by over 200 cuppas. Wow! Now those are pours they can be proud of!

Speaking of setting records, did you know Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and the Town of Summerville, South Carolina, currently hold the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Glass of Iced Tea? The 10-foot tall jar (12-foot with straw, of course!), dubbed “Mason” was constructed of fiberglass and held 1,425 gallons of brew made with 120 pounds of black tea leaves from The Charleston Tea Plantation.

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It’s a thrill to see that tea can inspire such impressive feats, and that the tradition of tea is still strong in the hearts of many drinker— @DianaTh60981413 remembers her grandmother serving Bigelow Tea to her as a child, and to this day, loves tea time.

For three generations, Bigelow Tea has been a kitchen staple for families, and the Bigelow family loves to hear about special memories made over a cup of tea. Keep those moments in mind the next time you’re pouring tea (hopefully less than 1, 848 cups in an hour)!

Top image by Kai Chan Vong via Flickr

Get Bigelow Tea’s 2015 Limited Edition First Flush Loose Tea!

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The Bigelow Tea team is flush with excitement and ready to share some important news from the Charleston Tea Garden! The very first tea leaves of the season were recently harvested, and that means American Classic First Flush® Loose Tea is now stocked and ready for sale! This unique black tea comes out only once a growing season and is made entirely from tea plants grown at the tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island.

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This “First Flush” tea is produced from the leaves of the tea plants’ new growth for the season, which is called their “first flush.” The leaves from this early part of the growing season produce a smooth and mellow flavor for a truly pure and fresh cup of fine tea.

But First Flush® quantities are quite limited, so be sure to get yours soon! It’s easy to purchase First Flush® Loose Tea through the Bigelow Tea website and have it shipped directly to you, or if you happen to be near the tea garden, do stop by the gift shop to buy your tea there. Each 2.3-ounce canister, which is a lovely shade of ivory, costs $15. Try it, and don’t be shy about sharing what you think about this very special tea via FacebookTwitter or Instagram!


Bigelow Tea Cheers Sheryl Crow And Her Upcoming Performance  At The First Flush Festival

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Bigelow Tea and music make a great combination … and if you throw Grammy-winner Sheryl Crow into the mix, well that’s definitely something to sing about!

With hits like “If It Makes You Happy” and “Every Day is A Winding Road,” Sheryl Crow is one of America’s best-loved performers. As a proud American company, Bigelow Tea appreciates this home-grown artist and hopes she sips a little American Classic tea (made from our very own Charleston Tea Garden) before she hits the stage!

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If you also adore Sheryl Crow, mark your calendar for May 24! That’s the date she will headline the ninth annual First Flush Festeaval at The Charleston Tea Plantation. This family-friendly festival celebrates the first harvest of the season and includes live music, local artisan vendors, kids activities, food trucks and of course, plenty of American Classic Tea! Crow will be joined by bands like Stop Light ObservationsDangermuffin, and other special guests. Facebook fan Rosanna Stefano saw Crow perform in 2007 and said “it was the best concert I’ve ever attended… She is fantastic!”

In addition to being a nine-time Grammy award-winning artist, Crow is also the mother of two young boys. Good Housekeeping caught up with Sheryl last summer and she revealed when she’s on tour the boys travel with her as much as their school schedule allows. Who knows, maybe Wyatt and Levi will be at the First Flush Festival to watch their mom perform and to meet Waddy the Frog!

Either way, Sheryl Crow’s love of music is contagious. What’s your favorite Sheryl Crow song to listen to while you sip Bigelow Tea?

Charleston Tea Plantation First Flush 2015

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Spring is here at Bigelow Tea and a new harvest season is about to begin at the Charleston Tea Plantation! The first harvest of the year produces a special tea called the “First Flush.” This tea was traditionally reserved for royalty and usually is picked in late April or early May. It creates a unique tasting tea that is only available once a season! Like all tea, First Flush tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. After being dormant all winter, the Camellia Sinensis plants experience escalated growth of new leaves creating this distinct tea. Devoted tea drinkers describe a cup of First Flush tea as the most delicious, pure, and fresh cup of tea available with a smooth and mellow flavor.

In celebration for the new harvest season, each year the Charleston Tea Plantation hosts the First Flush FesTEAval. This year’s 9th Annual First Flush FesTEAval will include live music from nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow! This family friendly festival also includes local artisan vendors, food trucks, kids activities, and of course, plenty of tea! The First Flush FesTEAval will take place onSunday, May 24, 2015 beginning at noon. Tickets are currently available online through Ticketfly and in person at the plantation. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

The Charleston Tea Plantation is open seven days a week, with the exception for a few holidays and is the perfect spot for a family day trip. To learn more about First Flush tea, and all tea, enjoy a trolley ride through the fields, Factory Tour, and a glass of chilled iced tea in the Plantation Shop. And don’t forget to snap a picture with Waddy the Frog!


Bigelow Tea’s Proposal For A Wonderful Wedding

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Bigelow Tea loves a good wedding! Even in 2015, brides and grooms still follow the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Bigelow Tea is excited to share some thoughts as you plan your fairytale wedding.

Something Old

Three generations of the Bigelow family have been creating tea for 70 years, and tea itself has a storied past. Celebrate the bride-to-be with a whimsical afternoon tea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party.

Something New

Deciding on thank-you gifts for your bridesmaids? Or looking for a personalized present for the happy couple? Make their next tea-time special with a new Bigelow Tea engraved tea chest.

Something Borrowed

If you’re searching for a venue, remember that you can always use Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation for the day. The serene and unique setting of the Plantation—found on Wadmalaw Island—provides wedding guests a taste of Southern charm and historic beauty. The grounds of America’s largest working tea garden offer a picturesque pavilion, an old-fashioned trolley to shuttle guests, and gorgeous locations to recite your vows.

Full of majestic oaks and lush fields, it’s the perfect setting for saying, “I do” and April starts the wedding season so do call to book your date!

Something (Red, White and) Blue

After a day of wedding festivities, give guests a wedding favor that’s original. Try a box of American Classic® Tea, tea grown and produced at the Charleston Tea Plantation or personalized boxes of Bigelow tea. @PrettyLaneEtsy suggests hand-stamped gift tags with the phrase, “You, me, and a cup of tea.”

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Congratulations to all those couples celebrating their big day this year. If you need a break from wedding planning, remember, nothing’s more relaxing than a nice cup of tea.

Counting The Days Till Bigelow Tea’s First Flush Festival!

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Bigelow Tea is more than a little excited for the upcoming 8th Annual First Flush FesTEAval on Saturday, May 24, at the historic Charleston Tea Plantation! Consider visiting America’s largest working tea garden and the home of American Classic Tea!  Tickets are available here, and children under 8 enter free.

This celebration of the very first tea harvest of the year draws music-loving tea fans to Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina for a glorious day of musical medley, art, local cuisine and of course—tea galore!

Headlining the festival are the uber-talented musicians, The Avett Brothers! Festival goers can also sample a range of food truck artisanal fare, enjoy kids activities, explore the stunning grounds, and sip iced American Classic tea. An exclusive ROCK STAR VIP package includes car service to and from the grounds, open bar, reserved seating and more.

In addition to the great entertainment, attendees are encouraged to bring five canned goods for donation to the Lowcounty Food Bank in exchange for $5 off ticket prices. Gates open at 12pm.  Show times start at 1pm.

Can’t make the Festival?  The Charleston Tea Plantation is open year-round offering tours of the lush tea fields and working factory where visitors can learn a thing or two about the history and process of tea-making. Come visit soon and, like Facebook Fan @CindyAnneFenton, meet Waddy the frog!


Meet Waddy The Frog, The Newest Member of Bigelow Tea Owned Charleston Tea Plantation

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Yes, that’s a giant frog holding a mug of tea. Meet Waddy the Frog, a larger-than-life, tea-loving metal amphibian who’s been seen hanging out at Bigelow Tea’s beautiful Charleston Tea Plantation! The name “Waddy” comes from his location, on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina. He was custom made for the plantation by Charles “Frog” Smith, a sculptor from nearby Local Johns Island.

Since February, Waddy has been seated at one of the front porch benches with a Bigelow Tea mug firmly set in his right hand. As “frog in residence,” Waddy will be busy greeting visitors all year-round, so he’ll use his down time to enjoy a cup of American Classic Tea. He also understands that his position will involve many selfies with visitors like this youngster (below) who @WhitneyLett dubbed “adorable.”

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The family-run Bigelow Tea company is so happy to welcome this new addition to the family! Meet Waddy the Frog anytime at the Charleston Tea Plantation, especially at the eighth annual First Flush FesTEAval—featuring the Avett Brothers!—on Saturday, May 24. Stop (or hop!) on by. #BigelowTea #CharlestonTeaPlantation

The Avett Brothers Headline Bigelow Tea’s 8th Annual First Flush FesTEAval

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Bigelow Tea is feeling flushed with good reason: everyone—including the amazing The Avett Brothers!—is gearing up for the eighth annual First Flush FesTEAval onSaturday, May 24! The celebration of tea and music takes place at Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

This yearly event celebrates the first harvest of 2014’s tea crop with a lot of great music, food, fun and tea! Headlining this year’s bash are The Avett Brothers, a popular indie rock/folk/bluegrass band that will be busily playing across the country this summer. The group has been letting their fans know about their stop in Charleston. Facebook fan @CourtenyAdler couldn’t be more excited: “Tea, Charleston and the Avett Bros. Heaven has been perfected.”

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Other scheduled acts will include Stop Light ObservationsLuke Cunningham BandAtlas Road CrewTyler Boone BandBen Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans and The Executives.

Tickets are at $37.50 Advance, and $45 Day of Show. Purchase them through and the Music Farm Box Office. Gates open at noon, with the show starting at1 p.m. Check out food trucks and a kids area, and enjoy some American Classic Tea too! The Bigelow family can’t wait to see you there! #Bigelowfamily #CharlestonTeaPlantation

Top image via The Avett Brothers’ Instagram

Sip Green and Plant Green: Bigelow Tea & Arbor Day

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The Bigelow Tea family is noticing how things are getting greener every day. Spring is in full swing, cups of Certified Organic Green Tea have been spotted, and today, caring communities are celebrating Arbor Day.

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After such a long winter, Bigelow Tea employees are especially grateful to enjoy the great outdoors (with iced tea in hand!), promote sustainabili-TEA, and using their green thumbs in the Bigelow Tea Community Garden. Last year, the Green Team worked hard to plant an area in front of headquarters as part of the Green Wellness Community (GWC) initiative. They planted tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, and herbs, which were donated to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

Everything in Mother Nature is interconnected—and trees play an especially important role. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees:

  • Conserve energy–They shade your house, act as wind barriers, and help your air conditioning run more efficiently.
  • Help fight climate change–Communities with trees are cooler communities.
  • Provide wildlife habitats, clean air, and drinking water.
  • Tame storm water–They help prevent mudslides and keep our waterways cleaner.

Whether you’re working towards sustainabili-TEA in the office or outside planting trees for Arbor Day, tea fan @poetgunslinger on Instagram notes that there’s  “Nothing like #Bigelow green tea… to get me through work.”

Sip green. Plant green. Happy Arbor Day!

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Wedding Dreams At Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation!

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So you’re engaged to the guy or gal of your dreams (congrats!), and now it’s time to plan your dream wedding! February is National Wedding Month—a reminder that it’s not too soon to begin preparing for that spring, summer or fall celebration. Deep breath! Did you know that Bigelow Tea has a fantastic venue? It’s the Charleston Tea Plantation, tucked away on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry!

How romantic to exchange vows under the branches of “The Wedding Tree,” the plantation’s largest live oak. Or you could have the ceremony out in the open surrounded by acres of lush tea plants. Picture your wedding party making a grand entrance shaded by a canopy of oaks that form a charming archway. And for the reception, get the party started at the covered pavilion, which has overhead lighting and ceiling fans to keep things cool on warm summer days. Dress the tables and decor up or down to suit your style! As for your guests, treat them to a trolley tour of the grounds, home to the largest working tea garden in the United States.

Need a bit more inspiration? Grab a mug of Island Green Tea (grown on-site!) to set the mood and check out Bigelow Tea’s Wedding board on Pinterest, where you’ll find more gorgeous wedding photos. And be sure to follow @charlestontea on Instagram to see pics like this one of Mr. & Mrs. Bigelow (which @stardusthippie declared “Charming!”) and of the tea garden’s stunning natural beauty … truly a magical place where wedding dreams are made. Clearly, as a family-run company, Bigelow Tea is more than excited to help you start your new family! Cheers!