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Independence Day Gives Us A Proud Smile At Bigelow Tea

btthursJuly 4th is one of those special days that just make us smile at Bigelow Tea. Smiles for the family reunions and picnics; thefireworks, parades and baseball games, and a special smile for the cherished freedoms that the day represents. Independence Day brings out patriotic displays all over the country, drawing us back to 1776 and the birth of our nation. And not just a new nation separating from oppressive British rule, but a new philosophy of freedom and powerful ideals, penned so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.


It was in the spirit of that freedom and independence that Bigelow Tea introduced the Tea for the Troops program, our specially packaged American Classic Tea which is proudly made right here in the USA at our Charleston Tea Plantation. Adorned in the image of old glory, our Tea for the Troops is one way that we say “thanks!” to all of those who guard our freedoms.

By the way, the term “Independence Day” was not in use until 1791. But even before John Hancock put his signature on the Declaration of Independence, founding father John Adams described what the new nation’s holiday should be like. In a letter to his wife Abigail Adams dated July 3rd 1776, he wrote that there should be celebration throughout history with “…pomp and parade … games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other …!” An apt description, but of course we would add everything Iced Tea to that prescription!

We all remember that tea played an important role in the struggle for independence, and today—brewed and poured over ice—it’s the perfect beverage to keep us cool and hydrated on a busy July 4th!  A happy and safe holiday to all!


Don’t Wait: Get Bigelow Tea’s 2013 Limited Edition First Flush Loose Tea


At Bigelow Tea we’re feeling flushed and want to share some important and tea-rrific news! Down at our Charleston Tea Plantation, we’ve harvested the very first tea leaves of the season … and that means our special American Classic First Flush® Loose Tea is now stocked and is ready for sale! This unique black tea comes out only once a growing season, and is made entirely from tea plants grown at our tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island.

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. We’re certain that our customers will appreciate this tea with its defined taste and amazing freshness!

As we focus on quality rather than quantity, our selection of First Flush® is quite limited. Can’t get to South Carolina? We understand. You can also purchase this tea through our website, and we will ship it right out to you. Each 2.3-ounce canister, which is a lovely shade of ivory, costs $15. We hope you’ll give it a try … and we can’t wait to hear what you think of this very special tea!


Enter The Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes To Win American Classic Teas!


Our July sweepstakes starts TODAY with a patriotic prize that any Bigelow Tea lover would covet! Twelve lucky winners will take home an American Classic Tea Sampler featuring six very special teas grown and produced at Charleston Tea Plantation! We are so proud of these homegrown teas and super excited to highlight them as part of our salute to the ol’ red, white and blue!

If you have never tried American Classic Teas, you are in for a treat. Tea connoisseurs rave about the fresh, smooth flavor of teas grown at Charleston Tea Plantation, America’s largest working tea garden. The climate on Wadmalaw Island, just outside Charleston, is perfect for tea growing, and the 127-acre tea garden is filled with beautiful camellia sinensis tea plants as far as the eye can see! The trolley tour of the lush grounds is a must if you’re ever in the area!

Now, here’s more about your prize:

Each American Classic Tea Sampler includes the following full leaf teas in pyramid tea bags (3 of each flavor for a total of 18 tea bags):

Rockville Raspberry Tea
Governor Gray Tea
American Classic Tea
Island Green Tea
Charleston Breakfast Tea
Plantation Peach Tea

Try them all over ice for a refreshing summertime thirst quencher! To enter, “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!), and click on the sweepstakes icon at the top of the page under our cover photo. The sweeps ends on July 29 … look for the names of the winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. Good luck, and happy Fourth of July to all!


Bigelow Tea Get Ready For Summer Sweepstakes Winners Announced



We are so excited to announce the winners of our Get Ready For Summer Sweepstakes.  Note that we will contact you via email to confirm your mailing address.  If you don’t hear from us within 2 weeks, check your spam folder and if you find nothing, leave a comment here on the blog.  Congrats and enjoy your iced tea!

Joseph from Maryland

Dawn from Texas

Jenna from New York

M from Florida

Christine from California

Alex from California

Rita from California

Carol from New Hampshire

Elina from Illinois

Stacy from Ontario

Rita from Massachusetts

Shawna from Maine

Poneh from California

Connie from Alberta

Kim from Colorado

Leigh from South Carolina

Sharon from Vermont

Debbie from Wisconsin

Brenda from Florida

Stacey from Illinois

This Month We’re Enjoying Lemon And Mango At Bigelow Tea

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You know we love flavor here at Bigelow Tea, and this month we’re excited to feature two of our favorite fruits: lemon and mango! Yes, it’s Lemon & Mango Month, and we think that’s simply sweet!

Lemon is the perfect complement to any tea, and many people squeeze a little into their cup every day (or place a pretty slice on the edge of their iced tea glass). Because tea and lemon make such a perfect combination, we’ve developed a wonderful assortment of lemony-flavored teas! From our black tea Lemon Lift to our Green Tea with Lemon and our herbal I Love Lemon blend, there’s something for every tea and lemon lover!

And when it comes to Mango … we’re also huge fans! The tropical flavor pairs brilliantly with chamomile in our Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea and shines brightly in our Green Tea with Mango. We’ve also put it into our Bigelow Tea Coconut Water with Mango Green Tea mix! So many ways to enjoy the fabulous flavor of mango!

Both flavors are amazing in tea, and can even be used in cooking your favorite dish. As you know, we’ve created many tea-infused recipes at Bigelow Tea, and we thought we’d share one that features Green Tea and mango today. Enjoy Lemon & Mango Month!

Green Tea and Mango Pasta Salad



2 quarts (2 litres) water
16 Bigelow® Green Tea Bags
½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
12 ounces (336g) Fusilli pasta
1 avocado , peeled, seeded and cubed
½ cucumber, peeled and diced
1 cup (250mL) red pepper, diced
2 large mangos, cut into cubes
Black sesame seeds for garnish, optional


1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
2 tablespoons (30mL) fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon (5mL) grainy mustard
Salt and pepper taste

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: N/A



Bring 2 quarts (2 litres) of water to a boil, add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add salt and pasta; cook according to package directions. Drain.

In small bowl combine dressing ingredients and mix well.

Toss pasta with dressing. Cool.

Add avocado, cucumbers, red pepper and mango and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.


Celebrate Iced Tea Month With The Bigelow Tea June Iced Tea Sweepstakes


There are just a few days left to enter our Get Ready for Summer Iced Tea Sweepstakes! Enter by midnight EST on June 28 for your chance to win a Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack featuring the perfect pair of summertime thirst quenchers from Bigelow Tea! A total of 20 lucky prize winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Sunny days are beckoning, and beverages need to be tasty, refreshing and convenient. Our Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade blends certainly fill all those needs with a tantalizing combination of black tea, lemonade and natural sweeteners. Each Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack contains one box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade and one box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade with Pomegranate. You get six quart-size tea bags per box—enough for 12 quarts that you fresh-brew yourself in just minutes! Now that’s the way to get your summer off to the right start!

To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Be sure to check our Bigelow Tea blog for the names of the 20 lucky winners. Hurry, because summer … and this sweeps will be over before you know it! Good luck!


Bigelow Tea Celebrates Fun In The Great Outdoors


We’re so excited about June here at Bigelow Tea, with all the invigorating outdoor activities taking place all around! People are playing tennis, swimming, taking hikes and biking … playing basketball, kayaking, climbing, tossing a frisbee, walking the dog, golfing, gardening … hey, welcome to June the official month of the Great Outdoors!  We look at this month as an excellent opportunity to enjoy the exhilaration of communing with nature. And we are blessed to have so many options to explore, from our majestic national parks, to plenty of free outdoor activities, to tons of stuff to do outside with kids!

Great Outdoors Month also highlights the importance of our precious world’s health. You know that Bigelow Tea has been a staunch advocate for the environment and our natural resources. We love our tea alfresco too, and we always do our best to protect our natural resources as we stay busy producing the finest teas. As it’s laid out in our Mission Statement: we will “do the right thing and good things will follow.” Our forests, parks, lakes and rivers provide us with beauty and wonder today, and are all part of our legacy for future generations.

Enjoying the majesty of nature with our amazing Bigelow Tea varieties simply doubles the enjoyment. Whichever activities you choose to do this month, enjoy a cup of our tea before, during and after! And when you work up that great outdoors thirst, look no further than an iced glass full of our Half Iced Tea-Half Lemonade, perfectly blended and made for just such an occasion as Great Outdoors month, as well as the whole summer!


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Bigelow Tea Welcomes the Summer Solstice


Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21, will mark one of Bigelow Tea’s favorite days of the year (and favorite month, June is Iced Tea month too)! The sun is high, the temps are rising and it’s the first day of summer! And with summer comes walks on the beach, kite flying, and catching fireflies. Yes, summer solstice is a day to celebrate the beginning of one of our most-loved seasons!


For those living north of the equator, the question is what to do on this first day of the summer months … the day with the longest hours of daylight in the year? In ancient times, feasts and festivals marked the season of growing crops. In today’s world it would be the perfect day to plan a picnic, a modern day spin on the ancient feast. All you need is a tablecloth, a basket of goodies, maybe a Frisbee and some glasses for a batch of refreshing Bigelow Iced Tea! In fact, this plan sounds too good to limit to just the day of the Summer Solstice … so let’s plan on having picnics throughout the summer. Why not choose a different flavor of Bigelow Iced Tea each time?

But really, with these longer hours in the day, the possibilities are endless. What’s on your agenda to accomplish this summer? Whatever you plan to do—from yard work to pure relaxing—don’t forget to pour yourself a wonderful glass of Bigelow Iced Tea first.

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Bigelow Tea Gets Its Serving of Fruits and Veggies This Month!


June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and Bigelow Tea wants to make certain we’re eating them regularly. With its new MyPlate icon, the USDA recommends having fruits and vegetables fill half our dishes at every meal or occasion. That’s hefty real estate! So, in honor of this month, Bigelow Tea recommends two salad dishes that incorporate different fruits and veggies. Here’s how to make them.

Chopped Veggie Salad



½-1 cup each:

Cucumber (scoop out seeds) diced
Tomatoes (scoop out seeds) diced
Green yellow and red peppers diced
Carrots diced
Zucchini diced
3 tablespoons scallions diced
3 tablespoons fresh dill
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
½ cup of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: n/a

Serves: 4-6


Cut up all veggies and place in a bowl. Mix. Add dill, parsley, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Dress with any Bigelow Tea Vinaigrette such as Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Salad DressingBlueberry Acai Vinaigrette or Red Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad



Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai Herb Tea Bags*

1/2 cup (125mL) water
4 tablespoons (60mL) lime juice
3 teaspoons (15mL) sugar
1 pint (500mL) blueberries*
1 cup (250mL) honeydew melon balls*
1 cup (250mL) cantaloupe melon balls*
1 cup (250mL) watermelon balls*
Mint leaves for garnish

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 10-15 minutes – Cook Time: 10 minutes.

*You can use any assortment of fresh fruits depending on what is in season. Add a different flavor sensation by substituting one of Bigelow’s Herb teas such as Red Raspberry or Pomegranate Pizzazz in place of the Blueberry Acai.


Add lime juice, water, sugar and Blueberry Acai Herb Tea Bags to a saucepan, simmer for 10 minutes to infuse flavor. Squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible then remove tea bags. Cool.

Add fruit to large, attractive bowl, pour syrup over fruit and toss gently. Garnish with mint leaves.


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Bigelow Tea Employees Spruce Up Fairfield’s Sandcastle Playground


For our Bigelow Tea employees, no task is too great or small. Yet their rewards for volunteering in our community are absolutely plentiful!  As part of our company’s commitment to community service, workers at our Fairfield, CT plant recently gave their time to help out at another “plant” in town: a special playground.


This “tea” team eagerly got their hands dirty at The Sandcastle Playground by pulling weeds and planting new flowers in the playground’s planting beds. Our handy workers started off their day by focusing on the space near the playground’s sign. First they removed dead bushes and weeds, and then they planted colored lilies.

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Over the years, Bigelow Tea has partnered with the Town of Fairfield and local parents to help in maintaining The Sandcastle, a community playground built in the mid-nineties. Being a stone’s throw from Fairfield’s beach area, The Sandcastle has many fun options for kids: slides, swings, a sandbox, a trapeze ladder, and even a mini-amphitheater.


Being proud to help on our Community Service Day, our Bigelow Team looks forward to going back to The Sandcastle Playground again. We want to thank our team members Mike Marenna, Manny Leon, Jenny Vongxay, Tomas Rivera, Jose Santiago, Rob D’Agostino and Rich Queen who made this space brighter for the countless children who use it. Good job!

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