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It’s National Hot Tea Month And Bigelow Tea Invites You To Enter Our New Sweepstakes—And Win Tea For The Entire Year!

Baby, it’s cold outside!  While we know that Bigelow Tea is the perfect brew anytime, the blustery January winds and chills seem to add a special element to the warming embrace of Bigelow Tea. That must be why January is National Hot Tea Month! And Bigelow Tea is pleased to announce another outstanding reason for celebrating January this year – our new sweepstakes – and an opportunity to win a year’s supply of your favorite Bigelow Teas!

Yes you read that correctly: our January 2011 Sweepstakes features a chance to win a case of Bigelow Tea for every month of 2011! The sweepstakes runs from Monday, January 3rd through Monday, January 31st, and is open to all tea lovers (18 years of age or older).

It’s simple to enter: click on the Facebook icon here on our blog (just there, to the right) which takes you to Bigelow Tea’s Facebook page…“Like” us by clicking the icon next to our name at the top of the page. Easy! Then you can go to our sweepstakes tab and enter your name for a chance to win a year’s supply of your favorite Bigelow Teas – a retail value of $213.00! (Novus and American Classic tea is excluded.) And if you’re already a Bigelow Tea fan on Facebook, then simply enter with a click on the sweepstakes tab. Then put the kettle on!

We are thankful to start off the New Year with so many loyal readers of our Constant Comments Blog – thanks for spending a small part of your day with us.  So here’s to a happy and warm National Tea Month – and good luck to everyone in our Win Tea For A Year Sweepstakes!

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Start the New Year Off Right, With a Bigelow Tea Brunch!

Constant Comment Muffins…what better way to usher in 2011?

The New Year is virtually upon us … and we can’t think of a better way to kick off 2011 than with a family brunch featuring Bigelow Tea recipes and teas! Friends and family who celebrated on the “eve” of the New Year will truly appreciate an opportunity to be invited to your home the following morning for delicious, comforting foods and to relax on their day off with a cup of hot tea.

When it comes to breakfast and brunch, you know that Bigelow Tea is a huge fan. Not only do we believe they’re the perfect platform to enjoy our tea, but we love to create delectable recipes for morning-time foods for all to enjoy. Imagine baskets of Constant Comment Muffins and Cinnamon Sticky Buns, set out alongside a bowl of fresh cut fruit…or, if you feel like cooking hot foods, consider serving Eggnogg’n Pancakes or our Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast (with fresh maple syrup – our mouths are watering just thinking about it)! Each recipe features Bigelow Tea and has been developed and perfected in our own test kitchens.

Even guests who have made New Year’s Resolutions to eat more healthfully will be happy at a Bigelow Tea inspired brunch. They can sip on one of our many varieties of Green Tea, try some Chai Latte with lowfat milk, or nibble on our antioxidant-rich Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad!

From our family to yours, a most happy New Year! May you have a healthy, happy and safe 2011!

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The Chill Is Gone at Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea team members Nick Megis and Joe Ball practicing Sustainabili-TEA in Boise, Idaho

‘Tis the season to embrace Sustainabili-TEA – and our entire Bigelow Tea team is really, really in the spirit this winter!  From our Charleston Tea Plantation to our headquarters in Connecticut to our Boise, Idaho plant — environmentally responsible Bigelow Tea employees are finding clever ways to make a difference!

Take our Idaho colleagues, for example. Our “inside source” gave us the scoop:

“It’s getting colder in Boise. One of our team members noticed a draft around a long-unused roll-up door.  This led to a suggestion that we “plug the hole”, which led to a project to insulate and seal several doors that are no longer in use.  Here [in above photo] Bigelow Tea-ites Nick Megis and Joe Ball are framing in and insulating a large roll-up door.  The chill is gone, but not the thrill … we’re excited to continue pursuing excellence in energy conservation.”

This commitment to energy efficiency has prompted Bigelow Tea to make other significant changes within our facilities, such as:

  • Installing a new cooling tower and air compressor at our Fairfield headquarters
  • Erecting a 900-panel solar array on the headquarters roof
  • Replacing fluorescent T12 lighting fixtures with T8 fixtures requiring less electricity in all our facilities
  • Installing motion detectors in all Fairfield offices, restrooms, storage rooms and warehouse (and even sensors to turn off vending machine lights when they’re not in use!)
  • Installing software that automatically shuts down 200 desktop computers at night

And Bigelow Tea is being recognized for our green efforts, like earlier this year, when we were honored as a “Business Leader for Energy Efficiency” at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in Boston, MA.

Sustainabili-TEA means that we will continue to identify new and strategic ways to reduce our energy usage and carbon footprint in 2011 and beyond!

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Bigelow Tea Combines Our Classic Constant Comment ® With a Classic Holiday Meal

Just as a fine wine compliments a great meal, our full-bodied Bigelow Teas pair perfectly with the savory flavors of some of our favorite dishes. And the holiday season is the perfect time to bring some new twists to your family’s table, with our Bigelow Tea recipes that take the flavors of teatime right into dinnertime.

Glazed Ham with Constant Comment® Orange Sauce

The traditional glazed ham is a classic centerpiece at many holiday dinner tables; let Bigelow Tea show you how to make this classic time-honored holiday dish even better –with our classic Constant Comment® Orange Sauce!


Glazed Ham with Constant Comment® Orange Sauce


2/3 cup (160mL) brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter
12 Bigelow Constant Comment® tea bags
1 cup (250mL) hot water
½ cup (125mL) fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon (5mL) ground cloves
1 – 6 to 8 pound (3 to 4kg) cooked ham
12 wholes cloves

Zest of orange

Yield: Serves 12 – Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 90-120 minutes.


Brew Constant Comment® tea bags in hot water.  Discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible.  Combine tea, brown sugar, butter, orange juice and zest with ground cloves in small saucepan.  Bring to boil over medium heat.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 325ºF (170ºC).  Using a sharp knife, score the fat on top of the ham into diamond shapes then press the cloves, stem side down, into each diamond.

Place ham in shallow roasting pan.  Brush the Constant Comment® Orange Glaze on the ham liberally.  Roast the ham for about 15 minutes a pound, brushing two to three times during the cooking process.

Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.  Drizzle sliced ham with the remaining sauce.

Nothing is sure to get us in the holiday spirit more than family, friends and a table topped with our Glazed Ham with Constant Comment® Orange Sauce.  Happy Holidays!

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Bigelow Tea Asks: Is Tea Drinking Posh?

What does it mean to be posh? Well, the answer varies from person to person, but generally, “poshness” refers to refined manners, elegant fashion sense, and a sophisticated food palate, which of course is where Bigelow Tea comes in. So do we take this definition one step further, making the logical connection that Bigelow Tea is posh?

Well, we can tell you that according to a recent UK poll, a great percentage of Britons do indeed consider drinking Earl Grey (and other specialty teas) as being posh…no need to sport the fancy hats, white gloves and pearls though…just put the kettle on, and enjoy.

It’s safe to say that many Bigelow Tea aficionados in the US would agree that tea-time also rates high on our American “posh meter.” And that’s true whether taking your tea while curled up in the comforts of your own home, or attending a formal High Tea in, say, the Savoy Hotel. (Now that’s posh!) Bigelow Tea fans know a good thing when they taste one.

Posh Spice

Posh or not, this UK poll does solidify that tea is still a national staple for Great Britain, and tea provides different delights for different people, knowing no social boundaries. Just ask another posh – Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.

The British celebrity loves her tea too, crediting regular consumption of green tea with helping her keep fit.

So, however you look at “posh,” tea time, or putting on the kettle for a relaxing spot of tea, it’s all a charming and delicious tradition. Sit down with your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea, relax, and let the pollsters debate on their own time. Cheers!

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Bigelow Tea Revisits NYC Tea Video

During the bustle of the holiday season here at Bigelow Tea, we can’t help but think of the always-fast pace of New York City.  With this in mind, we’re once again featuring our own Cindi Bigelow as she spends a December afternoon in Manhattan asking New York City residents and workers about their taste in tea.

We couldn’t think of a better spokesperson!


No matter where you live, we hope you take some time away from your own seasonal flurry of shopping, family obligations and year-end deadlines and relax with a warm cup of tea — or, if you must, a cup to go.

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Bigelow Tea Health Study News: Can Tea Consumption Reduce Risk of Brain Cancer?

When we think of high technology, we may typically think of a PC or MAC.  But the intricate human brain is the most high tech “computer” in existence. After all, PCs and MACs were invented by men and women who used their intelligence to help change the world.  But just like our man-made machines, the brain also needs to be regularly maintained and nurtured.  As the saying goes, “healthy mind, healthy body!”

With that in mind (pun intended!), Bigelow Tea has looked at an international study which gives credence to the theory that regular consumption of tea may potentially lower brain cancer risk (in particular, gliomas) by as much as 34 percent.  This impressive study was detailed in the November issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and researched data compiled from observing the dietary habits of more than 410,000 men and women (aged 25-70) from ten European countries – over a period of 8.5 years.

Drinking patterns and their correlation to brain cancer incidence were analyzed; the research indicated that drinking only 100 mL (0.4 cups) of tea or coffee per day significantly lowered the risk of gliomas. A glioma is a cancer of the central nervous system, originating from the brain and/or the spinal cord; it’s the most common type of malignant brain tumor in adults.

Dominique Michaud, Lead Researcher for this Brown University study, points out that further research will certainly be needed in order to confirm the correlations of tea and coffee consumption with glioma risk and, perhaps most importantly, to fully understand the underlying reasons for this correlation.

In the meantime, Bigelow Tea will keep on offering our favorite libation. Do join us. Cheers!

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Three Wise Words from Bigelow Tea: Reduce. Re-use. Recycle.

We all love to give and receive gifts. And, in keeping with efforts to boost the economy, Americans seem to be shopping up a storm this holiday season! The good news is that we’re great consumers; the more challenging news is that in our retail exuberance, we sometimes forget to be environmentally frugal. Landfills can overflow with waste from packing materials, packaging and gift wrap, so perhaps it’s time for us to take a step back and consider how we can become more environmentally responsible this season.

The holiday revelers at Bigelow Tea are happy to share a few creative Sustainabili-TEA holiday tips with you! Just follow the three R’s:


  • Try alternative gift wrapping like comic strips, maps, or fabric.
  • Use your shredded paper or newspaper as fillers when shipping parcels. No need to use messy Styrofoam peanuts (they’re seriously harmful to your dog or cat if ingested).
  • Give gift cards or theater tickets. They fit nicely into festive envelopes.
  • Donate to the recipients’ charity of choice in lieu of gifts.


  • Be creative:  use your extra gift wrap to make some festive holiday ornaments.
  • Line your drawers and shelves with the nicest leftover paper.
  • Make textbook covers for the kids.
  • Wrap it around the base of a bouquet of flowers/plant that you’re giving.
  • Découpage. ‘Nuff said!


  • Wrinkled wrapping paper can be recycled for next year:  flatten paper by putting heavy phone books on top (as a weight) or iron it — on very low heat — on the “wrong”/flip side (the white side).
  • Put discarded gift boxes and unwanted wrap in your recycle bin.

Oh, and one more “R” thing for you to do over the holiday season:  Rejoice!

Happy Holidays!

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Tea for Two and Two for Tea

“Picture you upon my knee, just tea for two and two for tea,
Just me for you and you for me, alone!
Nobody near us, to see us or hear us,
No friends or relations on weekend vacations,
We won’t have it known, dear, that we have a telephone, dear.
Day will break and you’ll awake and start to bake
A sugar cake for me to take for all the boys to see.
We will raise a family, a boy for you, a girl for me,
Oh, can’t you see how happy life would be?”

Tea for Two lyrics by Tony Bennett

The romantics at Bigelow Tea would like to take you back in time with that catchy tune from the 1950 American musical film, Tea for Two – starring Doris Day (as Nanette Carter; a socialite with show business aspirations) and Gorden MacRae (as Jimmy Smith, an earnest pianist/composer extraordinaire).  Of all the songs written about our favorite libation, the theme song for Tea for Two is probably the most memorable.  And, once you listen to it, it will stay with you the rest of the day!

We love happy endings (oops, we just let the cat out of the bag!) and would even go so far as to say that tea, when enjoyed with your significant other by your side, is one of the greatest aphrodisiacs! So, if you want to enjoy a sweet love story, a little music, and memories of a simpler time, watch Tea for Two with that special someone. And, of course, don’t forget to put the kettle on!

Bigelow Tea Green Tea for Two Basket!

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Bigelow Tea Drinkers Share Top Tea Tips on Twitter!

We asked, and they answered! Recently, Bigelow Tea reached out to its faithful Twitter “tweeps” to ask for their top tea tips, and they responded with a plethora of wonderful ideas. Here are a few of our favorites!

@QueenEarlGrey told us her favorite tea tip: warming the tea cup before she starts steeping, to “give you more time to savor you warm cuppa” and it makes her hands nice and toasty! She also suggested mixing your cream and sugar together before pouring in the steeped tea. “It’s a little English secret. Shhhhh.” (Sorry we spilled the beans!)

@LisaKennally offered us two great tips; first, she recommends putting your used tea bags into the fridge, and then placing them on your eyes for treating puffiness. Her second tip was to toss a few chocolate chips in your cup of hot tea, swirl, and enjoy a “sweet” treat! (Yum! We are dying to try this with our Peppermint Herb Tea.)

@OnTimeSupplies told us that replacing that mid-morning/afternoon soda or coffee with Bigelow Tea’s black teas offers the same “pick me up” but gets rid of the “sour stomach” that can accompany those other beverages. Meanwhile, @ChanTeaShop raves about the convenience of using Bigelow Tea for “brewing on the go,” and @lazy_literatus recommended choosing types of tea that steep quickly, like “a nice Darjeeling or a Sencha,” which require two-minute infusions, tops.

Thanks so much to all tea lovers who responded to our query….and if you don’t already follow Bigelow Tea on Twitter, we hope you will…we offer Daily Tea Tips and we truly enjoy engaging with our customers. We’d love to receive your comments!

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