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What’s The Tastiest Flavor From Bigelow Tea?

No one knows better than we do at Bigelow Tea that there are a lot of choices out there for tea drinkers. So let’s look beyond the timeless classics of our Earl Grey and Green Teas.  We want to know: what are your favorite flavored teas?

We’re proud to suit our tea drinkers’ various tastes with so many varieties, from Vanilla to Pomegranate; from the exotic spice of our Chai Tea to the home-grown taste of our Plantation Mint.  Does Perfect Peach make your day?  Do you get a rise from our Lemon Lift?  There’s no wrong answer, because it’s all good!

What Is Your Favorite Flavored Tea?Market Research


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Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Organic Harvest Month

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“Our deep respect for the land and its harvestis the legacy of generations of farmers
who put food on our tables,
preserved our landscape,
and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.

~ James H. Douglas

It’s that time of year when once again we aptly reap what we sow – in the best possible way! Join us at Bigelow Tea to commemorate National Organic Harvest Month – a celebration of Nature’s bounty, organic foods and sustainable living.  Organized each September by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Organic Harvest Month helps to raise national awareness of the importance of North American organic agriculture and to encourage consumers to choose organic products. The demand for certified organic products has increased steadily over the years, as people begin to understand what it means to “go organic.”  Everything in life is cyclical. We take care of our earth and she, in turn, provides us with healthy nourishment.

Now, you know we enthusiastically practice Sustainabili-TEA!  So, when it comes to organic choices, Bigelow Tea goes the distance. That’s why we offer a flavorful selection of certified organic teas; savor the flavors of Bigelow Tea’s aromatic Organic White Tea with Raspberry & ChrysanthemumOrganic Imperial Earl Grey with natural Bergamot and Malva Flowers , or – for you green tea purists – some lovely Organic Pure Green Tea.  Pure organic goodness in a teabag … it doesn’t get better than that!

And, if you’re looking for some fun, creative ways to celebrate National Organic Harvest Month, why not start with visiting your local farmer’s market (make sure you bring the kids along), start composting (your garden will thank you) and remember  to use organic household products. Rally your community together and Go Organic!! Have fun!

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Tea And Weddings: A Perfect Union

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Think of a wedding beverage and the first thing that comes to mind may be champagne.  But how about tea? Actually, the connection between tea and nuptials goes way back. At Bigelow Tea, we’ve long understood the magical, romantic connection between tea and weddings. After all, many lucky couples have been married on our Charleston Tea Plantation, under an immense oak affectionately dubbed “the wedding tree!”  The Charleston Tea Plantation is filled with Southern charm and historic beauty. It is the only venue of its kind in all of North America, and is a simply magical wedding spot.

In China, as in many other countries, tea is an integral component of both traditional and contemporary weddings. In the traditional Chinese ceremony, the bride first serves tea alone to her parents, using her dowry serving set, which is often handed down from her mother. Holding the cup in both hands, she offers it first to her father and then her mother — a gesture symbolizing respect and gratitude.

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After the wedding, the bride and groom serve tea together to his parents. A touch of sugar or honey is added, symbolizing the sweetness of the union. One traditional tea blend includes a lotus seed and two red dates, as the ancient Chinese believed that lotus and dates would ensure fertility.

Then the couple offers a cup to the rest of the groom’s family; in return the family members place lucky red envelopes, called “lai see” on the serving tray. The envelopes are filled with jewelry or money!

In more ways than one, a little tea produces big dividends!

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Putting the Patriot in Patriotism

Freedom Walk participants commemorate Patriot Day.

Image Via  U.S. Airforce

At Bigelow Tea, the terms community and service are more than corporate catch-phrases. We embrace volunteerism as a means to give back to our community, which is really our extended family. Special days that honor our community and our country are important to us, as in the observance of Patriot Day, September 11.

Bigelow Tea knows that September 11, 2001 was a galvanizing moment that led to a myriad of emotions, images and contemplation. We instantly remember “where I was when…” and that date still evokes stories of faith and heroics. Ultimately, its memory reveals the resolve of a country and its people. In the face of a brutal attack came hope; from the ashes came a pressing need to heal the wounds of a country. All of us at Bigelow Tea are moved by the community of remembrance and tribute in honor of our fallen fellow Americans.

A flag flies over the WTC debris.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Such was the thinking on December 18, 2001, when the observance of Patriot Day was signed into law with flags flown half-staff and a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EDT (marking the first plane’s impact). The President’s proclamation called on state and local governments, and all citizens, to actively honor the memory.

A memorial to fallen NYC Firefighters.

Image Via U.S. Air force archive

In 2009, the Patriot Day Presidential proclamation declared it a National Day of Service and Remembrance, imploring Americans to volunteer in their communities as a way of honoring the victims and heroes of September 11, as well as those who are currently serving in uniform. America responded, organizing many events and opportunities across the U.S.

President Obama joining AmeriCorps members and volunteers

Photo, by Ralph Alswang, via Corporation for National & Community Service

There are many opportunities to devote time in your workplace, amongst friends, online and next door on September 11. Through community-minded volunteerism, we each work to keep the United States a nation of caring and compassionate people. Bigelow Tea is grateful for your participation!

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Good News for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Studies Show Properties in Tea May Provide Positive Effects

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Since we here at Bigelow Tea are always looking at the health benefits of tea, we love to share all the good news we find.  And since September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, this is a great time to mention the findings from one study we mentioned previously.  Research suggests that properties found in tea may actually slow the progression of prostate cancer – good news for all of us this month, including the estimated two million plus American men who are currently living with prostate cancer.

Thanks to research and scientific studies, we know that antioxidants found in tea may have a positive effect on life-threatening conditions such as prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the prostate; according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, eventually affecting one in six men.

Luckily for tea lovers, studies have shown that the antioxidants – that naturally occur in green tea, as well as blueberries, pomegranates and acaì – are reported to help neutralize the free radicals that are linked to the development of cancer.  That’s one more reason to enjoy Bigelow Tea as part of your healthy lifestyle, and perhaps seize the opportunity to take another look at Bigelow’s herbal teas, or perhaps some of our green teas with pomegranate, acai and blueberry, or our many flavored teas, including pomegranate and blueberry. So many delicious possibilities!

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Bigelow Beverage Throwdown

Our Bigelow Tea plant in Boise, Idaho, hosted the “Bigelow Beverage Throwdown” at the Western Idaho Fair this month. Thirteen contestants created a wide variety of Bigelow Tea based beverages, with such notable entries as “Hotty Toddy French Vanilla,” “Just Peachy,” and “Spiced Chai Banana Smoothie.”

Prizes were awarded for the top eight entries. Winners and judges alike enjoyed the event.

A raffle was held in our plant to pick the three contest judges. Nicki Cunningham, Terri Hamilton, and Abel Morel had a blast testing their palates and chose Tracey Wade of Boise as the contest winner.  Tracey won for the second year in a row with her “Cranberry Pomegranate Pizzazzi.”  Try Tracey’s recipe for yourself … or create a beverage of your own!

The judges enjoy the winning entry

CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE PIZZAZZI

Ingredients:

¾ Cup Cranberry Juice

¾ cup Sparkling Apple Cider

1 ½ cups Crushed ice

1 ½ cups Vanilla Ice Cream

1 Cozy Chamomile Bigelow tea bag

1 Pomegranate Pizzazz Bigelow tea bag

1 Plantation Mint Bigelow tea bag

¾ cup boiling water

Optional:  Little decorative umbrellas.

Directions:

Place ¾ cup boiling water over the Bigelow tea bags in a heat-stable container.

Let steep 3-5 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Allow the tea to cool.

To serve:

Combine the cranberry juice, sparkling apple cider, crushed ice vanilla ice cream and ¾ cup of the cooled blended Bigelow tea. Blend well. Pour into glasses and serve.

Optional: Use little umbrellas as a decoration on top of the glasses.


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Bigelow Tea Welcomes September with Thoughts of Labor Day

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Labor Day, the symbolic end of summer, is finally here. Beach houses are being closed up for the year, schools have opened their doors, and fall is in the air. At this point in the calendar year, we feel mixed emotions; while we lament the end of long summer days filled with iced tea, grilling and baseball, we look forward to the arrival of cool evenings, football season, and more reasons to drink hot tea!

The first Monday in September, Labor Day has been a legal holiday since 1894. At Bigelow Tea this is certainly a special day for us, and we are proud to salute laborers all across our great nation — especially our fantastic community of Bigelow Tea employees, who work so hard for our family business.

Labor Day march, circa 1900.

Image via the Library of Congress

So this year, as you enjoy your last big cookout, lazy boat ride or exciting ball game of the summer, make sure to raise your tea cup to all the workers whose labor is responsible for this holiday. As the U.S. Department of Labor states on its website: “It is appropriate … that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”

We couldn’t agree more. And, being blessed with a team of tireless and passionate employees here at Bigelow, we truly appreciate the value of their hard work and dedication these past 65 years — and counting!

Enjoy your day … and your tea!

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Bid Farewell to Summer with a Bigelow Tea Sangria

Summer is on its way out. In some parts of the country, it’s nearly gone. Bigelow Tea wants to help commemorate the summer that’s been and the fall that is yet to come. As the days get cooler and shorter, why not take advantage of these last fine days with a pitcher of fruity, summer-red sangria? And nothing makes it tastier like a splash of pomegranate – with the help of our Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb Tea.

And really, sangria is just the thing to warm you on a crisp fall evening, too!

Ingredients:

3 cups (750ml) boiling water
18 Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb Tea bags
4 tablespoons (90ml) sugar
3 cups (750ml) fresh fruit including mixed citrus, strawberries, peaches, melons, mangos, pineapples cut into bite sized pieces
1-750ml bottle of Zinfandel, chilled

Yield: Serves: 8 (8 fl oz glasses)

Instructions:

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Chill the tea concentrate in refrigerator for at least 30-45 minutes. When ready to serve, combine chilled tea, fruit and wine in a pitcher. To serve, pour Sangria into tall glasses filled with ice. Spoon fruit into glasses to garnish.

For a totally unique Sangria Tea experience, try using a combination of Bigelow teas. We recommend Red Raspberry, Blueberry Harvest, Perfect Peach, Green Tea with Mango, Green Tea with Peach or Green Tea with Pomegranate.

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

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A Day in the Life of an Intern at Bigelow Tea

My story begins as a high school intern at Bigelow Tea in Fairfield, CT in 2009, which was a great summer where I learned a lot about business, tea and more. My success as an intern then led to me working directly for Cindi Bigelow herself this summer which again was an amazing learning experience. Thanks to the money I saved while going to college and working at Bigelow Tea, I was able to reunite with college friends on an unforgettable trip to the Charleston Tea Plantation in Charleston, SC which was the perfect end to my Bigelow Tea summer.

For my college friends and me, reuniting in South Carolina would be a chance to share pieces of our American life with one another. (I met these particular college friends while studying abroad in Spain.) And what better place to meet than riding the trolley at the Charleston Tea Plantation – where my friends could learn about this Bigelow Tea company I spent so much time talking about!

Bigelow Tea purchased and restored the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003, when America’s only tea garden was on the verge of being closed. The picture above was taken with world–renowned tea taster Bill Hall (second from left), an operating partner in the Charleston Tea Plantation, which is home to the American Classic Tea.

As we pulled down that long drive, greeted by miles and miles of the camellia sinensis bushes (tea plants), I began to understand why the Bigelow family fell in love with this place. We approached the factory and were greeted by Bill Hall himself. He gave us his own personalized tour of the plant, and told us how the machines work hard to pick, cut, blend, process, and sell this delicious tea, which is grown right there in Charleston. We then watched a video of Mr. & Mrs. Bigelow, and understood why they cared so much about America’s largest tea plantation.

Afterward, we enjoyed a trolley ride conducted by Robert Gisey, who provided us with a relaxing, island-life feel of how all the tea is maintained and produced. As visitors who have already traveled much of Europe, we found that the American Classic Tea plantation offers a peace, beauty, and serenity unique from any other tourist attraction we had seen. I would highly recommend that anyone visiting Charleston or the surrounding area should take a visit to Wadamalaw Island and see the unique beauty of this hidden treasure.

Working with Bigelow Tea has given me so much knowledge about life in the business world, as well as life in general. A special thanks to Bill Hall, Bryn Riley, Robert Gisey, and Ramona for taking us all in, and giving us a truly amazing experience – and to Cindi Bigelow, who has allowed my creative incentives to reach potentials I never knew were possible.

Author Andrew Foy, far right, takes a trolley ride at the Charleston Tea Plantation

— Andrew Foy

With a special thanks to the Charleston Tea Plantation and Bigelow Tea!

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The 23rd Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is Coming: Run, Sun and Fun – All for a Great Cause!

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, 2009

It’s that time of year again when summer fun begins to come to an end, fall begins, and there’s nothing like a nice hot cup of Bigelow Tea … after running a 5K road race!? Yes, actually! Bigelow Tea is excited to announce our 23rd annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, taking place on September 26th in Southport, Connecticut at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club.

The event is always a crowd pleaser attracting hundreds of men, women and children each year. It challenges our community to donate to a good cause, while still having a lot fun. Proceeds from the Community Challenge go to local charities, such as the Connecticut Food Bank, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, and the Mercy Learning Center among others. Giving back to the community is something Bigelow Tea is always proud to do, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity!

Participants in the Community Challenge have choices: the 5K run, the two-mile fitness walk, or the Kids’ Fun Run. And they are welcome to enjoy the complimentary food and drink and the other activities that are offered! In addition to donating to a good cause and getting your morning exercise,  the grand prize raffle winner this year will win two round trip tickets to anywhere in the United States, even Bermuda or the Caribbean!

So grab the kids and the whole family, and head down to Wakeman Boys and Girls Club this September 26th. Have some real fun while helping those who really need it!  And in the meantime, get inspired with this video from one of our previous Community Challenges:

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