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Bigelow Tea Celebrates A Record-Breaking Iced Tea Day

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Iced Tea Day 2015 is here, and Bigelow Tea is going big this year to celebrate the singular summertime pleasure of fresh-brewed tea over ice! Excitement has indeed been brewing as the Town of Summerville, S.C., the birthplace of sweet tea, today attempts to shatter the Guinness World Records for the largest glass of iced tea, using 116 pounds of tea leaves from Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Garden!

Our shared goal is to make a 1,400-gallon, nearly 12-foot “glass” of iced tea (once it’s decorated with a straw, a lid and a lemon!) sweetened with 2,100 pounds of local sugar to create sweet tea, the South’s preferred version of iced tea, chilled to a cool 42◦ with 2,800 pounds of ice. A record-smashing tea party is planned for this evening in Summerville, after the Guinness adjudicator verifies the new world record.

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Adding to the fun for Bigelow Tea is the special connection the company has to both the Charleston Tea Garden and Summerville. Acquired in 2003 by Eunice and David Bigelow and the family-owned #1 specialty tea company (now in its 70th year), the Charleston Tea Garden is a 120-acre working tea farm located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston.  The tea plants that thrive in the lush fields were transplanted there in 1963 from the former Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville.  Today, the Charleston Tea Garden grows 100% American-grown tea — without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides — that goes into the making of gluten-free, non-GMO American Classic Tea® and Charleston Tea Plantation loose and bagged teas.

Bigelow Tea is proud to be a part of the rich history of tea in America and thrilled to support Summerville’s epic tea party! Happy Iced Tea Day!


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A Bigelow Iced Tea Recipe to Celebrate Iced Tea Month

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You love Bigelow Tea hot, but have you tried it chilled over ice? June is National Iced Tea Month and Bigelow Tea has plenty of amazing iced tea recipes to help you cool down during summer’s long hot days. Imagine sipping Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea (pictured above) with the family after your next BBQ.  The best part about making iced teas with Bigelow is knowing that—hot or cold—Bigelow Tea’s flavor remains consistent. Grab a pitcher and start brewing your homemade Bigelow iced tea during Iced Tea Month! For more iced tea recipes, watch Cindi Bigelow make her favorite combinations!

Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea


  1. 1 quart boiling water
  2. 2 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzaz Herbal Tea Bags
  3. 1 Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea Bag


Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 Pomegranate Pizzazz and 1 Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste, if so desired.


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Bigelow Tea: Committed To World Environment Day!

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Bigelow Tea is committed to sustainability and keeping the environment healthy—after all, the environment is the sprawling canvas on which this family-owned company grows and produces its delicious teas! And today, on World Environment Day, there is much to say about what is done before you enjoy that first cup in the morning! Bigelow Tea’s environmental awareness is present in every sip you take with energy conservation steps like efficient transportation of Bigelow products, reduced emissions with solar power and membership within the Ethical Tea Partnership.

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World Environment Day encourages mindfulness and action – it’s a global environmental celebration in over 100 countries. This year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” That certainly relates well to Bigelow Tea’s family business, from responsible cultivation and conservation practices to production methods, even requiring environmental standards for our supplier relationships! Every little bit helps. Bigelow Tea employee Jim Gildea knows that’s the case, and he tweeted as he honored the environment by planting trees. (Thanks, Jim!)

Embrace the cup that’s brewed with generations of love and environmental commitment. Taste’s great doesn’t it?

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Bigelow Tea Gifts for Every Dad

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the special Dads in your life. Because family is so important at Bigelow Tea, there are plenty of options for a heartfelt gift to show Dad just how much he is loved and appreciated all year round. From tea chests to personalized tins, the Bigelow family has made sure there is something for every Dad from tea novices to connoisseurs.

For the man who is a dedicated tea drinker; a beautifully crafted, hinged wooden Tea Chest makes a wonderful gift and a lasting impression. To make it extra special you can add Dad’s name or a personal message engraved into the chest. Nothing says “I Love you, Dad” like a “World’s Best Dad” Bigelow Tea chest!

For the Dad who could use more variety in his tea line up, a Personalized Tea Tin filled with assorted teas is a great selection! Select an assorted variety of black, green, decaffeinated, or herbal teas and add a family favorite photo to the tin. Facebook Fan Kristi Lundine says “This would be great for my special tea lover.”

For Father’s Day or any occasion, Bigelow Tea has got you covered!


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Bigelow Tea Announces All-American Tea Gifts Winners!

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Once again we are delighted to announce the winners of the Honor Mom All American Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes winners.  Please allow 30 days for us to contact you and confirm your mailing address. Congratulations to all!!

Karen from Ohio

Kimberly from North Carolina

Roger from Ohio

Joey from California

Dawn from Nevada

Susan from Florida

Deborah from Maryland

Sherry from Pennsylvania

Madeline from Louisiana

Kenneth from Nevada

Kathy from Virginia

Birdie from Ontario

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Iced Tea Month With A Refreshing Sweepstakes!

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Bigelow Tea is kicking off Iced Tea Month with a sweepstakes prize that will keep your pitcher full of fresh-brewed iced tea all summer long. That’s right, 22 lucky winners will receive five boxes with quart-size tea bags in a delightful range of flavors — 36 tea bags in all!

Brewing your own iced tea couldn’t be simpler or more affordable, and everyone in the family will love this delicious, low-calorie alternative to sugary drinks. Each winner will receive one box each of the following iced teas:

Iced Tea and Lemonade (6 tea bags) – For pure refreshment, indulge in the taste of rich black tea and sweet lemonade.

Iced Tea and Lemonade with Pomegranate (6 tea bags) – Pomegranate adds extra flavor to this lightly sweetened treat.

Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – Captures the taste of ripe, juicy peaches. Unsweetened.

Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – A blend created especially for fresh-brewed iced tea. Unsweetened.

Iced Green Tea with Pomegranate (8 tea bags) – Deliciously different and rich in antioxidants. Unsweetened.

To enter, go to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page. Share the sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter to get more entries. You can enter once per day until the sweeps ends on June 29th. On a mobile device? Please use this link instead:

Be sure to check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re one of the 22 lucky winners!  Good luck, and happy Iced Tea Month!


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Last Day For Bigelow Tea’s Honor Mom Sweepstakes!

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Don’t let May slip away without entering the Bigelow Tea Honor Mom Sweepstakes! Enter by midnight EST for your chance to be among the 12 lucky winners of Mom-worthy prizes from the Charleston Tea Garden, America’s largest working tea garden.

Just head to Facebook and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page. If you’re on a mobile device, please use this link instead:

Each winner will receive an American Classic Gift Set with a variety of lotions infused with American Classic Tea from the Charleston Tea Garden on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina, AND a Charleston Tea Garden Tea Sampler with a total of 18 full-leaf teas grown and blended in America!

Make Mom proud, and be sure to check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re one of the 12 lucky winners!


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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!


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Bigelow Tea Honors Those Who Serve America On Memorial Day And Every Day

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Let’s take time to honor the 1 million fallen heroes who, since the Revolutionary War, gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have those freedoms we enjoy every day.  We are blessed to live in this country…thank you to all those, past and present, who have made this country great. With our deepest gratitude, The Bigelow Family

This Memorial Day communities across the country honor the brave men and women who died serving with the Armed Forces of the United States. The significance of Memorial Day brings heartfelt pride to Bigelow Tea, as folks visit cemeteries and memorials, take part in family gatherings and line the streets for local parades. Memorial Day remembrances highlight why Bigelow Tea started Tea For The Troops – to honor the brave people who serve in the military today, as well as those who have gone before.

Tea For The Troops was started six year ago by third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow. The tea is 100 percent grown and produced on American soil at the Charleston Tea Plantation, and packaged in patriotic red, white and blue! Tea For The Troops and thank you notes for the troops are two ways to say “thank you,” because, as Bigelow Tea fan Marian Lehner said on Facebook, “Our Troops deserve the best!


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Bigelow Tea Wants To Know: What’s Your Tea Frequency?

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Bigelow Tea knows that when tea lovers are ready for that perfect cup, nothing else will do. Whether sipping one cup in the morning or relishing your tea all day, Bigelow Tea lovers will not be denied! That’s why since 1945 Bigelow Tea’s family run business has been making America’s best cup, with now more than 120 flavors too good to pass up. That’s 70 years and brewing strong! Bigelow Tea appreciates determined tea lovers like @PammPeterson, who tweeted “I drink Bigelow Tea all Week long!” But what about your daily tea – what category of tea cup tipper are you every day? Tell Bigelow Tea!

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