Monday, 2 November 2015
Autumn is one of the Bigelow family’s favorite seasons. The changing colors of the leaves – coupled with the crisp, cool air – sets the perfect scene for brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea. Fall is also the ideal time to enjoy Bigelow Tea’s seasonal flavors, like sweet and savory Salted Caramel.
Smooth and succulent caramel is hard to resist! Bigelow Tea has taken that rich, buttery flavor and blended it into a combination of sweet and salty. Hand-picked black tea, luscious caramel
and natural salt flavors, rose hips and chicory root combine into a beautifully balanced treat for the senses. The aroma of Salted Caramel tea evokes a warm cozy feeling, like baking and the first fire lit in the fireplace. And the flavor brings back candy store nostalgia without the calories.
Add a splash of milk and a little sweetener for a sublime guilt-free indulgence, or simply settle in for an evening cuppa in autumn-inspired bliss, like @fauvertwin1, who tweeted, “Ah! Bigelow’s salted caramel tea. Not a bad way to end the evening.” Saying so long to summer is always bittersweet, but a mug of Salted Caramel tea puts focus on the sweet.
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Friday, 30 October 2015
You can always grab a cup of tea to calm things down or settle in for your evening, but did you know Bigelow Tea has a tea that may also help settle your stomach? Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics is not only tasty, it’s also blended to help support healthy digestion.
Adding lemon to tea is a time-honored tradition, practiced from England to India. The tart flavor of lemon counters the earthy and tannic flavor of cinnamon. And ginger adds its own distinct notes of spice, heat and a woody aroma. It’s a zesty taste trio that is not to be missed!
But the benefits of this blend go far beyond your palate. Ginger is considered a natural aid for nausea. This is supplemented by a probiotic called GanedenBC 30, which is resistant to high temperatures and thus won’t break down in hot tea. Probiotics are sometimes referred to as “good bacteria” and help maintain a healthy balance in your digestive system.
If you’ve just eaten a particularly adventurous meal, take @LordRiddlesXIII’s advice and brew a pot of Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics as a tasty defense. Delish!
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Bigelow Tea respects the chocolate lovers of the world (you know who you are) and has created three teas just for you: Chocolate Chai, Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea and White Chocolate Obsession. The combination of tea and chocolate makes for a delightfully delicious treat. And what better way to celebrate National Chocolate Day than enjoying a cup of your favorite chocolate tea?
Bigelow Tea Chocolate Chai is a decadent indulgence without any of the guilt. With a solid, spicy foundation of chai, and a hint of sweet chocolate, this blend swirls together in an irresistible way. For a treat, add a bit of milk and sweetener—it’ll become a dessert go-to in no time! @alexoconnnor said it best: Bigelow Tea Chocolate Chai tea changed her life “for the better.”
Bigelow Tea also offers two seasonal blends, White Chocolate Obsession and Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea, which can be purchased on the Bigelow Tea website all year long. A black tea blend with cocoa powder, natural white and dark chocolate flavors and carob, White Chocolate Obsession is one obsession you’ll approve of. Or if you’re looking for a warm treat on a cold day, Bigelow Tea Peppermint Bark (an all-natural herbal tea) is hot and cool all at the same time. The combination of peppermint, cocoa powder, and all-natural chocolate flavors is just the treat your taste buds will thank you for.
So go ahead, our sweet-toothed friends, brew up a pot of these chocolately blends chock full of flavor and nuance. You’ll be in good company because, really, who isn’t a chocolate lover?
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Monday, 26 October 2015
Don’t be ashamed to admit it if your cup of tea is the “apple of your eye.” We get it. For three generations, the Bigelow family has been dedicated to creating and blending more than 120 varieties of world-class teas, and apples play a big role in some of our tastiest varieties. This autumn, try one of Bigelow Tea’s apple varieties because fall really is the season of the apple!
A sweet and versatile fruit, apple offers a well-rounded flavor for any palette. A lunchbox staple and one of the world’s healthiest fruits, apples tend to be mild, juicy and crisp. Different varieties range from tart (like Granny Smiths) to sweet (like those super-sugary Honey Crisps!). Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg bring out the flavors of the fruit and make apples the ideal ingredient to use in pies, muffins and other baked goods … or in and savory foods like salads, soups and pork dishes.
Yes, apples are awesome … but at Bigelow Tea we know that they are especially delightful when blended with other fine ingredients and placed in a tea bag! Bigelow Tea’s seasonal blend, Apple Cider Herbal Tea, is one of three Bigelow Tea varieties that highlights the flavor apples. Available in stores right now (and all year long online), it offers a robust taste of crisp and tangy apples along with sweet spices. Two other Bigelow Teas (available online) are Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea and Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea. As for the latter, @natdormer said that it is officially the “best tea” she’s ever had.
Take a bite out of Apple Month and show your appreciation with a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea apple blend!
Top Image by Esther Spektor via Flickr.com
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Friday, 23 October 2015
Caramel conjures cravings for something sweet and buttery-rich and just a bit toasty. Who can resist this decadent flavor? With Bigelow Tea‘s three caramel-kissed black teas to choose from, you’ll never have to try!
Sure, a luscious dessert drizzled with caramel sauce is an occasional treat, but Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea, Caramel Chai Tea and Vanilla Caramel Tea are delicious alternatives that can be enjoyed anytime – guilt-free. Each blend captures the irresistible taste of caramelized sugar, as well as its distinctive aroma and amber-to-coppery hue. Try them all for National Caramel Month!
Salted Caramel, the newest addition to Bigelow’s caramel lineup, is a perfect marriage of sweet and salty in an all-natural blend of black tea, chicory root and rose hips. (As Instagrammer @jenursa says, it’s #instagood!) Caramel Chai takes chai to a new level with the addition of molasses crystals and spices, while Vanilla Caramel proves that vanilla and caramel are a heavenly combination. Add a splash of milk and sweetener to any of these yummy teas to make them even more indulgent.
And if drinking these rich teas isn’t enough for you, how about bringing out your inner baker and making a delightful snack with a caramel tea twist? For a perfect fall muffin that melts in your mouth, try Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins, created by Bigelow Tea Fan Heather Kennedy. These caramel tea-infused muffins—which won Bigelow Tea’s recipe contest in 2011!—make a great snack or light breakfast. Give them a try!
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Bigelow Tea believes that making sustainability a priority is the right way to do business. Recycling, conserving energy and composting are a few of the ways the Bigelow Tea family tries to minimize its impact on the environment. At the company’s Boise, Idaho plant, composting is a big deal. Here’s a bit more about composting in Boise.
For starters, Bigelow Tea composted 6,885 pounds last year! In addition, over the past year, the company connected with the organization Create Common Good, and now composts at their community garden. Create Common Good is an organization that provides on the job food-service training programs for people with barriers to employment to achieve self-sufficiency. The average wage for participant before going through the program is $1.13 an hour and increases to $9.57 per hour afterwards. Last year they chopped 36 tons of onions, 437 people were trained, and 91% of participants were placed into jobs in the community after completing the program.
Bigelow Tea is glad to assist Create Common Good in several ways. First, Bigelow Tea’s Boise plant is able to compost over 800lb of tea waste every month to their community garden. (This not only benefits the garden but prevents waste from ending up at the landfill.) Second, Bigelow Tea is able to provide some food safety and occupational guidance to improve their operations. Third, through volunteer opportunities in the upcoming year, Bigelow Tea will be able to have some hands-on experience working with the participants of the program. Finally, through a monetary donation, the company is able to help support the organization to focus on what they do best.
Said third-generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, “We are grateful to have Create Common Good in the community and look forward to our partnership increasing over the years.”
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Monday, 19 October 2015
Bigelow Tea welcomed the fall with seasonal teas … and Bigelow Tea Facebook fans were delighted! Hot tea and cool autumn weather certainly go hand in hand. Here’s some of what you had to say on Facebook!
*“My mid morning enjoyment, Pumpkin Spice,” said Anne Elizabeth Twohey.
*And Doris Tyler Bartlett added: “Need to get some fall flavors.”
*Linda White posted that Bigelow’s fall teas are great all year round! “I have been drinking Pumpkin Spice since I first found it, even though it was summer! It’s my absolute favorite flavor! I also like Salted Caramel quite a bit!”
*And Bigelow Tea lovers who didn’t have seasonal varieties on hand yet still enjoyed their cups of tea. Denise Darcell noted, “I don’t have pumpkin spice, but I’m sipping the heck out of what I got. Good ol’ black tea, regular.”
*Fan George Wright summed it up (and posted the cool “Constant Comment”® photo, above): “I can’t think of a better way to usher in the new season.” Agreed!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Bigelow Tea’s seasonal favorites. Keep those constant comments coming!
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Friday, 16 October 2015
From field to cup, tea takes a remarkable journey—one that has changed in fascinating ways with innovations in the tools used to prepare it for consumption. Nature provides the precious tea leaves, but human ingenuity and imagination make brewed tea possible. Bigelow Tea is proud to be celebrating 70 years as part of this great tea tradition!
Legend has it that a Chinese emperor discovered how to infuse tea more than 4,000 years ago when the wind blew leaves into the water he was boiling. As NPR notes in this excellent historical overview, people all over the world have been thinking up new ways to make and enjoy tea ever since. Tea was once pressed into cakes that were broken into pieces (then roasted and boiled), powdered and whipped, sipped from bowls, and incorporated into ancient Chinese rituals requiring up to 25 objects for the tea service. Invention of the tea bag was a happy accident in America in the 1900s when a merchant began selling tea leaves wrapped in silk pouches. Rather than remove the tea leaves as intended, customers put the bags right in their teapots instead. Genius!
Fast-forward to today. As a third-generation, family-owned tea company, Bigelow Tea embraces tradition while also striving to stay at the forefront of tea innovation. Hence the Bigelow team has worked to develop the signature foil pouches that protect the freshness and flavor of every Bigelow tea bag.
Bigelow Tea introduced another novel tea bag with the Novus line of premium full-leaf teas from the world’s finest tea estates. Each Novus tea is enveloped in a pyramid-shaped sachet that allows the delicate leaves to unfurl completely when steeped for a cup of tea that offers perfection in every sip! No wonder it’s a favorite of many Bigelow Tea fans—like @z_inita, who tweeted her love for Novus Citrus Chamomile Herb Tea.
Which Bigelow Tea variety do you prefer in your modern-day mug?
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Of course, everyone knows that tea is a “drink with jam and bread,” … but what else goes well with a nice cup of Bigelow Tea? The first rule of pairing tea with food is that there are no rules—only suggestions. Bigelow Tea has created a page devoted to this topic, so check it out and explore some of the options. Today we’re focusing on Classic Green Tea, so here are some thoughts on what to nibble with your cuppa!
Bigelow’s classic green tea is grown at high elevation to extract the best flavor. This traditional green tea is smooth and mellow on the palate, with clean notes of green melon and grass. This delicate, fresh-tasting brew pairs perfectly with lighter dishes such as rice, chicken, fish and other seafood.
If you want to sip at lunch, try it with Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwiches. For dinner it pairs beautifully with Lemon Ginger Shrimp and a side of Jasmine Rice with Fruits. And if you’re into dessert, Green Tea perfectly compliments milk chocolate. Yum!
What’s your favorite thing to eat while you sip Bigelow Green Tea?
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Monday, 12 October 2015
As summer gives way to autumn, at Bigelow Tea, that signals the start of Pumpkin Spice tea season! What’s not to love about this time of year? Fall brings out the beautiful foliage, wreaths, pumpkins on doorsteps and, of course, the quintessential flavors and spices of the season.
Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea is a naturally flavorful blend of black tea, real pumpkin (!), cinnamon, ginger, licorice root, and cloves. The warmth of the cinnamon combines with a refreshing zing of ginger and licorice, while cloves add aromatic depth. The real pumpkin rounds out this tea’s rich flavor — like a slice of pumpkin pie in your cup!
This hearty tea is so good you’ll wish you could eat it—and we say, “Why not?” The Bigelow family loves to “spice” up holiday party menus with fall-licious recipes like Pumpkin Pie Tea Bread(pictured above), Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake, and Creamy Custard Rice Pudding. Try these and our other Pumpkin Spice Tea recipes for your holiday celebrations this season.
Twitter tea fan @MadisonLee28 said she “found love in Aisle 4” when she found Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. Once you try it, we know you’ll fall in love with it, too!
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