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Bigelow Tea Looks At The Millennial Generation’s Taste For Tea

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A new generation of tea drinkers is here! Meet the millennials, the first generation to reach adulthood during the digital age and eager to explore the world of tea. Check out this report from the Tea Association of Canada about millennial tea tastes.  Bigelow Tea perked up after noting a few interesting trends north of the border that are right in sync with surveys of American millennials.

According to the Canadian report, younger tea drinkers are ever-curious about new flavors and types of tea. Bigelow Tea’s master tea blenders certainly appreciate this adventurous spirit and are happy to oblige by continually adding new varieties. There are now more than 130! Check out @tiredapplestar‘s tweet about her super-organized drawer filled with Bigelow Tea choices. Love it!bigelow tea millenials

Two out of three Canadian millennials report drinking at least one cup of tea a week, accounting for 36 percent of all tea drinkers in Canada. Just over half of these young tea drinkers are female, and many report that they enjoy drinking both green tea and black tea.

Of course, Bigelow Tea knows that tea lovers come in all ages, and while some seek novelty, others prefer to stick with tried-and-true favorites, such as “Constant Comment“®, the very first tea developed by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in 1945, or Earl Grey, which has won devoted fans like Bob with a blend of black tea and oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy.

No matter which generation you belong to or what your personal tea-drinking preferences are, Bigelow Tea welcomes you to the fold of tea devotees!

Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime: Traditional And Exceptional

bigelow tea english tea time mugBigelow Tea lovers are fortunate to have options galore, from fruity flavors to herbal blends … but sometimes an unadulterated cup of traditional black tea is hard to beat. And that’s when Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime really shines!

English Teatime is a full-bodied black tea with a rich, smooth taste. With no bitterness and plenty of pure tea flavor, it is delicious on its own or with honey, milk or a wedge of lemon (like the Brits take theirs!).bigelow tea english tea time black tea

The hand-picked tea leaves used in English Teatime are grown high up in the mountains of Sri Lanka where the very best leaves are cultivated! It’s pretty amazing to see where the tea comes from … and third generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, visited Sri Lanka and made videos about the company’s long-standing relationship with the tea growers there.

Thanks to those ideal growing conditions, English Teatime’s has become a fan favorite. As @Esprix tweeted, “Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me… .” Moreover, its extremely smooth flavor makes it ideal to mix with other ingredients. Combine it with I Love Lemon for a refreshing iced tea or use it in a baking recipe to create some of the tastiest donuts you’ve ever nibbled!

So when you’re in the mood for tea—exceptional, smooth tea—English Teatime is your go-to blend.

Spring Is The Perfect Time To Refresh Your Body—Inside And Out—With Bigelow Tea

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Start fresh this spring. Each year, the end of winter marks the perfect beginning to incorporating healthy habits into your daily regime, and what’s better than refreshing your body with the help of Bigelow Tea? Here are a couple of tips to help you cleanse out the old to make room for the new.

Deep Cleanse Your Mind and Body

Don’t shelf those New Year’s resolutions yet! Add more vegetables, fruit and tea into your daily diet, and dedicate more time to focus on your mind, body and soul. Try a new yoga or workout class, or take a few minutes to reflect on your day with an evening meditation. How about putting a kettle on for a cup of Bigelow Chamomile Tea? It’s the perfect way to have a few moments of relaxation—@haileyannn can tell you!

Update Your Beauty Routine

Enhance your daily beauty regimen by trying a few of these ideas that use tea in innovative ways:

  • Refresh Skin With A Green Tea Spritzer: Try a DIY cooling mist of fresh-brewed Bigelow Green Tea for an eco-friendly way to tone skin and counteract sun damage.
  • Soothe Under-Eye Bags: Lacking sleep? Bigelow Tea bags can help hide the evidence. Steep green or black tea bags in hot water for a few minutes and then refrigerate them overnight. The next morning, place the chilled bags under your eyes.
  • Fight Blemishes: A natural astringent, tea may offer a healthy solution for blemish control. Simply place a warm teabag on skin blemishes for several minutes or use tea as a facial rinse.

Take some time for self-care this spring and let it be fueled by tea. You’ll be amazed how the results can refresh your whole year ahead. It’s never too late to start a new wholesome routine, after all!

New Steep By Bigelow Organic Teas Combine 70 Years Of Inspiration And Innovation

bigelow tea_SteepIn keeping with the revolutionary spirit of founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Bigelow Tea is once again adding to its vast repertoire of 130+ varieties with the launch of a new line of craft teas named “steep by Bigelow.” This premium line of 13 USDA Certified organic teas creatively blends exotic ingredients in unexpected and uniquely pleasing ways. These teas are also non-GMO and gluten free!

“Our new line of hand-crafted teas was created to engage all the senses, from shelf to cup, beginning with the serenely visual appeal of the packaging to the wonderful aromas and tantalizing flavors that follow,” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president & CEO.  “Made with exceptional care under the careful watch of Bigelow family tea blenders, this is our ‘microbrew,’ rich-in-flavor teas that will enhance life’s everyday moments. I invite you to come with us on this journey to live a life steeped in experiences.”

The introduction of steep by Bigelow continues a cherished family tradition of innovation that began over 70 years ago when Ruth developed her iconic “Constant Comment“® blend and created specialty tea in America. Just as Ruth knew America was ready for a more flavorful tea, Bigelow Tea believes tea lovers will embrace the steep by Bigelow tea experience!

Inspired by the popularity of the craft beer movement, steep by Bigelow teas cater to individual palate preferences. Each of the 13 teas delivers a unique flavor experience by combining such taste counterparts as sweet peachy notes with earthy dandelion, smoky and nutty oolong with delicate floral jasmine and smooth, malty teas with flowery top notes. Check out these choices:

  • Sweet Cinnamon
  • Chai
  • Lemon Ginger caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Dandelion & Peach Rooibos & Green Pure Green Tea Green Tea with Pomegranate Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea
  • English Breakfast Certified Fair Trade Tea
  • Mint caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Rooibos caffeine free Hibiscus Herbal Tea
  • Chamomile Citrus caffeine free Herbal Tea

Look for these enticing new teas in stores near you, on the steep by Bigelow website (http://www.steepbybigelow.com) or Amazon.com. And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Spring Planting!

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Bigelow Tea can feel it in the air … can you? Spring is here and thoughts are turning to gardening! Even though it’s wonderful to snuggle up with a hot mug of Bigelow Tea “with a bit of honey on a cold night,” as tea fan @da_higgy tweets, it’s also exciting to welcome the warm spring sun.

While most garden planting takes place later in March, garden preparation should start soon. Bigelow Tea knows that the art of gardening (like Bigelow Tea’s community gardening) adds to the quality of life. So whether you have a limited space or the whole back yard, there’s groundwork to do! Here are a few spring planting tips to get you started:

* Be careful not to install your plants too deep; Knowing the proper planting depth for your plant is critical.

* Staking newly planted trees and bushes is always a good idea, especially in areas where it is windy.

* Always use good, rich topsoil … and consider using homemade compost!

Bigelow Tea is a big fan of composting and tea bags are great additions to your compost pile! Bigelow Tea composts two tons of waste per month as part of company-wide waste reductions. From protecting the land  to composting tea bags, the Bigelow Tea mantra is “do the right thing and good things will follow.” Now get planting … Mother Nature awaits! What are your tips for spring planting?

Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Lift is a Perfect Pick-Me-Up

bigelow tea lemonlift cupLike peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, tea and lemon are a classic pairing. So it’s really no surprise that Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift is such a fan favorite. In this distinctive blend of black tea, however, you don’t just taste lemon notes—your taste buds have the opportunity to flirt with the spices that the Bigelow family has added to round out the cup for a product unlike any other. Now that’s quality flavor!

As if you need more proof, Pat Benatar—ranked by Billboard magazine as the most successful female rock vocalist of all time, winner of four consecutive Grammy Awards, and creative genius bigelow tea lemon lift boxbehind timeless hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”—is a fan of Lemon Lift, too! Pat has been known to request the tart and refreshing blend before performances.

Take this stellar advice from Bigelow Tea: When life gives you lemons, slice them up and add them to a cuppa tea. It can make your day any time, which is why Lemon Lift is the perfect afternoon treat for @angelic_abbie. Pucker up and enjoy!

 

Bigelow’s Perfect Tea And Recipe Pairings

bigelow tea lemon tea pairingsBigelow Tea loves exploring unique combinations of foods and Bigelow Tea blends. Pairing the right Bigelow Tea variety with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more delectable!

Some suggestions? If Bigelow Earl Grey is your daily go-to blend, try pairing with red meat dishes that highlight the bright fragrant citrus notes of the tea. And as we blogged previously, tart herbal teas pair excellently with grilled proteins and berry desserts. There are many different pairing suggestions out there, but no rules! Melanie Kissel says on Facebook that grilled tofu and I Love Lemon make the perfect pair!

Still looking for more tea pairings? This chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor exploration. Follow your taste buds and creativity to the next delicious duo!

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Bigelow Tea Talks Teapots

bigelow tea tea potBigelow Tea fans know that the perfect cup of Bigelow Tea starts in the teapot or tea kettle, but may not know much about them. Here’s a quick lesson! A tea kettle is heated on a stovetop and a teapot is not heated but the tea is steeped inside it.

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A brief history of the teapot reveals that when tea and teapots were introduced to Great Britain in the early 1600s the original Chinese teapots were undifferentiated from wine-pots, which have a handle and spout. In 1694 the British East India Company indicated that all their teapots needed a grate before the spout to hold back tea leaves. Ceramic teapots are now available in a variety of colors and sizes like this Lime Green Curve Teapot (pictured above and available on the Bigelow Tea website) but they weren’t made in Britain until the 1690s!

tea pot bigelow teaToday, people typically use either stovetop or electric kettles to heat the water for their tea. Facebook Fan Marian Herbet says “a blue kettle heats my water on the stove in the winter. When the Summer comes I use an electric kettle.” Electric tea kettles quickly and quietly boil water while traditional kettles are used on a stovetop (like the Catalina Tea-Kettle in Stainless Steel, pictured above). This traditionally shaped kettle heats up quickly and keeps hands safe with a heat-resistant stay-cool lid and handle. You’ll know your water is ready when you hear the whistle!

In any case, make sure to let your water come to a rolling boil and immediately pour over your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor and of course, enjoy every sip!

Start off Spring Right with Bigelow Tea and a Clean ‘Green’ Sweep

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Every spring ushers in a fresh start which inspires us to clean up both inside and out! At Bigelow Tea, it’s also about being ‘green’! As part of the company’s 70+ year legacy, the Bigelow family uses eco-friendly measures to keep the facilities clean — and encourages fellow tea drinkers to do the same at their homes! Here are some tips:

o   Use green cleaning products instead of ones that traditionally include harsh chemicals. Or make your own with ingredients like vinegar, castile soap, and baking soda to tackle just about any surface.

o   Instead of spraying chemical air fresheners or room deodorizers, create your own scent featuring lemon or cinnamon.

o   Use houseplants to help clear the air which also add a little nature indoors.

Speaking of plants, the Bigelow family has also been busy tending to the new Camellia Sinensis plant growth at the Bigelow owned Charleston Tea Plantation. For your garden, consider these suggestions:

o   Clear out drainage areas so that spring showers will have adequate runoff. Additional touch up can involve early weeding, removing dead foliage off of ornamental plants, and raking the lawn. Plus, these removals can become compost (which Bigelow happily promotes doing!).

o   Along with having native plants, consider companion planting where certain plant pairings support each other’s growth and vitality.

o   Avoid using pesticides and fertilizers that can do more harm that good in your garden. Look for organic fertilizers and natural treatments, plus consider methods that attract “good” bugs and pollinators like hummingbirds.bigelow tea earl grey green tea

And finally, why not add more green to your spring cleaning routine with a new or different type of Bigelow Green Tea? Instagrammer @blackbettybgb loves our Jasmine Green Tea, but varieties like Green Tea with Mango and Earl Grey Green are also wonderful!

Let Bigelow know how you’re greening up your spring cleaning and what tea you are sipping along the way.

Top image by Counse Broders via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Looks At Evidence That Tea Is More Than 2000 Years Old

bigelow tea historyIt turns out that “one of the world’s oldest beverages” is even older than previously thought. New analysis of plant remains found in ancient tombs confirms that they are, in fact, from tea plants. Bigelow Tea loves a good mystery and learning that the key to solving this one was the presence of theanine, an amino acid found only in tea and responsible for its relaxing properties.

According to an NPR report, the oldest known reference to tea was in a document from 59 B.C., though scholars were unsure of its accuracy. Experts now have what they believe is physical evidence of tea’s existence in two tombs that are 2,100 years old, about 100 years before the document in question. Leaf buds found in these tombs resemble the finest tea. To prove their hunch, researchers compared the chemistry of the buds to modern tea samples. The presence of caffeine was helpful, but not conclusive, evidence. A few other plants also contain caffeine. Finding theanine was “the clincher.”

The investigation also supported the belief that tea has long been highly prized and sought after, as one of the tombs –in western China – belonged to an emperor! What remains unclear is exactly how this ancient tea was enjoyed. Other evidence suggests that before modern brewing techniques, cultural practices involved mixing barley and other plants with tea for medicinal purposes.

However it was used, tea clearly has a long and distinguished history that tea lovers all over the world can appreciate. As a third-generation family-owned tea company founded 70 years ago, Bigelow Tea is proud to be a part of this tradition!