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Bigelow Tea Remembers A Delightful Scene From the Classic Comedy Tootsie

You know that here at Bigelow Tea we love movies and television shows that feature scenes involving tea! Whether it’s a film adaptation of a Jane Austin novel, or something more modern like a scene from TV’s The Mentalist, tea-drinking on screen makes us smile.

One of the most popular comedies of all time (#2 on the American Film Institute’s 100 years…100 Laughs!) involves just such a scene. We’re looking at the 1982 classic Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman as an unemployed actor who disguises himself as a woman to get a great role in a soap opera. The movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and actress Jessica Lange won the Oscar for her supporting role in the film!

The scene we’re thinking of is when Dustin Hoffman’s character, Michael Dorsey, first meets his agent in character, as his new persona “Dorothy Michaels.” They meet at the Russian Tea Room and the agent, played by Famed Director Sydney Pollack, has a classically comedic reaction to the entire situation. Although the two characters don’t ever order their tea, we think that their choice of a famous tea room for their meeting is reason enough to celebrate!

If we had to choose a tea to represent Dorothy Michaels, we might pick Vanilla Chai. We think the “mystery” of chai tea is somewhat akin to the mystery of who Ms. Michaels really is. Plus it’s robust and flavorful!  And if you’ve seen Tootsie, you’ll know that those adjectives describe that character to a “tea.”

Image via harderthanitsounds.blogspot.com

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Don’t Miss Bigelow Tea’s Iced Tea Sweepstakes!

Bigelow Tea is getting into the spirit of Iced Tea Month by sharing cool ideas for combining our teas to create unique iced tea flavors. You won’t want to miss our Iced Tea Sweepstakes, which ends June 29! Enter for your chance to be one of 12 lucky winners of our Golden Assortment Tin—and for an opportunity to vote for your favorite tea combo!

Twelve lucky people will walk away with a handy reusable tin filled with a generous variety of Bigelow Tea black, green, herb and decaf teas to mix and match to your heart’s content!

Of course, all of these teas can be enjoyed hot or cold, but we know many of you love the cool refreshment of iced tea, particularly in the summer months. If you’ve never thought of combining flavors, check out the short video below for inspiration. Cindi Bigelow shows us how to make some of her favorite iced Bigelow Tea combinations: Perfect Peach Herb & Pomegranate Pizzazz HerbGreen Tea & Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus, Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb & Green Tea with Pomegranate, and I Love Lemon Herb & English Teatime.

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Now here’s how to enter the sweepstakes:

  1. “Like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!)
  2. Click on the “sweepstakes” tab under our cover photo on our Facebook page
  3. On the entry form, vote for your favorite iced tea combination from the list provided (the same combos listed above and shown in the video)
  4. Once you vote, follow the instructions to enter your name and contact information

That’s it! The sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on June 29.  The 12 winners will be chosen by random drawing on June 30. Just remember that in order to enter, you must first vote for your favorite iced tea combination.

Good luck to all you iced tea fans!


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Bigelow Tea’s Cindi Bigelow Has the Recipe For a Refreshing Iced Tea Month

 What’s better for celebrating Iced Tea Month than warm weather and cool, refreshing Bigelow iced tea! Well, how about a perfect summer recipe for a refreshing twist?  Here, Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow chats with Amelie Wilson of News 12 Connecticut on What’s Cooking?, about some serious (but seriously easy!) culinary tea magic.

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Is your mouth watering just thinking about that harmonious blend of Pomegranate Pizzazz in a tangy, light summer salad? Now add a tall glass of your favorite invigorating Bigelow Tea—chilled with Bigelow Tea ice cubes!—and watch Cindi share some great fresh-brewed ice tea tips!

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Housatonic Community College, A Beacon For Connecticut Students

Wow…Housatonic Community College just honored me for my support of the school and its fine work.  They brought me a “Beacon” award which was truly a surprise. It is easy to be a supporter of such a needed and worthy institute like HCC which services over 6,000 students a year. As we all read about often, the demand is increasing threefold for reasonably-priced education and HCC does a great job in all departments.

Geez, I received the Beacon award but Housatonic Community College are the true beacons for the students of Bridgeport and the surrounding area.

Photo from left to right is Bigelow Chief Financial Officer Don Janezic, Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow, Housatonic Community College President Anita T. Gliniecki and Director of Institutional Advancement & Executive Director for the HCC Foundation Christopher R. Carollo.

Cindi Bigelow

 

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Add Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea For Winning Chilled Combinations

Cookies and milk, bread and butter, tea and honey … some things just work beautifully together. Did you know that Bigelow Tea flavors, when combined, can make sublime iced tea? Although all tea varieties can be enjoyed together (hot or iced), our taste testers have discovered several standout pairings that we know you’ll love too. We call them winning combinations! Here are two combo recipes featuring the wonderfully delicate taste of green tea – a variety that always plays well with others.

Enjoy … and happy Iced Tea Month!

Winning Combination: Green Tea with Mango and Perfect Peach Iced Tea

Ingredients:

2 Bigelow Perfect Peach Tea Bags
1 Bigelow Green Tea with Mango Tea Bag
½ cup (4 fl. oz.) boiling water
2½ cups (20 fl. oz.) cold water

Instructions:

Pour boiling water over 2 Perfect Peach tea bags and 1 Green tea with Mango tea bag. Steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.  Add cold water.  Sweeten to taste. Pour into tall glass filled with ice … and enjoy.

Winning Combination: Green Tea and Red Raspberry Iced Tea

Ingredients:

2 Bigelow Red Raspberry Tea Bags
1 Bigelow Green Tea Bag
½ cup (4 fl. oz.)boiling water
2½ cups (20 fl. oz.) cold water

Instructions:

Pour boiling water over 2 Red Raspberry tea bags and 1 Green Tea tea bag. Steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.  Add cold water.  Sweeten to taste. Pour into tall glass filled with ice … and enjoy.


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Bigelow Tea Celebrates The Warmth Of The Summer Solstice

All the seasons have their charms, but summer holds a special place in the hearts of schoolchildren (and kids at heart) everywhere! No wonder the Druids celebrated the summer solstice – the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Bigelow Tea is officially welcoming the start of summer today, June 20!

We love the idea of a summer solstice tea party to celebrate the longer days and warmer nights, though a simple toast with close family and friends sounds lovely, too. Since June is Iced Tea Month, enjoy your favorite Bigelow Tea over ice, or try our new Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blends for a refreshingly different way to appreciate freshly brewed tea. Now for some fun facts about the summer solstice to help set the mood:

  • “Solstice” derives from the Latin “solstitium” – “sol” means sun and “stitium” to stop. During the summer solstice, the sun reaches its most northern point at noon (your local time) appearing almost fixated in the sky with its rays hitting the Earth at a more direct angle, and beginning the warming trend of summer.
  • July and August are generally hotter than June because there is a lag between when the sunlight is produced and when it actually hits the Earth.
  • Without the Earth’s tilt, every day would be summer solstice at the equator and winter solstice for the poles. Notes Ian O’Neill of Discovery News: “There would be no seasons, and the world as we know it would be a very different place: a lifeless desert around the equator and frozen poles equally as hostile to life.”

As O’Neill writes, “Summer solstice is also a reminder about how lucky we are to be living on a planet with a tilt.” Thank goodness for our off-kilter planet, the joys of summer … and of course our Bigelow Tea!

Photo by liberalmind1012 via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes Winner Learns About Tea

We were so happy to hear from Christine who was the winner of our January sweepstakes where the prize was a trip to our very own Charleston Tea Plantation.  Below is the note we received after she returned from her trip:

We just got back from Charleston last night and we had an AMAZING time! I can’t thank Bigelow Tea enough! I loved Charleston it was so historic! The tea plantation was great! Everyone was so friendly and I learned so much about tea. I loved sampling the different flavors. The tour was so interesting! We also loved the hotel we stayed at! The location was perfect and the hotel offered so many things! I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Charleston to stay at this hotel and tour the tea plantation.

This trip was more than I could have hoped for! We did have trouble getting to Charleston and did not arrive until 10:30pm but once we were there everything was perfect! I cannot say thank you enough! My husband and I will never forget this experience! I am still in shock that I won this trip! I have never had anything like this happen to me! I am TRULY grateful!!! We had such a great time and we hope to go back in the future. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!!!

Sincerely,

Christine Diaz
January 2012 Sweepstakes Winner

 

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Bigelow Tea Looks At NBA Superstar LeBron James And His Love For Chamomile Tea!

There are professional basketball “stars” and “superstars,” but for LeBron James of the Miami Heat, we may need a whole new category: “mega-superstar.” Here at Bigelow Tea we think there’s no other way to describe the NBA’s 2012 MVP, who also happens to have three MVP awards in the last four years. LeBron has just completed one of the finest all-around NBA seasons ever. And we love that he also knows how to relax from the rigors and heat of the spotlight with a calming cup of chamomile tea!

LeBron played brilliantly during the NBA finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder – but what really impressed us recently was a slam-dunk article from Sports Illustrated.com  that describes his meticulous tea drinking habits! While being interviewed this spring, LeBron ordered chamomile tea as the sun was setting. “For me,” he said, “this is chillin’ time.”  The article describes his tea-time habits in detail: “He prepares the tea as if it is a science project, lifting a small jar of honey and slowly pouring it into a teaspoon he holds over the mug, until the honey is about to overflow. He lowers the spoon and gently stirs, then squeezes three lemon wedges into the tea…”

Swish! Nothing but net!

When it’s game time, LeBron’s as serious and competitive as anyone, keeping his eyes on the prize: “[M]y only ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship…” But when it’s time to relax, LeBron can sip his tea and take a break, just like other sports stars we’ve talked about before.

We hope LeBron will try our Chamomile Mint, Chamomile Mango or our simple Cozy Chamomile tea when he needs more “chillin’ time.” Meanwhile, if he plays ball in the same way he prepares his tea, we know he’ll be a winner!

Image by Robert Duyos via SI.com

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Bigelow Tea’s Hidden Treasure: The Charleston Tea Plantation

We want to share a hidden treasure with you. Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina may not necessarily be on your travel radar, but since you are tea lovers, we thought we’d tell you a little secret: in the heart of South Carolina’s low country, right off the coast, this island is home to our Charleston Tea Plantation!

Sitting on 127 acres of pristine grounds of farmland, our tea garden (the largest in the United States) is a rare gem indeed. This prized spot includes beautiful Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working tea factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shop.  Perhaps best of all, the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our one and only American Classic Teas!

The method of making tea is quite fascinating and thanks to ABC News4 you get a firsthand view of the process.

Whether you get to Wadmalaw Island for the First Flush FesTEAval (a celebration of the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest) next year, or you arrive later in the growing season, our Charleston Tea Plantation is a one-of-a-kind experience … and we do hope you’ll venture there soon!

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates All Dads On Father’s Day

Bigelow Tea is proud to take time to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend and to honor all dads! Father’s Day was first celebrated more than 100 years ago, but it actually started with a little girl’s love for her father on Mother’s Day!

In 1908, when Mother’s Day rolled around, Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children being raised by her widowed father, wanted to honor her father. The following year, right around her dad’s birthday in June, she convinced churches and YMCA’s near her home in Spokane, Washington to celebrate fathers! The tradition caught on, but it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed the proclamation making the third Sunday in June Father’s Day.

The National Fatherhood Initiative notes that “being a great dad doesn’t have to be difficult.” All it takes is laughter, love, listening and leaving a legacy. One simple way to “leave a legacy” is by creating a routine that your children will remember:  “Read the same story each night for a month, play a certain game each week, fix the same dinner or breakfast every Saturday.” We at Bigelow Tea know what it means to be a Dad, and we are lucky to have a fantastic father-figure right in our midst: David C. Bigelow, Co-CEO of Bigelow Tea!

So this Father’s Day, when Dad wants to make that early morning golf tee time, you might also suggest a special tea time with family! You can’t go wrong sharing his favorite Black Tea like Earl Grey and letting him know how much he means to you.

Happy Father’s Day!

Image by D. Sharon Pruitt via flicker.com

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