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Cindi Bigelow Travels To Sri Lanka: Tea Auction

Previously, we shared that Cindi Bigelow was heading to Sri Lanka to explore tea fields and tea auctions.  Cindi previously shared her first full day and below she shares the experience of a tea auction.  Enjoy!

Niraj de Mel and Cindi Bigelow outside the Tea Auction (no photos allowed once inside)

A real Colombo Sri Lanka tea auction…it was everything I had heard of and more! Three rooms filled with tea exporters all bidding on specific type teas. Rooms were dedicated to either low-grown teas of certain grades (leaf sizes like the famous orange pekoe, or OP as it is called in the trade), or medium-to-high elevation grown teas and the original type teas of Ceylon (or Sri Lanka as it has been called since 1971), the type Bigelow buys.

Rooms filled with so many buyers who have such trained palates and discerning eyes that they can look at the leaf and tell you where on the mountains it was grown!  With one sip they can tell you the plantation it was grown on and if it was processed properly. They can even taste if the harvesters have done a good job plucking the proper “two tender leaves and a bud,” not mature leaves that are not nearly as pleasant to consume.

Our stay during the morning was certainly noticed. There was not one trader who wasn’t checking out who these new comers were!  It was so fun.

Cindi Bigelow

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Before the Season Ends: Don’t Forget to Enter Bigelow Tea’s December Holiday Assortment Sweepstakes

We may be starting to put some of our presents away, but you could receive one more special holiday delivery! Our Bigelow Tea December Sweepstakes comes to close on December 27th at midnight EST, and we want to remind you to cast your entry for a shot at winning our Bigelow Holiday Tea Assortment.

The Grand Prize in our sweepstakes, our tea assortment, captures four distinctive seasonal flavors. And we’re giving away 24 of them (Total Value: $14.95)!  Wrapped in festive boxes, each assortment contains one box of these Bigelow Tea favorites:

• Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea
• Bigelow Eggnogg’n® Tea
• Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea
• Bigelow Ginger Snappish Herb Tea

So don’t miss out! Enter our sweepstakes by December 27th at midnight EST. Just  “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under our cover photo. Look for an upcoming announcement of the winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. Good luck … and we hope you have a happy new year!


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From Our Bigelow Tea Family To Yours … May Today Bring Comfort And Joy

We’ve been hustling and bustling all month, but today is a day for peace. As people all over the world gather with family and friends to celebrate, we at Bigelow Tea want to wish you a beautiful holiday full of love, laughter and tea!

The Bigelow family cherishes special moments and holidays that bring those we love closer together. Whether it’s a family meal shared around the dining room table or a simple slice of pie and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea sipped by the fire … today is all about the comforts of home.

So, sit back and appreciate the fruits of your December labor. The gifts are wrapped, the cards are mailed and the tree is lit. Take it all in and enjoy! From our family to yours … happy holidays. May your day be merry and bright!


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Welcome Your Holiday Guests Tonight With Bigelow Tea Appetizers!

On this special night, open your doors to neighbors, family and friends and greet them with a perfect appetizer: a little nibble with big flavor courtesy of Bigelow Tea. Here are two of our favorite tea-infused apps to welcome your holiday guests and any carolers who might stop by. We love these bites because you can assemble them in less than an hour, leaving more time to focus on enjoying the togetherness of the holiday. Enjoy … and have a very wonderfully merry evening!

Miniature Vegetable Quiches


Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 cup boiling water

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
½ cup asparagus tips/ cut into small pieces, 1/2 – 1 inch
½ cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon minced shallots
¼ cup tea concentrate

Egg Mixture:

6 large eggs
½ cup half and half
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
4-ounces (1/2 of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces

Dill, optional garnish

Yield: Makes 18-24 miniature quiches depending on size of mini-muffin tin (About 1 ½ cups vegetable mixture.)

Prep Time: 20 minutes; Baking Time: 15 to 18 minutes


Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure.  Add water.  Steep tea for 10 minutes.

Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup.  Discard tea bags.  (About ½ cup tea concentrate.)

Heat oven to 350 F.  Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray (spray well or alternatively use paper liners); set aside.

In 10-inch non-stick skillet place olive oil.  Heat for 1 minute.  Add peppers, asparagus, peas, and shallots. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened.

Add ¼ cup tea concentrate to vegetable mixture.  Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tea is evaporated.  Remove from heat; set aside.

In large bowl stir together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper.  Mix well.

In bottom of each prepared mini muffin tin, place about 1 tablespoon vegetable mixture.  Top with piece of cream cheese.  Fill to top with egg mixture.

Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until very lightly browned near edges.  Remove from oven.  Cool slightly. Garnish with dill if desired.

I Love Lemon Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon 


Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herb Tea Bags
4 cups water
1 lb fresh asparagus (approx. 30 stalks), peeled, and tough ends trimmed away
4 oz. light cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
8 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon

Yield: Serves 10


This elegant hors d’oeuvre is surprisingly simple to prepare, and is as delicious as it is beautiful. By parboiling fresh asparagus in Bigelow® I Love LemonTMHerbal Tea, it becomes subtly infused with flavor and the perfect complement to smoked salmon. A touch of herbed cream cheese holds the wraps together for an impressive presentation.

In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes.

Remove tea bags, return saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and 1½ teaspoons of salt to the pan.

Parboil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water (to stop the cooking). Drain and pat dry. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, fresh herbs and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine.

Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture (about ½ teaspoon) on each slice of smoked salmon.

Roll up one stalk of asparagus in each piece of smoked salmon, leaving the tips of the asparagus exposed (making it easier to pick up).

Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.

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Bigelow Tea Welcomes The Winter Solstice

Like it, love it or not so much, winter starts today, December 21. At Bigelow Tea we like to remember that this day not only ushers in colder temperatures and for some, snowy conditions, but it also makes for perfect tea drinking weather!

The first day of winter is also known as the Winter Solstice. According to The Farmer’s Almanac, the Winter Solstice—as it’s called in the Northern Hemisphere—occurs when “the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position.” That means that the start of winter marks the shortest day of the year, due to the sun reaching its most southern point in the sky around noon today. So the good news is that after this date, the days will start getting longer! 

Around the world people have various traditions to celebrate the return of lighter days … and at Bigelow Tea we suggest enjoying a cup of tea! You can make the Winter Solstice shine by sipping something warm and perhaps a bit spiced. May we suggest our Spiced Chai Tea or one of our other chai blends?  Our Cinnamon Stick Tea is equally warming!

So, as we celebrate the Winter Solstice today with a mug of steaming hot tea, we also look forward to sharing more beverages and cozy afternoons all winter long!

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A Bigelow Tea Holiday Message

During this special time of year, given all that has recently gone on around us, we need to make sure we take the time to remember what is truly important…our loved ones, both our family and our friends.

Sending you only the warmest of wishes,

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Share Special Family Tea Traditions

Engaging with our Bigelow Tea fans on Facebook is great fun. Recently, we posted a question about favorite family tea traditions and got several comments that touched us—so much that we had to share a few here! The love of tea certainly runs deep in many families, as it does in ours. In fact, the Bigelow Tea family tradition began nearly 70 years ago when matriarch Ruth Campbell Bigelow created “Constant Comment.”® So it’s wonderful to know that her signature tea blend is one that often evokes fond family memories like these.

Cynthia H. recalled having “many tea parties with my mom when I was growing up, each and every one [full of] special memories. My grandson and I are the ones that share those special moments now. From picking out which pot to use, choosing our teacups and finally choosing which tea we would have that day, I hope I am making some special memories for him of our times together.” Jacki from Indiana told a similar story: “My grandfather taught me to drink tea. He had his big cup and a saucer that looked like a bowl. He’d pour his tea in it to cool it down a tad. Then he’d do mine. And we’d drink together. My great-grandson is learning now. He likes tea and drinks with his Memaw.”

Encourager from South Carolina and her mom have started Tuesday night teatime for “just us girls.” Finally, as Pamala H. said, tea can make a bad day better. “My dad always made me cinnamon tea whenever I felt bad. He thought a hot cup of tea and a hug could fix anything.” We agree, and think Cinnamon Stick tea makes everything better!

 Thank you to all who shared their tea stories, and from our family to yours, here’s to many more teatime memories!


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Giving Back Is All In A Day’s Work For Bigelow Tea Employees

Some of the Bigelow Tea employees who volunteered their time to read to children

In this season for giving thanks, we at Bigelow Tea recognize how fortunate we are to have such loyal customers who allow us to do what we love: bring you the finest teas! A big part of our mission is to give back to the community. “Do the right thing, and good things will follow.” It’s a philosophy imbued by company founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow and carried on by our employees. Today, we’re proud to highlight a few of the ways our Bigelow Tea “family” is making a difference.

Read Aloud Day – Bridgeport, CT,  Grades K-6

The Fairfield office has supported the Read Aloud Day program for six years, sending volunteers to read to children in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Here’s a sampling of the volunteers’ comments:

“What an amazing experience today was. The students were so excited when I entered the classroom … I couldn’t believe how engaged the children were when I was reading … I did tell the children I work for Bigelow Tea and we make tea bags. One little girl asked me what a tea bag was and before you knew it the whole class was talking about tea and who in their family drinks tea.”

“For me it was a great experience. I walked away from this feeling that It really mattered to those children that I was there and talked to them about the book as well as other random questions that they had to ask.”

United Way Day of Caring Diaper Drive

Bigelow Tea employees with just some of the thousands of diapers they collected for those in need

Oh baby! Employees from Bigelow Tea’s Fairfield, CT, and Boise, ID, offices collected 12,500 diapers to distribute to local mothers and families in need, along with baby wipes, powder, diaper rash cream and shampoo. It was our third year participating in this amazing event, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Thank you Bigelow Tea volunteers! We are so thankful for each and every one of you!


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Fan Of The Month Greta Eagan Celebrates Gluten Free Baking Week With Bigelow Tea!

It’s Gluten Free Baking Week, and that means it’s time to try some new recipes that just might turn into holiday staples. At Bigelow Tea we love creating food made with tea, and we’ve got a whole bunch of recipes that are gluten free. So let’s take a few minutes, preheat the oven, and bake up a tasty morsel!

Though we all love a good cake or a warm batch of cookies—especially when served with a cup of Bigelow Tea!—baking isn’t just about sweets. That’s why we wanted to share with you this new recipe, courtesy of Greta Eagan, for Maple & Miso Glazed Squash.

Greta is our December “Fan of the Month.”  She’s an eco-fashion expert, a tea lover, and she lives a gluten-free lifestyle full of veggies and whole foods … and her favorite Bigelow English Breakfast tea! We were so excited when Greta shared her baked squash recipe, particularly because it includes Bigelow French Vanilla Decaf Tea as an ingredient!

Give it a whirl during Gluten Free Baking week … we think you and your family will find it delightfully tas-TEA! Enjoy!

Maple & Miso Glazed Squash


6 tablespoons grape seed oil for glaze (use additional oil for baking sheets)
3 acorn squashes (about 1 1/2 pounds each), halved, seeded, and sliced into one-inch-thick crescents
2 tablespoons mellow white miso paste
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 cup Bigelow Decaffeinated French Vanilla Tea (1 tea bag steeped for 5 minutes)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil, and brush with oil.

Boil water for a cup of tea. Pour about 1/2 cup hot water over the tea bag, cover and let steep for five minute. Mix up maple miso glaze by adding miso, maple syrup and grape seed oil, then gradually add the concentrated tea and mix until miso dissolves (use 1/4- 1/2 cup of tea). Try to avoid making your mixture too watery.

Lay squash pieces on baking sheets. Drizzle maple miso glaze over each crescent (reserve half the mixture for the other side). Roast about 5 minutes.

Remove baking sheets from oven. Using tongs, turn over pieces. Drizzle once more with glaze mixture. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes.


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With Heavy Hearts, Bigelow Tea Grieves For The Lives Lost Today

Our hearts go out to all the families that have been personally affected by this horrific crime in Newtown CT. A crime of this magnitude is unprecedented, both for our state and community. The aftermath of sorrow and pain is incomprehensible. Our deepest regrets for this horrendous crime go out to all. Our community will never forget the impact of what has taken place today. With heavy hearts, The Bigelow Family

(image via Flickr by Arne Hulstein)

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