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Determination And Collaboration: Stories Of Success At Bigelow Tea

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Bill Hall and Cindi Bigelow at the Charleston Tea Plantation

Yes, Hot Tea Month is in full swing, but why not enjoy it with some cool family stories from Bigelow Tea! Here are three tidbits about collaboration and good old-fashioned stick-to-it-ness. Check out more stories on Bigelow Tea boxes and in previous posts.

• Back in 1955, just after Ruth C. and David E. Bigelow moved their 10-year-old tea company from New York to Connecticut, they were hit with back-to-back hurricanes. The new factory was flooded and all the tea washed down the Norwalk River! Fortunately, the determined couple worked with employees and patient creditors to get the factory up and running again.

• Much more recently, in 2003, the amazing Charleston Tea Plantation faced a developer’s bulldozer. The Bigelow family purchased the land and worked with local farmers to preserve 127 acres of beautiful tea bushes and the American Classic Tea line.

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• Collaboration was also key to the creation of Bigelow Tea’s signature Earl Grey recipe, a favorite of many tea lovers (#besttea, according to @danielledhein and #FavoriteFallDrink says @NickChancey!) The secret? Unparalleled oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy. The Bigelows discovered it 40 years ago and loved it so much, they bought the whole crop and have used it ever since!

Bigelow Tea Thinks It’s Time for a Staycation


A visit to Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation
and a ride on our classic trolley, is a Staycation idea if you live nearby!

Bigelow Tea understands when family budgets get tight and big travel plans have to be put on hold. Yet we all can still “get away” by having a Staycation, which puts a spin on the meaning of vacation by encouraging people to enjoy the “fun parts” of staying home. And if you happen to live near Charleston, South Carolina, we have the perfect day trip idea for you: a visit to our Charleston Tea Plantation! (Read more about that below!) For those of you in other geographic regions, here’s how to get started planning your Staycation:

• Get everyone’s input. Although interests can vary, encourage all family members to speak up on what they might like to do. Have them think of activities at home they may want to try or local places they would like to visit. Or, come up with a list of suggestions for youngsters to pick and choose from.

• Play tourist in your area. Explore your county, region or state like a newcomer might. Revisit old favorites or give overlooked places a chance. Possibilities include museums, beaches, parks, farms, historic venues and neighborhoods.

• Put your itinerary in place. Schedule plans before heading off or staying home. Indoor activities could involve movie/board game nights—with Bigelow Tea of course!—or camping out in your backyard. Plan ahead on mealtimes too. Dine out at a new restaurant or set aside time to cook as a family or make dishes in advance.

For our Bigelow Tea fans who live in South Carolina, please come visit our Charleston Tea Plantation, America’s largest working tea garden, where we produce our American Classic Teas. And with August being National Peach Month, we highly recommend our American Classic Plantation Peach Tea!


No matter where you choose to go (or stay) this summer, we hope you take Bigelow Tea with you!

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Don’t Wait: Get Bigelow Tea’s 2013 Limited Edition First Flush Loose Tea


At Bigelow Tea we’re feeling flushed and want to share some important and tea-rrific news! Down at our Charleston Tea Plantation, we’ve harvested the very first tea leaves of the season … and that means our special American Classic First Flush® Loose Tea is now stocked and is ready for sale! This unique black tea comes out only once a growing season, and is made entirely from tea plants grown at our tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island.

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. We’re certain that our customers will appreciate this tea with its defined taste and amazing freshness!

As we focus on quality rather than quantity, our selection of First Flush® is quite limited. Can’t get to South Carolina? We understand. You can also purchase this tea through our website, and we will ship it right out to you. Each 2.3-ounce canister, which is a lovely shade of ivory, costs $15. We hope you’ll give it a try … and we can’t wait to hear what you think of this very special tea!


7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval Provides A Day Of Fun And Bigelow Tea!


It’s almost here! The Charleston Tea Plantation and radio station 105.5 The Bridge proudly present the 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval, a fantastic tea happening taking place on Saturday May 18thBigelow Tea encourages you to join us on Wadmalaw Island at our Charleston Tea Plantation, a tea-lovers paradise and the location of this annual event, which celebrates the first harvest of the year’s tea plants. There will be top-notch entertainment, food vendors, kid’s areas … and plenty of our delicious American Classic Tea! It’s no wonder that the First Flush FesTEAval was named one of the top 100 events in North America!


America’s Tea Garden is the perfect place for a spring event and of course celebrating our American Classic Teas. It’s TEA-licious! Prepare yourself for an outstanding entertainment lineup too, highlighted by Old Crow Medicine Show, a nationally renowned group of musicians! Other acts on our two busy stages will include The Luke Cunningham Band, Gaslight Street, Quincy Mumford, Sun Dried Vibes, Southwood, Tyler Boone and Stop Light Observations. Many more acts are still to be announced, and there’s even a surprise guest scheduled to appear—all part of the fun and excitement of the day!


Tickets are available now at and the Music Farm Box Office. Check out all of the details about this year’s event. Gates open at 1:00pm and the stage entertainment begins at 2:00pm We’ll see you there!


Bigelow Tea Appeals to the Savvy Traveler!


The first full week of May is recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition celebrated now for 30 years. During this week, May 4 through May 12 in 2013, events are held in cities nationwide, celebrating the power and excitement of traveling. Bigelow Tea loves the opportunity to travel because there are so many fascinating places to explore, especially right here in the U.S. of A.

One of the best things about travel is that it contributes to our national economy; the travel and tourism industry supports millions of US jobs—in fact one out of every eight jobs in the U.S. depends on the industry! This adds up to $2.0 trillion, making a major economic impact in nearly every state. We all contribute to those numbers, whether we’re constant travelers or “Staycation” tourists.


When it comes to traveling and enjoying this beautiful country, Bigelow Tea is pleased to remind you that our very own Charleston Tea Plantation is a premier destination for the savvy traveler, and for so many great reasons. Located on the beautiful Wadmalaw Island near Charleston, South Carolina,  the Charleston Tea Plantation is the cherished home of our American Classic Teas as well as the First Flush Festival, which was named one of the top-100 events in the US! And we’re also proud to point out that the city of Charleston itself was recently named a top city in the world destination!


And of course when you do travel, Bigelow Tea is happy to come along in a Tea Wallet or your bag! Remember that wherever you are, if going out for tea isn’t an option, Bigelow Tea is portable and always convenient, perfect to take along with you. Enjoy your tea-time, anytime! What could be better?

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Bigelow Tea Shares Plans For Our 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!


Bigelow Tea is revving up some exciting plans for the upcoming 2013 First Flush FesTEAval! Yep – it’s on its way and it’s never too early to plan, so be sure to mark your calendar for this annual bash, held on Saturday, May 18th. You’ll want to make a day of it at the Charleston Tea Plantation when you enjoy our grand tradition of celebrating the first flush—the first harvest of the year’s tea crop.


You may remember that the First Flush FesTEAval was named one of the top-100 events in all of North America! You can’t beat the old-fashioned goodness of the event, with family fun, food and music—and of course lots of the plantation’s home-grown American Classic Tea! Tickets are available in advance through and the Music Farm Box Office.

If you’re a music fan, you’re in luck. We’re proud to announce that the FesTEAval will be headlined by the popular Folk Rock band OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW! Some of the other musical acts slated to appear include The Luke Cunningham BandGaslight StreetQuincy MumfordSun Dried VibesSouthwoodTyler Boone and Stop Light Observations. Plus, a special surprise guest will be there! With the great music, the tea, food trucks and a kids’ area, you have the makings of a fantastic day!


The Charleston Tea plantation is made up of 127 acres of pristine grounds and an amazing gift shop, located on Wadmalaw Island and located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. It was recently named one of the top destination cities in the world! Tens of thousands of tea lovers travel to America’s only Tea Garden every year to visit and tour, and of course to attend our First Flush FesTEAval! The gates open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 2. We hope to see you there on May 18th!

Take a Virtual Tour of Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation


With Charleston, South Carolina designated as a must-see destinationBigelow Tea is sharing a video featuringanother wonderful reason for taking a trip down south: tea! Located on Wadmalaw Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, our Charleston Tea Plantation is the perfect place for a day trip. If you’re thinking of going and want a preview … or you can’t make it there in “real life,” take a “virtual tour” around our 127-acre property.

Your tour guide, Cindi Bigelow, will take you through the factory and show you how our American Classic Tea is made. You’ll also see a gazebo used for weddings and other special events, and an antique trolley you’ll be dying to ride! Come join us and see what makes Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and gift shop so special!


Celebrate National Wedding Month With Bigelow Tea And Our Charleston Tea Garden!

Despite its bleak reputation weather-wise, February still shines as the season of love! Many proposals take place on Valentine’s Day, and for couples planning a spring, summer or even a fall wedding … now is the time to begin preparations. No wonder the bridal industry has declared it National Wedding MonthBigelow Tea knows that one of the first decisions brides and grooms make when planning a wedding is picking the venue. And boy do we have a wonderfully romantic suggestion: our own Charleston Tea Garden—the largest working tea garden in the U.S.!

Tucked away on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the Tea Garden features breathtaking views of tea fields and towering live oaks, as well as several options for planning a unique celebration in a natural setting brimming with old-fashioned southern charm. One lovely tradition is for couples to trade vows under the branches of the Tea Garden’s oldest live oak, fittingly named “the Wedding Tree.”

And the Pavilion, located in the tranquil tea fields, is an ideal spot for the reception. It provides overhead lighting and ceiling fans, and can be decorated myriad ways to reflect a special theme or your personal style. In need of inspiration? Wedding trend watchers are seeing a growing preference for elegant details evoking the style depicted in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey and recent film adaptations of Anna Karenina and The Great Gatsby. Think crystal glassware and gold silverware and chargers, darling. But elegance doesn’t have to be stuffy. As wedding planner Ivy Robinson tells Bridal Guide, couples often take an eclectic approach “combining natural, outdoorsy details with elegant elements.”

Whether you prefer minimalist décor or plenty of glitz, Charleston Tea Garden provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day. Cheers!


Bigelow Tea Is Thrilled To See Charleston Named Top U.S. City And World Destination!

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city with a rich history, classic architecture and eminently well mannered citizens. These qualities recently helped the Charleston area earn the coveted 2012 Top US City rating from the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, beating out cities like New York and San Francisco! Bigelow Tea is proud to see that Charleston also earned the 2012 Worldwide No. 1 Ranking, topping cities like Florence, Italy and Cape Town South Africa! This is the second consecutive year for their No. 1 U.S. City ranking!

You know that Bigelow Tea loves Charleston too! After all our own Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island just outside Charleston. Tea lovers—and music, nature, and food lovers!—know that the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our First Flush FesTEAval, an annual event not to be missed. In fact, the First Flush FesTEAval was selected for its own award by the American Bus Association: it’s one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

Bigelow Tea is thrilled to be a part of the celebration of all things Charleston! We couldn’t agree more with the designation of Charleston as “the place” to visit! If you make the trip, we do hope you’ll check Wadmalaw Island and take a tour of our tea gardens … and of course sample some of our home-grown pride and joy, American Classic Tea.

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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!!!


Christine Diaz
January 2012 Sweepstakes Winner