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This is Why You Should Celebrate National Hot Tea Month With “Constant Comment” Tea

Ahhh……January. A time to recuperate from all that holiday cheer, snuggle up, and get warm and cozy with a nice hot cup of Bigelow Tea. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? And guess what? January is extra special because it’s also National Hot Tea Month, which is a pretty big deal at family-owned Bigelow Tea!

Speaking of all things tea, let’s talk about classic “Constant Comment” and how it came to be. Inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, in 1945 Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen with the idea of creating a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with her first cup of specialty tea. Ruth gave the blend to friends who later told her the tea “was a source of constant comment.” Her tea found a name and the Bigelow Tea Company was born. Pretty neat, huh?!

Ruth knew she had created something special, so she took “Constant Comment” to sell in every store she could find. A shopkeeper told Ruth that he opened the container of tea so customers could get a whiff of its incredible aroma and it began flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew! (Hooray!)

“Constant Comment” has stood the test of time and has been one of America’s most beloved specialty teas for over 70 years! Come to think of it, people are still “commenting” with #TeaProudly all over the web! (How’s that for staying power?!) To this day, the secret recipe of black tea, rind of oranges and sweet spice is still blended only by Bigelow Tea Co-Chairs Eunice and David Bigelow.

Whether you like the sweet spice of “Constant Comment” or prefer to sip one of Bigelow Tea’s other 150 flavors, there’s no denying tea is something special that warms the hearts of so many people all over the world. So grab a friend, your favorite mug, some Bigelow Tea and #TeaProudly during National Hot Tea Month! (Woo-hoo!)

Bigelow Tea Reports On Trends Behind Tea’s Growing Popularity

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According to a report by the Tea Association of the U.S. (a study we recently shared that talked about the growth of the tea industry), food and beverage trends indicate that consumers are increasingly demanding healthier options. As a result, they have been choosing tea as a better-for-you alternative to other beverages.

Since 1945, Bigelow Tea, a third generation family run business, has been creating teas made with the highest quality natural ingredients, sourcing teas grown high in the mountains and herbs from the world’s finest gardens, choices that have kept us ahead of bigelow tea steep decaf green teathe trends over the years!

Additionally, the tea report indicates that while consumers want to find simple ways to incorporate healthier food and drinks into their daily lives, they also want products that offer exciting new flavors along with the convenience. Bigelow Tea has continued to meet consumers’ desires by providing them with an expanding variety of teas from the original “Constant Comment” ® tea to over 130 flavors of specialty teas including our new line of 13 organic non-gmo teas, steep by Bigelow.

Tea fits perfectly with the trends in consumer’s food and beverage preferences. It is no wonder why more people are drinking tea and why the U.S. Tea Association expects tea to grow in popularity for a long time to come.

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 ( or And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

Another Bigelow Tea Constant Comment® Contest Winner, “Remembering Dad”

By the time I appreciated my dad’s passion for a good cup of hot tea, I had lived away from home for 18 years. During his last month of life, I was lucky enough to be with him 24-7. In the wee hours of the morning, when neither of us could sleep, we shared many cups of Constant Comment® and talked about the most wonderful things… memories of childhood (his and mine), the changing seasons, what happens after death, and endless minutia that only matters to a father and daughter. Now, when I find myself brewing a pot of Constant Comment®, I can’t help but smile at the warm memories of my dad that fill my heart and soul when I smell that steamy citrus aroma.

By Colleen Hyde

Books and Conversation over Tea, another Bigelow Tea Runner up Constant Comment® Story

I have been enjoying Constant Comment® tea since 1973 when I was fortunate enough to get my first after school job at our local public library in a small town in New England. I came in at three o’clock and worked until six-thirty in the children’s book room. The library was an old Victorian mansion formerly owned by a local family at the turn of the century. Walking up the granite steps and through the front door was like walking back in time. In the afternoons the sunlight streamed through the maple trees along the main street and danced through the southwest windows of the great room, over leather reading chairs, the enormous fireplace and vast shelves of books.

When the Westminster chimes of the grandfather clock in the entry room tolled four o’clock it announced tea time. The library’s long time librarians and antiquarians Mabel and Julia would invite me to tea with them in their office. They always served Constant Comment® tea heated by an electric tea pot that stood amidst stacks of books in the corner of the room. Julia would clear the books off a wooden chair and hand me my porcelain tea cup filled with the steaming tea and a ginger snap cookie on the saucer. They inquired about my parent’s health, and were always eager to know how I was doing in school. Mabel would consult with me about what new children’s books she should order for the library and whether I had any ideas about decorations for next month’s bulletin board in the children’s department.

Over cups of Constant Comment® tea I would learn the art of conversation and the etiquette of sipping tea. I remember the very first time I tried the tea I ran home and demanded that my mother buy some Constant “Comet” tea on her next trip to the grocery store. I soon found out that the tea was not a product of an astronomical event but rather an inspiration to conversation, and that it has always truly been for me with old and new friends to this very day. Mabel and Julia have long since left this world and it seems that I am light-years from those Victorian afternoons spent at the library, but if I close my eyes I can still smell the soothing aroma of the Bigelow tea mixed with the intoxicating scent of the old and new books and I recall the love and nurturing of those two dear friends, never forgotten.

By Janice Safoyan

Submit Your Best Constant Comment® Story and Win a Trip to Charleston Tea Plantation

FAIRFIELD, Conn., November 2008 – Bigelow Tea ( is inviting tea drinkers around the world to participate in the “Tell us your favorite ‘Constant Comment®’ tea Contest.” Do you recall sharing a warm cup of tea around loved ones? Or, perhaps, you remember when “Constant Comment®” tea became a staple in your household. Won’t you share your experience with the world and win a trip to Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina? The story that makes everyone laugh or cry the hardest will win!

Created over 60 years ago, “Constant Comment®” is deliciously flavored with orange rind, spice and everything nice. To learn the story of how this special tea was created, watch the video featured on Bigelow’s Tea-V Channel here. In it, David C. Bigelow, Co-Chair of Bigelow Tea and son of founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, offers family insight into this inspirational woman and her innovative creation, “Constant Comment”® Tea which remains America’s #1 selling specialty tea flavor.

For more information about the contest, please link here, and, as always, for recipes, fun stories and over eighty varieties of tea to buy, visit the Bigelow Tea website and blog.

About Bigelow Tea Company

100% family owned Fairfield, Connecticut-based Bigelow Tea pioneered the specialty tea category more than 60 years ago. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company. The Bigelow Tea line includes more than 80 varieties of flavored, traditional, green, organic, herbal, decaffeinated teas and iced teas– including America’s number one specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment®”. Also, enjoy the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, South Carolina which is owned and operated by Bigelow Tea and produces American Classic Tea and products.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide and every variety can be found on the company website ( Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s blog (


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Creative Concepts

Win a Trip to our Charleston Tea Plantation, Tell Your Constant Comment® Story!

Do you ever catch yourself reminiscing about special moments over a cup of tea? At Bigelow Tea, we love hearing your stories. That’s why we want you to share your favorite “Constant Comment” tea story for a chance to win a trip to our very own Charleston Tea Plantation.

“Tell us your favorite ‘Constant Comment®’ tea” Contest

Orange rind and spice and everything nice!

By December 31, 2008, enter your story in the “Tell us your favorite ‘Constant Comment®’ tea” Contest. The stories that make us laugh or cry the hardest will win!

To All “Constant Comment” Tea Fans,

It is funny, everywhere I go, people like to tell me their favorite memory wrapped around drinking “Constant Comment” tea. The stories usually involve a person sitting around a table with a loved one and having a moment together while sharing a cup. Even the person’s body language changes when they start telling me about their past experience with this special tea. That is how we got the idea that it would be great to invite all of you to share with us your own “Constant Comment” story. Lets rekindle some of those warm moments in your past and bring back some of the beautiful heritage of this unique tea created by my grandmother in her kitchen.

Please enter our “Tell us your favorite ‘Constant Comment®’ tea” during November and December 2008. The stories that either makes everyone laugh or cry the hardest wins a wonderful trip to visit our Tea Plantation in Charleston South Carolina. So take a moment for yourself, sit back, reflect and tell us your favorite story around drinking a warm cup of “Constant Comment” Tea. Cheers to “Constant Comment”

With warmest regards,
Cindi Bigelow
President and Granddaughter of founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow.

Contest Rules

  1. No purchase necessary.
  2. Stories must be original and unpublished. Must be the work of the contest entrant.
  3. 100-word minimum, 500-word maximum.
  4. Stories are to be emailed to and the story must be included in the body of the email. Stories sent as email attachments will not be accepted.
  5. You may enter multiple stories, but only one of your stories can be included among the winners.
  6. Story emails must be received by December 31st 2008.
  7. Contest open to legal residents of the United States. Employees and consultants of Bigelow Tea are not eligible.
  8. You agree to adhere to these rules and the judges decisions.
  9. Winners will be announced no later than 60 days after contest ends.
  10. Winners will be notified by email.
  11. Winning stories will be used without limitation on and/or
  12. Prizes are nontransferable.
  13. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Family Reunion Month

“Family reunions are occasions that renew the feelings of love, pride, and support that nurture our lives” ~ Source ~ Proclamation 5351 — Family Reunion Month, 1985.

June has rolled on by, school is finally out for the summer and Family Reunion Month is here. It’s time to re-connect, re-unite and re-discover one another. Perhaps you will be celebrating family with an old-fashioned potluck picnic or more formally to incorporate a milestone birthday or anniversary. Maybe this is your first reunion or another in a long tradition of reunions, but no matter what, you will want to have a good variety of food and beverages on hand to help keep the fun, conversation and “constant comments” going.

The cornerstone of Bigelow ® Tea is family and true pride is taken, not only in Constant Comment ® Tea but in all of the products and recipes offered. Make Bigelow part of your family reunion this year.