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Let Bigelow Tea Spice Up Your Table With These Two Dinner Recipes

bigelow-tea-constant-commentIf you drink Bigelow Tea, you know that each cup is packed full of flavor, aroma and spice. Take a leap from the cup to the plate with these recipes for Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon, and Pork, Fennel and Leek Casserole. Both dishes are slam-packed with spice and flavor — thanks to the additions of Bigelow Tea Cinnamon Stick and “Constant Comment®” — and perfect for wowing your guests at the dinner table. Add a loaf of crusty bread and a pot of Bigelow Tea English Teatime to complete the experience. Just be prepared when everyone starts asking for the recipe!

Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups hot water
  • Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Tea Bags
  • ½ lb. dried brown lentils, rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 lbs chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 – 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions

Combine four cups hot water and four Cinnamon Stick® tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5-7 minutes. Add tea and lentils to a large stew pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Remove to a large bowl and set aside. In the same pot, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until softened. Add cut-up chicken and cook until cooked through and no longer pink inside (about 10 minutes). Add diced tomatoes and cooked lentils to the pan and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped almonds and parsley and serve.

Pork, Fennel and Leek Casserole

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (250mL) water
  • Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
  • ¾ cup (180mL) apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) butter
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 3 leeks, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound (500g) pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
  • ¼ cup (60mL) flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) olive oil
  • 1 – 10 ounces (280g) package of frozen peas
  • 12 mini potatoes, unpeeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • ½ cup (125mL) mint leaves, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Make Constant Comment tea with ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water, discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible. Add chicken stock and set aside. Melt butter in large skillet and add fennel and leeks and saute gently for 4-5 minutes or until soft, don’t brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add pork to large plastic bag; add flour, season with salt and pepper, and toss until pork is well coated. Add olive oil to large skillet and brown the pork in batches over medium heat. Remove pork and add apple juice, increase heat and stir up the brown bits from the bottom. Add the tea mixture and boil, add pork, fennel, leeks and potatoes. Cover and place in oven. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and add peas, mix cornstarch with a little cold water to make a paste and add slowly to hot liquid. Return to oven and continue cooking until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper if needed and garnish with chopped mint leaves.

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Family Week

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Family is everything at Bigelow Tea and for over 70 years, three generations have been dedicated to producing the most beautiful cup of tea, a tradition that started in 1945 in Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s kitchen in New York City.  Family tradition is something we know about so during this week of Thanksgiving (and well, every day of every week!), let’s together celebrate National Family Week.

bigelow-tea-constant-commentLet’s be honest, as much as we love a day filled with turkey, football, parades and cozy weather, don’t our actual favorite moments come down to the conversations, hugs, and laughs while sharing a cup of tea during this holiday time? If you agree, why not sit back with a slice of pie and a cup of tea (“Constant Comment®” always goes well with a conversation), and cherish those moments and this special time you can spend with family.   And when we say family, we also mean our community of tea lovers. Together, we not only appreciate sharing a cup, but we all have a love (and true passion) for tea, right? This is truly #TeaProudly (link here to teaproudly blog entry) so this National Family Week, we’re sending warm wishes out to our extended Bigelow Family—our amazing employees, our fantastic growers and vendors and of course to each and every tea drinker everywhere! Cheers to a wonderful week!

Bigelow Tea Joins The Conversation About Female Entrepreneurs in America

Bigelow Tea is beyond proud of third-generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow, who was interviewed as part of a three-part series on Travels & Traditions, called “It’s a Good Thing: Women Entrepreneurs in America,” hosted by Burt Wolf and Linda McMahon. The program will begin airing across 290 PBS affiliate stations this month and more than 100 million viewers are expected to watch it.

In her interview segment, Cindi speaks about Bigelow Tea—its history and her experience at the helm of the company. Founded in 1945 by Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Bigelow Tea is dedicated to being a premier packer of truly fine quality teas. In fact, Bigelow Tea is recognized as America’s #1 Specialty Tea company. Here are a few of the tea-related tidbits Cindi shared:

  • Initially, Ruth had owned an interior design company called Ruth Campbell Design, and was very successful. But when the Great Depression hit, both Ruth and her husband lost their jobs. It was then when she decided to make tea.
  • In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”.
  • During the early years, it was challenging to sell “Constant Comment” until, one day, a shopkeeper who had success selling the tea shared with her that he had been opening up a container to allow his consumers to enjoy the tea’s amazing aroma. “One whiff and they were sold!” she said. Ruth immediately started including an “extra” little jar of “Constant Comment” in each case, labeled “Open and Whiff.” Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers. Soon after, the tea was sold in Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s and grocery stores.
  • To ensure Bigelow’s fresh, pristine flavor each and every time you brew, our tea bags are individually wrapped in foil pouches to shield delicate tea leaves from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, locking in flavor and freshness. This approach began after David Bigelow began working with a Japanese company who created overlap packaging. Today, 1.7 billion bags of Bigelow Tea are packaged in foil overwrap.
  • To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe that only Cindi’s parents, Bigelow Tea Co-Chairmen Eunice and David Bigelow, know and blend.

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On a daily basis, Cindi attempts to bring the spirit of her grandmother, Ruth, into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a source of “constant comment” in the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

Bigelow Tea Is Your Guide To The Ultimate Fall Tea Party

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Are you looking for the perfect excuse to host a gathering? Just grab your favorite Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors and let’s get to the party planning! After all, with the air getting cooler and the days getting shorter—now’s the perfect time to host a fall-themed tea party!

Select the date, the time, the location and the details

Figure out the who, where, what and when. Begin a guest list and decide if you want to go formal or casual—your invitations will need to reflect whichever approach you choose. To us, anytime is a good time for a tea party, but keep in mind that you’ll need to plan things around the time you select.

Invite your guests

Once you finalize your guest list, send out your invitations. Are you keeping it cozy with a small number or guests? Or do you want to fill the room? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of food and tea for everyone—favorite flavors go fast—and try to get invitations out at least two weeks in advance.bigelow-tea-seasonal-teas

Decide on your menu

Select the teas you want to serve and make a list of the different baked goods, appetizers and finger sandwiches to make. In keeping with the autumn theme, our go-to flavors are Pumpkin SpiceSalted Caramel and Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea. It’s ideal to have a variety, so plan to include a few classics, too, like “Constant Comment®” and Earl Grey, or a robust Darjeeling.

Make sure you have everything you’ll need

Here’s the Bigelow Tea party checklist. Feel free to adapt it to your needs and to your special gathering.

  • Mugs or teacups and saucers
  • Milk (not cream), lemon slices, honey, sugar and a small dish for placing used tea bags. Some people prefer artificial sweeteners, so it doesn’t hurt to have some on the table or waiting in the wings.
  • A pretty tablecloth and napkins
  • Small plates, cake forks and teaspoons
  • Serving pieces and utensils

We’d also recommend a fall-themed centerpiece—simple is better. Need some ideas? Group pillar candles in different heights and widths on a tray, and add several fallen leaves or pinecones at the base of the candles. Pile a pedestal bowl high with mini pumpkins, cranberries or other fall fruits. Float single grocery store flowers in glass votive candleholders, or purchase a bouquet of burnt orange, golden yellow and deep red flowers.

And with that, you have all the essentials and accessories you need to host a tea party worthy of the awesomeness of autumn. Soak in the crisp air, revel in the changing leaves (if you have some nearby!), enjoy a shared pot (or two) of tea, and celebrate the season with your favorite people.

Bigelow Tea Shares 6 Great Ways To Celebrate With Tea

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Let the conversations, laughter and tea flow with Bigelow Tea! We’re big fans of good food, good tea and good company—there’s nothing better than when all of these are combined. From galas and afternoon tea parties to tea-themed bridal showers and morning brunches, here are a few of our favorite tea-centric gatherings.

  1. A tea stand benefiting those in need: Here’s a story we couldn’t help but share! In Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, three young girls recently set up a tea stand to benefit a classmate’s family who lost their home in an explosion. Nine-year-old Jeslyn and her friends served iced tea to neighbors, and all the proceeds were given to the family in need. Amazing, right?bigelow tea constant comment tea party
  2. Brunch with friends: Perhaps you need a gals’ day or a mommy’s morning out. Or maybe you want to gather a few long-time friends to catch up on life. Or, in the case of this writer’s friend, you need to break out a vintage tea set (family heirloom!) that you were gifted. Whatever the reason, brunch is always in season. Host a delightful mid-morning or afternoon tea party for friends—dress to the nines, bake a batch of scones and set the table with all things lovely. You can never go wrong with teacups and a pot of Earl Grey or “Constant Comment®” tea, and Bigelow Tea has just the party checklist for you!
  3. Kids, crafts, games and iced tea: Looking for a fun idea for the kids? Invite a few of their friends over, make a few pitchers of iced tea, cover the table in craft paper and set out  bundles of markers for them to decorate the “tablecloth,” like this mom did! Add in a few kid-friendly crafts or board games and you have hours of fun in the making.
  4. Tea with dad: Navy veteran and California photographer Vanessa Hicks understands the sacrifices that military families make every day. That’s why she wanted to honor them by doing a tea party photo shoot. Vanessa captured several servicemen and their daughters enjoying tea together, and the photos that she shared are beautiful. As a third generation American family-owned and operated company, Bigelow Tea loves to see servicemen and women celebrated.
  5. Baby and bridal showers: Celebrate the bride or mom-to-be with a tea-themed shower! Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect backdrop for a shower. Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies and scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Some crowd-pleasing tea flavors are English TeatimeLemon LiftGreen Tea, and Perfect Peach Herbal Tea.
  6. A tea party to show gratitude: A 2-year-old in Texas recently invited the police officer who saved her life last summer over for a tea party. Adorned in a flower crown and pearls, Bexley Norvell and her family hosted Corporal Patrick Ray to thank him once again for coming to her aid after she choked on a coin and almost lost her life. What a special way to mark the one-year anniversary of her life being saved!

Clearly, tea is the perfect way to help out, celebrate or say thanks. Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get together or need a themed party for a once-in-a-lifetime event, offering a cup of tea can make your next soirée even more special!

Take Bigelow Tea From Your Cup To The Kitchen

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While tea is wonderful to sip, it’s just as delightful when used in the kitchen. The Farmer’s Almanac website encourages their readers to “eat your tea” and we couldn’t agree more! Tea is tasty in desserts, dinnersside dishes… the list goes on. We find that tea enhances just about any meal!

Luckily, cooking with Bigelow Tea doesn’t require professional chef expertise. For instance, The Farmer’s Almanac suggests substituting brewed tea for water or broth in recipes, or brazing meat with brewed black tea. Plus, marinating seafood in tea may help dampen the “fishy” smell. As @Sabersenshi says, “Cooking with tea adds so much flavor to things.” So if you haven’t started using tea in your recipes, now is the time!

Bigelow Tea had its beginnings in the kitchen, after all. It’s where in 1945 Ruth Campbell Bigelow worked tirelessly in her New York brownstone to create “Constant Comment,” the first of many delicious teas from Bigelow.

Wondering how to take Farmer’s Almanac’s advice? Check out these mouthwatering recipes which are perfect for spicing up late season grilling. We especially love grilled meats marinated in tea – it’s easy to do and the results are yummy. Let us know below how you are inspired to add tea to your cooking!

Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing

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Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea (or brew more and then use some for the dressing and some for the marinade)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups raspberries
2 tablespoons blueberries

Marinade Ingredients:

1 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Tea
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 cups spinach and Arugula lettuce leaves (these are easy to find already mixed together in the pre-made salad containers)
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in 1 teaspoon of butter
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

For the dressing:

Add tea, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and kosher salt to a food processor or blender. Give it one spin to start mixing ingredients. Add raspberries and blueberries and process on high until it’s completely mixed and the fruit is pureed all the way. Refrigerate overnight.

For the marinade and chicken:

Combine remainder of brewed tea (about a cup), olive oil, and honey in a large dish with a secure lid. Shake and mix well. Uncover and add chicken. Cover and flip container to ensure that chicken is coated in marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

To assemble salad:

Toast walnuts in butter and allow to cool. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chicken until done. Allow to cool for ten minutes before thinly slicing into strips. Lay out your salad and top with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, blue cheese and chicken strips. Drizzle with salad dressing.

May we suggest Iced Tea and Lemonade to pair with this recipe?

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Bigelow Tea Glaze and Seasonal Vegetables

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Ingredients

5 cups boiling water
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Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea bags
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1.2-1.5 lb. Pork Tenderloin whole
1 clove garlic, smashed
½ small yellow onion cut into in wedges
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (use only if oven baking tenderloin)
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (can substitute cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey (can substitute brown sugar)
1 tablespoon veg. oil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoons of both Salt and pepper

Instructions

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and add the Bigelow Tea bags, the clove of garlic and the onion wedges. Remove from heat and cover – let steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove tea bags squeezing well and discard, along with the garlic and onion. Divide the tea mixture -set aside 2 cups for the glaze to the remaining 3 cups add the vinegar, honey, oil, thyme and salt and pepper- stir. This will be the marinade for the pork. Once the marinade tea has cooled down somewhat, pour into a large plastic bag; add pork tenderloin and marinate for 5 hours or overnight in refrigerator. While pork marinates make the glaze and ready your vegetables both can be set aside or refrigerated covered overnight. Heat your grill to medium; while grill is heating drain tenderloin from marinade -discard marinade- and wipe loin dry, set aside. Pour ½ cup of the reserved tea glaze into a small vessel you can work out of. Place pork on grill. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium. Open grill and brush liberally with tea glaze. Reduce grill to low, continue to cook pork over the next 8-10 minutes, turning pork and coating well with glaze, 2 or 3 more times, until thermometer reads 160′. Remove from heat and let rest for 8-10 minutes. Slice into medallions and serve with glazed vegetables.

Instructions for Oven Baking Pork

Prep time: approx. 10 minutes Oven time: 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. While pan is heating, drain tenderloin from marinade -discard marinade- and wipe loin dry. Carefully add tenderloin to hot pan and cook, turning until brown on all sides, 5-6 minutes. Baste liberally with tea glaze and place skillet with pork in oven and bake for 8 minutes. Open oven and baste liberally with tea glaze again. Continue to cook until thermometer reads 160′, about 12-15 minutes, basting pork again when you remove it from the oven. Transfer pork tenderloin to platter and let rest for 8-10 minutes. Slice into medallions and serve with glazed vegetables. Yield: Serves 4 

Tea Glaze:

2 cups reserved Bigelow Tea mixture
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of salt

Bring remaining 2 cups of tea mixture to a simmer over med-high heat and cook to reduce. After 45 minutes or so, check it you want to have about 1 cup no less. Add honey, salt and pepper and set aside for later or refrigerate overnight.

Seasonal Vegetables with Bigelow Tea Glaze:

1 medium Acorn squash
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 medium Parsnips peeled (can substitute yellow onions)
2 tablespoons butter, salted
½ cup reserved tea glaze

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the butter in an oven proof pan and put in oven to melt while oven pre- heats. Cut the carrots and parsnips on the diagonal into 2 inch pieces. Slice the acorn squash into rings 1 inch thick rings-then cut in half. Remove the pan from the oven – place all the vegetables in pan and carefully toss with butter to coat. Bake for 10 minutes. Open oven and pour the tea glaze over the vegetables, stirring well to coat. Continue to bake until vegetable are tender and can be pierced by a small knife point, approximately 15-20 minutes.

May we suggest English Teatime to pair with this recipe?

Cool Down This Summer with Bigelow Iced Tea

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Who doesn’t love iced tea on a hot summer day (and if it is Bigelow tea, even better right)?  Luckily, iced tea is quite simple to make as it really only requires two ingredients: fresh water and of course, tea. But here is where the fun comes in because green, black, white and herbal tea can be used to create a refreshing glass as noted by tea experts Nathaniel Pantalone and Cynthia Gold. Some of the best varieties to use include the following:

bigelow tea jasmine green teaJasmine Green Tea which is subtly sweet and has a fresh, flowery fragrance.

 

 

bigelow tea oolongOolong Tea which is a smooth, full-bodied, fragrant variety due to being exposed to air for half the amount of time as black tea.

 

 

bigelow tea english teatime teaCeylon Tea like Bigelow English Teatime® which is a strong, full-bodied variety of black tea with a golden color. This is probably the type of tea you think of when you think of Iced Tea!

 

But don’t stop with just these flavors!  With over 130 varieties of tea offered, why not follow third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s suggestion for pairing different teas so you can create your own perfect glass (or quart) that is both refreshing and delicious!

Don’t want to experiment?  No problem.  We have perfect iced tea recipes that will be sure to quench yours or your guest’s thirst.  Give these a try or share your own recipes with us….we would love to hear from you! Happy iced tea drinking!

Green Tea with Mango and Perfect Peach Iced Tea

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Ingredients

Instructions

Pour boiling water over 2 Perfect Peach herbal 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.

Constant Comment and Plantation Mint Iced Tea

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Ingredients

Instructions

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 “Constant Comment”® tea bags and 1 Plantation Mint® tea bag and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste.

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know Why Do You Drink Tea

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As we’ve reported earlier, people are drinking more tea than ever before.  And we are thankful that so many are making Bigelow Tea a part of their daily routine! Bigelow Tea drinkers like Lauren Stallard Kramer grew up drinking “Constant Comment”®, one of America’s most loved specialty teas. She says, “My mother always had it in the cupboard and so do I.” And Patsy Shuman, who explains that she “was introduced to “Constant Comment”® 20 years ago and has loved it ever since.”  Others like Cecil Young Jr, switched from coffee to Bigelow Tea because, as he says, “I heard of the health effects of green tea.” Still others, like Christie Hoffman White, tell us, “Every day calls for a cup of tea!” She particularly enjoys Bigelow Tea’s Raspberry Royale.  And Bigelow Tea drinker Kathie Fetterly says she’s a tea lover, whether she drinks it “hot or cold.”  And then there are fans like Erin Schrepfer who simply say, “Bigelow is my go to!

So now it’s your turn to share your reason for drinking tea. We invite you to brew up a cup of your favorite hot or iced  tea and take a few minutes to answer the survey below because we’d love to know your own reasons for drinking Bigelow Tea!


Eunice and David Bigelow Recognized With Lifetime Achievement Award

bigelow familyBack in 1945, when Bigelow Tea first started, Ruth Campbell Bigelow could only afford a single-color label for her tea. Each night, her son, David, Jr., would help his father hand paint the two women on the original label. Then, in the morning, they would put the tea into the family station wagon and sell it store by store. David, Jr. has surely come a long way since painting labels. Today, he and his wife, Eunice, are co-chairmen of the company and were recently recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Specialty Food Association at its Summer Fancy Food Show on June 27 in New York City.

While Bigelow Tea attributes its beginnings to Ruth and the flagship tea “Constant Comment®”, it was her son, David, and his wife, Eunice, who paved the way for the growth of the U.S. specialty tea market. David, with Eunice’s unwavering support, led the company with a spirit of determination to its current prominence as the country’s #1 specialty tea company. His integrity, intelligence and kindness also helped form the brand’s personality and its success.

“All of us at Bigelow Tea could not be more proud to see this Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed on my parents,” said Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president and CEO of the company. “They are admired not only for the significant impact they have had on the specialty tea industry, but for the positive influence they have had on lives of the thousands of employees whose privilege it has been to work alongside them during Bigelow Tea Company’s more than 70 years. Their passion, creativity and guidance are without measure,” Cindi remarked.

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In addition to making Bigelow Tea the U.S. industry leader in specialty teas, Eunice and David’s more recent accomplishments include their significant 2003 additional investment in South Carolina’s 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation. It was their dream to restore this unique site, which is America’s largest tea garden, and share this vibrant piece of Americana for all to enjoy. Today, the beautiful Charleston Tea Plantation has become the standard bearer for the long and illustrious American tea story and welcomes 70,000 visitors each year — a suitable landmark to complement the profound impact their efforts made on the consumer tea market.

So raise a cup to Eunice and David Bigelow. Without their ingenuity, vision or drive, Bigelow Tea might not be celebrating its 70th year. It’s been the labor of a lifetime, a labor truly worthy of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bigelow Explores The History of Iced Tea

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When you hear the words “iced tea,” it’s easy to envision a pitcher of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. Perhaps you add in a sweetener, or maybe you enjoy it nice and simple. Whichever way you drink it, now you can sip with an appreciation for its back story—it is steeped in history, after all!

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped while summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School.bigelow tea iced tea blend These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round. In the United States, 85 percent of tea consumed each year is iced as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are an iced tea culture, and we are the only country in the world [noted as such],” said Peter Goggi, president of Tea Association of the USA. Who are the most popular consumers, you may wonder? Well, baby boomers and millennials, of course! 87 percent of millennials drink tea, according to the Tea Association. Goggi said that it’s likely because millennials grew up in the ready-to-drink era that accepted tea as a good alternative to soda and other sugary drinks.

Whatever the reason (or season!), iced tea is always a cool option—and you can make it with any flavor of Bigelow Tea that you would normally enjoy hot. So pick your favorite (@LukeIsASequin suggests “Constant Comment®”), brew and pour over ice for a cold treat any time!