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A Delicious Pair: Bigelow Earl Grey Tea And Goat Cheese


At Bigelow Tea, we love good flavor. And pairing the right tea with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more enjoyable! So, what happens when exquisite and citrusy meets creamy and smooth? Well, pure joy for your taste buds, of course! Which is why it only makes sense to pair a cup of classic Bigelow Tea Earl Grey with Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese Garnish recipe. Strong meets mellow; tangy meets sweet. bigelow-tea-recipe

For our special Earl Grey, we use only the best oil from the citrusy bergamot, sourced from the same garden in Calabria, Italy, year after year. Then we carefully blend this flavorful and aromatic oil with a bold handpicked black tea—it’s a recipe like no other. And when paired with a recipe starring creamy and smooth goat cheese, that’s a recipe for success! After all, a cup of robust Earl Grey goes perfectly with dishes boasting citrus vinaigrettes, melt-in-your-mouth goat cheese, custard-based desserts and poultry. Bon Appétit!

Bigelow Tea Is Your Guide To The Ultimate Fall Tea Party


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!

Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey Gives Ice Cream A Distinct Flavor

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Hey Bigelow Tea fans, do you know what gives Earl Grey Tea its distinct taste? It’s bergamot oil, which comes from bergamots, a type of citrus fruit. Who knew? Not all bergamots are the same … and in producing Bigelow Tea’s famous Earl Grey, the Bigelow family sources bergamot oil directly from a long-time family-owned orchard in Calabria, Italy, where bergamots naturally thrive. The oil is extracted during the fruit’s harvest season, so that the batches are first pressed and purely fresh. As a third-generation, family run business, Bigelow Tea makes great efforts to ensure that the ingredients used in all of their blended teas come straight from quality sources.

If you simply can’t get enough of Earl Grey (like Chris Costello, who tweeted about his four cups a day routine!), consider taking an even cooler approach by making this Earl Grey Ice Cream recipe. Savor it and let us know what you think!

Earl Grey Ice Cream

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  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 8 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt


In 2-quart saucepan combine half and half and whipping cream. Over medium-high heat bring to a low boil (5 minutes). Remove mixture from heat and add 8 tea bags; steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags from cream and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Place tea mixture, sugar, vanilla, and ½ teaspoon salt in mixer bowl; beat on medium speed until sugar dissolves (1 minute). Place in refrigerator; cool completely. Once cool, place tea cream mixture in bowl of ice cream maker; process as directed. Suggestion – top with Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce.

Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Meets Its Perfect Match: Spinach Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

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At Bigelow Tea, we love creating unique flavor combinations not only with our tea blends but with tea and food pairings! One of our favorite black tea blends is our Bigelow Earl Grey Tea. We use only real oil of bergamot, harvested from our long-term family-owned suppliers in Calabria Italy to make this fragrant blend with handpicked black tea. The combination is a recipe like no other and fans like Jeremey Litz absolutely love it!

Partnering a Bigelow Tea blend with just the right foods enhances and magnifies the flavors of both of tea and the cuisine. Earl Grey goes well with goat cheese, coffee liqueur for a dessert cocktail, and salads with citrus vinaigrettes like this Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette. A bed of spinach leaves covered in mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts, and whichever other fruits and vegetables desired is delicious drizzled with this Red Raspberry Vinaigrette. Wash it all down with a hot or iced cup of Earl Grey!

Use the below easy to follow Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette recipe to guide your salad creation!

Spinach Salad Spectacular Recipe with Raspberry Vinaigrette


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  • 4 cups (1000mL) baby spinach leaves washed and dried (about 10 oz.)
  • 1 – 8oz. (250mL) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 – 8oz. (250mL) can artichoke hearts (not in oil), drained

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized red apples, cubed (such as Red Delicious or Gala)
  • 5 large ripe strawberries, cut up
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • Tomato, cut up
  • 4-5 pieces bacon, well cooked, drained and crumbled


Combine baby spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use any or all of the optional ingredients. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Dress salad with any one of our delicious Bigelow® Tea Vinaigrette Dressing. Recipes for these dressing can be found here.

Bring On the BBQ With Bigelow Tea!

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Pleasant weather? Check. Sun-drenched days that last longer? Check. May is National Barbecue Month for a reason, and Bigelow Tea knows a thing or two about hosting a great cookout. So fire up that grill and spoil your dinner guests with a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey Braised BBQ Beef Brisket with Earl Grey BBQ sauce.  It will make your mouth water, especially if you love Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey, like @CC8130 does—he drinks “at least 4 cups a day!” And of course, don’t forget to wash the deliciousness down with a pitcher of Bigelow Tea Iced Tea!

Mmmmm…. Now that’s how to do weekends in May!

Earl Grey Braised Beef Brisket with Earl Grey Barbecue Sauce


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  • 4 pounds beef brisket, whole, not trimmed
  • 1 pound sweet onion, julienned
  • 1 pound carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 4 cups water, or enough to cover brisket
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Barbecue sauce:

4 ounces vegetable oil
1 pound sweet onion, chopped
1 ounce peeled garlic, chopped
1/2 pound celery, chopped
16 ounces tomatoes, canned
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white vinegar, or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags


Combine onion, celery, carrot tea bags with water and bring to a simmer.
Add brisket and let cook till fork tender, may be up to 8 hours.

While brisket is cooking make barbecue sauce.

In medium sauce pan heat oil and add onion and garlic and sweat.
Add celery and sweat and then add tomatoes, sugar vinegar, salt and tea bags.
Let simmer till all vegetables are very soft and remove tea bags.
Puree till smooth and chill till ready to use.
When brisket is tender remove from heat and allow to cool in braising liquid.
When cool remove from liquid and heat on grill. When hot add barbecue sauce and finish heating in oven to prevent burning sauce.

Slice about 1/4 inch and serve.

Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Provides a New Age Twist for a Classic Pie Recipe

bigelow tea pie recipeIt’s no secret that Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey contains real oil of bergamot harvested from trusted long-term suppliers. Since the 1970’s the Bigelow family has partnered with family farmers in Calabria Italy to blend the most flavorful Earl Grey tea where fans like Godess Athena say then can even smell the difference (we agree!).

This aromatic tea blend is not only delicious on its own- it’s also a bold, flavorful ingredient for a dessert. This Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie recipe starts with a flaky, buttery crust and is topped with a creamy, bergamot flavored filling and fluffy meringue. And note, perfecting your meringue takes practice but a few of these tips will give you a head start. For example, always start with a clean, dry bowl and use the largest, finest-wired whisk to whisk the egg whites. You’ll know your baked meringue is done when you can easily lift it away from the Earl Grey filling.

The next time you’re craving something delicious for dessert, whip up this Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie! We guarantee it’s so delicious, you’ll feel like a professional baker and your family and friends will think so too!

Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie


  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugarbigelow tea earl grey
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 1  puff pastry shell
  • 4 egg white
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


Heat oven to 400.
Place pastry into baking dish of choice and make holes with fork to let air escape. Place some weight on pastry to prevent it from rising and bake till golden brown. Let cool till ready for use.
Heat water and steep tea ten minutes.
Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt and stir into tea.  Bring to a boil and whisk in butter.
Stir together egg yolks and temper with hot tea mixture and then return to pot and bring back to a boil then pour into prepared pasty shell.
Whisk egg whites with either lemon juice or cream of tartar. When soft peaks form add sugar and continue whipping till firm peaks form.
Spread over pastry and let it touch edges. Bake at 400 till meringue begins to brown and let cook till meringue is firm and cooked through. If meringue begins to get to dark lower temp to 300 and let cook till meringue sets.
Chill and serve.

I Want To Tell You About Bigelow’s Earl Grey Tea…..

Cindi Bigelow and Bill met at the Natural Foods East conference in Baltimore, MD last Fall. At that time, Bill praised Bigelow’s Earl Grey tea so much that Cindi asked if he could send along his story to share with our other passionate tea drinkers.  Below is Bill’s story.

“I wanted to tell you how much I love Bigelow’s Earl Grey Tea. I have to admit that I go out of my way to drink only your brand of Earl Grey as I have tried various brands of Earl Grey. Bigelow has the perfect blend of tea and bergamot oil. I rarely travel without it. As I stay in various hotels and dine at different restaurants, I always ask if they serve Bigelow’s Earl Grey Tea. When I find out that they do not, I must ask for hot water and pull out one of my Bigelow tea bags. This picture is of my Bigelow Earl Grey tea bag at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

This past winter, we took our kids on a 8 day Caribbean Disney cruise. During our first breakfast, our drink waiter brought out an assortment of teas. He did not have Bigelow Earl Grey but he went on a search for some. He did come back with a non Bigelow tea bag. I politely refused and pulled out one of my Bigelow Earl Grey tea bags. He watched as I pulled it out of the package and dipped the tea bag into the hot water. I then gave him the wrapper to smell. You would have thought I gave him gold the way his eyes became big. He was so impressed with the smell that he took it around the dining room and offered other waiters to smell the wrapper. I was so amused by this that I went back to my stateroom and gave him an unopened Bigelow Earl Grey tea bag. You would have thought that I gave him a crisp $100 bill. He was so grateful.

I do not start any day without Bigelow Earl Grey tea and I wanted to thank you for allowing me to start every morning refreshed!”

Have a great day!

Bill from Maryland

Bigelow Tea and Van Houtte Form Coffee/Tea Alliance

Retail grocers have reason to celebrate! Bigelow Tea — the number one specialty tea manufacturer in the United States — has joined forces with Van Houtte, the number one gourmet coffee brand in Canada, to develop the U.S. K-Cup market in a big way.


The partnership began about 8 years ago when Van Houtte provided sales and distribution to help Bigelow Tea penetrate the Québec Food Service market. Following that success, Bigelow and Van Houtte formed an alliance to produce Bigelow Tea K-Cups. In the past four years, Bigelow’s K-Cup business has grown over 45% per year.

Now, Bigelow Tea and Van Houtte are launching a national K-Cup campaign in the currently under-developed U.S. Retail Grocery channel. K-Cups fit the increasingly popular Keurig brewing systems, for an at home café experience.


“The K-Cup business is one of the fastest growing segments in the United States,” says Cindi Bigelow, President of the family owned Bigelow Tea company. “It makes sense for Bigelow, the tea category leader, to expand on the opportunities of this popular brewing system. Now American tea drinkers who like instant-brew convenience don’t have to settle for anything less than Bigelow flavor.”

The Bigelow K-Cups include these consumer favorites:

  • English Breakfast
  • Green Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Cozy Chamomile®
  • Mint Medley®
  • Green Tea with Pomegranate

My Story begins with Bigelow Earl Grey Tea

Two hours across the western Canadian border in a little mom and pop cafe was the first time I drank hot tea for anything besides an upset stomach or menstrual cramps. I was 20 years old, and the owner of the place refused to serve me Pepsi for breakfast. He muttered something about sacrilege and his eggs and (Canadian) bacon served with soda over his dead body. So he brought me a pitcher of hot water and a little basket of Bigelow teas. I picked the Earl Grey because I liked the name, and I had to admit. It DID make breakfast taste better.

After many campfires and hiking trips that same summer I’m convinced that it’s impossible to enjoy nature, or to shake off a cold rainy day as effectively with anything but tea. I’m hooked now. Fewer calories than coffee with the flavored creamers I so love…and I can carry a package in my pocket and find hot water anywhere!

I noticed Earl Grey is the first tea to disappear when I go to conferences or hotels that serve continental breakfasts, so I know I’m not the only one who loves it. Thanks for giving me a chance to share how much I love this tea!

Becky B.