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Bigelow Tea Reflects On America And Independence Day

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The land of the free and the home of the brave … that is America, the country we celebrate as we head into Independence Day weekend. Bigelow Tea is proud to be American-made and American-run. For three generations, the tea you love has been blended and boxed right here in the USA.  Yes, 4th of July is a great time for barbecues and iced Bigelow Tea, but it is also a day to remember those who gave the United States its independence and those who continue to fight for peace and freedom on our behalf.

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One small way Bigelow Tea supports those in the military is by sending them tea. Third generation CEO and President, Cindi Bigelow, started the Tea for the Troops program as “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” To date, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow Tea have been sent to troops serving in German, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

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In addition, Bigelow Tea was proud to recently sponsor Warrior Week in Virginia. Cindi and Tim Richmond, a veteran and Bigelow Tea Project Manager, cycled in the 80-mile Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge on May 29. The ride was followed by a beach reception sponsored by Bigelow Tea.

As you enjoy a beautiful summer weekend—and possibly sip some iced American Classic or American Breakfast tea— please take a moment to remember the significance of Independence Day and all that it means to be an American.

 

Bigelow Tea: Made In The USA

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This weekend, millions of people will honor Independence Day, a time when families celebrate their American heritage … and the Bigelow Tea family is no exception. Seventy years and three generations ago, family-owned and operated Bigelow Tea planted its roots in American soil. To this day, every batch of tea is still blended and packaged in the United States, and each Bigelow Tea employee is based here, too. America is a land of opportunity, and Bigelow Tea wants to help keep those opportunities plentiful.

July is the perfect time of year to celebrate — the weather is warm, the family gatherings give everyone a reason to smile, and barbecues with endless pitchers of iced tea are the perfect excuse to get outside. Toast to the weekend with a glass of Bigelow Tea Iced Tea and Lemonade or cool down with a round of Bigelow® Frozen Iced Teas, made with Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea —a flavor that @angiejromero claims is “positively the best tea around!” If you’re in the mood for a drink with a kick, try a recipe for Simply Summer White Sangria, made with Bigelow Tea Pomegranate Pizzazz or quite simply have a cup of our American Breakfast tea hot or cold!

So grab that mason jar, pick out your favorite Bigelow blend, and join in the celebration: of family, of tea, of America.

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Bigelow Looks Back at the History of Afternoon Tea

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A cup of Bigelow Tea is delicious any time of day, but there’s something classic and whimsical about sitting down for afternoon tea. The idea of afternoon tea is said to have originated in the early 1800s in England by Anna, the 7thDuchess of Bedford. Anna proposed having tea around four or five in the afternoon to ward off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread. These habits soon became popular at social gatherings and started a trend that survives to this day: afternoon tea!

Afternoon tea takes on many forms, but more formal events include teacakes and breads, fresh fruit, cucumber sandwiches, and scones with Devonshire cream and jam (with tea, of course).  Embrace the tradition by incorporating Bigelow Tea recipes like I Love Lemon® Quick Bread and Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad for extra fun and flavor. And, don’t forget the tea! Sip to your heart’s content with a ‘cuppa Bigelow Tea Earl Grey or a robust Darjeeling.

Whether you’re hosting guests or taking time to enjoy a “tea party for one” like @graceglimmersBigelow Tea has the perfect blend to make your afternoon tea a success!

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Looking Back Through the Years of Bigelow Tea for Family History Day

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The year was 1945, and Ruth Campbell Bigelow spent weeks blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Soon she emerged with the first cup of what we now know as “Constant Comment®.” Three generations and 70 years later, Bigelow Tea remains family-owned and operated, and is the #1 specialty tea company in the country. Given that Family History Day is this Sunday, June 14, there’s no better time to celebrate the history of Bigelow Tea!

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After creating “Constant Comment,” Ruth began to sell it from store to store. One day, a shopkeeper shared that he had opened a container of Ruth’s tea to allow his consumers to enjoy the amazing aroma. “One whiff and they were sold!” he exclaimed. Ruth immediately started including an “extra” little jar of “Constant Comment” labeled “open and whiff” with each case shipped. Stores across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers. It was a defining moment that helped Bigelow Tea grow and succeed, and to this day, Bigelow Tea fans like @joelance comment on the blend’s sweet and spicy aroma.

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This weekend, take a minute to learn some of your family history either by calling a family member or researching your ancestry online. There’s no better way to discover the defining moments of your family than over a mug of Bigelow Tea.

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates A Record-Breaking Iced Tea Day

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Iced Tea Day 2015 is here, and Bigelow Tea is going big this year to celebrate the singular summertime pleasure of fresh-brewed tea over ice! Excitement has indeed been brewing as the Town of Summerville, S.C., the birthplace of sweet tea, today attempts to shatter the Guinness World Records for the largest glass of iced tea, using 116 pounds of tea leaves from Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Garden!

Our shared goal is to make a 1,400-gallon, nearly 12-foot “glass” of iced tea (once it’s decorated with a straw, a lid and a lemon!) sweetened with 2,100 pounds of local sugar to create sweet tea, the South’s preferred version of iced tea, chilled to a cool 42◦ with 2,800 pounds of ice. A record-smashing tea party is planned for this evening in Summerville, after the Guinness adjudicator verifies the new world record.

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Adding to the fun for Bigelow Tea is the special connection the company has to both the Charleston Tea Garden and Summerville. Acquired in 2003 by Eunice and David Bigelow and the family-owned #1 specialty tea company (now in its 70th year), the Charleston Tea Garden is a 120-acre working tea farm located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston.  The tea plants that thrive in the lush fields were transplanted there in 1963 from the former Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville.  Today, the Charleston Tea Garden grows 100% American-grown tea — without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides — that goes into the making of gluten-free, non-GMO American Classic Tea® and Charleston Tea Plantation loose and bagged teas.

Bigelow Tea is proud to be a part of the rich history of tea in America and thrilled to support Summerville’s epic tea party! Happy Iced Tea Day!

 

Tackling Taxes and Tension With Bigelow Tea!

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Keep calm and file on, tea drinkers. It’s April 15, which means it’s time to submit those taxes. And what better way to celebrate filing on-time than taking a moment to relax with a mug of Bigelow Tea? Understandably, April is National Stress Awareness Month and we’d recommend keeping that tension at bay with one of our soothing herbal blends like Chamomile MintChamomile Vanilla, or Sweet Dreams.

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If you’re burning the midnight oil to get your taxes finished, recharge with one of Bigelow Tea’s aromatic black teas—like American Breakfast tea which has 50% more caffeine in every tea bag. Follow the lead of @randomnessli and grab a cup of Bigelow tea to help fuel your workflow.

Remember, it’s important to combat the stress in your life, and take time to relax and rejuvenate. While you can’t completely avoid stress, you can minimize it by leading a healthy, balanced life. Take time to unwind this month by staying active, spending time with loved ones, and sipping on your favorite Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea Greets Spring

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Happy first day of spring! Spring has sprung and Bigelow Tea has comfort in a cup just for you! This season, awaken your senses with the fragrant and colorful petals of chamomile, rose and hibiscus. No, we’re not referring to your blossoming garden outside — we’re talking about tea.

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Herbal teas are made from a variety of aromatic plants with flavors that blend beautifully with fruits or spices to produce a naturally caffeine-free brew. Enjoy a mug of Chamomile Vanilla Herbal Tea with Honey, and Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea (and many more options!). These uplifting herbal infusions are bursting with flavors and offer the perfect retreat after a long winter.

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Given the change in seasons, don’t forget to pair your tea of choice with a handful of fresh flowers like @annah_todd did, enjoying “flowers from the boyfriend [and] green tea from Bigelow”! May this time of year invigorate your senses, rejuvenate your life, and be filled with lots of warmth, joy and mugs of Bigelow Tea.

Image from Instagram via @anna_todd

Bigelow Tea Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea

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Bigelow Tea loves a nice cup of Green Tea anytime of year. March, however, is the perfect time to break out this traditional tea. From St. Patrick’s Day to the first day of spring, there’s plenty of everything green to celebrate. For those looking to embrace this lucky color, Bigelow Tea suggests doubling your green luck with a cup of Green Tea with Mint. It’s refreshing and soothing from start to finish. Or, make your friends green with envy when you entertain with Bigelow Tea’s pack of Six Assorted Green Teas.

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St. Patrick’s Day began in Ireland for over a thousand years ago as a religious feast day for the patron Saint of Ireland. Today’s it’s celebrated around the world with special food, drinks, and the color green.  For those looking to celebrate with a kiss of sweetness this St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck. Bigelow Tea’s Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day toast.  Green Tea dessert fan @JonathanDmnd recently tweeted, “Green tea ice cream is the best,” so he’d definitely enjoy this recipe as well.

Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Bigelow Classic Green Tea
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 12 Ice Cubes
  • Whipped Topping
  • 5 drops Green Food Coloring (optional)
  • Optional rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

Take 1 cup cold water and boil.  Once at a rolling boil add 1 green tea bag.  Steep for 3 minutes off of heat.
Let tea cool – at least 5 minutes in a cup.
Add tea, milk, sugar, ice, and green food coloring to blender.  Blend well.
Add to a chilled glass and top with whipped topping and sprinkles.

 

Bigelow Tea Goes For Mellow During National Caffeine Awareness Month

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Bigelow Tea knows that tea drinkers sometimes need a little boost from their favorite beverage … but during March’s National Caffeine Awareness Month it might be time to try a few less-caffeinated options.

One great choice is Bigelow Herbal Tea. Herbal teas are actually not made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush, so they are completely caffeine free. Mellow herbs like mint and chamomile make these teas tasty and invigorating, without any caffeine. Try Chamomile Mango or the aptly-named Sweet Dreams this month before bedtime.

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Another great alternative is the full line of Bigelow Decaffeinated Teas. These teas have the same robust taste as many Bigelow black and green tea favorites, but they have only 1-8 mg of caffeine per serving. So, for example, if you want a little less “lift” in your Lemon Lift, try the Lemon Lift decaf!

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Whether caffeine is a vital part of your morning or something you prefer to forego, Bigelow Tea has an option for you this and every month.

Top image by @caymandesigns via Instagram

Bigelow Tea Raises a Cup to Women Everywhere

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March is National Women’s History Month—a time when we recognize the contributions of women in history and contemporary society. The 2015 theme is titled, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” and presents an opportunity for Bigelow Tea to highlight the story of our tenacious founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, whose story weaves into the essential fabric of the company’s—and nation’s—history.

In 1945, inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth created the first cup of “Constant Comment”® Tea in her New York City brownstone kitchen. Soon after, the Bigelow Tea Company was born. Because of the bold choices—and fine quality teas—that Ruth made, Bigelow Tea, as a third generation family run company, has become a household name and is happily celebrating a 70th Anniversary this year under president and CEO, Cindi Bigelow, Ruth’s granddaughter.

This month, raise a mug of tea to the influential women of the past and present and savor a cup of tea in honor of the wonderful women in your life—@gglugo has the perfect Wonder Woman mug for the occasion.