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Begin Your Day With Breakfast And Bigelow Tea

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Often described as the most important meal of the day, a hearty breakfast gives you energy and fuel to get through your to-do list. And what better way to begin the day than with a well-balanced meal and a mug of Bigelow Tea? In fact, research suggests that breakfast is linked to several health benefits, including weight control and improved mental performance. Here are a few reasons to rise and shine to a healthy meal.

It may help keep your weight down

Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, thus promoting healthier food choices at other meals.

Eating breakfast might improve your mental performance

Research involving adults and children has indicated that breakfast might enhance memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities. Plus, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, eating breakfast may improve cognitive performance, test scores and achievement scores in students, especially in younger children. Start the school day off on the right foot with a vegetable omelet, whole-wheat toast and a cup of Bigelow Tea. After all, a study published in Psychopharmacology, suggests that tea may also lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory.

Having breakfast may lower cholesterol levels

Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that people who skip breakfast gain weight, which can lead to diabetes as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure—all of which can raise your risk of heart disease. May we suggest a bowl of oatmeal coupled with a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea? According to research done by the American Dietetic Association, green tea may also lower cholesterol levels.

Breakfast may help give you strength and endurance

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), people who ate breakfast were more physically active during the morning than those who didn’t. That might be because a temporary increase in blood sugar gave them more energy.

bigelow tea american breakfastEating breakfast might put you in a better mood

In addition to cognitive benefits, studies also report that those who eat breakfast start their day in a better mood. And we don’t know about you, but a cup of tea always puts us in a better mood! Bigelow’s black teas, like American Breakfast and Spiced Chai, have a boost of caffeine that will kick start your day.

As if you needed another reason, there are just so many delicious options—both for breakfast choices and for Bigelow Tea flavors. So pick out your favorite and start your day right.

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!

Tango With Mango—Bigelow Green Tea With Mango, That Is!

bigelow tea green tea with mango travel mugImagine the taste of a juicy, sweet sun-ripened mango. Now, couple that flavor with the smooth and delicate taste of green tea, and you’ve got a cup of pure joy—or what we like to call—Bigelow Tea Green Tea with Mango.

So, first, let’s talk a bit about the green tea part of Green Tea with Mango. Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves—the same leaves make black and Oolong teas, too. However, the difference is in the production process; green tea is the least processed, thus providing higher amounts of the antioxidant polyphenols known as EGCGs, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle. Green tea is made by immediately steaming or pan-firing the newly harvested leaves, rather than exposing them to air. This process ensures that no oxidation occurs, and this special handling makes for a more delicate brew that is typically lower in caffeine than black and Oolong teas.

bigelow tea green tea with mangoNow, how about the mango? As one of the most popular fruits in the world, the mango was first grown in India over 5,000 years ago. Here’s a fun mango fact: legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree! Over the years, mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D. Sweet in flavor and extra juicy, mangoes are enjoyed on their own or in a variety of recipes—they also make for a tasty tea flavor!

You are in for a tropical treat whether you sip Bigelow Green Tea with Mango hot or over ice. It’s certainly a flavor that can be enjoyed year ‘round, but don’t just take it from us… @Pizzamaid can tell you, “IT IS SO DELICIOUS.”

Bringing Bigelow Tea Back To School

 

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The end of summer is near and that means many of you are headed back to school or you have already arrived on campus! Whether you’re a bright-eyed freshman or seasoned upperclassman—don’t forget to add Bigelow Tea to your dorm room checklist. After all, a cup (or several!) a day, studies say, may help boost brain powerbeat the stress, and promote relaxation. Clearly, a few boxes of Bigelow Tea is just what you need to tackle the college life.

Power Up That Noggin

Do you always feel like you’re on-the-go during the academic year? Between classes, extracurricular activities, and, of course, a social life, your brain is likely wired to always be “ON.” Well, Bigelow Tea to the rescue! As you probably know, black tea is a great source of caffeine. As a result, according to research, a cup or two can help boost your alertness and concentration. Bigelow’s black teas—like Spiced Chai and American Breakfast—have a kick of caffeine and mind-blowing aromas that will jolt you back into focus.

Stress Less

It’s not a collegiate experience without the stressors of exams, papers, pop quizzes and note-taking. Find some relief in a cup of green tea. Plus, studies have shown that l-theanine, a powerful little amino acid found in green tea, promotes relaxation and helps reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability—all without making you drowsy. There is also some evidence that l-theanine may increase mental focus and concentration. Although amounts vary, green teas are also highest in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle. Enjoy a cup of Bigelow’s signature green blend or try a flavor like Green Tea with Pomegranate or Green Tea with Mint.

 Soothe Your Soul

bigelow tea sweet dreamsUnwind after a crazy week with a mug of herbal tea. Chamomile tea is a popular choice widely thought to have a calming and relaxing effect, according to research. Incorporate a cup of tea into your evening routine—Bigelow herbal teas like Chamomile Mintsteep by Bigelow Organic Rooibos Hibiscus and Sweet Dreams are infused with tantalizing fruits, herbs and spices and have zero caffeine. Take a tip from @coronarubi: “bigelow sweet dreams tea has been my bff lately. so relaxing.”

Not headed to campus this fall? You can celebrate your grad’s new journey or send a care package to a college student in your life with great gift ideas from Bigelow Tea as well. Whatever your concentration, make tea a major part of your routine this coming school year.

Mark Your Calendar: Bigelow Tea’s 29th Annual Community Challenge Fundraising Family Event Is Almost Here!

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Run, don’t walk to Bigelow Tea’s 29th Annual Community Challenge! This yearly event takes place on Sunday, September 25th at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut and offers more family-friendly fun than ever! Lace up your sneakers and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive tee shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes. There’s also free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! The kiddos will especially enjoy this year’s brand new KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper, 1-mile run, and hoola hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. After all that activity, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites and enjoying free tea samples at the Bigelow Tea Mobile Tea Bar. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

The whole event is a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time engaging in some friendly competition with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised over $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling to shelter and food. The event raised $145,000 in 2015, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Register in advance before September 16th for a lower price.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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
Bigelow Green Tea with Mango Tea bags
Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea bags
Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea bags
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?

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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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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 Tea Studies America’s Tea Drinking Habits

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For over 70 years, Bigelow Tea has always kept a pulse on our tea drinking audience so when tea drinking habits shift, we like to keep up with the trends. We have been reviewing some fascinating stats from The Tea Association of the USA on tea drinking habits so grab your favorite Bigelow cup of tea and take a look at what we found:

One finding by The Tea Association of the USA survey is that 82 percent of Americans drink tea and women are putting their teakettles on a bit more than men but not by much which is wonderful (85 percent vs 79 percent). Of course, Bigelow also knows that tea lovers often like to include an add-in with their favorite beverage. According to the survey, lemon seemingly takes the lead (70 percent), followed by sugar/artificial sweeteners (46 percent), and honey (4 percent).

If you’re thirsty for more details, here are some other neat tea tidbits:

  • 85 percent of tea consumed in the U.S. is iced tea
  • 43 percent go for tea to boost their immune system
  • 37 percent drink tea to calm them down
  • 26 percent choose tea to maintain a healthy weight

Bigelow also likes hearing directly from our customers about how they savor our blended teas. We’re delighted to learn that Judy in Seattle feels that “Constant Comment®” is the only tea for her, so much that she’s been drinking this flavor since she was 4 years old! As for other Bigelow favorites, Cecil in Duluth told us that he likes having our Jasmine Green Tea cold and that it completely re-energizes him.

Now, let Bigelow Tea know what your personal tea trends include – we want to know!

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.

Third Generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow Shares Fascinating Facts About Tea

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Tea comes in a myriad of flavors and types, but there’s so much more to this drink than meets the eye. Third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow sat down with Naturally Savvy, a website focused on natural and organic living, to share some interesting tidbits about tea that you might not know. Here are some of the highlights:

The theanine in tea is what gives you that relaxed feeling.

Studies say theanine  (also called L-theanine) can stimulate the immune system as well as the mind, leaving the body with benefits similar to yoga. Theanine actually binds with the caffeine in tea, which is what makes the tea-drinking experience so different from the jolt you get from coffee.

The benefits of theanine are found in tea bush leaves.
Theanine is a component of the camellia sinensis plant, so it’s found in green teablack tea or oolong tea. While herbal teas, such as chamomile, don’t contain leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, these teas can also be very relaxing because of the herbs used.

The tannin levels in a tea can affect people differently.

It’s not necessarily the caffeine that some people are sensitive to in tea- it might be the tannins. This natural component of tea that gives it its color may not agree with some people when the tea is consumed on an empty stomach. A high amount of tannin can taste astringent, and in general, a high quality tea will be lower in tannins, providing a better flavor.

Not all tea ingredients are the same. 

Sourcing is very important when it comes to making quality tea. Bigelow Tea sources many ingredients from family farms that have not only known the Bigelow family for decades but also provide high quality ingredients like the mint and the lemon used in a variety of Bigelow tea flavors.

Making time for tea everyday can be a great way to relax and revive as shared by Cindi Bigelow. How and why do you incorporate tea into your daily routine?