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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

bigelow tea english teatime perfect peach iced tea

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!


Steep Yourself In History At Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation

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Imagine an island oasis filled with tea plants as far as the eye can see, and you’ll get a sense of why Charleston Tea Plantation is such a special part of the Bigelow Tea family. But to truly appreciate this storybook vision brought to life, come visit and steep yourself in tea history!

Tucked away on 127 unspoiled acres on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden and home to American Classic Tea. Visitors are invited to tour the tea garden via trolley, learn about tea production, or even to host a magical wedding amid ancient oak trees and the lush camellia sinensis (tea) plants.

Bigelow Tea purchased the tea garden in 2003, partnering with former owner William Barclay Hall, a third-generation tea taster and tea expert who took over the property in 1987. His expertise in tea growing and production, coupled with Bigelow Tea’s 70 years of experience in the tea business, has ensured the preservation of a historical gem for future generations.

The story of tea growing in America dates to the 1700s, when the first attempts were made to propagate the camellia sinensis plant in South Carolina. Not until 1888, when Dr. Charles Shepard founded the Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, South Carolina, did American-grown tea become a reality. It was Shepard’s plants that were transplanted to a former potato farm on Wadmalaw Island in 1963 and thrive there today in 320 varieties.

Check out the Charleston Tea Garden Pinterest page for more engaging stories and photos, and start planning your step back in tea time with a trip to Charleston!

Bigelow Tea Uncovers the Mysteries of Chai

bigelow tea vanilla chaiWe love to respond to Bigelow Tea fan questions and this was a good one so we wanted to share it with you as well.  A reader asked. “What is Chai?”  The easiest definition of Chai is spiced milk tea, but let’s look a bit more closely at this historical brew.

Chai originated in the East and dates back to thousands of years ago as a concoction sipped by Eastern royalty, though it did not actually contain tea leaves at the time. The drink grew in popularity when the British set up tea plantations in India in the 1800’s, leading to widespread variations across the country and eventually the rest of the world.  Chai was often used as a healthful tonic for common ailments such as colds or indigestion.

Chai is typically a blend of rich black tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorn, nutmeg and cinnamon.  It may also be made with green tea.  Spices and sweeteners may vary based on preference so if you are up for a tea change,  check out our Spiced Chai (also available in Decaf), Vanilla Chai, Green Tea Chai,  Chocolate Chai (Yum!), and Caramel Chai as they will be sure to keep you coming back to the kettle for another cup.

Now, how many of you hesitate to talk about how much you love Chai as an alternative to morning coffee or an irresistible beverage any time of day just because you are not exactly sure how to pronounce it?  Is it “ch I” or “k I?”  The answer is: ch I.  In fact, Chai is actually the word for tea in many languages.

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So now that you have some history and Chai and you know how to pronounce it, which Bigelow Chai flavor will be your first choice to try?

Peach, Love and Happiness With Bigelow Tea


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Juicy, succulent and sweet, peaches are at the top of our list of favorite fruits. That’s why Bigelow Tea has created several flavors to capture all of that deliciousness and peachy goodness. But, how exactly did peaches come to be? Well, science tells us that peaches have been enjoyed by people for at least 7,500 years, according to well-preserved ancient peach pits found in China. Considered to be the favorite fruit of emperors, peaches were written about in Chinese literature dating back to the 10th century. By way of Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire, the peach was brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. Now that’s some history worth taking a bite out of!

Today, peaches are a staple in the summer fruit basket—August is even recognized as National Peach Month! Celebrate all month long with Bigelow Tea’s blends bursting with the flavor of peach for you to enjoy. Brew a pot (or a pitcher) of Perfect Peach® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with PeachDandelion Peach Rooibos Green Tea, and Plantation Peach® Pyramid Bags.

bigelow tea peach recipe

@_EmeraldEarth thinks Bigelow Tea peach flavors are “sooo good,” and we couldn’t agree more. And if you’re still craving more peach after a few cups, look no further than our recipe for Peach No-Bake Cheesecake for a treat that makes a perfect snack or finale to any meal.

Sink your teeth into some of our peach flavors this month—you’ll be glad you did. It’s the freshest flavor you can get this side of the farm stand, and a truly refreshing drink, hot or iced. One taste and you’ll be peachy keen on it all!

Embrace The Taste Of Summer With Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry

bigelow tea red raspberry iced teaA bowl of fresh, sun-kissed raspberries has always been synonymous with summer, and Bigelow Tea has captured that flavor with Red Raspberry herbal tea. Deliciously tangy with a hint of sweet, Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry tea is made with quality ingredients including hibiscus, rose hips, apples, elderberries and, of course, raspberries! Bigelow Tea enthusiast Nancy from Des Plaines said, “I love this tea! Because I love raspberries, I decided to try it and found that the flavor of this tea is definitely raspberry.”

For centuries, raspberries have grown wild and free around the world. The raspberry plant was believed to be a native to Turkey, and was even thought to have been gathered by the people inhabiting Troy in the first century B.C. Vividly colorful and refreshingly juicy, raspberries also offer plenty of health benefits—a cup of the fruit contains high levels of assorted vitamins and minerals. And studies suggest that the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in the fruit can fight against cancer, heart disease and age-related decline.

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This season, we’re definitely celebrating all things raspberry. Get adventurous in the kitchen with a few of our favorite recipes using Red Raspberry tea! A bowl of Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Splash is sure to wow guests at your next barbecue or treat the kids with Double Raspberry Tea-sicles. If you own an ice cream maker, you’ll definitely want to try our recipe for Raspberry Sorbet. Or, simply enjoy a tall glass of Red Raspberry over ice (try it with a handful of fresh raspberries!), or a warm mug of it for a relaxing evening in.

Find the joy of summer in Red Raspberry tea—and with the flavor, continue to feel that sunshiny vibe all year ‘round!

Bigelow Tea’s Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler Is A Winner

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Any time is the right time for dessert … and if it features Bigelow Tea, it’s even better! This delicious and simple Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler is made with Bigelow Tea’s “I Love Lemon”®. This light, moist, tea-infused cake includes blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and will be ready in under an hour. It’s made in a cast iron skillet, so it is pretty to serve! Pair your cobbler with a hot cup of Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea—which @panglugayawan tweeted “is heaven,”—and you’ve got the perfect after-dinner treat!

Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler

 

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Submitted by Lyuba

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Bigelow “I Love Lemon” herbal tea (1/2 cup of boiling water and 1 tea bag)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Use a 6 1/2 inch skillet.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Place a tea bag in a cup with 1/2 cup of boiling hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, mix berries, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and sugar vigorously for about a minute. Whisk in salt, sour cream and vanilla, until all well combined. Whisk in cooled tea.

Whisk in flour until all incorporated. Preheat seasoned skillet over medium heat and melt butter in it. Swish butter all over the skillet. Take off heat. Pour in most of the batter in the skillet and add berries over the top. Drizzle in remaining dough over the top. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 33-37 minutes.

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!