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From Ruth Bigelow’s Kitchen To Yours: 6 Facts About “Constant Comment” Tea

The awesome story of Bigelow Tea begins with “Constant Comment”®, the iconic blend of orange and sweet spice created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in her kitchen in 1945. But how much do you know about the very beginning? If not a lot, that’s about to change right now!

  1. A Fresh Start
    Picture this: in the early 1940s, Ruth and her husband, David Sr., decided to start a tea business. But, that’s not where they began. 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 David Sr. lost their jobs. It was then that she decided to make tea.
  2. Manhattan Roots
    When they started to talk more seriously about tea, the Bigelows lived in a small apartment in Manhattan. They felt strongly that, for the company to be a success, they needed a home where they could begin. Searching the local streets, they found a brownstone, just off Second Avenue, which was in terrible disrepair. Optimistic, they bought it with the last of their life savings, and plastered and repainted it themselves—talk about fixer uppers! It was in this home, in 1945, that Ruth and David Sr. opened the doors to the new Bigelow Tea Company. Little could they have imagined that their dream would one day grow to be America’s #1 Specialty Tea company!
  3. Orange and Spice, and All Things Nice
    Inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth spent several weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Finally, she created her own special blend and shared it with friends. Anyone who tasted it couldn’t stop commenting—the name “Constant Comment”® was a natural choice for the tea.
  4. That One Shop
    Ruth knew she was on to something with her blend and took “Constant Comment” to every store she could. One shopkeeper told Ruth that he had been opening the container for customers to take a whiff of the incredible aroma, and it was flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew.
  5. All in the Family
    Jump ahead more than 70 years to today, where Ruth’s granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, serves as the third-generation president and CEO. If you’re a fan of “Constant Comment” tea, Bigelow Tea or tea overall, you’ll love hearing Cindi Bigelow herself tell this story of this original creation while sharing more about her personal (and professional) love of tea! In a month that celebrates mothers around the world, it’s heartwarming to know that this love for tea runs strong through three generations – from the mother of “Constant Comment” all the way to Cindi today.
  6. Shhh… It’s a Secret
    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. It has stood the test of time and continues to fill cups, kitchens and hearts.

Every Bigelow Tea flavor is blended to be remarkable, but it’s the very first that got so much talk it still carries the famous name. What was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time? Tag #TeaProudly with your memory!

Bigelow Tea Lovers love National Inventors Month!

Tea lovers make great inventors, perhaps because their beverage of choice is so stimulating and refreshing.

One great tea-sipping inventor was Ruth Bigelow. In 1945, she wanted more than black tea, which was the only kind of tea the typical grocery store carried. Therefore, she invented “Constant Comment”®, which launched Bigelow Tea and revolutionized the way Americans enjoy tea.

Another invention that Bigelow Tea made the most of, starting in 1978, was a machine for making tea bags that overwrapped each sachet in a sealed flavor-protecting pouch. Read about these innovations in My Mother Loved Tea, by David C. Bigelow. He concludes his book saying that the tea industry’s inventive spirit is far from over: “In the years to come we will see more and more deliciously different teas being offered.”


My Mother Loved Tea, by David Bigelow

In addition to creating tea flavors and blends, tea lovers have invented countless tea accessories, such as tea pots (whether ancient stoneware or digital ones), cozies, and infusers, including the award-winning, slim sleek tea stick for measuring and steeping loose tea.

One of the most colorful tea accessories of all time, however, is the Samovar, which was invented in Russia in the 18th Century. Over the years, craftsmen have created increasingly exquisite vessels steeped in history and art. This creative spirit continues today with the invention of modern day samovars.

Never think that good ideas are all in the past. In fact, invention is in its infancy. If you have an innovative idea, perhaps you should investigate one of the many companies designed to bring ideas to life, such as the Idea Trade Network, Invent Help or Invent Bay. And your invention will be more likely to succeed if you investigate its potential while enjoying a cup of Bigelow Tea!

Spring Has Sprung at Bigelow Tea — 2009 Spring Catalog Has Arrived!

Spring Has Sprung at Bigelow Tea!

There is nothing more uplifting than the beginning of spring especially after a long, cold winter! Sweet scents of hyacinth and vibrant tulips and daffodils fill us with a sense of well-being and renewal. Our cups runneth over. Speaking of cups, Bigelow Tea is celebrating springtime with our most exquisite Spring Catalog to date. It showcases a fabulous collection of Bigelow gifts, from colorful “On the Go” Tote Bags to the beautifully crafted Flavored and Herb Tea Chest. Green tea drinkers can go green with Bigelow’s All Green Tea Basket, a seagrass basket lovingly filled with Bigelow delights, including the ever-popular Green Tea with Pomegranate.

On-the-Go Tote Bags
“On the Go” Tote Bags

Flavored and Herb Tea Chest
Flavored and Herb Tea Chest

Bigelow Tea All Green Tea Basket
All Green Tea Basket

There’s something for everyone: discerning teacup collectors can enjoy Spode® Flower of the Month Teacups with their favorite Bigelow Tea, and organic tea aficionados can relax with treats from the Amber Spa Basket and Organic Tea For Two.

April — Flowers of the Month by Spode®
April — Flowers of the Month by Spode®

Amber Spa Basket
Amber Spa Basket

Organic Tea for Two
Organic Tea For Two

We at Bigelow Tea have put a lot of TLC into the creation of this catalog. Celebrate this glorious season with tea — whether planning the first of many spring tea parties or simply enjoying a beautiful sunset on your back porch while sipping some American Classic Tea®.

60+ years ago, Ruth Bigelow, with her unabashed passion for tea and adventurous taste buds, created a zesty tea, Constant Comment®. Her children and grandchildren were inspired by her. To read more about a true “American classic” and the family-owned company that she founded, read My Mother Loved Tea, written by her son, David Bigelow. And, yes, you can order it from the 2009 Spring Catalog.