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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!

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?

Bigelow Tea On Ice—You’ll Want To Try These Winning Combinations!

 

Whether you enjoy iced tea by the glass or by the pitcher, it’s tough to top pouring your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. But do you know what’s better than one flavor? Two! That’s why iced tea combinations are so much fun. Here are a few of our favorite thirst-quenching iced tea pairing recipes:

These are the combinations we’d recommend, but we wanted to hear from you, too. That’s why we asked Bigelow Tea fans to vote for their favorite iced tea pairings, and wouldn’t you know… they responded by the thousands! The I Love Lemon and English Teatime combination won first place with 2434 votes, followed closely by Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz with 2264 votes. Other popular choices were Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai, and Pomegranate Pizzazz and Green Tea with Pomegranate. Don’t forget to check out the video above, too, where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow makes a glass of Red Raspberry and Jasmine Green iced tea. Another great option comes from Bigelow enthusiast @CallMeTeff, who suggests combining Earl Grey and “Constant Comment®” over ice. Yum… we’re getting thirsty with just hearing all these flavor combos!

With so many more fantastic undiscovered combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty season of iced tea. Send in your favorites, and keep cool this summer—one glass at a time.

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.

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@_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!

Sweet Dreaming With Bigelow Tea

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Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post spoke about the power of sleep in one of her TEDWomen talks, and told her audience that “the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.” At Bigelow Tea, we agree, but unfortunately 45 percent of Americans suffer from poor or inadequate sleep which is “linked to poor health, mood disorders and low productivity” according to National Sleep Foundation data.

We have our own recommendations for getting a good night’s sleep, but check out these great bedtime routine tips from Lifehack (we are especially fond of #3), and let’s see if we can all sleep easier tonight:

  1. Prepare for bed and go to sleep at the same time daily.
  2. Take a warm bath as part of your routine.
  3. Drink a soothing beverage like herbal tea. (May we suggest pairing Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Tea— where chamomile has long been thought to have calming and anti-insomniac benefits—with Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea, a blend of chamomile and mint?)
  4. Relax your body and mind by reading, doing yoga or journaling.

Make the most of your bedtime with a restful sleep, and before you know it, you’ll see improvements during your day. Good night and sweet dreams!

Bigelow Tea Goes Wild For National Blueberry Month

 

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Nothing compares to fresh, sun-ripened blueberries—in your baked goods, beverages, salads or simply popped into your mouth by the handful! That’s why Bigelow Tea is so eager to celebrate National Blueberry Month this July. To help you enjoy the month, too, we have a few recipes and teas that are bursting with the flavor of these delicious berries.

Get excited about blueberries with two different Bigelow Tea flavors: Green Tea with Blueberry and Wild Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. We took a walk on the wild side when we blended the popular combination of blueberry and acai with our gentle green tea. Or, try a cup (hot or iced, of course!) of Bigelow Tea Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. These sweet and tart flavors are sure to please tea drinkers—and blueberry lovers—everywhere.

Offering an explosion of flavor in every bite, blueberries are yummy in a myriad of dishes! Celebrate all month with these recipes for Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit SaladBlueberry Acai VinaigretteRaspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries, and Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing. Or, relax poolside with a Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea or Wild Blueberry Delight. Delish!

Whether you’re brewing or cooking, sipping or savoring, Bigelow Tea wants you to make the most of National Blueberry Month. Share your top blueberry moments with us in the comments section below and take a moment to enjoy the sweet, plump fruit. It’s never been so fun to be blue!

Bigelow Wants To Know Your Favorite “Naught-TEA” Cocktail!

Bigelow Tea has the perfect ingredients to make your gatherings with friends and family more festive. We’ve been blending fine quality teas for over 70 years and have created exciting cocktail recipes, which we like to call “Naught-TEAS”, using our teas to add a twist to classic drinks. These recipes are simple, as demonstrated in a short video featuring third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she shows us how to mix a delicious “Constant Comment®” Cosmo.

Whether you follow this recipe or try one of our other creative cocktails, such as our Blueberry and Pomegranate Sparkler, our I Love Lemon Gimlet, our Mellow Limoncello Sparkler or another variation on the Cosmo, our Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, serving cocktails made with our teas will add pizzazz to your next party or get-together. These recipes may even turn you into a cocktail connoisseur and inspire you to create your own exciting naught-TEA cocktails which we hope you will share with us! In the meantime, take our “Naught-TEA” cocktail survey and let us know which your favorite is (and if you haven’t tried any, let us know which recipe sounds the most delicious to you).

Happy tea cocktailing!

Let’s Open Some Bigelow Tea Fan Mail!


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For 70 years, Bigelow Tea has heard feedback from tea drinkers around the world. And throughout that time, hearing from you—our fantastic fans—has been a highlight of our day. We’ve heard about family traditions and the part that Bigelow Tea plays, and have read about your favorite flavors (and not-so-favorite flavors, sometimes!) and recipes. As the times and technology have shifted from letters and envelopes to emails and website reviews, what hasn’t changed is the love for Bigelow tea.

Judy in Seattle said that “Constant Comment®” is the “only tea for me!” She began drinking the flavor when she was 4 years old and her mom would take her to visit a family friend. Judy shared that she would drink it every day after school, and to this day, she’s continued the tradition after work and many times a day on the weekends. She said, “Tea time has been a ritual in my life that has given me great comfort and I have passed it on with my own family. I have tried hundreds of teas in many countries always looking for another tea that I liked as much as ‘Constant Comment’ and I have never found one that compares. Thank you so much for the amazing blend of tea, citrus and spices. It is absolutely perfect!”

bigelow tea mint medleyOn the other coast in Tallahassee, Georgianna loves Mint Medley. She said that she drinks it every day at work. “It makes me feel warm and cozy at my desk!”

 

 

bigelow tea green tea with lemonAnd Jen in Kansas City wrote that her go-to flavor is Green Tea with Lemon. She even credits the tea with helping her break her diet soda habit. “This tea is so light and refreshing with a perfect pop of lemon flavor. It is wonderful hot, but I especially love it over ice for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up.”

 

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Fran from Fairview Park loves Perfect Peach in the evenings, and thinks it tastes like a warm peach pie in a cup. “The back note of spice is perfect, and with a little milk and a little sugar, it’s like a relaxing 14-calorie piece of pie. Delicious!”

 

 

Mornings, afternoons and evenings—whatever the time—Bigelow Tea is a great choice. Do you have a favorite story or memory with Bigelow Tea? Tell us about it in the comments section below!