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How Sweet It Is, Indeed: Bigelow Tea Explores Honey!

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Calling all honey lovers! As one of the most popular sweeteners to add to a cup of Bigelow Tea, honey is rich in flavor and history. And for National Honey Month, we thought we’d explore nature’s thick, sweet, syrupy treat.

Honey has a long history – production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey—particularly in its raw form—offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and can offer a quick energy boost.

A lot of work goes into each jar of honey. To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. Last year, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where our headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf. Bigelow’s Green Team recently planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Honey adds a little sweetness to our day, so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea, or try our Honey and Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea before turning in for the night. It’s a great way to make your day that much sweeter!

Bigelow Tea Is Bringing In The Fall Harvest Flavors

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From September to November, the autumn harvest brings a bounty of delicious produce, from pumpkins and pomegranates to apples and cranberries. And if you’re looking for the flavors of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea. Here are a few of our favorite fall foods, along with the Bigelow Tea varieties that capture their flavors.


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Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with real pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like autumn. For the past few years, pumpkins have been the unofficial food mascot of fall.

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Rich in history and flavor, pomegranates have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility going back thousands of years. Today, it can bring a wealth of deliciousness to your cup of tea. Bigelow Tea offers a variety of teas made with pomegranate, including Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate and Pomegranate Black Tea.bigelow-tea-apple-cider

Apples

When we think of fall, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and Apple Cider Herbal Tea! With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this Bigelow Tea flavor is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip throughout the season.bigelow-tea-cranberry-hibiscus

Cranberries

Tart and tangy, cranberries pop up throughout the season—most notably on the Thanksgiving table. The refreshing taste of this little berry can be found in Bigelow Tea Cranberry Hibiscus and Cranberry Apple, both of which contain real cranberry fiber. Loaded with flavor and antioxidants, it’s a cup your taste buds and your body will be thankful for.

Embrace the season by picking up your own bushel of Bigelow Tea boxes. Enjoy a cup after school or work, to start off you weekend, or to close out a day of fall fun like fruit-picking or leaf-peeping. The cozy cornucopia of flavors makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of autumn.

 

Apple image by adrianbartel via Flickr
Pumpkin image by Mike Mozart via Flickr
Pomegranate image by veggiefrog via Flickr
Cranberries image by Andrew Yee via Flickr
Pears image by torbakhopper via Flickr

Kick Start Your Day with Bigelow English Breakfast Tea

bigelow-tea-english-breakfast-teaThere’s nothing better than waking up to a whistling kettle of Bigelow English Breakfast tea where we use only the finest hand-picked black tea leaves from high elevations to create this iconic blend. The end result is a full-bodied, smooth cup of tea that can stand up to milk and sugar or be enjoyed simply on its own! And don’t let the name fool you, English Breakfast can be sipped and enjoyed any time of day!

For many, English Breakfast is a staple in many households and restaurants all over the world, so where exactly did the name “English Breakfast” actually come from? One would assume it bigelow-tea-english-breakfast-black-teacame from England, but it actually traces back, some say, to Colonial times in America. We love that as Bigelow Tea itself is a third-generation, family-owned American company!

With such a long history, it’s no wonder English Breakfast has a passionate fan following! Facebook fans Vicki Erskine LangstaffPatricia Kay Buente Weigand, and Debbie Berenz all say Bigelow English Breakfast is their favorite blend. Victor from Texas even switched his 2-3 cups of morning coffee for one cup of Bigelow English Breakfast! Now that’s a compliment…happy tea drinking everyone!

Apples Are A Top Pick For Bigelow Tea

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This month, it’s all about the apple for Bigelow Tea! As one of the most flavorful fruits around, apples are packed with fiber and nutrients and are absolutely delicious. It’s no wonder Bigelow Tea adds real apple pieces to several flavors—it’s the perfect treat to enjoy all year ‘round.

With over 7,500 varieties, apples are grown throughout the world. In America, apples are the most popular fruit second only to the banana, and the longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard (the Big Apple!). Today, the apple symbolizes a number of things—knowledge, the beginning of a school year, and autumn. It also represents good health or healthy food choices. After all, we’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

biogelow-tea-seasonal-teaAccording to the website of Dr. Joseph Mercola (an alternative medicine physician), apples are high in antioxidants and may impact your health in a number of ways. Research suggests that eating apples may play a role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Talk about a powerhouse of a fruit!

Can’t get to the orchard? Bigelow Tea offers three caffeine-free herbal tea flavors made with apples: Cinnamon Apple Herbal TeaCranberry Apple Herbal Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea. With real apple pieces and the Bigelow expert blend of quality spices, you’ll be sure to enjoy the whole bunch.

Whether you’re sipping apple-flavored tea or snacking on the fruit itself, it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate (and savor) this tasty and traditional fruit.

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.

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!