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Bigelow Tea’s First Social Craze: “Constant Comment” Tea

Isn’t it awesome to see a post or a photo from a year or two or five ago? It puts all the craziness of life in perspective, right? Well, let’s rewind over 70 years. We’re going all the way back to 1945 in the Big Apple – c’mon! Let’s take a stroll down a tree-lined block. Here we are. That brownstone right there. Imagine it with a sepia filter if you like. That’s where it all started: Bigelow Tea, America’s classic, family-owned tea blender. It all started with a kitchen and an enterprising woman who never gave up on her amazing vision.

Inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. It got its name from the “constant comments” of her friends. How cool is it that today Bigelow Tea’s friends and fans are still “commenting” about Bigelow Teas all over the web?

Back at the beginning, Ruth couldn’t simply tweet about her teas (no social media then, obviously…). So, when it came time to market her product, one shopkeeper told Ruth that the aroma of “Constant Comment” was a big selling point. She promptly set up a jar of “Constant Comment” labeled with the directions: “open and whiff.” It was an instant teaser of what’s to come – like a GIF for your nose! Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers and the sales began to grow!

The rest, as they say, is history. And though Ruth never saw the power of the worldwide web, she’d be thrilled to know that “Constant Comment” is still generating buzz! In fact, you can even join our Facebook group dedicated to loving “Constant Comment” – check it out!

Plus, “Constant Comment” even has its own admins-only rules (the tea, not the Facebook Group). To this day, it is made following a secret recipe that only 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.

And while we can’t share the recipe, you can still like, love and favorite the tea in your cup each day. So drink up, #TeaProudly, and think about how far this tea has come in 70 years. Not bad when “Internet famous” usually only lasts about 70 seconds!

Ready…Set… Pumpkin!

With crisp in the air coming soon and the hint of turning leaves signals the return of two of fall’s most anticipated traditions… pumpkin mania and time to enjoy Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea!

A total standout in this season of everything pumpkin, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea combines tasty flakes of real pumpkin, warm, delicate spices and hearty black tea to create a flavorful hint of holidays to come.  Often trending as a #TeaProudly fan flavor favorite, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea’s taste and smell is literally cozy pumpkin pie – minus the calories and resulting guilt! So delicious any time of day, as an all-natural ( did we mention the pumpkin flakes, cinnamon and nutmeg?) pick-me-up that’s good for you too.

But all this pumpkin talk begs the question, why the national obsession with this much beloved titian-tinged gourd that is actually a fruit?  While there is no one answer to why people crave pumpkin spice flavor so much, theories abound including that it is a welcome signal to the start of a new season, it recalls the tastes and smells of holiday memories and even that the combo of  pumpkin, spice and sugar may be downright addictive.  Whatever the reason the reason for a passion for pumpkin, the craze continues strong.  According to Nielson Data, pumpkin spice flavoring is a $361 million dollar market and between 2011 and 2015, sales of pumpkin spiced food grew 79% in the US… 79%!  The  Bigelow Tea family got the pumpkin vibe right in tea form, that’s for sure!

Luckily, there is plenty of pumpkin to be enjoyed throughout this pumpkin season, or any other time of year, with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. Enjoy hot, cold or even added to favorite pumpkin recipes. Tell us about your pumpkin dreams and tag #TeaProudly!

Oh, Hi, Vanilla Chai! 5 Reasons To Love This Bigelow Tea Flavor

If you like your tea a little on the wild side, then Bigelow Tea’s Vanilla Chai is calling your name! Bigelow Tea has several chai flavors, and each begins and ends with a special blend of mountain grown hand-picked black tea featuring exotic chai spices. But what does that even mean? Well, read on and find out a little more about this tea called Chai…

Oh, my, chai.

The easiest definition of Chai is spiced milk tea. 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.

Spicy historical healer. 

Chai was often used as a healthful tonic for common ailments such as colds or indigestion.

How do you pronounce Chai?

Chai is sometimes pronounced with a “k” – like, “ki.” But, the correct pronunciation uses the “ch” sound.

Chai is tea. And tea.

Chai – or cha – is also the word for tea in many languages. In fact, the chai tea made with milk and spice that is so popular in India is properly known as masala chai.

All in the family.

There is no fixed recipe or preparation method for masala chai and many families have their own versions of the tea. However, it typically includes a blend of rich black tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorn, nutmeg and cinnamon. And all masala chai has four basic components: milk, sugar, cardamom and ginger.

Hopefully we’ve spiced up your day with these chai tea tidbits. From its history to its recipe, there’s so much to learn and so many flavors to enjoy. So brew up your favorite and see if you can pick out all the different ingredients that make Bigelow chai flavors so delicious. Or just sip and savor, that works, too!

This is Why You Should Celebrate National Apple Month with Bigelow Tea

Fall has arrived and Bigelow Tea fans are ready to celebrate National Apple Month with a variety of scrumptious apple blend teas. Apples are one of America’s favorite fruits—American consumers ate on average over 19 pounds of whole apples per year, and over 50 pounds of a combination of fresh apples and apple products such as juice, applesauce and of course, tea! (how ‘bout them apples?)

Here’s another fun fact–If you’ve ever bobbed for apples at a Halloween party, you may be wondering why they rise to the top of the water. Well, get this……..apples are 25 percent air! That’s why they float.

Naturally caffeine-free, Bigelow Tea’s tasty apple herbal blends are made with real apple bits.  Sweet and delicious Cinnamon Apple Tea’s subtle tartness and fruity notes of hibiscus and apple pieces combine with flavorful cinnamon and licorice to create a mouthwatering aroma that will have you yearning for a slice of warm apple pie. (Yummy!) Robust Cranberry Apple Tea boasts a rich crimson color and a full-bodied character that combines the tang of cranberry and hibiscus with the sweet notes of apple pieces and chamomile.  A perfect way to unwind on cool fall nights. (or anytime!)

A seasonal favorite of Bigelow Tea lovers, the crisp, tart flavor of apples with sweet spices in all-natural Apple Cider Tea delights the senses and the palate. This delicious brew can be made with a few ounces of water, versus the 36 apples it takes to create one gallon of apple cider. (wow, that’s a lot of apples!)

Says @lifesabeacham on Instagram, “Bigelow Apple Cider tea- probably my favorite way to enjoy fall flavor daily without feeling too naughty,” (hmmmmm.)

Speaking of decadent, Bigelow Tea’s brand-new Caramel Apple Tea will satisfy your sweet tooth with no sticky fingers! This luscious blend of buttery caramel, sweet-tart apples, and bold black tea brings the taste of the harvest to you, so go ahead and indulge. (yeah!)

Show your appreciation for National Apple Month with a cup of your favorite apple blend tea, and tag #TeaProudly to share your favorite flavors!

This Is Why Fall Is Better With Apples & Bigelow Tea

One of America’s favorite fruits, the apple doesn’t fall far from Bigelow Tea! Whether your favorite is sweet, tart or somewhere in between, nothing beats the crisp and delicious crunch of a ripe apple. They’re so well-liked, more than 2,500 varieties of this quintessential American fruit are grown in the United States. A member of the rose family, apples are packed with fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins C and B-6, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. (Wow!) Apples are amazing in so many ways. They also contain malic acid, which cleanses the palate and freshens the mouth after eating.

Speaking of apple facts, did you know that it takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider, but only a few ounces of hot water to make a comforting and delicious cup of Bigelow’s Apple Cider Herbal Tea or Caramel Apple Tea? The taste of crisp and tangy apples meets sweet spices in this seasonal favorite, and wait—there’s more! Bigelow Tea fans rejoice—this rich and comforting all-natural herbal blend is hitting the shelves for Fall so grab a box while you can!

And check this out, did you know that Bigelow apple tea blends are made with sweet, scrumptious real apple pieces? Naturally caffeine-free and bursting with apple flavor, Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea’stantalizing aroma is reminiscent of a warm slice of mom’s homemade apple pie. Mmmmmmmmmm yum!

@ItsJustDyaa tweeted about another Bigelow apple tea, “if you love me, buy me some Cranberry Apple Bigelow tea.” Couldn’t agree more! Rich and robust, the crisp tartness of this crimson herbal tea comes from cranberry and hibiscus which balances well with the sweet-fruit notes of apple.

A versatile and healthy fruit that pairs well with almost anything, cool fall days which are coming soon are a perfect time to put on your favorite cozy sweater and sip on a flavorful Bigelow Tea. Tag #TeaProudly and tell us how you enjoy Bigelow’s delectable apple tea blends!

Fall in Love With Bigelow Tea Fall Favorites!

Hello, fall! It’s been too long and you’ve been missed terribly. From sweater weather to falling leaves, this season is a classic! And with the first day of autumn, you know what that means… all the reasons to cozy up by a fire and drink a cup of Bigelow Tea! Go classic with a mug of “Constant Comment®” or savor the flavor of leaves falling with the Bigelow seasonal selections. You can’t go wrong!

Apples, apples, everywhere!

If you’re a fan of the apple-y goodness of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider Herbal tea. With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this blend is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip all season (and, really, all year!) long. Other natural ingredients like orange peel, licorice root and cloves give it a nice spiciness that balances out the sweet and tangy apple flavor. And the aroma … it’s quintessential autumn. As it brews you’ll be taken right to the orchard! And, since Apple Cider is an herbal blend, it is naturally caffeine free, so you can enjoy it at any time of day.

Pumpkin spice everything!

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with  pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie. The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy.

 

Salted caramel deliciousness.

A little bit sweet. A little bit salty. A lot creamy, dreamy and delish! Smooth and succulent caramel is hard to resist! Bigelow Tea has taken that rich, buttery flavor and blended it into a combination of sweet and salty for Salted Caramel tea. Hand-picked black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, rose hips and chicory root combine into a beautifully balanced treat for the senses. And, the best part, the flavor brings back candy store nostalgia without the calories. Mmm… yes, please! Add a splash of milk and a little sweetener for a sublime guilt-free indulgence.

Embrace the season with delicious Caramel Apple Tea.

The exciting flavors of buttery rich caramel and sweet tart apples pair perfectly with this bold black tea Caramel Apple tea for a decadent treat unlike any other. So sit back, relax and savor this delight that brings the harvest fair right into your home.

So, go on – get cozy, get tea, get happy. And go on with your #TeaProudly self… because it’s fall, ya’ll!

 

This Is Why You Should Start Your Day With A Mug of Bigelow Earl Grey

A true classic, Earl Grey is a tea fit for a queen (more on that later). Ask anyone. A cup of Bigelow Tea Earl Grey tea will make your day. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes – thanks to the finest bergamot oil sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. Wait, you may ask, what’s so special about this bergamot oil?

The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor – just like the Bigelow family.

So, about that queen? Yes, the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth starts her morning with a pot of Earl Grey tea. In fact, this cheeky writer even spent a week eating – and drinking – like the queen. And, well, suffice to say, she enjoyed quite a few mugs of Earl Grey. Who can complain about that?!

Another fan of Earl Grey? Bob. Who’s Bob, you may wonder? Just the coolest guy ever who also happened to be president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s CPR instructor. And, hey, there’s even a fun – and entirely impromptu – moment on camera where he tells us why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. Wow! As he emphatically explains in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot. Tag #TeaProudly if you agree!

5 Reasons To Be Peachy Keen On Bigelow Peach Flavors

It’s summer, summer, summertime, and you know what that means! Fresh, yummy, DELICIOUS peaches! And if you like sun-ripened peaches, you’ll looove Bigelow Tea’s peach flavors. Why? Well, if the taste of perfection isn’t enough, here are five facts that prove peaches are awesome. Go ahead, brew a pot (or a pitcher) of Perfect Peach® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with PeachDandelion Peach Rooibos Green Tea, and Plantation Peach® Pyramid Bags, and read on.

  1. Oh, that’s old history. Peaches are so rad, they’ve been around for longer than all of us. 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.
  2. Stop and smell the roses… errr… peaches. Believe it or not, peaches are a member of the rose family! Who knew?! Peaches are also related to plums, apricots and almonds (distant cousins, maybe??).
  3. So good, there’s even a month for them. 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.
  4. Winner of the “goes with everything” superlative award. Seriously. Peaches – and peach-flavored teas – go well with everything. Sweet, savory or spicy? No problem. Don’t believe it? Try one of these fab recipes for Peach No-Bake Cheesecake, Perfect Peach Mustard Dipping SaucePerfectly Peachy Pineapple Smoothie, or Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches.
  5. They’re so vain, they probably think this blog is about them. For real, the color of peach tea alone is worth a post on Instagram. Have you seen how pretty it is?? Steep a bag until you get that perfectly peach hue, slice up a peach and get that phone ready.

Yup, so there you have it. You’re craving a glass now, aren’t ya? Go get a box (or two, or three) and tag #TeaProudly with your best photos!

Go Wild With Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai Herbal Tea

Sweet and tart, sweetheart. That’s how best to describe a cup of Bigelow Tea’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Yup, acai. But how the heck do you even pronounce it? Easy. AH-sigh-EE. “Ahhh…..” (like the sound you let out when you’ve had a really long day and just got a minute to sit down and watch Netflix); “sigh,” (like what you do when you realize you ran out of tea); and “Eeeee” (like the “Wheeee – without the “W” part – you make when you’re on a roller coaster). See? Simple.

But what exactly is acai? And why does it pair so well with blueberry? And why will you absolutely love it if you don’t already? Funny you should ask…

Deep in the Amazon

Açaí is a delicious black-purple berry that resembles a large grape and grows on tall, slender palm trees in the Amazon, where it has been consumed in the form of a pulp (purée) for centuries. So, yeah, it goes pretty far back.

Here and there and everywhere

Acai has become pretty trendy these days. Look anywhere online or in popular juice bars or cafes, and you’ll see gorgeous acai bowls or smoothies. However, in different parts of the world – take Brazil for example – acai is also used as a sauce for fish dishes. Looking for a more savory recipe? Try this Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette. It’s great on a bed of greens or grilled chicken.

Oh, hi, blueberry and acas.

Acai is one of the ingredients in Bigelow’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Along for the ride – err, in the bag – are real blueberry pieces, rose hips, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves, apple, cinnamon and orange peel. Talk about a fruit bouquet. Mmm… Yes, please! Try a cup (hot or iced, both are nice!) and see just why it’s a fan favorite.

Have you tried Wild Blueberry with Acai yet? Love it? Tag #TeaProudly and share what you thought!

As If You Needed Another Reason to #TeaProudly With Bigelow! (Okay, How About 5??)

Whoa. Did you know that Americans consumed almost 84 billion servings of tea last year?? That’s ahhh-mazing! Just think, millions of us around the country share the love of tea in common. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today Bigelow Tea considers tea drinking a proud American tradition! And the Tea Association of the U.S.A. has the numbers to prove it – talk about #TeaProudly!

  1. Go halfsies? Each day, more than one half of the American population drinks tea. Regionally, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
  2. Like, obviously. Approximately four in five consumers drink tea, with Millennials being the most likely (87% of millennials drink tea). Yeahhh!
  3. Black tea for the win. About 80% of all tea consumed in 2016 was black tea, 16% was green tea, and the rest was Oolong, white and dark teas.
  4. Important import. The U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, after Russia and Pakistan, and the only western country to grow in tea imports and consumption.
  5. Ice, ice, baby. Nearly 80% of tea consumed in America is served over ice.

Do you know how much we love tea at Bigelow? Let’s hope so! As a proud third-generation family-run business, Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945. From that moment on, one tea bag at a time, Bigelow has reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea. Why? Well, of course it’s because YOU deserve the best!

If you love tea as much as we do, consider joining the #TeaProudly movement! #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together. We, and tea lovers across the country, want to hear from you about why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea. Join the conversation at http://www.teaproudly.com/ and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly. Cheers!