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Bigelow Tea Treasures National Garden Month

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This month is National Garden Month, a celebration of flowers, vegetables and herb gardens everywhere! Bigelow Tea joins communities, organizations and individuals across the country that are celebrating gardening and the good green earth. But you know, Bigelow Tea shines in gardening all year long. From its successful Community Garden last summer (which will happen again this summer) to America’s largest Tea Garden the Charleston Tea Plantation, Bigelow Tea is “one” with Mother earth!

The Bigelow family’s herbal tea selections are among the most popular with blends of fine herbs, fruits and spices. In fact, herbal teas prompt fans like @ShineDeluxe, to tweet that she always starts her day with Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea!

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And here’s a fun fact for all you gardeners out there: remember that Bigelow Tea’s tea bag filter is 100% compostable – just a part of the important commitment to “sustainabili-TEA programs!

Cultivating nature during National Gardening Month (and all the year ‘round!) is Bigelow Tea’s way to the perfect cup. So get your garden in gear and honor the cycle of life while you enjoy being greener, healthier and happier!

Top image by James Feller via Flickr.com

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The Beauty of Bigelow Tea

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In case you were wondering what’s in your daily cup, Bigelow Tea wanted to take this opportunity to give you a quick Tea 101 lesson!

If you’re sipping a cup of “tea,” you are sipping the brew of the steeped leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant! All true teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant. It’s the varying amounts of time the freshly-plucked Camellia sinensis leaves are exposed to air (oxidation) that determines whether the leaves become black, oolong, green or white tea.

Black Tea, or just plain “tea” as it is often called, comes from Camellia sinensisleaves that are first crushed, then exposed to air for several hours. The amount of oxidation produces a brew that is robust in flavor and rich in color that can be enjoyed as you start your day, or as a pick-me-up any time of day.

It is the Bigelow family recipes, lovingly passed down from generation to generation, that make Bigelow Tea particularly special for so many loyal consumers. Ingredients like orange rind in Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea, real oil of citrus bergamot fruit  in Bigelow Earl Grey and refreshing spearmint in Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea are used to create some of the Bigelow Tea family’s most-loved blends. But the Camellia sinesis plant is the foundation for all Bigelow black teas.

So whether it’s from the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where some of the finest teas in the world which are grown and carefully hand-picked—or the southern part of Italy where the Bigelow family buys real oil of bergamot (carefully crafted by families that have been performing this delicate process for generations), Bigelow Tea has never and will never compromise on its ingredients—or on its family recipes.

So, when you drink a cup of tea, you’re really sipping the brew of a plant and all the goodness that goes with it. Bigelow Tea uses only the best because it’s what our consumers expect and is at the centerpiece of a three-generations-old family tradition.

(Picture features third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow visiting tea fields in Sri Lanka)

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Bigelow Tea Gifts For Easter Giving!

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Bigelow Tea makes an excellent  gift to tote to any gathering with friends and family—even an Easter brunch or dinner! Here are a couple of options that will have your host or hostess running to turn on the kettle!

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A perennial favorite is Bigelow Tea’s Trio of Chamomile Tea gift pack – providing a most delicious way to relax. The three-box set includes 60 tea bags of Bigelow Tea’s Chamomile Caffeine-free Herb teas in mint, mango and traditional blends!

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 Another idea is the Bigelow® Tea and Honey Gift Set. It features a keepsake gift box and everything needed to make teatime sweeter: a 44 tea bag assortment of individually-wrapped herbal teas, designer 3-piece Set Beehive Honey Jar with Dipper, matching tea towel, plus two jars of Savannah Bee Company® Honey.  And it includes Bigelow Tea’s popular Lemon Ginger Tea … so delicious that it moved @ShineDelux to tweet that she enjoys Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger all day long!

From the Bigelow family to your family, happy Easter!

Top image by Macfarlandmo via Flickr.com

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Passover With Bigelow Tea!

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Spring is in the air and Passover starts today!  If you’re attending a Passover gathering, take a few boxes of Bigelow Tea, tie them up with a pretty bow and bring the package as a vibrant hostess gift! Most Bigelow teas are certified Kosher, making them the perfect ending to an abundant feast. Here are a few favorites!

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In packages the color of your spring flowers, traditional English Breakfast, rich and fragrant Darjeeling and delicate Cozy Chamomile are three of the many Bigelow Teas that are Kosher for Passover. Take your pick, and enjoy the flavors!

From the Bigelow family to your family, enjoy your Passover gathering … and welcome the spring. As Bigelow Tea assured @AmandaCram on Facebook, it’s finallyhere! #Bigelowfamily

Top Image by Anita Martinz via Wikimedia Commons

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Quick Flicks Featuring Bigelow Tea!

 

Bigelow Tea fans are bringing the funny today in two comical videos! First (above) dougannajordan shows some comic wizardry. The clip will have you chuckling when you see what happens when he notes that Bigelow Tea has “a taste so good, it really knocks your socks off!” (And his toupee too, apparently!)

Next, check out what happens when “Daddy” brings his big—and we’re talking seriously big—mug to his daughter’s quaint tea party (below). It seems he just can’t get enough! “Big Taste. Bigelow.” That’s right. Thanks, gibbydog3, for the great video.


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“Tea” Off With The Masters And Bigelow Tea

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TEA-time takes on a whole new meaning for Bigelow Tea as The Masters golf tournament kicks into high gear.  Whether you’re lucky enough to attend the actual event in Augusta, or are simply watching it on the big screen at home, the cheering and excitement will make you thirsty! In the spirit of the sport—and to honor the man who has won 4 green jackets at the Masters—you may be in the mood to swig a few Arnold Palmer-inspired drinks (beverages that use both lemonade and iced tea). With a few bags of Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate, you can enjoy a wonderfully chilled pitcher of oh-so refreshing “Sangri-Tea-ahh.” Tea lovers like @PatrickEhland enjoy Bigelow Tea either hot or iced, so give this recipe a try with some friends and tweet all about it!  #JustAddBigelow!

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

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Ingredients:

4 cups boiling water
2 bag Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh fruit including oranges, lemons, peaches and apples (Red, Fuji, or both) cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup Brandy
½ -1 liter of any flavor sparkling seltzer water
1-750mL bottle of Merlot

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 4-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add brandy and fruit to tea concentrate. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to one day for a stronger flavor).  When ready to serve, combine chilled mixture with wine and sparkling seltzer water. Pour into ice filled pitcher.

Yield:  4 servings
Prep Time:  15-20 minutes
Chill Time:  1 hour or overnight
 

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Paper Towel Talk With Bigelow Tea

It’s time to turn on the kettle and talk sustainabili-Tea while waiting for your mug of Bigelow Tea to finish brewing!  Today, as you prepare your tea, try not to spill … but if you do, consider this: the USA uses 13billion pounds of paper towels a year! Bigelow Tea knows that little things can add up …  but yikes!

That’s why this video is so cool; it’s all about saving paper a little at a time after washing your hands in a public restroom. If hand driers aren’t available, just follow this simple “shake and fold” technique! Believe it or not, if everyone used only ONE LESS paper towel a day, it would add up to 571,230,000 pounds of paper towels saved annually.

In your own kitchen, use a cloth towel to reduce your daily waste even more! @ashleyypatton tweeted that she used socks—a more unconventional technique!

The Bigelow Tea family is proud to practice measures like reducing waste in operations and saving water—last year Bigelow Tea saved 363,181 gallons of water! Everyone can live more sustainably. So, check out this video, shake your hands, smile and save a paper towel. #SustainabiliTEA
 

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Learn About World Health Day With Bigelow Tea

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Education is the key to health, and World Health Day today is about paying attention to global health issues. The day “provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.” The Bigelow Tea family knows that the best place to begin is with your own health!

From changing your outlook to getting up and moving, little measures could make a big difference in your overall wellbeing. Whether you jump up and dance, step outside to take a walk or get on the floor and plank, being active is a great first step. Another important health measure is taking the time to relax. Yes, feel free to unwind with a #dailycup of your favorite Bigelow TeaGreen Tea is a great choice: @lillyxmarie tweeted that green tea makes her feel “so relaxed.” Nice!

And while you’re sipping, please take some time to learn about important global health issues. The World Health Day topic for 2014 is “vector-borne diseases.” Interested? Learn more at Who.int.

Image from Instagram via @bellatheblog

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So This Is What It’s Like Being A Bigelow Tea Bag!

Get ready to get your splash on and see what it’s like looking out from inside a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea! This clever video features an exuberant tea-making montage, a view from inside the cup and a happy tea drinker coming in from the snow. The tagline is simply: “When you need that warm feeling inside.” Indeed.

Speaking of snow, Bigelow Tea fan Alikonu tweeted that “Early morning tea & watching it snow is the perfect combination.” Share this clip if you agree!
 

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Bigelow Tea Lovers Share Tea-Inspired Videos!

“Any time is Bigelow time!” That’s the message “BeverlyfromNE” shares in her video, above! Watch her kettle whistle and brew your own mug as you sit back and get ready for some entertainment – Bigelow Tea style! Dedicated tea lovers got out their video cameras to  explain why “Bigelow is their cup of tea,” and the results were creative and inspiring!  Enjoy some of the entries:

“Majorchaoz” cleverly states that he’s dedicated to Bigelow Tea because it’s BIG on taste and LOW on price. Love it!

Theresa Irving and her brood have been through the ringer. She’s ready for her cup … and right now!!


Elizabeth Hadley’s message is simple as well as delicious! Be sure to see the T-shirt message too!

“Koocnnej” tells us how she loves her Chai Tea and enjoys “Bigelow Tea for big days!” 

Finally, get out the tissues for this one. Tea lover “iwaskramer” sends a message of love and warm hugs to her mom with every cup.


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