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Tea and Conversation with Julie Andrews

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Many a thing you know you’d like tell her. But how do you make her stay?…

…Why you sit in the sun with her and indulge in tea and conversation. One incredibly fortunate interviewer for USA Today spent time with Julie Andrews, known for her leading roles in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, to discuss her new book, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

In 1998, after throat surgery damaged her vocal cords, she turned from singing to writing as her main creative outlet. Ms. Andrews always had a love for the craft, publishing her first children’s book, Mandy, in 1971 under the name Julie Andrews Edwards. It seemed this was to be a second opportunity for expressing herself.

Julie spoke eloquently and openly about her early life and career. She chatted about her latest book, the arduous process of writing it, and to the interviewer’s delight, Ms. Andrews also provided tea bags. She prepared the tea — declining to sweeten her own — and proved without a doubt that grace, charm, and tea continue to be a timeless combination.

Books and Conversation over Tea, another Bigelow Tea Runner up Constant Comment® Story

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

I have been enjoying Constant Comment® tea since 1973 when I was fortunate enough to get my first after school job at our local public library in a small town in New England. I came in at three o’clock and worked until six-thirty in the children’s book room. The library was an old Victorian mansion formerly owned by a local family at the turn of the century. Walking up the granite steps and through the front door was like walking back in time. In the afternoons the sunlight streamed through the maple trees along the main street and danced through the southwest windows of the great room, over leather reading chairs, the enormous fireplace and vast shelves of books.

When the Westminster chimes of the grandfather clock in the entry room tolled four o’clock it announced tea time. The library’s long time librarians and antiquarians Mabel and Julia would invite me to tea with them in their office. They always served Constant Comment® tea heated by an electric tea pot that stood amidst stacks of books in the corner of the room. Julia would clear the books off a wooden chair and hand me my porcelain tea cup filled with the steaming tea and a ginger snap cookie on the saucer. They inquired about my parent’s health, and were always eager to know how I was doing in school. Mabel would consult with me about what new children’s books she should order for the library and whether I had any ideas about decorations for next month’s bulletin board in the children’s department.

Over cups of Constant Comment® tea I would learn the art of conversation and the etiquette of sipping tea. I remember the very first time I tried the tea I ran home and demanded that my mother buy some Constant “Comet” tea on her next trip to the grocery store. I soon found out that the tea was not a product of an astronomical event but rather an inspiration to conversation, and that it has always truly been for me with old and new friends to this very day. Mabel and Julia have long since left this world and it seems that I am light-years from those Victorian afternoons spent at the library, but if I close my eyes I can still smell the soothing aroma of the Bigelow tea mixed with the intoxicating scent of the old and new books and I recall the love and nurturing of those two dear friends, never forgotten.

By Janice Safoyan

Bigelow® Tea Joins Facebook and Welcomes a Worldwide Conversation

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Fairfield, CT, November 26, 2007 – Bigelow Tea, one of the nation’s leading producers of specialty teas, believes in satisfying their consumers while creating long lasting relationships and can accomplish both of those goals by connecting with emerging tea drinkers and established tea enthusiasts on Facebook.

Facebook.com is a social network that unites people with friends and others who share a common interest. By becoming a “fan” on the Bigelow Tea page, product updates along with new tea varieties are revealed in addition to studies on the benefits of tea, celebrity news, videos, photos and more.

“We at Bigelow Tea look forward to gathering new fans on Facebook who want to share their passion for tea.  With over 60 years of experience and the fact that we produce over 80 varieties of tea, we can provide information and guidance as well as listen and learn from those we connect with on Facebook. We are very excited about our future conversations with others who share the same love of tea,” says Cindi Bigelow, President, Bigelow Tea.

Anyone who is a member of Facebook and has an interest in tea, please don’t hesitate to search for Bigelow Tea and click on “fan” once you are on our page.  For those who are not a part of this emerging social network, go to Facebook.com to create a free and easy-to-use profile.


About Bigelow Tea Company

Bigelow Tea was founded by Ruth Campbell Bigelow over 60 years ago in 1945.  The company continues to be 100% family owned and managed by the Bigelow family with a special blend of pride and enthusiasm. Today the company is one of the nation’s leading producers of specialty teas, which includes more than 80 varieties of flavored, traditional, green, organic green, herbal, decaffeinated, and iced teas.  One of Bigelow Tea’s most well-known products is America’s number one specialty tea flavor “Constant Comment®” which is flavored with a delicious blend of oranges and spice. It is available in both black and green tea versions.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide including mass merchandisers and health stores, and every variety can be found on the company website (www.bigelowtea.com), along with an appealing selection of tea gift items. Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s blog (www.bigelowteablog.com).

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Elizabeth April-Fritz
Bigelow Tea
203-334-1212
eafritz@rcbigelow.com

Valorie Luther
Creative Concepts
203.259.4202
vluther@creative-conceptsllc.com

Why Bigelow Tea Takes Pride In Working Women Everywhere

Monday, October 16th, 2017


Ambitious. Confident. Passionate. Fierce. Fearless. Brilliant. Trailblazing. Inspiring. These are just a few words to describe female entrepreneurs and businesswomen. So, consider this a shout-out to women in the workforce – especially during National Business Women’s Week®. If anyone knows what it’s like to overcome barriers as a woman in business, it’s Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow and her granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow.

Let’s start at the beginning. In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone 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®”. And Bigelow Tea was born. The company continues to be 100% owned and managed by the Bigelow family, and is one of the nation’s leading producers of specialty teas, which includes more than 140 varieties of flavoredtraditionalgreenherbaldecaffeinated, and iced teas.

Times have changed, but the role of the woman in business still deserves to be celebrated. Today, Ruth’s granddaughter, Cindi (pictured at the top), is president and CEO of the company. Each day, Cindi brings the spirit of her grandmother into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a part of the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

Not only is it National Business Women’s Week, it’s Boss’s Day on Oct. 16! Which, incidentally, was created by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, at the time and chose to register it on the 16th, which was her father’s birthday. And whether your boss is a man or woman, it’s a manager’s job to ensure that everyone thrives in the workplace. So really, these events go hand-in-hand.

Speaking of hands, it’s a perfect time to raise the cup of tea in your hand. (Don’t have one? Brew a cup; there’s no time like the present!) Raise a cup to the women in business and the bosses in your workplace. They carry a lot of responsibility and keep your workday running – which is no small feat! Better yet, invite them to sit down with a cup of tea, get their perspective, and #TeaProudly over your business successes!

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Should Be In Your Favorite College Student’s Next Care Package

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

It can be tough to find the right gift for your son or daughter (or friend or loved one!) when they go off to college. They’re probably not going to tell you what they want (ugh, mooom, stop asking!), and you want to surprise them anyway. Bigelow Tea has you covered, though – from the feel-good ingredients of the Benefits line to the classic comfort of “Constant Comment®” or even this awesome limited edition tin of tea, you can make sure the student in your life is stocked up and stoked to open a care package from yours truly.

It could even be the things to break out from few-word texts. We can picture the conversation now…

MOM: Hi, sweetie, how’s college? Are you enjoying your classes? Have you met new friends? I miss you!

STUDENT: It’s good. Miss you, too, mom.

MOM: Roomie situation OK?

STUDENT: Going fine.

(…a few minutes later…)

MOM: Did you get that package I sent you?

STUDENT: OMG! Yes! I meant to thank you for all the tea. The Earl Grey got me through studying for my first exam the other day, which I think I aced. And my roommate loves the Caramel Chai – she asked if you could send her a box because we’re almost out already!! We’ve had a couple of nights to chill so the tea was awesome… and guess what?  I am drinking the tea right now!!!  Thanks again SO much. Love you!

Yup. Just like that. Well, maybe not exactly like that, but we have a feeling your favorite college student will definitely enjoy the warm thoughts – and warm tea. Send a care package today (like this Tea & Herb Assortment or this Everyday Wellness Gift Box)… it’s guaranteed to make them smile. Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your ultimate Bigelow-filled care package!

Fill Your Life With Good Tea And Good Company – #TeaProudly Style

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Think about your inner circle. Those people that are most important to you. Go on, take a second. Make that list in your mind. Got it? Okay. Now, imagine sitting down with all of them at a table for a few hours – obviously with a few pitchers of iced Bigelow Tea, maybe outside in the sunshine. The laughs, the honest conversations, the memories, the feeling of being perfectly content with your favorite people.

That’s what #TeaProudly is all about.

Where did it all begin, you may wonder? As a proud third-generation family-run business, Bigelow Tea’s founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945.  From that moment on—one tea bag at a time—Bigelow Tea has reinvented tea in America by providing tea lovers with a selection of more than 150 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.

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right? Tea is warm (even if it’s iced, it warms up the soul!) and cozy. It connects people and invites conversation, one cup at a time. Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and it’s especially cool that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice. Tea is now considered trendy, with 42 percent of Americans under age 30 preferring to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition! Just think, millions of us share the love of tea in common. This is something to talk about… something to share. As an industry leader, Bigelow Tea is taking the very tea movement inspired in America to the next level.

#TeaProudly is a celebration for those who find joy in the simplicity of the day-to-day – like a long conversation over a few glasses of iced tea. So, what are you waiting for? Grab those friends and loved ones, plan a get-together and chat your hearts out over some tea. Then, tell us about it. Tag your group shot with #TeaProudly and show the world how tea is bringing you together!

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

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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!

Do You #TeaProudly?

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Did you know that tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Yup. It’s true. Bigelow Tea is especially proud of the 158 million or so Americans who count tea as a top beverage choice. That’s totally cool. Just think, millions of us around the U.S. — all ages, men and women — have the love of tea in common.

And you know how much the Bigelow family loves tea. In 1945, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea, kicking off a business that’s been family-run for three generations. From that moment on, one tea bag at a time, the company 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 freshest, highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

But let’s be honest, drinking tea is so much more, right? It’s warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and creates memories. How many times have you shared a special experience with someone over tea? This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share.  All of this is the essence of the #TeaProudly movement…check it out:

Joleen Stone Krogman: My brother-in-law made me a tea box. It proudly sits in my kitchen — ready at a moment’s notice.

Annette Alicea: My husband got me a tea organizer… it holds about 100 tea bags! I have been a tea drinker most of my life!

Terri Mitchell:‪ I have a large drawer in the kitchen dedicated to tea. I have at least 15 different boxes in there.

John Greaves: I don’t know. I had a friend visit from England and he saw several boxes of tea and he said ” yes we English love our tea, but good god man!” Lol

Stacy Mecklenburg: These are just the heavy hitters! Doesn’t include the many messy boxes in the cupboard.

Sue Lesko Glick: You can never have too much tea! Even if boxes of Bigelow fall on your head upon opening the cabinet!

Yes, totally agree Sue…when life drops tea boxes on your head, boil some water and make a cup of tea! How do you #TeaProudly??

Brew A Brilliant Cup Of Bigelow Tea

Friday, April 21st, 2017

We love our friends across the pond. And, clearly, there’s a shared passion for tea. But have you ever wondered what exactly sets England apart from the United States of America when it comes to brewing a pot of tea? Well, a couple of things. Bigelow Tea has the scoop.

For starters, though, a bit of history.

The tea culture in America is an important thread in the fabric of the history of the United States. Tea was originally imported by early Dutch settlers in the 17th century, and became very popular. Over time, most tea was imported through Great Britain and the large population of early English immigrants passed their tea drinking customs to the colonists. However, tea and tea taxes soon became a point of contention between the American colonies and Great Britain. In 1776, angry Colonists dumped the tea cargo from British ships into the Boston Harbor (The Boston Tea Party), which became a precipitating event of the American Revolutionary War. And for a while there, tea drinking was considered unpatriotic. Fast-forward several hundred years to today, where 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.

Talk about #TeaProudly!

Anyhow, today, both Brits and Americans often steep a tea bag (an American invention, by the way, no biggie) in a cup of hot water. And while Americans are more likely to enjoy their tea over ice (can we get a pitcher of sweet tea, please?), we can all agree that a splash of milk or sweetener is an acceptable form of deliciousness. Also, Americans are known to explore a myriad of flavors, whereas the most popular tea in Britain is a simple cup of black tea.

Whatever your tea style – whether you’re an Anglophile or an adherent to the Americanized trends of tea – you want to make sure your tea is brewed right. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Start with premium quality tea and fresh cold water. Cold water is essential to making a great cup of tea. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf for full flavor extraction so always allow tap water to run for 30 seconds before filling tea kettle. If you prefer to use bottled water, shake the bottle to aerate (oxygenate) the water.
  2. Chill out (or off). When using a teapot, take the chill off the pot by rinsing it with hot water.
  3. Boil, baby, boil. For black, oolong, herb and rooibos teas, always bring water to a rolling boil then immediately pour over tea. For green and white teas, bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form then pour over tea.
  4. But, you know, whatever. All Bigelow Tea packages list recommended brew times but as a general rule, black is best enjoyed when steeped 2-4 minutes, green teas for 1-3 minutes, herb teas for 4 minutes, or whatever time you prefer!

Regardless of your preferences, we think it’s fair to say that tea is warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. So, whether you’re taking builders tea in England or waking up to a mug of herbal bliss in the U.S. of A., raise your cup and share the experience with those close to you for a drink we all love. Tag #TeaProudly with your favorite way to enjoy a cup!

This Is What To Eat With Your Cup Of Bigelow Black Tea

Friday, April 14th, 2017


Have you ever thought about how a cup of black tea totally comes alive with a well-paired dish? Think about it…when you combine certain flavors, those on the plate can definitely enhance what’s in your cup and suddenly, your tea really pops. Maybe it’s more robust. Or sweeter. Possibly more smooth. Each food and tea pairing is absolutely unique, and at Bigelow Tea, we love when that happens! It’s all about exploring and savoring a variety of tastes, right? Like, a cup of black tea paired with Pomegranate Pepper Steaks. It’s nothing short of amazing. Or, if you’re looking for a bit of a kick, try coupling a cup of Darjeeling with a Tea-Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea-Infused Chutney. And don’t forget dessert! (Psh… who could forget dessert?!) You know how you love a drizzle of honey in your tea? Well, pair a cup of black tea with this recipe for Spicy Chai-Poached Pears and you’ll make your heart happy. Is your mouth watering yet? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Don’t worry, the recipes are here to stay.

If you’re still looking for more tea and food pairings, this chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor adventure. Find one that you like? Join the conversation and share it with other tea lovers—tag your discoveries with #TeaProudly. Show us whatcha got!

Pomegranate Pepper Steaks

Ingredients

1 cup (250mL) boiling water
12 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
3 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced in strips
2 tablespoons (30mL) olive oil
4 – 6oz. (168g) round steak, tenderized
Salt to taste
Dash of pepper
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Add tea bags to boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Reserve. Add olive oil to a heavy skillet, saute peppers until soft. Set aside. Add steak to peppers and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes on each side or until done to your taste. Place steaks on a warm plate, top with peppers. Keep warm. Pour tea into hot skillet, add salt and pepper, stirring and scrapping brown pits from pan. Boil to reduce liquid to ½ cup (125mL). Pour sauce over steak and peppers. Serve with hot rice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds is desired. Great with Bigelow Pomegranate Risotto.

Tea Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney

Ingredients

4 pounds leg of lamb, boneless, ready to roast kosher salt and Black Pepper
clarified butter, or any high heat fat (enough to coate bottom of pan)
2 sweet onions, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
8  Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea bags
8  Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea bags

Chutney:

2 pounds pear, diced
1 cup jalapeno, diced
2 cups sweet onion, diced
1 cup white vinegar

Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea bags
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup agave nectar, or sugar

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Heat braising pan and add enough fat to cover bottom. Heat stock to a boil and add tea bags and let steep while lamb is browning. Dry lamb with paper towels and season with salt and pepper and immediately sear on all sides in braising pan. Remove from pan and sweet onion, garlic. Then add celery and carrot and sweat till they begin to become tender. Return lamb back to pan and add stock. Stock should slightly cover or come up at least three quarters of the lamb leg. Place in low 200 degree oven for approximately four hours or until fork tender. Remove from braising liquid and place braiser on stove with liquid and reduce to about 1 cup and strain. Season to taste and serve with lamb.

While lamb is braising prepare chutney. Heat vinegar to boil and add tea bags, let steep five minutes. Combine all diced ingredients in a pot and cover with steeped vinegar and tea bags and agave nectar (or sugar). Let cook till liquid has reduced and is syrupy and pears are tender. Chill and serve with lamb.

Spicy Chai Poached Pears

Ingredients

12 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
8 cups (2L) boiling water
2 cups (500mL) sugar
4 pears, peeled and cored
1 cup (250mL) mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup honey
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Zest of orange

Instructions

Over medium heat, add boiling water to large saucepan. Add Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar, bring mixture to under a boil, once sugar has dissolved, add pears. Reduce to a simmer and poach pears for 15-20 minutes until soft. Reserve liquid and cool to room temperature. Mix cheese, vanilla, heavy cream and honey together. Thin mixture with 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Place 1 cup of the reserved liquid and orange zest in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce liquid to ⅔ of a cup. To serve place 2 tablespoons liquid mixture on each plate, place a pear on top and drizzle with cheese sauce. Garnish with mint leaves.