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Take a Virtual Tour of Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation


With Charleston, South Carolina designated as a must-see destinationBigelow Tea is sharing a video featuringanother wonderful reason for taking a trip down south: tea! Located on Wadmalaw Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, our Charleston Tea Plantation is the perfect place for a day trip. If you’re thinking of going and want a preview … or you can’t make it there in “real life,” take a “virtual tour” around our 127-acre property.

Your tour guide, Cindi Bigelow, will take you through the factory and show you how our American Classic Tea is made. You’ll also see a gazebo used for weddings and other special events, and an antique trolley you’ll be dying to ride! Come join us and see what makes Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and gift shop so special!


Celebrate National Wedding Month With Bigelow Tea And Our Charleston Tea Garden!

Despite its bleak reputation weather-wise, February still shines as the season of love! Many proposals take place on Valentine’s Day, and for couples planning a spring, summer or even a fall wedding … now is the time to begin preparations. No wonder the bridal industry has declared it National Wedding MonthBigelow Tea knows that one of the first decisions brides and grooms make when planning a wedding is picking the venue. And boy do we have a wonderfully romantic suggestion: our own Charleston Tea Garden—the largest working tea garden in the U.S.!

Tucked away on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the Tea Garden features breathtaking views of tea fields and towering live oaks, as well as several options for planning a unique celebration in a natural setting brimming with old-fashioned southern charm. One lovely tradition is for couples to trade vows under the branches of the Tea Garden’s oldest live oak, fittingly named “the Wedding Tree.”

And the Pavilion, located in the tranquil tea fields, is an ideal spot for the reception. It provides overhead lighting and ceiling fans, and can be decorated myriad ways to reflect a special theme or your personal style. In need of inspiration? Wedding trend watchers are seeing a growing preference for elegant details evoking the style depicted in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey and recent film adaptations of Anna Karenina and The Great Gatsby. Think crystal glassware and gold silverware and chargers, darling. But elegance doesn’t have to be stuffy. As wedding planner Ivy Robinson tells Bridal Guide, couples often take an eclectic approach “combining natural, outdoorsy details with elegant elements.”

Whether you prefer minimalist décor or plenty of glitz, Charleston Tea Garden provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day. Cheers!


Bigelow Tea Is Thrilled To See Charleston Named Top U.S. City And World Destination!

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city with a rich history, classic architecture and eminently well mannered citizens. These qualities recently helped the Charleston area earn the coveted 2012 Top US City rating from the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, beating out cities like New York and San Francisco! Bigelow Tea is proud to see that Charleston also earned the 2012 Worldwide No. 1 Ranking, topping cities like Florence, Italy and Cape Town South Africa! This is the second consecutive year for their No. 1 U.S. City ranking!

You know that Bigelow Tea loves Charleston too! After all our own Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island just outside Charleston. Tea lovers—and music, nature, and food lovers!—know that the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our First Flush FesTEAval, an annual event not to be missed. In fact, the First Flush FesTEAval was selected for its own award by the American Bus Association: it’s one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

Bigelow Tea is thrilled to be a part of the celebration of all things Charleston! We couldn’t agree more with the designation of Charleston as “the place” to visit! If you make the trip, we do hope you’ll check Wadmalaw Island and take a tour of our tea gardens … and of course sample some of our home-grown pride and joy, American Classic Tea.

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Spring With The 6th Annual First Flush Festival!

It’s time to mark those calendars for Bigelow Tea’s 6th annual First Flush FesTEAval, coming Sunday, May 20th! This TEA-rrific event celebrates the season’s first tea harvest and takes place at Bigelow Tea’s own Charleston Tea Garden, the largest working tea farm in the continental United States. Each year the festival draws thousands of people to picturesque Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s low country, with fantastic local music, art and cuisine – and plenty of the tea garden’s signature American Classic iced tea for all!

This special rite of spring isn’t just for tea lovers. In fact, the festival was recently recognized as one of the 2012 top 100 events in North America! It offers fun for the whole family in a truly unique setting. The backdrop for the festivities is 127 acres of beautiful tea plants. “First flush” tea is defined as the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest. The leaves are harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh and amazing cup of tea. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Details of this year’s musical lineup are still being worked out, but last year we were fortunate to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event. Count on more great music this year! We’re also proud to continue our green mission at the festival with the use of biodegradable corn cups to serve iced tea to attendees. These eco-friendly cups, made from the renewable resource of corn, completely compost in 45 to 60 days. It’s all part of Bigelow Tea’s company-wide commitment to sustainabili-TEA!

So stay tuned for more First Flush FesTEAval details, and in the meantime we look forward to celebrating spring – and tea – with you on May 20th!


Bigelow Tea Says I Do During National Wedding Month

February is National Wedding Month, and Bigelow Tea thinks that makes it the ideal time to celebrate romance! All month long, whether you’re married, single or in a relationship, you can make this wintry month one filled with warmth and love. So let’s get started!

To begin, why not consider checking out a good old-fashioned romance novel from the public library or your local book shop? This genre of books tends to be full of courtship and passion … and romance novels typically have “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” What’s not to love? We also suggest sipping a spicy tea while reading. Perhaps some Cinnamon Stick?

Also during this wedding-themed month, we think a romantic cocktail is in order! The Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni is absolutely romantic and perfect to drink with someone special. The best part? It is made with our very own White Chocolate Obsession tea!

Now, if you are engaged to be married and are planning a wedding, we have a fantastic little suggestion for you! Our Charleston Tea Garden in South Carolina is a completely romantic and welcoming location for a special weddingAs we noted last year in our blog, weddings at our beautiful tea garden can include a trolley ride through the grounds for your wedding party where you’ll learn about the garden’s history and about growing tea.

So enjoy the month of February and all of the romance it brings! And if you’ll be saying “I Do” this month, or sometime in the near future, we wish you nothing but the best!

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In Celebration of Hot Tea Month, Win A Trip for Two to Bigelow Tea’s Own Charleston Tea Garden!

Bigelow Tea has an amazing sweepstakes prize to kick off the Hot Tea month (January)! Enter our sweepstakes for your chance to win a 4-day/3-night trip for two to Charleston, S.C., and a visit to our own spectacular Charleston Tea Garden, the largest working tea farm in the continental United States! The approximate retail value of this prize package is $3,200! Yep, we said it was amazing!

Here’s what’s included:

  • A 4-day/3-night trip for the winner and one guest to our Charleston Tea Garden, located on Wadmalaw Island just south of historic Charleston.
  • Round-trip coach air transportation for 2 between a major commercial airport closest to the winner’s residence, and Charleston, S.C.
  • Standard lodging at a Bigelow Tea selected hotel for 3 nights (1 room, based on double occupancy).
  • A tour of the fabulous Charleston Tea Garden.
  • $500 American Express gift card for expenses.

What an opportunity to visit our unique piece of living history – a 127-acre oasis of camellia sinensis tea plants on picturesque Wadmalaw Island! Plus the winner and a special someone gets to stay in one of America’s most charming and historic cities, Charleston, S.C.! How perfect!  The Bigelow family purchased the tea garden in 2003 and has worked diligently to preserve this unspoiled treasure. You’ll see why the gorgeous grounds are a popular setting for weddings, and you’ll learn about the First Flush FesTEAval, an established Charleston tradition and major event in the USA.

To enter the sweepstakes, simply “like” our Facebook page. Then, while on Facebook, click the sweepstakes tab under our profile picture and enter your name and contact information. That’s it! Enter until January 31st, and one winner will be chosen in a random drawing on February 1st.  Good luck to all you Bigelow Tea fans! Happy Hot Tea Month!


The First Flush Festival Is A “Top 100 Event” Brought To You By Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea—and countless tea lovers and music fans—already know that our annual First Flush FesTEAval is a blast, but now the entire nation is going to know it! Our Charleston Tea Plantation’s First Flush FesTEAval has been selected by the American Bus Association as one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

The ABA’s experienced tourism selection committee has been choosing events for their “top 100” for thirty years. Our tea-lover’s event, which takes place annually on a Sunday in May on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Low country, was selected from thousands of nominations across North America!

“The attractiveness of the First Flush FesTEAval as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for the First Flush FesTEAval,” said Peter Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that the First Flush FesTEAval has been recognized…at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the First Flush FesTEAval an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”


The outdoor festival, which celebrates the first tea harvest at our Charleston Tea Plantation, features great music, fantastic foods and the incomparable American Classic iced tea, served in biodegradable corn cups! Last year we were lucky enough to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event.

Bigelow Tea is thrilled and honored to have our First Flush FesTEAval named one of 2012’s Top 100 Events – and we look forward to seeing you there next year for the Sixth Annual celebration!

On Independence Day Bigelow Tea Brings On The Red, White And Blue!

As we celebrate the Fourth of July at Bigelow Tea, the red, white and blue continue to inspire us!  It’s a day to wear a red T-shirt and blue jean shorts, maybe lay out a tri-colored tablecloth, hang the stars & stripes and perhaps make a simple red, white and blue dessert like strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream!  With the patriotic colors and spirit of Independence Day, we thought we’d share suggestions for red, white and blue teas to drink too!

Red: our Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea with raspberry, elderberries and rose hips, is delicious and refreshing!White: Bigelow Tea makes an all-natural, organic White Tea With Raspberry & Chrysanthemum that’s smooth and delicate … and Blue: one of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Harvest, is bursting with blueberry flavor! And blueberries happen to be packed with antioxidants, so feel free to indulge!

For a truly patriotic blend, we’d love to suggest our American Classic Tea, grown and produced right here in the U.S. of A at our Charleston Tea Plantation! We wrap this singular blend in red, white and blue packaging and send it to the men and women serving in our armed forces as part of our Tea for the Troops initiative. Check out our Facebook page and specially created tab regarding Tea for the Troops for more information, and maybe leave an Independence Day note for them on our wall!

So, as you enjoy your red, white and blue tea on Independence Day, don’t forget to take a moment to remember those who fought to give us our freedom … and those who continue to serve and protect us today.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Bigelow Tea Rings In Summer with Memorial Day

Spring is in full swing, and summer is nearly upon us. Here at Bigelow Tea we know that summer doesn’t commence properly without first recognizing Memorial Day, honoring those who have served in the armed forces, and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As the unofficial start to the summer, Americans celebrate these dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces on Memorial Day with traditional warm-weather pastimes like parades, barbecues, and special time with family.

In 2009, the spirit of recognizing the brave men and women who help protect our country, Bigelow Tea proudly introduced our Tea for the Troops program. Our American Classic Tea (grown on American soil, at our Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina) is specially packaged and shipped to American soldiers hard at work overseas. To learn more about this program, please join us on Facebook where we featured up to date photos and letters from our troops.

On Memorial Day 2011, Bigelow Tea would like to once again extend our sincerest gratitude to all the service men and women stationed domestically and overseas. We are infinitely pleased that our teas have brought some measure of enjoyment to the soldiers who defend our freedoms and keep our country safe. Therefore, we encourage our fellow Americans to reflect—over a delicious cup of tea, of course— on the sacrifices of those have served, and those who serve now. A safe Memorial Day weekend to all!

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Grace Potter Headlines the 5th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

Nothing says spring like the First Flush FesTEAval at the Charleston Tea Plantation, continental America’s only working tea garden! Bigelow Tea is thrilled to announce that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, an awesome blues-rock band, will headline the 5th annual FesTEAval on Sunday May 15th. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring the whole family to picturesque Wadmalaw Island for a unique celebration of seasonal renewal and, of course, tea! By the way, we served more than 7,000 cups of iced American Classic Tea at last year’s event, which drew over 5,000 attendees!

2010 First Flush FesTEAval

Even if you don’t live in South Carolina, our FesTEAval is worth the trip to historic Charleston, especially if you love tea and are interested in how it’s made. Check out Cindi Bigelow’s informative video tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation to get a better idea of what makes it such a special place:


First Flush tea, made from the new leaves of tea plants as they emerge from dormancy every spring is an extra-special brew. In fact, it was once reserved only for royalty! Today, First Flush tea is anxiously awaited by connoisseurs who deem it to be the purest, freshest tea.

And thanks to the FesTEAval, the Charleston Tea Plantation is known as a top destination for the best in live music, entertainment and local cuisine, as well as the tea! The Bridge at 105.5, a local radio station and key sponsor of the FesTEAval, is once again booking a lineup of hot bands. “This station event combines a great location with talent that has gotten better every year,” said The Bridge Operations Manager Mike Allen. “The show has become our most anticipated event!”

So, come join us on May 15th – advance tickets are available through Etix – and we’ll have the tea pitchers iced, the acoustics set and the fun all fired up!