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Bigelow Tea Is Looking Forward To The Big Game!

It’s almost here: Super Bowl XLVII (that’s #47 for us “Roman numeral-deficient” types)! We’re seriously revved up at Bigelow Tea for the big game Sunday, and all of the pomp and circumstance that surrounds it. The game is being played at the newly named and renovated Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and it’s not just a game … it’s an event!

From the pre-game to the super halftime show featuring musical icon Beyonce to the whole amazing city of New Orleans, this will be one Super Party. If you happen to be throwing a party, let Bigelow Tea provide some Super beverages and appetizers for your guests, like our Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade and our Miniature Vegetable Quiches
(both recipes below) that both taste great!

We even expect an exciting game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. We know our good Bigelow Tea friend (and Super Bowl XXI MVP Quarterback) Phil Simms will be watching for sure. He’s not only one of the greatest New York Giants in history—he’s one of the best Bigelow Tea spokesmen ever!

So, in anticipation of Sunday, here are a few “Super Facts” we wanted to share!

Super Fact: it has been 10 years since the big game has been played in the SuperdomeOn February 3, 2002 the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in the Superdome.

Super Fact: Phil Simms’s MVP passing performance in the big game XXI is still considered one of the greatest in history!

Super Fact: the best seats for the big game are actually at home with friends, family and a cup of Bigelow Tea! Throw in a snack like Mini Vegetable Quiches made with Bigelow Tea, and you will be all set for kickoff! Enjoy!

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

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

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

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.

Serve and enjoy!

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 cup boiling water

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
½ cup asparagus tips: cut into small pieces, 1/2 – 1 inch
½ cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon minced shallots
¼ cup tea concentrate 

Egg Mixture:

6 large eggs
½ cup half and half
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
4-ounces (1/2 of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
Dill, optional garnish

Yield: 18 to 24 miniature quiches depending on size of mini-muffin tin (About 1 ½ cups vegetable mixture.)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 15 to 18 minutes

Top image by Iam_chihange via Flickr.com

Don’t Forget to Enter Bigelow Tea’s “Tea for a Year” Sweepstakes

As you hopefully know by now, Bigelow Tea is giving away “Tea for Year” to one lucky winner in this month’s sweepstakes. But time is running out, and we hope you’ll enter before the deadline at midnight EST on January 31st.  This is a certainly a prize worth vying for!

As one way of celebrating January’s “Hot Tea Month”—perhaps our favorite month here at Bigelow Tea!—we’re offering up one of our most exciting sweepstakes prizes ever: tea for an entire year! Yes, we’re providing one lucky winner with a monthly case of Bigelow Tea (containing six boxes per case) for twelve months. That’s a total of 120 tea bags each month. All. Year. Long. Wow!

With the end of the month looming, it makes sense to enter right now. So, head on over to our Bigelow Tea Facebook page, “like” us (if you haven’t already) and then click on the Sweepstakes icon under our cover photo. You’ll be entered to win the grand prize.

Look for our winner will be announced on our Bigelow Tea blog soon. Good luck … and we hope that you’ll sip Bigelow Tea every day this year, whether you win or not!

 

Bigelow Tea Shares Suggestions For Celebrating Hot Tea Month

Are you exploring the wonders of tea in honor of Hot Tea Month? Here at Bigelow Tea, we know that while tea is an ancient beverage, there is always something new to discover about its natural goodness. Writer Kim Gordon Moore certainly proves the point with her article offering “12 Ways to Celebrate National Hot Tea Month in January.” We’re sharing interesting tips from the list, along with a few of our own for indulging your passion for tea. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to step outside your tea comfort zone … and fall in love all over again!

You might study tea pairing, make a tea recipe, visit a tea house, or learn about samovars and gaiwans—Chinese lidded bowls used for the infusion of tea leaves—as Moore suggests. Her recommendation to “patronize tea businesses that give back to the community” is one we wholeheartedly endorse, too! She also gives a nod to our own Charleston Tea Garden, the only working tea farm in the continental United States, as an idyllic place to see actual tea plants.

These are all wonderful ideas, of course, but our favorite suggestion is to savor each cup of tea. With more than 120 varieties, Bigelow Tea won’t let you get bored. If you’re a devotee of unflavored black teas, why not try fun flavors like new Caramel Chai or one of our many Green Teas? And conversely, if you always go for rich tea blends, it’s a perfect time to discover classics like English Breakfast and Earl Grey, which have distinctive flavor profiles. Feeling adventurous? Give Chinese Oolong or Jasmine Green Tea a whirl. Herb teas, such as Lemon Ginger Herb Plus and Orange & Spice, offer refreshing flavors without caffeine.

Enjoy your tea journey all month long and throughout the year!

 

The ABCs of Bigelow Tea

At Bigelow Tea we love any catchy little tune that involves tea, like I’m A Little Teapot and Tea for Two. Recently, we started thinking of some songs where we could adjust the lyrics to become tea-related … and we came up with the ABCs of Bigelow Tea! It might start something like this: “AmericanBlackChaiDarjeelingEarl GreyFruit & AlmondGreen… . ” The alphabe-TEA-cal possibilities are endless!

While thinking about our tea ABC song, we soon realized that we could create different alphabet songs for different aspects of tea. For example, how about a song based on the various kinds and descriptions of dry tea leaves: “aroma, blackish, chunky, dry, even, flaky, grainy … .” Or perhaps we could sing and learn about the descriptions of tea liquors, the actual liquid tea tastes, in our song “astringency, bitter, complex, dry, earthy too … .” What fun we can have as we sing and learn about different facets of tea!

When all’s said and done, how about this for the ending of our clever song? “Now we know our ABCs of tea, next time won’t you take a sip with me?” Pitch perfect!

 

Rest Assured That Bigelow Tea Darjeeling Is 100 Percent Darjeeling

The smooth, rich taste of Darjeeling tea has a special place in the hearts of tea lovers all over the world. Known as “the champagne of teas,” it is grown only in Darjeeling, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. This exotic region was recently highlighted in a New York Times story chronicling concerns about the authenticity of some teas marketed as Darjeeling. We think this article provides Bigelow Tea with the perfect opportunity to reassure our loyal tea consumers that our Darjeeling is 100 percent Darjeeling. That means our Darjeeling tea is never blended with teas from other regions!

As the Times article noted, some wholesalers sell Darjeeling blends as a way to capitalize on the popularity of Darjeeling tea while limiting cost and boosting volume. Darjeeling tea is significantly more expensive than teas from other regions because of limited production. There are just 87 certified tea gardens in the Darjeeling district. Precious real estate, indeed! The good news for consumers is that tea growers and the Indian government have initiated increasingly successful efforts to protect the Darjeeling name and the distinctive tea grown there, 5,000 feet above sea level in a climate that is just about perfect for delicate tea plants.

“In a decision this year, the European Union agreed to phase out the use of ‘Darjeeling’ on blended teas. Now, just as a bottle of Cognac must come from the region around the French town of Cognac, a cup of Darjeeling tea will have to be made only from tea grown around Darjeeling,” according to the Times.

Bigelow Tea wholeheartedly endorses these protections. Moreover, we work only with ethical suppliers who are as committed to quality as we are. So enjoy your next cup of Bigelow Tea Darjeeling knowing it is the real deal!

Photo by Jadis1958 via Flickr.com

A Little Advice From Cindi Bigelow Leads To The Perfect Cup Of Bigelow Tea Just In Time For Hot Tea Month

One of the very best things about a cup of hot tea is that it’s so simple to make. Just water, a fresh tea bag and your favorite cup or mug … that’s all you need to enjoy Bigelow Tea any time of the day!

But during Hot Tea Month we thought we’d give you a little tutorial on how to make every cup of Bigelow Tea theperfect cup of tea! With a few “insider” tips from tea expert and company President Cindi Bigelow, you will find yourself sipping each flavorful cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea at its very best.

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So take a moment to view this video. Perhaps you’ll learn something new about the art of making tea! We hope you do …  and that you take your new knowledge and use it to enjoy a perfect cup of tea all day long.  Happy hot tea month!

 

For Hot Tea Month, Cindi Bigelow Shares Tips For Cooking With “Constant Comment”® Tea

Here at Bigelow Tea, it’s all about family, and nothing brings a family closer than cooking together in the kitchen. In fact, it was right in a family kitchen where our company began! More than 65 years ago Ruth Campbell Bigelow formulated “Constant Comment”® in her home kitchen, creating the very first Bigelow Tea flavor.  With its delicious blend of spices and orange peel, “Constant Comment” became an instant classic.

Your family can also enjoy togetherness courtesy of “Constant Comment” tea by using it in scrumptious recipes. In this video, Cindi Bigelow shares some of the ways you and your loved ones can cook using “Constant Comment” tea.

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Whether you prepare a “Constant Comment”® Cosmo“Constant Comment”® Cupcakes or something else, we believe that if you make it with your family, you’ll be creating memories as well as a tasty treat!

Bigelow Tea Supports Operation Bicycle And The City of Bridgeport Connecticut Police Department

The City of Bridgeport Connecticut Police Department’s Community Service Division in collaboration with the City of Bridgeport School Resource Office, recently conducted an “Operation Bicycle” fundraiser. Initially, this fundraiser was put into action to raise enough money to provide 200 bikes to children of struggling families for the holidays. The City was able to raise enough money and bikes from local merchants and private donors to be able to exceed their original goal of 200 bikes and ultimately were able to give out 300 bikes to city children at a special ceremony at Central High School on December 23, 2012.

Each of the City’s schools were represented as the Bridgeport Police Department asked each school to submit a list of 6 – 9 families who could use some help prior to the holidays. Having Bigelow Tea Corporate headquarters and our manufacturing Plant right next door in Fairfield, CT and our Direct Marketing facility right in the heart of Bridgeport, we here at Bigelow Tea, see every day the great work being done by the Bridgeport Police Department and were happy and fortunate enough to donate both a girl’s and boy’s bicycle to the event. The event’s organizer,  Police Sergeant Paul Grech said  it best at the ceremony “we just want to make some kids’ Christmas, a little better.

Congratulations to the Bridgeport Police Department for doing just that….and then some !!!

- Jim Gildea, Bigelow Tea

 

Win a Year’s Worth of Tea in Our Bigelow Tea January Sweepstakes

Let’s start 2013 off right with a Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes!

Along with the excitement of January being Hot Tea Month, we are kicking off the new year with our first sweepstakes … and it’s one that will extend our celebration of tea for an additional eleven months! Yes, for our January sweepstakes, we are giving away a year’s supply of Bigelow Tea!

In our “Tea for a Year” sweepstakes, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a monthly case of our tea (containing six boxes per case) throughout the entire year. And the winner even gets to select the teas! We’ll send a list of available teas to choose from and, as the year goes by, we’ll mail the winner his or her favorite tea choices each month! In total, the winner will get 120 tea bags per month, plenty to brew all year long.

It’s so exciting to imagine winning this prize! Which teas would you choose? Green teasHerbal blends? Traditional black tea? It sure is fun to think about!

Our “Tea for a Year” sweepstakes ends January 31st. To enter, just “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and then click on the “Sweepstakes” icon under our cover photo. The sole winner will be announced on our Bigelow Tea blog. Good luck, and, in meantime, enjoy Hot Tea Month!

 

Make A Plan For 2013 That Includes Drinking Bigelow Tea!

Happy New Year! Time to turn the page to a fresh year, new accomplishments, and of course the year’s first cup of Bigelow Tea. We’re energized with the arrival of 2013, another year full of promise for our family-owned company, our great employees, and for all you tea lovers out there! It makes us think of that line from the old 1940’s Bing Crosby song Aren’t You glad You’re You?“Pardon the Grammar, but ain’t life grand!”

What are you planning to accomplish in the new year? Finishing a house project? Taking a class? Learning to dance?  Or maybe completing a 5K run with the “Rocky” theme thumping in your headphones? All great ideas … and all better yet when you start each day in 2013 with a brisk cup of tea!

With so many Bigelow Tea varieties to choose from—and 364 days to go!—there’s plenty of time and plenty of options for your daily cup. Get a jump on the year with our flavorful Wild Blueberry with Acai Herb Tea or our distinctive Vanilla Caramel Tea. It’s up to you where to start … but we hope you’ll heed this old adage attributed to Thomas Jefferson“Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”

And, as you start off the year, remember that January is Hot Tea Month— a grand beginning to what’s sure to be a great year. So enjoy your cuppa at breakfast, lunch, tea-time, and anytime. It’s one New Year’s plan that will be a pleasure to stick to all year long.

Happy New Year from Bigelow Tea!

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