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Constant Comment® Story Contest Winner Enjoys A Special Visit to the Charleston Tea Plantation!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Constant Comment Story Winner Debora Dickinson (left) and dear friend, Helen (right)

As far back as I can remember, my mother bought Bigelow’s Constant Comment Tea…
We would sometimes sit out on our outside front porch in the summer when everything was rich and green and the morning doves were cooing, crickets were noisy and read a good book savoring our CC tea…”

~ Debora Dickinson

A mother and daughter…tea and tenderness…they were the inspiration for Debora Dickinson’s poignant Constant Comment® story, which won her a special trip for two to the exquisite home of American Classic Tea – the Charleston Tea Plantation, on historic Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Debora brought along her dear friend, Helen, and they enjoyed a three-night stay at the charming French Quarter Inn, in the heart of downtown Charleston. They sampled local restaurants and shops and soaked up the sites of historic Charleston. The icing on the cake was their personalized tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation, led by world-renowned tea taster and tea maker, Bill Hall.

The enchanting tea garden is so beautiful in the springtime, such an ideal venue for weddings, anniversaries or Mother’s Day. For Debora, the trip was a celebration of her mother and the memories of moments they shared over cups of Constant Comment®. Her lovely story resonated with all of us at Bigelow Tea because Constant Comment® was created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow and her legacy has been passed down now for generations.

As a family owned company we proudly commemorate our 65th anniversary in business, and most especially, Bigelow Tea’s founding mother. We remember all the times that we too, as a family, shared life and love over cups of Constant Comment®.  We’re proud to provide a product that satisfies all of our customer’s expectations, and plays such an important part in their lives.

Charleston Tea Plantation Ushers in New Harvest Season with 4th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

A Celebration of America’s Largest Tea Garden

Fairfield, CT, May 4, 2010 – Nothing says SustainabiliTEA like the beginning of the 2010 crop harvest in America’s largest tea garden! To celebrate the new harvest, Bigelow Tea’s very own Charleston Tea Plantation, in collaboration with The Bridge at 105.5, will host the 4th Annual First Flush FesTEAval on Sunday, May 16th, 2010, 11am – 6pm. The event is a fun-filled, one-of-a-kind “island celebration” – attracting residents and visitors from Charleston and surrounding areas to the charming Wadmalaw Island. Festivities will include live music, local art, trolley rides, mouthwatering cuisine and, of course, plenty American Classic Tea!

The First Flush FesTEAval, named for the tea garden’s “first flush” of new growth harvested in the spring after a winter’s rest, is an exuberant celebration honoring the production of the most singular and splendid cup of tea! American Classic Tea is harvested from the Camellia Sinensis tea plants, lovingly grown on the plantation’s 127 acres.

“We look forward to this event each year as we gather to celebrate a new season of tea in our exquisite tea garden. Of course, the real host of this occasion is Mother Nature, herself! We’re thankful for her bounty and toast to her while sipping American Classic Tea,” said Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea.

For more FesTEAval info, visit www.charlestonteaplantation.com.

About Bigelow Tea Company

100% family owned Fairfield, Connecticut-based Bigelow Tea pioneered the specialty tea category 65 years ago. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company. The Bigelow Tea line includes more than 100 varieties of flavored, traditional, green tea, organic, herbal, decaffeinated teas and iced teas– including America’s number one specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment®.” Also, enjoy the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, South Carolina which is owned and operated by Bigelow Tea and produces American Classic Tea and products.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide and every variety can be found on the company website (www.bigelowtea.com).  Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s Tea Talk blog, Facebook page and Twitter profile.

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PRESS CONTACT INFO:
Elizabeth April-Fritz
Bigelow Tea
203-334-1212
eafritz@rcbigelow.com

Valorie Luther
Creative Concepts
866.475.5191 x709
vluther@creative-conceptsllc.com


Say “I Do” at the Charleston Tea Plantation

Friday, April 16th, 2010

“Then, we shall walk through dusty lanes
And pause beneath low-hanging boughs,
And there, while soft-hued beauty reigns
We’ll make our vows
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(Oliver Jenkins, Love Autumnal)

The Season of Love is upon us once again! As couples begin to plan the intricate details of their wedding days, the first question they face is “When?” That being decided, the most pressing issue is “Where?” We’ve all heard the expression, “Location. Location. Location.” Wedding planners sing in unison that venue is everything!  The romantics at Bigelow Tea couldn’t agree more…Saveur feels the same way. It just so happens that we have the most idyllic setting for the perfect summer or autumn wedding: our very own breathtaking Charleston Tea Plantation.

Serene

America’s only tea garden is nestled on the charming and secluded Wadmalaw Island, a short distance from Charleston, South Carolina. The Plantation welcomes the beginning of a new harvest season with millions of tea blossoms and thousands of butterflies decorating the fields.  It is a picturesque setting for bride and groom to share a formal afternoon tea with guests, or listen to the sound of rustling leaves while sipping a refreshing glasses of Constant Comment® and Plantation Mint® Iced Tea.

Romantic

Take advantage of this extraordinary tea garden where warm and knowledgeable staff will help make your special day one to remember. Celebrate everything Tea with a bridal tea party for just the girls. The Charleston Tea Plantation’s secret recipe is really quite simple: combine purity of nature and the delightfully fresh American Classic Tea with Southern hospitality and charm. Exquisite memories are waiting to be made. See more wedding events information on our new Tea Garden web site and say “I do!”

Joyous



CHARLESTON TEA PLANTATION AND THE BRIDGE AT 105.5 PRESENT THE 4th ANNNUAL FIRST FLUSH FESteaVAL

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

CHARLESTON TEA PLANTATION AND THE BRIDGE AT 105.5

PRESENT THE 4th ANNNUAL FIRST FLUSH FESteaVAL

• CELEBRATING AMERICA’S ONLY TEA GARDEN •

March 22, 2010-Wadmalaw Island, SC- The Charleston Tea Plantation and The Bridge at 105.5 are pleased to announce the musical line up for the 4th annual First Flush FesTEAval to be held on SUNDAY, May 16, 2010 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  This year’s headliner is Warner Brothers recording artist Robert Randolph & the Family Band.  The event will also feature musical entertainment from national recording artist Cory Chisel and homegrown Bridge artist Crowfield.

In addition to the main stage, Mark Bryan’s Chucktown Music Group will be showcasing local acoustic artists including Amber Caparas, John Wesley Satterfield, Mac Leaphart and Mark Bryan himself.  Bryan, the multi-platinum and Grammy award winning guitarist/songwriter for Hootie & the Blowfish, is thrilled to present some of the area’s top local musical talents at this year’s First Flush.

Dedicated to the commencement of the 2010 crop harvest, the First Flush FesTEAval is a celebration of America’s ONLY tea garden and its popular product line, American Classic Tea.  The festival name, First Flush, is defined as the growth of new leaves on the tea plants in the spring time after a winter of rest. Their “first flush” of new growth is harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh, and amazing cup of tea.  However, the festival is not just about tea!  Residents from Charleston and all neighboring towns trek to picturesque Wadmalaw Island to enjoy music, entertainment, art, and local cuisine.  This year’s vendors include M&C Catering (Mike’s Boiled Peanuts), T&T’s Original Kettle Korn, Irvin House Vineyard, the Folly Beach Artist Guild and many more, as well as fun games for the kids like the spider jump and jump castle.  It is undoubtedly an event for all ages…Fun for the whole family!

The Bridge at 105.5 has played an important role in growing the First Flush FesTEAval into one of the best music events on the 2010 calendar.  “This station event combines a great location with talent that has gotten better every year.  The show has become our most anticipated event.  I’ve been fielding calls about the 2010 First Flush since December” says The Bridge Operations Manager Mike Allen.  Adds Music Director Joel Frank, “There is not a better place to be in the spring time than at the Charleston Tea Plantation!  The community feeling of the First Flush works perfectly with our drive to provide Charleston with the best music, live and on the radio.  A day of Gospel, Blues, Rock N Roll and fresh local tea is what spring time in the Lowcountry is all about.”

Come experience the beauty and charm of the Charleston Tea Plantation, American’s ONLY tea garden!  Learn first-hand how tea is made during an informative Factory Tour, take an enjoyable Trolley Ride through the tea fields and help yourself to all of the FREE iced American Classic First Flush Tea you can drink.

Advance tickets are available for special low prices online at www.etix.com. The first 1,055 individual tickets will be sold for $10.  After those are gone or starting April 1st ticket prices will be $15 and starting May 1st ticket prices will go up to $20.  They will also be available for $25 on the day of the event at the Plantation entrance. Call 843-559-0383 or check out www.charlestonteaplantation.com and www.1055thebridge.com for more details. Kids 6 and under get in FREE.  Buy your tickets today…They are going fast and this event can sell out!

*Production and staging for the event will be provided by Other Brother Entertainment.*

The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, the ONLY tea grown and produced in America.  Located on Wadmalaw Island, the Plantation grounds include 127 acres of  Camellia Sinensis tea plants, an operating tea factory, and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe, where visitors can purchase  numerous varieties of American Classic Tea.  Also available to guest s is an adventurous and  educational Trolley Ride, which tours the grounds while telling the story of the Plantation and its ongoing effort to produce American grown tea. For additional information, please visit www.charlestonteaplantation.com or call 843-559-0383.

February 12 at the Charleston Tea Plantation: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The staff at the Charleston Tea Plantation could not believe it! The day started off with reports of heavy to moderate snow fall across the northern part of South Carolina. However, before the day’s end, it became more and more evident that snow was definitely coming to the Lowcountry.

Even though the tea farm had seen snow flurries before, it had not received this much accumulated snow on its grounds in almost 20 years.

In fact, this was the first time since 1989, the winter following Hurricane Hugo, that the Charleston Tea Plantation has been blanketed in snow…and what a site it was! Seeing the Camellia Sinensis plants completely covered in snow was unbelievably surreal.

No worries, though. Even though the plants thrive on the typically subtropical climate of Wadmalaw Island, they were not harmed by the unexpected snow fall.  As veteran tea tester and plantation partner Bill Hall explained, the tea plant is dormant in winter.  If anything, snow actually insulates the plant against cold, bitter winds.

What tea plants DON’T like is to stay below 32 degrees for a week. But since the temperature in Charleston rises above 32 degrees every day, there’s no concern. We’ve had tea plants on the island since 1799 and they’re doing just fine.

The Charleston Tea Plantation did lose power, but luckily it happened after hours and was restored before our brave guests arrived the next morning.

For those who got to see the winter wonderland of tea plants, you should know just how rare this occurrence truly was!

Cara Valentine
Business Manager
The Charleston Tea Plantation

Join Cindi Bigelow on a Video Tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

A little Southern hospitality goes a long way in South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island, home of America’s only tea garden, the Charleston Tea Plantation. Cindi Bigelow gives a fun and informative video tour of the idyllic plantation, purchased by the Bigelow family in 2003.

The plantation receives over 30,000 visitors each year, many of whom are curious to see a real, unique tea garden – in all its 127-acre splendor – and perhaps want to plan their weddings/special events on the grounds or to explore the rich history of Charleston or to simply just enjoy a lovely a cup of the plantation’s signature American Classic Tea.

Tea and Hospitality: Tour the Charleston Tea Plantation with Cindi Bigelow

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

America‘s Only Tea Garden!

Fairfield, CT, June 25, 2009 – A little Southern hospitality goes a long way in South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island, home of America’s only tea garden, the Charleston Tea Plantation. Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea (www.bigelowtea.com), gives a fun and informative video tour of the idyllic plantation, purchased by the Bigelow family in 2003.

In the words of David C. Bigelow, the company’s co-CEO, “This is a wonderful, peaceful place…which never could be replicated again. We are very happy that we were able to basically get to save this place from the bulldozers.” Eunice Bigelow, wife and co-CEO, agreed:” It gives us a great deal of pleasure to hear from people who’ve been here say how wonderful it is, how much they’ve gotten out of it and how often they want to come back.”

The plantation receives over 30,000 visitors each year, many of whom are curious to see a real, unique tea garden – in all its 127-acre splendor – and perhaps want to plan their weddings/special events on the grounds or to explore the rich history of Charleston or to simply just enjoy a lovely a cup of the plantation’s signature American Classic Tea. Visitors from near and far are fascinated by the knowledge imparted by plantation founder and passionate tea aficionado Bill Hall, who now partners with Bigelow Tea in running the Charleston Tea Plantation.

“Come visit us. You’ll drink the only tea grown in America.”  Take the tour with Cindi: http://www.bigelowtea.com/about/bigteav.cfm.

About Bigelow Tea Company

100% family owned Fairfield, Connecticut-based Bigelow Tea pioneered the specialty tea category more than 60 years ago. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company.  The Bigelow Tea line includes more than 80 varieties of flavored, traditional, green tea, organic, herbal, decaffeinated teas and iced teas- including America’s number one specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment®.”  Also, enjoy the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, South Carolina which is owned and operated by Bigelow Tea and produces American Classic Tea and products.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide and every variety can be found on the company website (www.bigelowtea.com).  Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s blog (www.bigelowteablog.com).

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PRESS CONTACT INFO:
Elizabeth April-Fritz
Bigelow Tea
203-334-1212
eafritz@rcbigelow.com

Valorie Luther
Creative Concepts
866.475.5191
vluther@creative-conceptsllc.com

The First Flush FesTEAval Tomorrow at Bigelow Tea’s Unique Charleston Tea Plantation!

Friday, May 15th, 2009

The Charleston Tea Plantation and The Bridge at 105.5 are proud to host one of Charleston’s premier events tomorrow. Tea lovers from all over are gathering at The Charleston Tea Plantation tomorrow on Wadmalaw Island from 10:00am to 5:00pm for our third annual “FesTEAval”. The First Flush FesTEAval is a unique and fun experience that celebrates the first harvest of America’s only tea garden!

Bigelow Tea First Flush FesTEAval

Tomorrow the FesTEAval will be featuring local artists from the Folly Beach Artist Guild, lots of tasty foods, games for the kids and plenty of live music — including headline act Shawn Mullins. Also rocking the First Flush Stage will be Alternate Routes, hailed by Performing Songwriters as having “an unfailing melodic and soulful touch,” and you’ll want to catch Charleston’s own Jay Clifford, who has toured the world showing off his soulful voice. Rounding out the day’s lineup is Virginia’s own Sons of Bill, bringing their love of music to Wadmalaw Island and the FesTEAval.

The Charleston Tea Plantation invites you to bring the whole family to tomorrow’s event and join Bigelow Tea in celebrating the start of American Classic tea’s harvest season! Take part in this singular experience, and yes, you can enjoy all of the American Classic Iced Tea that you care to drink!

Charleston Tea Plantation Celebrates New Harvest Season with 3rd Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Charleston Tea Plantation Celebrates New Harvest Season with 3rd Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

America’s One and Only Tea Garden to Host Annual Harvest Event

Fairfield, CT, May 13, 2009 – What better way to welcome the beginning of the 2009 crop harvest than to have a fabulous celebration at America’s ONLY tea garden! Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual First Flush FesTEAval will take place in just a few days – on May 16th. Hosted by Bigelow Tea’s very own Charleston Tea Plantation, in collaboration with The Bridge at 105.5, this unique and exciting “island celebration” attracts residents and visitors from Charleston and surrounding areas to the charming Wadmalaw Island – all unable to resist the promise of a fun-filled day complete with live music, local art, mouthwatering cuisine and, of course, plenty of American Classic Tea!

The First Flush FesTEAval, so named because of the tea garden’s “first flush” of new growth harvested in the spring after a winter of rest, joyously celebrates (as local tea aficionados will enthusiastically attest) the production of the most fresh and glorious cup of tea ever!

“We are so delighted that people flock from near and far every year to celebrate a new season of tea at our extraordinary tea garden! The Charleston Tea Plantation and the First Flush FesTEAval represent everything that Bigelow Tea lives for – reverence for nature and the bounty she bestows, the gathering of family and friends, and, of course, tea,” said Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea.

Come join us!

For more FesTEAval info, visit www.charlestonteaplantation.com.

About Bigelow Tea Company

100% family owned Fairfield, Connecticut-based Bigelow Tea pioneered the specialty tea category more than 60 years ago. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company. The Bigelow Tea line includes more than 80 varieties of flavored, traditional, green, organic, herbal, decaffeinated teas and iced teas- including America’s number one specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment®”. Also, enjoy the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, South Carolina which is owned and operated by Bigelow Tea and produces American Classic Tea and products.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide and every variety can be found on the company website (www.bigelowtea.com). Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s blog (www.bigelowteablog.com).

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PRESS CONTACT INFO:
Elizabeth April-Fritz
Bigelow Tea
203-334-1212
eafritz@rcbigelow.com

Julie Dolan
Creative Concepts
203.259.4202
jdolan@creative-conceptsllc.com

A Plantation of Flavors from Bigelow

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

The 2008 harvest at Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Plantation was one for the books, including the introduction of five brand new American Classic Tea varieties. As the only location in North America where tea is grown, the Charleston Plantation is located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, South Carolina, and it holds a wealth of interest for any tea lover. The singular task of growing tea in America is just another step in the appeal of Bigelow and Bill Hall — our partner and world renowned third generation tea taster.

The number one question from public tours of the 127-acre Charleston Plantation site has always been: “Do you make green tea?” Bigelow Tea and Bill Hall were able to answer that question definitively in the spring of 2008, capitalizing on those unique conditions there that are amenable to growing tea. The introduction of the new American Classic Tea Island Green was a hit; after several growing seasons, Bill had found the green tea recipe that would pass his critical standards of quality at this one of a kind Tea Plantation.

The wait was finally over and the American Classic Green Tea went on sale in the plantation gift shop in July 2008 to incredible demand. It quickly became the #1 seller in the shop. Now we are able to offer this popular tea directly on the web! Also new in 2008 were four additional American Classic Tea Pyramid tea bag items. The large cut leaf teas, in a pyramid tea bag create a whole new experience for enjoying fresh tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation. American Classic Tea, Charleston Breakfast, Governor Gray, Plantation Peach and Rockville Raspberry pyramid tea bags are all for sale. See the new Buy 5 boxes, Get 1 Free web offer at the bottom of the page (Call 1-843-559-0383 to place your order).

New American Teas: Charleston Breakfast, Plantation Peach, Governor Grey and Rockville Raspberry.

New American Teas: Charleston Breakfast, Plantation Peach, Governor Grey and Rockville Raspberry