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Make Some Bold Pairings With Bigelow Tea Earl Grey

Monday, December 21st, 2015

bigelow tea earl greyLooking for your next tea pairing adventure? Look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey tea. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes—thanks to the finest bergamot oil from Calabria, Italy. A true classic, Earl Grey pairs beautifully with the strong, earthy flavors in red meat dishes, duck and dark chocolate. Now that’s decadent!

bigelow tea earl grey boxTry pairing a cup of Earl Grey with tea-infused main dishes like recipes for Orange Beef and Chinese Broccoli or Pan Seared Duck with Orange and Spice Gastrique.

Or if you have more of a sweet tooth, pair a cuppa with Vanilla Caramel Chocolate Custard or Creme Brulee, or Darjeeling and Dark Chocolate Pots. With its delicate and citrusy aroma and golden coloring, Earl Grey’s smooth flavor provides the perfect complement to rich and indulgent dishes.

With the complex yet traditional flavor of Earl Grey, here’s one more tip: simply brew, sip and enjoy!

‘Tis The Season To Sip Special Bigelow Teas!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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There’s no better time for hot tea than the weeks leading up to the holidays. As you contemplate your cards and shopping lists, brew a cup of one of Bigelow Tea’s seasonal varieties and see what happens. The aromas and tastes of peppermint, gingersnaps and even eggnog will get you into the spirit in a jiffy and put a little jingle into your day!

Like candy canes and chocolate? Then Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea is an early holiday gift you’ll want to give yourself! Refreshing and indulgent, this caffeine free, all-natural tea combines the invigorating sensation and taste of real peppermint with the smooth warmth of chocolate, thanks to the addition of actual cocoa powder. It’s both hot and “cool” at the same time. Add a little sweetener and give yourself a little holiday gift any time of day, all season long!

If you prefer savory sips, brew some Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea in your favorite holiday mug! This aptly named tea is both “snappy” and evokes the sensation of warm gingersnaps. Ingredients like real ginger, cinnamon, natural gingersnap and lemon peel give this caffeine free tea a whole lot of zing. It’s savory, sweet and a smidge spicy. Ideal for a mid-day break from work or a bedtime cup as you write your list for the next day.

Looking for a caffeinated option? Bigelow Tea’s Eggnogg’n Tea will give you that gentle boost of caffeine and offer you one of the holiday’s quintessential flavors and aromas: eggnog. This all-natural tea is made with both black and green tea, making it full-bodied without being overpowering. It is smooth and miraculously full of the creamy flavor of eggnog with a touch of cinnamon. A splash of milk and a little sweetener makes it even more luscious—a great morning treat or accompaniment to your favorite holiday cookie!

With three joyous and spirited options, which Bigelow Tea holiday variety will you be sipping this season?

Bigelow Tea’s Darjeeling Meets Its Match

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Bigelow Tea would like to introduce you to the “champagne of teas,” Darjeeling. An elegant black tea grown high in the remote Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling is revered for its delicate astringency balanced by a fragrant, nutty aroma. What’s more, this tea actually pairs well with some of fall’s heartiest foods!Bigelow Tea Roast Pork recipe

Yes, Darjeeling’s delicately robust spice and woody muscatel notes marry well with rich, creamy, or spice-forward red meat dishes. This autumn, pair it with Bigelow Tea’s Roast Pork with Spiced Apple (pictured above).The tender and succulent pork tenderloin will be both savory and sweet thanks to the seasoned apples and the addition of some Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal TeaDarjeeling Black Tea Box Bigelow Tea

Food and beverage pairings are nothing new. Think wine & cheese, beer & pretzels and even milk & cookies! With so many varieties of Bigelow Tea out there, the combinations are limitless! So give this particular pairing a try … and post your thoughts on how each component compliments the others. Or feel free to just eat, sip and enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Love Fall Teas!

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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Bigelow Tea welcomed the fall with seasonal teas  … and Bigelow Tea Facebook fans were delighted! Hot tea and cool autumn weather certainly go hand in hand. Here’s some of what you had to say on Facebook!

*“My mid morning enjoyment, Pumpkin Spice,” said Anne Elizabeth Twohey.

*And Doris Tyler Bartlett added: “Need to get some fall flavors.”

*Linda White posted that Bigelow’s fall teas are great all year round! “I have been drinking Pumpkin Spice since I first found it, even though it was summer! It’s my absolute favorite flavor! I also like Salted Caramel quite a bit!”

*And Bigelow Tea lovers who didn’t have seasonal varieties on hand yet still enjoyed their cups of tea. Denise Darcell noted, “I don’t have pumpkin spice, but I’m sipping the heck out of what I got. Good ol’ black tea, regular.”

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*Fan George Wright summed it up (and posted the cool “Constant Comment”® photo, above): “I can’t think of a better way to usher in the new season.” Agreed!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Bigelow Tea’s seasonal favorites. Keep those constant comments coming!

 

Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea Sommeliers 

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

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Move over wine sommeliers, there’s a new breed of beverage experts serving up great advice for pairing food and drink! Bigelow Tea is delighted to hear that tea sommeliers are emerging on the restaurant scene to share their passion for tea and help diners choose teas and foods that are matches made in culinary heaven.

As tea sommelier Aurelie Bessiere explained to NPR, “The whole idea of pairing tea with food is that you should have a tea that’s going to enhance the flavor of the food, or vice versa.” Tea sommeliers study the origins and nuances of teas, including their distinct aromas, to understand how food and tea pairings heighten different flavors. Atera and Eleven Madison Park in New York City are among the fine restaurants that include tea sommeliers as part of an overall effort to make tea integral to the dining experience. Bigelow Tea certainly hopes tea-centric dining becomes a trend!bigelow tea green tea

Of course, you don’t need a sommelier to experiment with tea pairing on your own at home. In need of inspiration? Check out the Bigelow Tea pairings page, and while you’re at it, learn why pairing Cozy Chamomile tea with Bigelow Tea’s recipe for I Love Lemon Quick Bread is an extra-special treat!

Thanks @gullyjuice187 for sharing your breakfast combo: oatmeal, raisins and Green Tea—and proving that the best food and tea pairings are the ones you prefer!

Image by Sebastiaan ter Burg via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Taps Into Water Conservation Measures

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Bigelow Tea knows that quality water is essential in making a good cup of tea, and that this key ingredient must not go to waste! In giving H20 some TLC, the family-owned company, led by third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow, has installed devices at their Connecticut, Idaho, and Kentucky locations to cut down on any unnecessary water usage.

Bigelow Tea’s HQ in Fairfield implemented water-saving techniques that range from putting a rain sensor on an outside irrigation system to placing low flow aerators on every sink. Restrooms have been equipped with automatic shut off faucets (like the one shown above), waterless urinals and automatic valves on toilets and urinals.

With the Boise plant being in a region with very light rainfall, Bigelow Tea employees installed more energy efficient faucets and appliances to stop drips and leaks. And they sound icky, but new waterless urinals will save over 60,000 gallons per year.

At Bigelow’s Louisville site, water-saving devices similar to Fairfield’s have been placed in just about every area, including the kitchen sinks!

Bigelow Tea also likes hearing how tea fans act sustainably and how they get good water for their tea. Facebook fan Sheryl Gowen uses filtered water from her fridge dispenser, never bottled water, for her tea. Thanks for sharing!

 

Bigelow Tea And Conservation

Friday, July 31st, 2015

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For Bigelow Tea, conserving land and caring for the environment is a top priority. That’s why the Charleston Tea Plantation is far more than just a place to grow the tea leaves that are harvested for Bigelow’s American Classic Teas. The tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island is a thriving example of the Bigelow family’s commitment to conservation.

Here’s the story. In the book “My Mother Loved Tea,” David Bigelow explains that his family got a phone call from one of the plantation’s original owners asking for help to save it from being shut down. It hadn’t produced tea for a number of years, yet it was still a much-loved local treasure.

At first, the Bigelow family was torn about bidding on the plantation, but when they learned of a real estate developer’s interest, they sprung into action. After obtaining the property in 2003, and giving it a little TLC, the Bigelows opened Charleston Tea Plantation three years later.

Today, the tea fields contribute to local tourism and economic growth as tea lovers flock to see the gardens and sample the made-in-the-USA teas! Thanks @Tom Williams for posting that it’s “A great place to visit. Truly one of a kind.” When it comes to sustainability, Bigelow Tea knows that taking steps to preserve green spaces is the right thing to do.

 

Bigelow Tea: Committed To World Environment Day!

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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Bigelow Tea is committed to sustainability and keeping the environment healthy—after all, the environment is the sprawling canvas on which this family-owned company grows and produces its delicious teas! And today, on World Environment Day, there is much to say about what is done before you enjoy that first cup in the morning! Bigelow Tea’s environmental awareness is present in every sip you take with energy conservation steps like efficient transportation of Bigelow products, reduced emissions with solar power and membership within the Ethical Tea Partnership.

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World Environment Day encourages mindfulness and action – it’s a global environmental celebration in over 100 countries. This year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” That certainly relates well to Bigelow Tea’s family business, from responsible cultivation and conservation practices to production methods, even requiring environmental standards for our supplier relationships! Every little bit helps. Bigelow Tea employee Jim Gildea knows that’s the case, and he tweeted as he honored the environment by planting trees. (Thanks, Jim!)

Embrace the cup that’s brewed with generations of love and environmental commitment. Taste’s great doesn’t it?

2nd image via unep.org

Bigelow Tea Raises Its Mug Of Chamomile To John Legend

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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At Bigelow Tea, it’s music to our ears when we hear about singers who drink tea before a performance. Bigelow Tea imagines vocalists enjoying a mug of Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea to soothe the voice and calm the nerves backstage!  We found out that nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician John Legend is known to sip hot chamomile before a big show. And if he loves the taste of chamomile, maybe he would enjoy Novus Citrus Chamomile Herbal Tea at home too—perhaps over conversation with his newlywed wife, actress and model Chrissy Teigen.

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With its mellow, delicate and slightly floral notes, Cozy Chamomile offers understated flavor along with the calming quality of chamomile flowers coupled with a hint of lemongrass in Novus Citrus Chamomile which is legendary.  With the busy life that John leads, he certainly deserves a bit of relaxation between shows on his #AllOfMeTour. And, hey, it looks like @THE_Umrani has a pretty peaceful view to enjoy a cup of tea while listening to John Legend’s music! Bliss!

Image thanks to John Legend’s Facebook page

Bigelow Tea Spotlights Belle Of The Ball Lily James

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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Bigelow Tea loves a good tea party—it’s a delightful way to celebrate most any occasion— even movie premieres! Recently, the cast of Cinderella joined guests at a tea party before the New York City premiere of the new film, based on the timeless classic fairytale. And, of course, the enchanting princess herself, portrayed by Downton Abbey’s Lily James, was in attendance.

Perhaps Lily enjoys a cup of robust Bigelow Earl Grey or rich “Constant Comment”® while hosting tea parties as Cinderella. Or maybe the Britain-born starlet prefers drinking classic English Teatime while traipsing around the Downton Abbey set. No matter which blend you prefer, the ambiance of Downton is enough to put anyone in the mood for a tea party. Avid watcher @carolinespruill shared, “Thanks #downtonabbey now I can’t get enough #tea #bigelow #missinglondon.”

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