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Say “I Do” To These Wedding Inspirations From Bigelow Tea

Friday, February 19th, 2016

bigelow tea charleston tea plantationIt’s the season of romance and Bigelow Tea is here to offer inspiration for all of you brides- and grooms-to-be! Despite the brisk weather, February sparkles as National Wedding Month. It’s the perfect time to plan a future wedding (even if it’s just pinning pins on Pinterest) and Bigelow Tea has plenty of insight into weddings … especially since its own Charleston Tea Plantation is a gorgeous and popular place to say “I do!” With majestic oaks, an old-fashioned trolley to shuttle guests and historic beauty, the grounds at the South Carolina plantation are full of Southern charm and make the perfect backdrop to a romantic event.

If you can’t get married at a tea garden, here are some other swoon-worthy ideas on how to creatively incorporate tea into your big day.

Decorations

It doesn’t matter if your theme and décor is rustic, ethereal or cozy, tea can certainly play a role. Use vintage teacups as part of your centerpieces, or have your seating cards tied to a pouch of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor.

Time to (Tea) Party

Everyone loves a tea party! So, why not design a tea party-themed wedding? Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding—or even a bridal shower!

Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, canapés, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies, petit fours, and scones with Devonshire cream and jam.

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Favors—Love is Brewing

Send your guests home with a Bigelow Tea Personalized Tea Box with a “thank you” message and photograph. Or, place several pouches of Bigelow Tea into a burlap party favor bag.  

Bridal Party Gifts

Give thanks to the members of your bridal party with a lovely personalized wooden tea chest. Both useful and a handy fixture around the kitchen, it’ll be a gift they’ll treasure forever!

If you’re planning a wedding or simply looking to the future, invite Bigelow Tea to the big day. Tea in any form is a simple yet elegant way to add a little flavor to the festivities.

 

Wake Up Your Taste Buds With Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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The Bigelow family certainly knows the components of a great holiday: tea, family, lots of laughter and a hearty breakfast. One of the best things in the world is the wafting scent of cinnamon tickling your nose on a chilly December morning. Now that’s a smell to wake up to! Looking for the perfect meal to get everyone out of bed? How about Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls thanks to Bigelow Tea drinker Michelle from Honest + Truly. Deliciously sticky and perfectly sweet, you can do most of the prep for these cinnamon rolls the night before.

Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls 

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

1 c milk
1 Bigelow vanilla chai tea bag
2 1/4 t yeast (1 packet equivalent)
1 t salt
1/4 c sugar
5 T butter, softened
1 egg
3 1/2 c flour

Filling

1/2 c butter, softened
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 t fresh ground cloves

Glaze

3 T butter, melted
1 t vanilla
2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c brewed Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
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Instructions

Start making your dough by heating your milk just until it is steaming. Add the tea bag and let it steep for five minutes while the milk cools somewhat. Remove the tea bag, and add your milk to your mixing bowl. Top with your yeast, sugar, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Add your softened butter and mix again. When mostly incorporated, add the egg and bring to medium speed to beat together. Once incorporated, add your remaining flour slowly to ensure your dough isn’t too dry. Mix on low speed until your dough comes together in a ball.

Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for five to ten minutes, until the dough springs back when you press lightly into it. Return to your bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour until doubled in size.

Remove the dough from your bowl once risen and roll out to a 9 by 15 rectangle. Using the wrapper as a holder for your 1/2 cup of butter, spread it over the dough, leaving a one inch gap along the top long side so the dough will still stick later. Use the wrapper to spread any remaining butter into the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan so that your cinnamon rolls won’t stick to it later.

Mix together the remainder of your filling in a separate bowl. Use a fork to combine the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Spread this over the butter on your rectangle using your fork.

Roll up your rectangle into a long log, starting at the bottom and leaving the uncoated edge for the end. Use a serrated knife to slice into 12 equal pieces.

Carefully lift each piece and place it into your buttered pan. Some will touch and others won’t. Replace the towel and let rise for 30 minutes or place in the fridge overnight to finish in the morning. If finishing in the morning, remove the rolls from the fridge and let sit on the counter, still covered by the towel, for 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while your cinnamon rolls are rising. Once they are ready to bake, remove the towel and bake uncovered in your oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and the filling has started to bubble at the edges.

Cool in the pan while you make the glaze. Brew a cup of Bigelow vanilla chai tea. In a small mixing bowl, add melted butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Pour the hot tea over this. Using a fork, stir until thoroughly combined, adding a bit more tea to thin the glaze if needed. Pour the glaze over your cinnamon rolls and enjoy immediately.

Note – These are best eaten the day they’re made but can be stored on the counter in a tightly sealed container for another 1-2 days, if needed.

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

Darjeeling Bigelow Tea

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

bigelow tea charleston tea plantation

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