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Bigelow Tea Wants You To Achieve Expertise When it Comes to Tea Knowledge!

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We know you love to drink your favorite teas, but how much do you really know about this amazing beverage? What are the differences between Green, Black and Oolong teas … and where does Herbal tea fit in? If these questions have you stumped, Bigelow Tea can help!

So to further your tea edification, we thought you’d enjoy hearing from Bigelow Tea president, Cindi Bigelow. If anyone knows tea, it’s the granddaughter of Ruth Campbell Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Tea! We hope you enjoy this video lesson … and we think that after viewing it that you’ll not only know a lot more about the complexities of tea appreciation, but that you’ll be also dying to brew a cup!

Enjoy!

 

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Bigelow Tea’s Diet Resolution for 2012: Eat Healthy, Be Healthy!

After all the revelry and feasting over the holidays, do you feel it’s time to pull back a little? Don’t fret, Bigelow Tea is right there with you, and we have ideas to help kick off Diet Resolution Week!  Yes, there are those dreaded words:  diet and resolution! The two words combined can seem formidable, but with a new year upon us, let’s brew up a positive attitude!

Diet resolutions are all about eating healthy and being healthy.  Don’t feel like you’re “denying” yourself foods; think of it as embracing wholesome, nutritious foods (and in moderate portions). The upside is that when we eat smart, we feel lighter, more energetic and healthier. The downside? There is none!

Here are some tried and true tips to help us all start 2012 on a lighter note:

  • Objectively examine what you have stored in your fridge and pantry. This tells you a lot about your eating habits; remove processed and preservative-filled foods and replace them with preservative-free foods.
  • Take a trip to your local farmer’s market. Make it a weekly excursion. The colors and smells inspire you to cook sustainable recipes that will nourish and delight you and your whole family.
  • Snack healthy. A healthy snack of fruit or raw veggies can tame your hunger!
  • Exercise portion control.  When dining in restaurants, try a variety of healthy appetizers – instead of a main course. Another option: box half your meal, before you begin. Take it home for a second meal tomorrow, or give the boxed half to the restaurant for a homeless shelter or local food bank (many restaurants give food away at the end of each day).
  • Move your limbs. Walk or, better yet, dance!
  • And of course, drink tea daily!

Good luck and good health in 2012!

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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!

 

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Bigelow Tea Suggestions for National Hot Tea Month!

During National Hot Tea Month we know you don’t need encouragement to drink Bigelow Tea; it’s January, after all, and there’s no better time of year to slow down and warm up with a steaming cup of hot tea! But for us, National Hot Tea Month is like a month-long holiday, so we thought it might be fun to give some suggestions for teas you may want to try over the next weeks. Here are some thoughts … and we’d love to hear your ideas too!

On Mondays, when we all need a bit of a boost, a traditional black tea may do the trick. Give English Teatime or Darjeeling a try!

On Tuesdays a decaf tea during your mid-morning break sounds just about right. May we recommend our decaf Green Tea? Smooth, delicious and full of antioxidants!

Wednesday is known as “hump day,” and we think a little Lemon Lift in the afternoon will help get you over that hump and headed towards the weekend!

Thursday evenings seem to be a favorite television night, so how about an herbal tea like Chamomile Mint to sip with your favorite shows?

For Friday, why not consider the venerable Constant Comment? Usher in the weekend with the grandmother of all tea blends! Sounds pretty good to us.

Saturdays tend to be full of errands, sports and family time; our Spiced Chai is the perfect tea for this busy day!

And Sunday … brunch day … English Breakfast and Earl Grey are two traditional teas that will make beautiful additions to your Sunday brunch and family gathering!

We hope these daily tea suggestions help out … but with so many Bigelow Tea choices, we predict a busy National Hot Tea Month. We know we’ll do our part!

Oh and while you are celebrating, make note of all of the fun things we are doing in January on Facebook: Win a trip for two to our Charleston Tea Garden via our sweepstakes tab just under our profile picture in Facebook (starts Jan 3rd so enter tomorrow). Also, chat with Cindi Bigelow, President, live on Facebook on January 18th from 2:00-3:00pm EST.  Happy Hot Tea Month!

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Bigelow Tea Toasts Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions!

Here’s to a healthier you in 2012! When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, eating better and exercising more top the list for many of us.  After all, no matter how good we’ve been, there’s always room for improvement, right? And Bigelow Tea is part of the solution to help you further your health and fitness goals!

Reducing sugar consumption is a great place to start. It’s increasingly evident that while Americans were long fixated on reducing fat intake, we may have been unwittingly piling on the sugar – to the detriment of our waistlines and overall health. In one recent study, participants consumed an average of 21.4 teaspoons of added sugars a day. That’s adding 7 teaspoons of sugar at every meal! Yikes!

Health watchers have taken note of this alarming trend. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 6.5 teaspoons of added sugar a day and men no more than 9.5 teaspoons a day. But if you love soda, it’s difficult to reach this goal. Consider that a 20-oz glass of cola contains a whopping 16 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup!

The upside? Whether you’re looking for fat free or less of the sugary drinks, tea is a great alternative, while providing your body an antioxidant boost and enhancing hydration … and it tastes delicious! So go ahead, indulge your taste for tea in 2012. With more than 120 varieties to choose from, Bigelow Tea offers a flavor for every mood. For renewed inspiration, check out Cindi Bigelow’s demonstration of how to brew the perfect cup of tea. You’ll resolve to never squeeze another teabag again!

So to all our tea fans, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Photo by Roxana Gonzalez via Freerange.com

 

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Think Bigelow Tea When Your Brain Needs A Boost!

Tea fans know their favorite brew is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, and the mounting research is helping to explain why. One recent study suggests that drinking tea may actually boost our brainpower. The intrepid health watchers at Bigelow Tea are excited by this report and, as always, wanted to share the details!

Dutch researchers, who reported their findings in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, looked at the effect of naturally occurring chemicals in tea on the mental performance of 44 young volunteers. They found that L-theanine, an amino acid in both black and green tea, significantly improved accuracy for a number of switching tasks, compared with a placebo. The tea drinkers’ alertness was also heightened, and they were less tired.

Of course, as our blog readers know, this isn’t the first positive report we’ve seen on L-theanine! It has been the subject of several studies and is reported to help reduce mental fatigue, boost attention for those with anxiety, and increase the body’s defense against infection. Dr. Tim Bond, of the industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel, told theDaily Mail that the latest findings support a previous study that showed drinking two cups of black tea “improves the ability to react to stimuli and to focus attention on the task in hand.”

“Taken together, these two studies provide [stimulating!] evidence that consumption of black tea improves cognitive function, in particular helping to focus attention during the challenge of a demanding mental task,” adds Dr. Bond. So enjoy your delicious Bigelow Tea break, especially when you have some serious thinking to do!

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Your Bigelow Tea Holiday Cocktail Guide!

 With the new year on the way, it’s time to say “cheers” with some extra-special libations from Bigelow Tea! Perhaps you’ll be hosting a fancy open house, a small cocktail party or an intimate family dinner. Whatever your plans may be, we hope you’ll consider including a Bigelow Tea-inspired beverage or two on the menu. Indeed, nothing is more festive or welcoming to guests than a Pomegranate Cosmopolitan or steaming cup of Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum! Check out all our wonderful drink recipes, including nonalcoholic options, and make Bigelow Tea a part of your New Year’s tradition!

Here are two excellent recipes to start with!

Constant Comment Cosmo

Ingredients:

Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup fresh orange juice
Garnish with orange twist

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Place Bigelow “Constant Comment®” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and orange juice and stir. Chill 20-30 minutes in the freezer.

Place cooled sweet tea mixture and 4 ounces of vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

To make one Cosmo, place two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

Orange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

4 cups red table wine
Bigelow Orange & Spice® Herb Tea Bags
½ cup light brown sugar
1 bay leaf

Yield: 8 4-oz. servings

 

Instructions:

Try a Bigelow “Naughteas” Cocktail – a drink made using Bigelow Orange and Spice tea and alcohol.

Place red wine in a medium saucepan and heat to simmer. (DO NOT BOIL.) Add tea bags and let sit over low heat for 30 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Add sugar and bay leaf, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let wine sit over low heat for another 10 minutes, then remove bay leaf. Reheat and serve as needed.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:

Calories 137
Total Fat 0g
Protein 0g
Carbohydrates 15.4g
Fiber 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 11.2mg
Potassium 180.1mg

 

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Dave Brubeck: Cool Jazz And Hot Tea Make A Perfect Bigelow Tea Combination!

For tea drinkers under a certain age, the name Dave Brubeck might not be all that familiar… but Bigelow Tea is a big fan of this tea-loving musician, and we thought we’d share his jazz with you today! So brew a nice pot of tea and read on with us!

The jazz legend began his career as a pianist playing in local dance halls at the age of 14. He majored in music at college and studied music composition on his way to becoming a world-renowned composer of jazz-infused, cross-genre music! His Dave Brubeck Quartet became immensely popular in the 1950s and ‘60s, winning awards and touring with such legendary artists as Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.

Incredibly, he is still making great music – his 2007 solo piano album “Indian Summer” was named Album of the Year by one publication!

 

At Bigelow Tea, we think music—particularly jazz—and tea go beautifully together. Whether we’re sipping decaffeinated tea in front of a fire or enjoying a cool tea-infused cocktail by candlelight, a little jazz playing only makes the moment better. So, thank you, Dave Brubeck, for all the great jazz you’ve written and played over the years. It makes tea-drinking an even more special experience!

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Images 2 & 3 via richardbealblog.com

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Bigelow Tea Wants You To Achieve Expertise When It Comes to Tea Knowledge!

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We know you love to drink your favorite teas, but how much do you really know about this amazing beverage? What are the differences between Green, Black and Oolong teas … and where does Herbal tea fit in? If these questions have you stumped, Bigelow Tea can help!

So to further your tea edification, we thought you’d enjoy hearing from Bigelow Tea President, Cindi Bigelow. If anyone knows tea, it’s the granddaughter of Ruth Campbell Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Tea! We hope you enjoy this video lesson … and we think that after viewing it that you’ll not only know a lot more about the complexities of tea appreciation, but that you’ll be also dying to brew a cup!

Enjoy!

 

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Gluten-Free Holiday Baking

Cakes, cookies, pies – oh my, the holidays are full of delicious baked treats! While many of us look forward to these simple indulgences, they can present a minefield of health hazards for those who must avoid gluten-based flours. So it’s no coincidence that Gluten-Free Baking Week falls squarely in the midst of the holiday season – December 18-24. It’s a great way to help spread the word that going gluten-free need not leave any holiday revelers feeling deprived. In the spirit of the season, Bigelow Tea is happy to pass on this wonderful gluten-free cookie recipe from our files. After all, most of our teas are Gluten Free too!

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Meringue Cookies With Pecans

Ingredients:

¼ cup hot water
2  Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
Egg whites from 2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
½ cup superfine sugar
¼ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
Parchment paper

Yield: 24 cookies

Instructions:

In a measuring cup, steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags into cup before discarding. Allow tea to cool.

Preheat oven to 275º and place rack on middle setting. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat egg whites on medium-high speed with an electric mixer, until soft peaks form (about 2 minutes). Add the cream of tartar, then the sugar, a little at a time, and raise the speed of the mixer to high.

Add 1 teaspoon of the prepared tea and continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes). The mixture should be very voluminous and look like fluffy whipped cream. Don’t overbeat…the mixture should look glossy, not dry.

Using a 2 oz. ice cream scoop (or 2 spoons), place rounded mounds of meringue (about 2 tablespoons per cookie) onto prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake for 45 minutes, until firm to the touch. Turn off oven and allow the cookies to slowly cool as the oven cools (at least another hour). They will be crisp on the outside, with a slightly soft center. When they are finished, they will release from the parchment very easily.

Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container on the countertop.

Note: Superfine sugar is sometimes sold as “castor” or “caster” sugar and is available in the baking section in most supermarkets. You can make your own superfine sugar by processing regular granulated sugar in a food processor for approximately 30 seconds.

Note: High humidity can sometimes affect the results of this recipe. Dry days are best to make meringues.

Variations:

Mint Medley Meringues: Substitute Mint Medley Herb Tea for the Pumpkin Spice, and substitute crushed peppermint candies (or candy canes) for the pecans.

Ginger Spice Meringues: Substitute Ginger Snappish Herb Tea for the Pumpkin Spice, and finely chopped crystallized ginger for the pecans.

*The recipes designated gluten free do not include the following ingredients: wheat, rye, barley, or oats; or ingredients that might contain these, but Bigelow Tea does not assume liability for information reported on our recipes.

However, anyone who needs or wants to follow a gluten free (GF) diet should check ingredients and products to ensure they are GF. (For example, sesame seeds are naturally GF, but it’s always wise to check with the manufacturer to make sure that gluten was not introduced to the product during processing.)

Bigelow Tea can make no guarantees that the recipes are appropriate for your diet. Individuals should consult with their physician or other medical professional.

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