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Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes Winner Learns About Tea

We were so happy to hear from Christine who was the winner of our January sweepstakes where the prize was a trip to our very own Charleston Tea Plantation.  Below is the note we received after she returned from her trip:

We just got back from Charleston last night and we had an AMAZING time! I can’t thank Bigelow Tea enough! I loved Charleston it was so historic! The tea plantation was great! Everyone was so friendly and I learned so much about tea. I loved sampling the different flavors. The tour was so interesting! We also loved the hotel we stayed at! The location was perfect and the hotel offered so many things! I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Charleston to stay at this hotel and tour the tea plantation.

This trip was more than I could have hoped for! We did have trouble getting to Charleston and did not arrive until 10:30pm but once we were there everything was perfect! I cannot say thank you enough! My husband and I will never forget this experience! I am still in shock that I won this trip! I have never had anything like this happen to me! I am TRULY grateful!!! We had such a great time and we hope to go back in the future. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!!!


Christine Diaz
January 2012 Sweepstakes Winner


Bigelow Tea’s Hidden Treasure: The Charleston Tea Plantation

We want to share a hidden treasure with you. Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina may not necessarily be on your travel radar, but since you are tea lovers, we thought we’d tell you a little secret: in the heart of South Carolina’s low country, right off the coast, this island is home to our Charleston Tea Plantation!

Sitting on 127 acres of pristine grounds of farmland, our tea garden (the largest in the United States) is a rare gem indeed. This prized spot includes beautiful Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working tea factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shop.  Perhaps best of all, the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our one and only American Classic Teas!

The method of making tea is quite fascinating and thanks to ABC News4 you get a firsthand view of the process.

Whether you get to Wadmalaw Island for the First Flush FesTEAval (a celebration of the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest) next year, or you arrive later in the growing season, our Charleston Tea Plantation is a one-of-a-kind experience … and we do hope you’ll venture there soon!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Spring With The 6th Annual First Flush Festival!

It’s time to mark those calendars for Bigelow Tea’s 6th annual First Flush FesTEAval, coming Sunday, May 20th! This TEA-rrific event celebrates the season’s first tea harvest and takes place at Bigelow Tea’s own Charleston Tea Garden, the largest working tea farm in the continental United States. Each year the festival draws thousands of people to picturesque Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s low country, with fantastic local music, art and cuisine – and plenty of the tea garden’s signature American Classic iced tea for all!

This special rite of spring isn’t just for tea lovers. In fact, the festival was recently recognized as one of the 2012 top 100 events in North America! It offers fun for the whole family in a truly unique setting. The backdrop for the festivities is 127 acres of beautiful tea plants. “First flush” tea is defined as the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest. The leaves are harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh and amazing cup of tea. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Details of this year’s musical lineup are still being worked out, but last year we were fortunate to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event. Count on more great music this year! We’re also proud to continue our green mission at the festival with the use of biodegradable corn cups to serve iced tea to attendees. These eco-friendly cups, made from the renewable resource of corn, completely compost in 45 to 60 days. It’s all part of Bigelow Tea’s company-wide commitment to sustainabili-TEA!

So stay tuned for more First Flush FesTEAval details, and in the meantime we look forward to celebrating spring – and tea – with you on May 20th!


Sustainabili-TEA And Ardent Land Preservation At Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow had a dream: to preserve an open piece of land in the breathtakingly beautiful state of New Hampshire. Years later, the Bigelow family honored their matriarch’s wishes by holding and maintaining 220 acres of undeveloped NH land, even saving and maintaining the original house that was built on the property, way back in 1794!

As committed practitioners of Sustainabili-TEA, the Bigelow family ardently supports New Hampshire’s land conservation initiative, known as “Statewide Program of Action to Conserve our Environment (SPACE).”  Today, the land remains undeveloped and its beauty gives real meaning to the phrase “salt of the earth.”  It’s no surprise that David C. Bigelow would acquire a keen appreciation for land preservation. He had a wonderful teacher: his mother, Ruth.

And when David and wife Eunice (Co-Chairs/Co-CEOs of Bigelow Tea) heard about the pending destruction of a southern landmark—the Charleston Tea Plantation —they made the decision to save the plantation, and restore it to its former grandeur. Today it’s our home of American Classic Tea, and we proudly offer Charleston, South Carolina locals and visitors alike the opportunity to tour the beautiful grounds … and of course, to indulge in a cup or two of tea!


And, as for the next generation of the Bigelow family – well it is no accident that Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea actively promote all things sustainable.  Whether it is land preservation or conscientious community involvement, the Bigelows are committed to carrying on the family practice of Sustainabili-TEA! 

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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!


The First Flush Festival Is A “Top 100 Event” Brought To You By Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea—and countless tea lovers and music fans—already know that our annual First Flush FesTEAval is a blast, but now the entire nation is going to know it! Our Charleston Tea Plantation’s First Flush FesTEAval has been selected by the American Bus Association as one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

The ABA’s experienced tourism selection committee has been choosing events for their “top 100” for thirty years. Our tea-lover’s event, which takes place annually on a Sunday in May on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Low country, was selected from thousands of nominations across North America!

“The attractiveness of the First Flush FesTEAval as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for the First Flush FesTEAval,” said Peter Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that the First Flush FesTEAval has been recognized…at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the First Flush FesTEAval an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”


The outdoor festival, which celebrates the first tea harvest at our Charleston Tea Plantation, features great music, fantastic foods and the incomparable American Classic iced tea, served in biodegradable corn cups! Last year we were lucky enough to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event.

Bigelow Tea is thrilled and honored to have our First Flush FesTEAval named one of 2012’s Top 100 Events – and we look forward to seeing you there next year for the Sixth Annual celebration!

Bigelow Tea Salutes Patriot Day Community Efforts and Tea for the Troops

As America commemorates the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, we remember those we lost that bright and terrible day. We also honor our troops, who continue to sacrifice for our country both at home and away. Now officially recognized as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11th is also a time for personal reflection and recommitment to our own communities. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are continually inspired by people who strive to make a difference.

Community service is integral to Bigelow Tea’s mission, so we were excited in 2009 to create the special Tea for the Troops, honoring the brave men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Bigelow Tea produced 100,000 boxes of American Classic Tea for the troops – 100 percent grown on American soil at our own Charleston Tea Plantation. It’s a small way of saying thank you to those who serve and protect. The many letters of appreciation we have received from the troops are truly heartwarming!

Aspen (left) and Autumn Cooper pack Tea for the Troops in Wesley Chapel, FL

Our extended Bigelow Tea family is also heartened to see how Patriot Day, established in memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, has spurred on more volunteerism across the country.  In 2009, a presidential proclamation declared Patriot Day a National Day of Service and Remembrance “as an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our nation following the attacks and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities.” More than 63 million Americans responded by volunteering their time, efforts and hearts.

The momentum continues with the I Will page, which provides a forum for ideas in support of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Share yours with us on Facebook and Twitter!

On Independence Day Bigelow Tea Brings On The Red, White And Blue!

As we celebrate the Fourth of July at Bigelow Tea, the red, white and blue continue to inspire us!  It’s a day to wear a red T-shirt and blue jean shorts, maybe lay out a tri-colored tablecloth, hang the stars & stripes and perhaps make a simple red, white and blue dessert like strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream!  With the patriotic colors and spirit of Independence Day, we thought we’d share suggestions for red, white and blue teas to drink too!

Red: our Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea with raspberry, elderberries and rose hips, is delicious and refreshing!White: Bigelow Tea makes an all-natural, organic White Tea With Raspberry & Chrysanthemum that’s smooth and delicate … and Blue: one of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Harvest, is bursting with blueberry flavor! And blueberries happen to be packed with antioxidants, so feel free to indulge!

For a truly patriotic blend, we’d love to suggest our American Classic Tea, grown and produced right here in the U.S. of A at our Charleston Tea Plantation! We wrap this singular blend in red, white and blue packaging and send it to the men and women serving in our armed forces as part of our Tea for the Troops initiative. Check out our Facebook page and specially created tab regarding Tea for the Troops for more information, and maybe leave an Independence Day note for them on our wall!

So, as you enjoy your red, white and blue tea on Independence Day, don’t forget to take a moment to remember those who fought to give us our freedom … and those who continue to serve and protect us today.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Bigelow Tea Rings In Summer with Memorial Day

Spring is in full swing, and summer is nearly upon us. Here at Bigelow Tea we know that summer doesn’t commence properly without first recognizing Memorial Day, honoring those who have served in the armed forces, and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As the unofficial start to the summer, Americans celebrate these dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces on Memorial Day with traditional warm-weather pastimes like parades, barbecues, and special time with family.

In 2009, the spirit of recognizing the brave men and women who help protect our country, Bigelow Tea proudly introduced our Tea for the Troops program. Our American Classic Tea (grown on American soil, at our Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina) is specially packaged and shipped to American soldiers hard at work overseas. To learn more about this program, please join us on Facebook where we featured up to date photos and letters from our troops.

On Memorial Day 2011, Bigelow Tea would like to once again extend our sincerest gratitude to all the service men and women stationed domestically and overseas. We are infinitely pleased that our teas have brought some measure of enjoyment to the soldiers who defend our freedoms and keep our country safe. Therefore, we encourage our fellow Americans to reflect—over a delicious cup of tea, of course— on the sacrifices of those have served, and those who serve now. A safe Memorial Day weekend to all!

Image via The National Guard

Grace Potter Headlines the 5th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

Nothing says spring like the First Flush FesTEAval at the Charleston Tea Plantation, continental America’s only working tea garden! Bigelow Tea is thrilled to announce that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, an awesome blues-rock band, will headline the 5th annual FesTEAval on Sunday May 15th. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring the whole family to picturesque Wadmalaw Island for a unique celebration of seasonal renewal and, of course, tea! By the way, we served more than 7,000 cups of iced American Classic Tea at last year’s event, which drew over 5,000 attendees!

2010 First Flush FesTEAval

Even if you don’t live in South Carolina, our FesTEAval is worth the trip to historic Charleston, especially if you love tea and are interested in how it’s made. Check out Cindi Bigelow’s informative video tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation to get a better idea of what makes it such a special place:


First Flush tea, made from the new leaves of tea plants as they emerge from dormancy every spring is an extra-special brew. In fact, it was once reserved only for royalty! Today, First Flush tea is anxiously awaited by connoisseurs who deem it to be the purest, freshest tea.

And thanks to the FesTEAval, the Charleston Tea Plantation is known as a top destination for the best in live music, entertainment and local cuisine, as well as the tea! The Bridge at 105.5, a local radio station and key sponsor of the FesTEAval, is once again booking a lineup of hot bands. “This station event combines a great location with talent that has gotten better every year,” said The Bridge Operations Manager Mike Allen. “The show has become our most anticipated event!”

So, come join us on May 15th – advance tickets are available through Etix – and we’ll have the tea pitchers iced, the acoustics set and the fun all fired up!