Beat the Heat With Tea This Summer

Beat the Heat with Tea This Summer Charleston Tea Plantation

Summer in the Lowcountry is a beautiful time of year. Beach trips, boat days, and sunny days out in the field are some of our favorite activities. But sometimes, the soaring temperatures make those activities hard to enjoy, and even dangerous if you don’t stay hydrated.

During the summer, our bodies are constantly losing water as we breathe, sweat, and work hard to go about our lives, making it extremely important that we stay hydrated. If you aren’t a big water drinker, no problem! There are plenty of other ways you can stay hydrated.

Here are a few ways you can beat the heat with tea this summer:

Drink Tea

Start your morning with a cup of hot tea to get hydrated early on, and switch to iced tea as the day goes on and the temperature rises. Tea consists mostly of water and is just as hydrating, with the added bonus of great taste and antioxidants.

If you think you may get tired of so much tea, don’t worry- Charleston Tea Plantation offers plenty of flavors so you’ll never get bored.

Make Tea Popsicles

Another way to make sure you don’t get tired of tea- turn it into a popsicle! Tea popsicles are a fun way to stay hydrated while also enjoying a refreshingly cold treat.

You can find loads of delicious recipes with a quick Google search, like this classic recipe or these fun strawberry green tea popsicles.

Get Creative with Tea Ice Cubes

Although tea mostly consists of water, the taste of your iced tea can diminish when ice cubes melt. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to keep your drinks icy cold while keeping the taste you love- tea ice cubes!

Just pour your favorite tea into an ice cube tray and freeze them for a couple of hours. Then toss a few in your drink and you’ll have the perfect cold, tasty refreshment.

Other ways to stay hydrated include eating fruits and vegetables, drinking a smoothie or coconut water, and of course, drinking plenty of water. The best way to ensure that you have a happy summer is to have a safe one, so be sure to stay hydrated as the temperatures rise.

June: National Iced Tea Month

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Nothing says summertime quite like a nice cup of iced tea, and that’s why June has been named National Iced Tea Month. Living in the Lowcountry, we often need to cool down during the summer with a cold glass of iced tea. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to enjoy iced tea during National Iced Tea Month- and the rest of the year!

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Our bottled teas are convenient while still offering that farm-fresh flavor. Just grab one from the fridge and you’re ready to go! And with five flavors to choose from, from classic sweet tea to our green tea with mango, you’ll never get bored.

One of our favorite summertime activities is making our own iced tea using our favorite CTP teas. If you enjoy making your own iced tea like us, check out our recipe for summer sun tea. When making your own iced tea, remember this simple rule of thumb: add 8 bags of your preferred flavor per gallon of water. We offer nine flavors with our teabags. Try our Rockville Raspberry or Green Tea with Mint in your next iced tea batch!

Charleston Tea Plantation Tea

In addition to bottled iced tea and teabags, Charleston Tea Plantation also offers loose leaf tea for purchase. Our leaves have a larger leaf style that produces a smooth, rich taste for tea lovers who enjoy the subtle nuances full leaf loose tea.

Charleston Tea Plantation

No matter how you enjoy your iced tea, Charleston Tea Plantation can help you celebrate National Iced Tea Month the right way. We know we’ll be celebrating all month long!

Meet Our Fearless Leaders

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One of the many things that makes Charleston Tea Plantation so special is the people behind the tea, and that starts with our leadership. Meet Bill Hall and David and Eunice Bigelow.

William Barclay Hall, a third-generation tea taster, purchased the land that Charleston Tea Plantation now calls home in 1987. Bill received his formal training in London, England where he completed a four-year apprenticeship. When Bill first purchased the land, it was an experimental tea farm used for research and development. He then converted the farm to a commercial operation that we know today as the Charleston Tea Plantation.

Bill’s vision for this beautiful piece of land on Wadmalaw fostered the Charleston Tea Plantation, leading to the creation of his original “American Classic” tea, the first tea to ever be made with 100% American grown tea.

In 2003, Charleston Tea Plantation was seeking additional financing, and longtime friends of Bill’s, the Bigelow family, stepped up to the plate. The Bigelow Tea Company purchased the plantation, and a wonderful partnership formed.

Pictured left to right: David Bigelow, Bill Hall, and Eunice Bigelow

Pictured left to right: David Bigelow, Bill Hall, and Eunice Bigelow

Eunice and David Bigelow are co-chairmen of The Bigelow Tea Company. Continuing a legacy started by his parents in the 1940’s, David, with the help and support of his wife Eunice, pioneered the company’s expansion, eventually turning it into the country’s foremost specialty tea company. Thanks to their efforts in introducing specialty tea to mass markets and grocery stores, Eunice and David have helped pave the way for companies and farms like the Charleston Tea Plantation to succeed.

Together, Bill and the Bigelow’s passion for tea and experience in the field have created a legacy of American grown tea. Without these determined and passionate pioneers, the Charleston Tea Plantation would not be what it is today.

Charleston Tea Plantation's Environmental Commitment

April is Earth Month, which means celebrating the steps that individuals and groups take to help the Earth. Charleston Tea Plantation and the Bigelow family are committed to making a difference and protecting our environment. Bigelow Tea’s Mission Statement is “do the right thing and good things will follow,” and here at CTP, we apply that mission to our environmental commitment.

When growing and producing tea, we make sure that none of our practices harm the environment. That starts with using absolutely no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides in the fields. With our custom irrigation system, we rely solely on rain and pond water to hydrate our plants, allowing us to conserve water.

We use waste from stems and fibers from made tea and the production process as mulch in the fields. This organic mulch helps the soil retain water, inhibits weed growth, and even prevents sloping ground from soil erosion. It also breaks down over time, providing an environment for earthworms and other beneficial insects. Our mulch is great for the environment as well as our plants.

Our environmental commitment continues off the fields as well. We use XLERATORⓇ electric hand dryers in our restrooms, which are a much more environmentally friendly option than paper towels. Not to mention, they use 80% less energy than other conventional hand dryers.

Our employees are just as committed to protecting the environment, with all of us taking small steps around the plantation to make a difference. “Green Goals” are incorporated into our employee and departmental goals, making the commitment to the environment a company wide priority. One of our main goals is to reduce the amount of paper used around the office by tracking deparment paper use and using both sides of the paper when printing and copying. We also post “Weekly Green Tips” around the office to educate and inspire employees to always think green.

Here at Charleston Tea Plantation and the Bigelow Tea Company, it is extremely important to us to protect the environment, especially during Earth Month. We hope that through our commitment to the environment, we can inspire our employees, our visitors, and our entire community.

Spring and Summer Sun Tea

While a little bit of cold is sticking around, it seems that warm weather is finally around the corner. With the warm weather comes some of our favorite spring and summertime activities, from heading to the beach or enjoying an outdoor picnic to sitting on the porch and sipping sun tea. While some think of sun tea as a memory from a bygone time, we think this easy to make, delicious drink should be in everyone’s cups during warm weather.

Here’s how you can make your own batch of sun tea during the spring and summer months.

1. Grab a glass dispenser, as large as you want.

2. Place your tea bags into the container before pouring water into it to better infuse the tea. Add 8 of your favorite CTP tea bags per gallon of water. The number of tea bags will depend on the size of your container, so just be sure to measure out how much water you’re putting in. There’s really no rule as to what tea to use, it depends entirely upon your preference. We recommend our Plantation Peach or Rockville Raspberry teas for a fun take on your sun tea!

3. After putting in the tea bags, cover the container and place it in the sun. From there, wait for it to steep. While the amount of time the tea will take to steep depends on several factors, from the type of tea you’re using to the temperature outside, plan on about 2-3 hours of sun time. Just check to see when the tea has reached the color and flavor you’re looking for.

4. From here, put your own spin on it! Add sugar, honey, lemon, or any other garnish you like to your tea. For things like sugar and honey, add ¼ a cup at a time until you reach your desired taste.

5. Pour a glass, step outside, and enjoy your sun tea!

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When it comes to making the most of warm weather, it’s the little things that count. A glass (or two!) of refreshing, tasty sun tea is sure to make your spring and summer all the more enjoyable.

Planning a Beau-TEA-ful Wedding with Help from Charleston Tea Plantation

Spring and summer are upon us, which means it’s time to get ready for another season as well: wedding season! It’s one of our favorite times of year here at Charleston Tea Plantation. Along with the start of our harvest season, we get to host beautiful weddings out on the plantation and help spread the love. We also get to share some of the fun, delicious ways that you can incorporate tea into your special day! Here are just a few ideas for all of you tea lovers planning weddings this year.

Location

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Instagram / @nonibrueckner / Noni Brueckner Photography

Located on beautiful Wadmalaw Island, our plantation is the perfect spot for a Lowcountry wedding. From the drive under the oaks to the expansive tea fields, Charleston Tea Plantation is the picture perfect wedding venue! We have been thrilled to see many happy couple tie the knot under the limbs of our “Wedding Tree.”

Beverages

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It’s also easy- and tasty- to incorporate tea into your wedding beverage menu! Tea makes a delicious drink option for weddings any time of year. Enjoy a hot tea cart during the winter, or some sweetened iced tea for the perfect Southern summer wedding. Your guests can also enjoy tea at the bar with a signature tea cocktail, like the Earl Grey Tea cocktail pictured below! Find the recipe here.

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Sugar and Charm / sugarandcharm.com

Favors

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Etsy / etsy.com

Tea can also make the perfect party favor for guests at your wedding. Whether it’s personalized tea leaves, tea bags with a cute message, or DIY tea tins, you can pick a tea favor that your guests are sure to love.

National Hot Tea Month

National Hot Tea Month

It’s time to celebrate, because January is National Hot Tea Month! While we love drinking hot tea all year round here at CTP, cold January is the perfect time to warm up with a cup. Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate this wonderful month!

Host a tea party

While it may seem like a thing of the past, or at least reserved for young girls’ birthday parties, hosting a tea party is the perfect way to celebrate National Hot Tea Month. Get together with your fellow tea lovers and enjoy an afternoon of delicious teas, conversation, and food, too! You can do your research and host a traditional, old-fashioned tea party, or put your own fun, modern twist on it.

Try a new blend

Most of us have our favorite blends that we tend to stick to when it comes to tea. But during this month of tea celebration, it’s time to broaden your horizons! Try a new blend or two (or three) during the month, you may be surprised to find a new favorite.

Enjoy with a good book

Nothing goes together quite as well as a good book and a hot cup of tea. Grab a new book or an old favorite along with a piping mug of your favorite (or new favorite!) blend. Add a cozy blanket and a fire to the mix to take the experience to the next level.  

Calm down

Use this month as an opportunity to unwind from the holiday madness of December and focus on yourself. Drink soothing teas that will help you calm down and allow you to relax for a day, or perhaps a whole weekend. You can even turn it into an opportunity for a spa weekend by using tea bags to relieve tired eyes.

Tour CTP and taste our teas!

What better way to celebrate a month dedicated to tea than learning about the process of growing and producing tea! Learn how tea goes from the fields into your mug at the only tea plantation in North America, and enjoy a hot cup of complimentary CTP tea while you do.

Gift Guide for Tea Lovers

Gift guide for tea lovers

The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and loved ones. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, we can help!

A beautiful and unique teapot

teapot

For many tea lovers, the presentation is just as important as the taste. Give the gift of a beautiful teapot that any tea lover will be proud to show off.

The teapot shown just gives you an idea! Stop in for a visit or give the gift shop a call! We would love to help you pick out the perfect one!

A tea bag set

tea sets

Whether it is a hostess gift, a stocking stuffer or gift for the tea-loving co-worker, a set of our tea is guaranteed to bring a smile to their face! There’s a variety of teas to choose from, so this allows them to find the exact one they are in the mood for!

A unique tea set

tea pot set

Many tea lovers use tea as a pick me up for those days when it’s hard to wake up, and a set like this is sure to make early mornings more enjoyable.

A cute new tea infuser

tea infuser

Make tea time more fun with an adorable tea infuser specially picked for your favorite tea lover.

And last but certainly not least- tea!

Any tea lover is going to love the gift of tea. Make the holidays special by gifting your loved one their favorite blend, maybe one from the Charleston Tea Plantation!

You can find many of these products at the gift shop at Charleston Tea Plantation, or check out where you can find delicious CTP products on our website. Everyone at the Charleston Tea Plantation wishes you and your family a happy, safe holiday season!

3 Reasons You Should Explore Outside of Downtown Charleston

Charleston is welcoming approximately 5 million visitors each year. In 2015, Condé Nast named this city full of southern charm the number one Best Small City in AmericaAnd just recently, Travel + Leisure named Charleston number one in The World’s Best Cities. Needless to say, this little city is getting quite a lot of attention. So while downtown Charleston is packed with riveting history, beautiful architecture and great food, we think there are some pretty incredible places outside of the peninsula that are begging to be explored.

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