In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into the kitchen of her New York City brownstone on a mission to create a better cup of tea.
Weeks and weeks passed blending various amounts of smooth, mountain-grown black tea, rind of orange and sweet spices until finally, Ruth’s determination resulted in a remarkable cup of tea that not only pleased her, but family and friends who were the first to try it.
Maybe it was the embracing aroma of rich black cups of tea generously mingled with zesty bits of real orange rind and Ruth’s secret blend of exotic spices. Or maybe it was the conversations and memories shared around them. Who can say? But the circle of admirers quickly spread as friends continued to share the magical blend with more friends.
Soon, Ruth’s new tea earned the name “Constant Comment”. It found its way into some of the finest shops and department stores in New York City, and a family tea company was born.
And this enjoyable brew has been making friends -- and inspiring memories ever since. Perhaps you have a few of your own!
Today, three generations later, nothing has changed. “Constant Comment” tea
is still made only by members of the Bigelow family using the finest quality ingredients and Ruth’s original recipe, making it one of America’s most beloved specialty teas.
And here’s another secret!
It was Bigelow’s memorable “Constant Comment” tea that inspired poet/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen when he wrote ‘And she feeds you tea and oranges’ into the verse of his legendary “Suzanne.”
As quoted in a 1994 BBC radio interview and earlier in the 1986 interview in the Rolling Stone, “…the wife of a friend of mine is named Suzanne… served me, I believe it was Constant Comment tea, which is composed of tea and oranges…”
What an honor!