The Red Bird Tea Shoppe in Brockport, New York
4/5
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Teavana (in Montgomery Mall) in Bethesda, Maryland
4/5
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This is one of my favorite retail stores for tea – even though Teavana prices are often too high. This store features friendly, knowledgeable staff (but not too pushy) and you can sample top tea blends (like the aromatic chai blend – try it, it’s heaven!). The staff is more than welcome to discuss their selections and comparisons, or will open up a tub of a certain tea for a whiff. This shop does offer iced and hot tea to go if you’d like to try a variety without committing to the full purchase price. Overall my experiences there have been very pleasant.

Ten Ren in Rockville, Maryland
3/5
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This is a decent place to purchase a variety of teas at a good price, and try bubble tea if you are new to the concept (as I was). The staff is friendly, and knowledgeable, although sometimes you have to hunt someone down to ask a question.

Village Tea Room in New Market, Maryland
1/5
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This is not very impressive at all. In fact, I’m not sure if it is open anymore, and based on the poor customer service I would not be surprised. Not a lot of variety and I believe they used generic or bulk teas like Lipton. The dining area was dirty and the wait staff not only inattentive but rude. YUCK!

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

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If you have a signature blend you’d like me to try, we can swap teas! PM me for details! :)

Happy Brewing! :)

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