I meant to post this last week, and Stanley's tea posts were a reminder.
I was at Tea Time in Palo Alto last week and noticed they are offering tasting classes again. I haven't tried the classes yet, but they are fanatics about quality, and it's a serene little shop with a good selection of cookies and easy parking. Also, unlike Imperial Tea Court, they offer cream with your black tea.
Classes are on Tuesday nights and must be pre-paid. They're $16, include six types of tea and dessert, and a 20% off coupon for a future purchase.
Feb 18 & 25, Around the World in a Teacup. This one is $25.
March 18 Darjeeling (the original owner of Tea Time was a Darjeeling evangelist, and they sell at least ten varieties).
April 8 Green Teas
April 22 Assams
To contact them: 542 Ramona St. off University
650 328 2877