Join Robin Scala, founder of The Fragrant Leaf, for a special talk: "The Traveling Tea Leaf: A Global Journey" on Sunday, March 8, 3-5 p.m. at the Albuquerque Museum. Learn about the adventurous journey of the tea leaf - from its origins in China to its spread to Japan, Tibet and onward to the West - and how it changed cultures, empires, economies and the daily lives of people. Hosted by the Albuquerque International Association. As seating is limited, advance registration is encouraged. More info...
SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEAS
Join us for a 3-course afternoon tea service featuring an assortment of savories, tea sandwiches, scones and mini-pastries accompanied by 2 loose-leaf teas. Choose from two seatings: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $33/person (tax and tip included). Menu changes monthly. Advance reservation and payment is required. Register online or call us at 505-255-0522.
March 15: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea
Chilled Sweet Spring Pea Soup with Crème Fraîche
Cucumber Flower & Wasabi Cream Cheese Tea Sandwich
Fresh Spinach with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Egg & Chive Rice Blossom
Almond Cherry Blossom Scone
Lemon Mousse in Chocolate Cup
Matcha Green Tea Shortbread
Sakura Manju (Japanese Cherry Blossom Cake)
Fresh Fruit Cup
As seating is limited, advance registration and payment by March 12 is required. Cancellations after March 12 are non-refundable. Call us at 255-0522 or register online.
February 22: Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea
By reservation only. Please call 505-255-0522 to make your reservation at least 2 days in advance. There is a minimum of 2 people and we can accommodate up to 6 people. Tastings last 1 1/2 hours.
Introduction to Tea 101
This informative and fun session will introduce participants to each of the main categories of tea: green, white, oolong and black. Learn about the tea plant and how teas are grown and crafted around the world. Participants will enjoy the full sensory experience of tasting teas from each of the four tea categories. The instructor will share anecdotes and background information as well as brewing tips for each tea.
Introduction to Green and White Teas
Interested in exploring the diversity of green and white teas? This session will provide a more in-depth overview of green and white teas, and how they are grown and crafted. Participants will enjoy the full sensory experience of tasting a variety of green and white teas. The instructor will share anecdotes and background information as well as brewing tips for each tea.
Introduction to Oolong Teas
This session will focus on the diversity of oolong teas from China and Taiwan. Learn how the growing environment and different processing methods contribute to the spectrum of flavor and aroma, from light and floral to dark and rich. Enjoy the full sensory experience of tasting different oolong teas using the traditional Chinese brewing method known as "gongfu" tea.
Introduction to Black Teas
Looking to expand your tea horizons beyond Earl Grey & English Breakfast tea? This session will offer an introduction to the diversity of authentic, unflavored black teas. Participants will have the opportunity to sample a variety of black teas from the main producing regions of India and China.
PRIVATE TEA TASTING @ HOME
The Fragrant Leaf can develop and host a fun and informative tea tasting for your party or business event at your location. Participants will learn about the origin and production of loose-leaf teas and have the opportunity to taste 5 tea selections from a variety of categories. Our tea specialists will demonstrate how to brew each tea using the appropriate tea accessories.
Our tea tasting workshops can be customized depending on your interests. Some examples of our previous workshops include:
- Introduction to Tea 101
- Focus on Oolong Teas
- Teas of China
- Teas of Japan
- Connoisseur Teas
The tea tasting lasts approximately 90 minutes. Tastings include tea, cups, tasting notes, and a tea specialist. An 8-person minimum and a $100 deposit are required for all tea tastings. Cost is $30 per person. Tea tastings are available in Albuquerque.
Please contact Robin at 505-255-0522 for more information or to schedule a tasting.