Fujian Baroque

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 oz / 262 ml

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  • “Amazing what a decent night’s sleep will do to your taste buds. I can actually TASTE. Interesting to read previous notes on this one; all are a little different. First thing that comes to my mind...” Read full tasting note
  • “The other tea that my brother got me for my birfday. I noticed the comparisons to Golden Monkey in other notes, so that is pretty much what I was expecting. The leaves are not particularly similar....” Read full tasting note
  • “Normally I don’t drink Chinese blacks with milk apart from the occaisional keemun. Yunnans, which this tea resembles a bit, in particular don’t work well with additives I’ve found. None the less...” Read full tasting note
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From Adagio Teas

Black tea from the Fujian region of China, better known for producing world-renowned green and white tea. Its general attributes are similar to the Golden Monkey but the leaf is finer and the aroma even more pronounced. The exquisite tapestry of naturally sweet cocoa notes, fruitiness and glimmers of spice are unmatched by any other tea. Softly sweet and velvety, it can be brewed light or strong; the taste will remain smooth without astringency.

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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

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A tiny bit of this was hiding in the back of my cupboard – it’s a couple years old, but with some extra leaf and care in prep (preheating my mug, which I rarely bother with) it still quite good! Has all the chocolatey rich spice notes I like. After having Rishi’s China Breakfast for so long, it kind of tastes like a wannabe…

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911 tasting notes

And another tea is gone (though I’ll do multiple steeps so it’s still around for a little bit longer). Earthy but sweet and fruity, this is lighter than a lot of the Chinese blacks I tend to favor but the smooth sweetness and lighter body make it a nice, relaxing tea.

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Auggy = tea machine today! I loves it.


Hehe! I am! I feel like I’m been very productive – but I’ve had to keep to smaller cups so I don’t get super-buzzed like yesterday!

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Used the Tea Randomizer (http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php) to choose my tea this afternoon and this was the winner.

Fujian Baroque was the winner. Perfect selection for this afternoon. I like the light malty flavor. It has strong hints of berry fruityness.

I’m very new to drinking unflavored teas, but wanted to pick up a few to try when I visited the Adagio store. I like that the leaves were available to sniff at the store, which is why I chose this tea. It has a nice aroma of fruit and a bakey ness to the dry leaves.

I won’t rate this one until I try a few more cups. But I do like it!

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Warning: emotional unpacking ahead. Oh, I’m gonna regret this in the morning.

I’m all over the place tonight and I don’t even know why. I realized that I seem to have three default emotions, depending on the situation and the time of day: carefree and happy, stressed (anywhere from mild to getting-into-my-dreams), and seething with anger (rarely over any real-world problem, usually over any part of a tangled knot of insecurities I’ve been dwelling on for years.) Tonight, I cycled through all three of them in really rapid succession. I’ve been trying to be positive lately, but my success with that seems to do more with my mood than anything. When I’m in a good mood, it’s very easy; when I’m not, I literally do not want to get rid of my negativity… somehow it makes me feel like I’m less weak, gullible, malleable, spineless, etc. if I’m human enough to be angry about something, and like I can be taken seriously (or something) if I have some amount of cynicism/rage/bitterness to carry around with me. Messed up, I know. But I’m afraid of conflict, and I never have the courage to confront the people who may be responsible for my being angry… and then the cycle continues. Also, I don’t feel like these feelings are really valid, since I haven’t had anything happen in my life to warrant this much angst – especially so far after middle school, when I’m supposed to be all grown up and adjusted and full-time job and apartment and engagement ring (and I’m living with my parents with no social life whatsoever.) I want to talk to somebody about it, but the only person who really qualifies for the job (my mom) has heard me blather about my stupid me-problems so many times she’s probably about sick of it.

The one thing I will say, though. Somehow the combination of bass practice and tea seems to help a LOT. Tonight, after one of my moody spells, I sat down and took a sip of this tea – and something about warm liquid with a flavor I don’t taste very often put my head in the right place. It wasn’t a matter of liking or disliking the tea (it’s still a little on the bitter side for my taste), it was a comfort thing and an experience thing.

Can I just stay up and drink tea for a while?


I’m sorry it’s tough for you right now. Please note that some mothers are the most irrational/impossible people and you at least have a mom that will listen. :D

Terri HarpLady

(hmmmm….I posted a comment, & it’s not here…2nd try)
Music soothes the savage beast, Tea makes a good substitute. Together they work miracles!
(ok…dammit, that is NOT really what I said the first time through…but it was something like that)


For sure, tea can be good for what ails you. It is interesting in this day and age that we are both more and less connected with others and with the world around us. Our lifestyles often make it more difficult to make flesh and blood connection. Please remember that there are those here and among your friends and family who love and care for you as you are. I know many people who have or are going through similar periods to what you are going through right now, some who have no clue what they want get through it by experimentation and reaching out to the world. Others get through it by fully defining what they want and gunning for it. Everyone sometimes needs interspection and change, there’s no harm in it and sometimes it’s incredibly necessary.


I’m really sorry to hear that you’re going through a rough time, but I’m glad that you have found at least some comfort in the fine things in life like tea and music.


Your feelings are always valid, because of what they are – your feelings. And I know it’s hard to shake off, but ‘supposed to’ really is the worst thing ever. Everybody’s experience is different.


I’m sure many of us feel like this from time to time and by writing it on Steepster you are surrounded by like minded folk. So there is nothing to regret :) Everyone has left their words of wisdom and they have said things better than I could but I am usually always online so if you ever need anyone to talk to (even if it’s just someone to listen) then I’m here. I hope your dark clouds shift shortly, remember that from the bottom the only way is up.


Hi everyone, thank you for being so supportive. I really appreciate your comments, and it’s nice to know that there are people out there (whom I’ve never even seen face to face) who are as friendly and positive as you guys.


I agree with what everyone here said, and I hope you’re feeling better. Though it’s not exactly what you’re talking about, coincidentally, last night I was flipping through channels and came upon the documentary “Happy” on PBS. I’m always intrigued by the idea of having more control over my own emotional well-being so I watched it. It’s a little on the simplistic side, but it does have some interesting information, and the mere act of watching it was uplifting to me. I’ve read about the way the brain adapts to certain stimulus and how it can change itself, but I didn’t know, for example, that there’s a practice of meditation on compassion that can make significant changes to brain structure and that results in a greater ability to feel joy. I’m personally going to try that one and see how it makes me feel as soon as I can figure out the best way to learn the practice.

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This tea was interesting. Another swap from TastyBrew. Thanks, TastyBrew!! It steeped up with a scent of cocoa. I thought, cool! Like laoshan black! Except, it tasted much more subtle. I got both notes of cocoa and some sort of fruitiness. I couldn’t discern what type of fruit, but I don’t have that educated of a palate yet. I didn’t add milk because one of the reviews said that milk killed it, and they were probably right because of how subtle the flavor is. Anyway, I liked the complexity of this tea!

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My tea goal for this summer was to get through all of my loose-leaf teas to rate them and get them organized in my tea drawer. I did a quick count this morning, and if I drink just 2 teas a day I will finish them just in time before I go back to school. That way I can purchase new teas and not feel so guilty. The hard part is that some of the teas that I have left I just have no desire to try, but I am going to keep an open mind.

This is a tea that I’ve had for awhile. It is a nice tea, especially for breakfast, but nothing really stands out about it to me. I like for my plain, unflavored black teas to be super strong, and this one is just plain and mellow. I did enjoy some shortbread cookies with it this morning, and that made this cup so much better! Cookies always make things better, though. :)

-Dry blend has large black and brown tea leaves and twigs.
-Dry leaves smell malty with a hint of sweet cocoa. Tea liquor aroma has malty and fruity notes.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish brown color.
-Mellow malty flavor and finish. Velvety aftertaste with sweet fruity notes.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Fair tea. A mellow and plain flavored cup with subtle hints of malty cocoa and sweet fruits. Nothing really outstanding about this tea.

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Terri HarpLady

Admittedly, there are teas in my cupboard that don’t really appeal to me either. They aren’t bad, they just aren’t what I want. I’m trying to drink them anyway, in hopes of reaching a sipdown, LOL, but I have so many teas that I actually LOVE & would rather be drinking. I should probably offer the unloved teas as a surprise box to some steepsterite.

Josie Jade

That’s exactly how I feel too, Terri! I am just trying to go through the dregs of my tea drawer and at least rate all of these teas so that in the future I don’t forget and purchase them again, haha! They will probably all end up in my swap pile, though. :)

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I’m surprised I hadn’t rated this by now, but I’m sort of glad that I didn’t, as I don’t think I’d tried several Golden Monkey cups of tea before I bought this. I would’ve missed the similarities, or at least not have been able to spot the differences. I’ve had it for quite a while, and just been off on other tea adventures since then.

It has that very same bake-y, flour-on-the-bottom-of-a-loaf-of-rural-bread flavor as Golden Monkey does, but the flavor isn’t quite as ‘clear’, prominent (either in the nose or on the palate) or as dry. There’s more fruit in the mix, too, but dark fruit…the flavor is, overall, a bit shadowy, but not too heavy.

I suppose I can interpret what I’m tasting as the cup cools as either cocoa or spice. I tend to lean toward cocoa, though, especially now that the tea isn’t as hot anymore.

Overall, not a bad cup of tea for this morning. I wanted something different and bracing, but with less caffeine than the Dawn I’ve had over the last several mornings (which seems to pack a pretty strong punch for me, for whatever reason).

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Well, I can’t speak for what the dry leaves smelled like because I was in full on “stagger mode” to get tea made this morning. Last night I lay awake until 7am thinking about different scenarios for location scouting for my film. Which was a waste of time either way because “bleary baffled middle of night insomniac” me didn’t convince any of my imaginary conversation partners to let us shoot on their imaginary locations.

I have no clue what the leaves smell like.
The liquor though smells awesome! It’s like an egg pastry… some kind of bavarian creme egg pastry. A-ma-zing.
I started out drinking this neat without milk.
The flavor is nice and nutty with a full mouth feel. Even better, it’s astringent in a good way! Instead of just making my mouth feel like I sucked on a desiccant packet, the dryness adds to the nutty flavour.
This does not need any milk at all.
So, like an idiot, I said “I’ll add milk! And see what I think.”
Well, let me tell you. Milk totally kills it. All the subtlety is gone.
So I did a second brewing of the same leaves.
The second brew smelled nuttier and slightly more bitter. The liquor is still thick and it’s still creamy, but in more of a roasted nut kind of way. It kind of reminds me of the first cup of coffee I ever had (it was also the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had). We were camping and it was kona coffee brewed in a percolator, drank under tall pines in Maine. It was pretty perfect. This tea has the same nutty aftertaste.
Overall – I love it! Next time I won’t ruin the first steeping with milk…

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I switched back to tea this morning in the hopes that it will help me tackle the enormous sewing pile in my room. I picked the Fujian Baroque because it has long been a favorite of mine. Today I noted a smokiness accompanying the cocoa flavor I’m used to. Maybe I’ve set it too close to my Lapsang?

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I was just thinking the same thing!

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I have discovered that I like smooth and velvety qualities in my tea and this is indeed smooth and velvety and I’m having it with a pink frosted cupcake!
People who don’t like cupcakes must be evil :)
Just discovered this vendor: http://www.postcardteas.com/
I love the concept – well done!

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