I’m glad the paper fortune I almost forgot about didn’t end up in the infuser! First of all, this black tea isn’t really a “golden” monkey, as the leaves are completely black. Sorry, the yellow flower petals aren’t tricking me. :D I thought all golden monkey teas were at least somewhat golden, hence the golden monkey. I was getting plenty of champagne flavor with each steep though. Maybe not the best champagne flavor from a tea I’ve tried, but good! The golden monkey also isn’t the best I’ve had but with a chocolate flavor, it might have been a little weird with champagne. This one didn’t have chocolate flavor. I can’t really explain WHAT the flavor is but it is better than the old 52Teas black tea flavor.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping tsp // 15 minute after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 min