I’ve had kuromame cha several times which is roasted black soybeans steeped in boiling water but this is an interesting mix. Matcha, roasted black soybeans, roasted rice. So matcha iri genmaicha + roasted soybeans.
The dry tea is pretty with dusted green matcha and a few dark-roasted large soybeans. The pale to medium golden liquor smells faintly like beans, black soybeans, vegetal.
I used 5g in 120ml, boiling water 212°F, for 4 steeps: 30 sec, 1m, 1.5m, 5 min. On the last infusion, it was smooth, mellow, slightly sweet beginning, then chased by strong roasted rice and roasted black bean flavor. That was my favorite steep. So I’ll probably keep steeping it until there is no flavor. The earlier infusions, less bean, more umami, vegetal, roasted rice notes.
I think it’s underrated but a few of the reviews enjoyed it as I did. :D
Flavors: Nutty, Roasted, Soybean, Umami