Amanda — 3.20 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/13/2012
Type: Premium (con palo)
Region: Misiones, Argentina.
Company: La Cachuera S.A.
This soft, pasty, and buttery yerba has never been a big winner with me. Its weak character and structure easily allows the astringency to cut through your palate like a razor—fast and sharply, leaving almost no play of taste and texture. Flat. I’ve noticed the same occurrence with other broad cut and low polvo yerbas. With the smoothness of Nobleza Gaucha and the sourness of La Tranquera, this mate is confusing on the palate; it’s hard to find the harmony here. Very green-teay yerba; lacking viscosity and foam, indicators of high saponin and nutrition levels.
Cut 3.75 palos
Broad cut leaves with low polvo. Chunky. Light green composition. Some long stems. Good PPL-R.
Body/Texture/Taste 3.00 palos
Light/Medium body. Rubbery. Smooth and buttery. Sharp cutting astringency. Confusing taste profile. Disharmonious.
Nose 3.50 palos
Pleasant notes of bread. Clean. Fresh. Some rubber. Simple. Faint banana peel.
Finish 2.85 palos
Astringent and sharp finish. Sour. Rubber. Plastic. A bit of a bite here. Punch-in-the-jaw bitter. Not very versatile and playful.
Cycle 3.00 palos
Short/Mid cycle. An already mild yerba, this mate declines to lavado quite rapidly.