Canarias — 4 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/19/2012
Type: Especial (Super Extra)
Region: Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande, Southern Brazil.
Company: Canarias S.A.
This Special Canarias yerba has been selected from the finest mate leaves grown in local mountain forests of Brazil. Just as tasty as the Traditional version, but perhaps a bit richer and slightly more depth in flavor. That deep malty burst of flavor that we’ve come to love from Canarias is right there, pitching a tent on your palate. It’s a fierce yerba that lingers with chocolate, cinnamon, nuts, and, dare I say, fruit punch.
Cut 3.90 palos
Finely ground Gaucho cut. Very uniform. Intense amount of polvo, but works with a Brazilian yerba. Perhaps more polvo than Traditional version. Some splinter palos. Good dusty green color for aged yerba of this region.
Body/Texture/Taste 4.25 palos
Full bodied. Super rich and agreeably dank. Dark, deep, bold profiles. Espresso. Black coffee. Cacao. Malty and nutty. Fruit punchy. Cinnamon. Smooth and forceful. Velvet consistency. Earthy.
Nose 4.00 palos
Smells like you’re walking on the dry forest floor. Sawdusty. Powdery dirt. Forest duff. Rich humus. Freshly cut oak and pine. Clay. Sweet fragrance. Very springy.
Finish 4.00 palos
Smooth and stable: no harsh kicks and astringent surprises. The dark chocolate dominates the maltiness.
Cycle 3.80 palos
Good strong long cycle. Flavor tapers off sooner than you may expect from such a strong yerba, but there’s a good green-teaing transition nonetheless. Flavors becoming more subtle, soft spoken, and elegant, hinting at finer notes not so obviously recognized during the first few cycles.