Reviews

La Rubia

by Dave Mate on Sep 11,2012 in Reviews

La Rubia — 4 of 5 palos Type: Organic / Aged 2 years / Con palos Region: Obligado, Paraguay Company: Eugen Junghanns Gourd Used: Wooden Reviewed: 9/6/2012 Description This Paraguayan yerba has been aged for two years. It has that typical steady, sour backbone found in yerbas from Paraguay. It’s similar to Palo Alto (PA) […]

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Piporé Despalada (without stems): A Strong and Sturdy Yerba

by Dave Mate on Aug 20,2012 in Reviews

Piporé — 3.95 of 5 palos — reviewed 8/18/2012 Type: Despalada (no palos) Region: Santo Pipó, Misiones, Argentina Gourd Type: Wooden Description This despalada version of Piporé shows less sweetness and roundness of taste than it’s Traditional counterpart. Without the palos, more strength and Gaucho-like properties come forth. There’s a strong cement character with edgy […]

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The Trustworthy Yerba: Piporé

by Dave Mate on Jul 29,2012 in Reviews

Piporé — 3.90 of 5 palos — reviewed 7/26/2012 Type: Traditional, con palo Region: Santo Pipó, Misiones, Argentina Gourd Type: Wooden Description This traditional Argentine yerba is buttery smooth, with a clean, consistent taste. Softly spoken with bready undertones overlaid with herbal and grassy notes, making this for a well-balanced yerba with good structure and […]

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Meta Mate Traditional

by Dave Mate on Jul 19,2012 in Reviews

Meta Mate — 3.60 of 5 palos — reviewed 7/16/2012 Type: Traditional, con palos. February 2012 Harvest. Region: Brazil Reviewed with: Ceramic Gourd Description This Brazilian yerba is smoked with mate wood, showing a strong smoky and charcoal character. I feel like I’m at a campfire smoking an oily maduro cigar while sipping an espresso—bold! […]

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Aviva Wild Harvest Yerba Mate Review

by Matéo on Jun 04,2012 in Reviews

I got the chance to review so of Aviva’s Wild Harvest Yerba. Please watch the video and see what this mate’s all about.

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The Prided Paraguayan Yerba Mate, Pajarito

by Dave Mate on May 31,2012 in Reviews

Pajarito — 3.80 of 5 palos — reviewed 5/30/2012 Type: Special Selection. Aged 20-24 months. Region: Asunción, Paraguay Company: Lauro Raatz S.A. Description The most well-known of the Paraguayan yerbas, Pajarito is a solid, reliable, and tasty mate. With over 50 years of yerba growing experience, and 20,000 kilos of daily production, Lauro Raatz and […]

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Regally Sour, Palo Alto Mate

by Dave Mate on May 21,2012 in Reviews

Palo Alto — 3.90 of 5 palos — reviewed 5/18/2012 Type: Traditional, Aged 3 years Region: Paraguay, Paso Yobai District Gourd Type Used: Ceramic Description: Now here’s an interesting mate. Grown in Paso Yobi, Paraguay, a place well-known for its yerba production, with about 20,000 acres under active cultivation, down from nearly 25,000 as recent […]

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A Closer Look at Eco Teas Yerba Mate

by Dave Mate on May 03,2012 in Reviews

Eco Teas— 3.15 of 5 palos — reviewed 5/3/2012 Type: Traditional, Unsmoked Region: Misiones, Argentina Company: Mate Revolution Inc. Gourd Type Used: Ceramic Description: This was the first yerba that I purchased from a United States store after returning from my second tour in Argentina and Uruguay in Spring 2010. It was significantly cheaper than […]

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La Esquina de Las Flores

by Dave Mate on Apr 30,2012 in Reviews

La Esquina de Las Flores — 3.30 palos — reviewed 4/27/2012 Type: Traditional, Organic (con palos) Region: Argentina Company: La Esquina de Las Flores Corp. Description: This snappy, fresh, and lively Argentine yerba is quite pleasant. Someone dear to my heart first gave me a bag La Esquina a few months back, and we enjoyed […]

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The Super Rich Canarias, Edición Especial

by Dave Mate on Apr 19,2012 in Reviews

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. Description: 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 […]

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Around the World with La Vuelta

by Dave Mate on Apr 16,2012 in Reviews

La Vuelta — 3.80 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/16/2012 Type: Traditional (con palo) Region: Obera, Misiones, Argentina. Company: Coca-Cola Description: Beautifully crafted, La Vuelta hit the right chords with this melodious harmony of strength, sweetness, and just enough bitterness to create a well-rounded flavor profile. This is some of Argentine yerba at its best. […]

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Amanda Premium Mate

by Dave Mate on Apr 14,2012 in Reviews

Amanda — 3.20 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/13/2012 Type: Premium (con palo) Region: Misiones, Argentina. Company: La Cachuera S.A. Description: 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 […]

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The Canarias Twin: Baldo

by Dave Mate on Apr 11,2012 in Reviews

Baldo — 3.95 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/11/2012 Type: Traditional. Aged 4-6 months. 100% Natural, no chemicals. Region: Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande, Southern Brazil. Grown by Canarias S.A. Description: Produced by the same company as Canarias, Canarias S.A., this mate has virtually no distinction than the Traditional Canarias brand. In fact, the […]

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Sara, The Cowgirl Mate

by Dave Mate on Apr 10,2012 in Reviews

Sara — 3.85 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/10/2012 Type: Traditional Region: Brazil. Carrau & CIA Description: “100% Organic” Brazilian grown yerba, similar to nature as DelC (Del Cebador) and Canarias, but is much flatter and smoother than both. Think of Sara as the soda that’s been left open for a few hours, less poppy […]

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The Ovaltine of the Mate World: Del Cebador

by Dave Mate on Apr 07,2012 in Reviews

Del Cebador — 3.90 palos — reviewed 4/7/2012 Type: Traditional “Calidad Superior” (Superior Quality) Region: Grown in Brazil. Uruguayan based company, Molino Puritans. Description Drinking this mate here in Argentina transports brings me home, to New York, as if I were drinking my favorite brand there, Mate Factor (MF). Eerily similar to Mate Factor, both […]

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Bittery Mate, La Tranquera

by Dave Mate on Apr 04,2012 in Reviews

La Tranquera — 3.45 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/4/2012 Type: Traditional (with Palos) Region: Los Helechos, Obera, Misiones, Argentina. Description This is a pretty strong yerba — very traditional tasting. Doesn’t have the rich robustness of a “Gaucho Mate,” like Kraus (Gaucho) or Canarias (traditional), but more on the astringent and bitter side. I […]

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