Kraus — 4.10 of 5 palos — reviewed 3/2/2012
Type: Orgánica, Sin Humo (smokeless)
Region: San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina.
Kraus’ Orgánica is their USDA Organically Certified yerba. That means: it’s as organic as it’s going to get—no chemicals. Eco Teas, an American-based tea and mate company, is the exclusive distributer of Kraus in the States—they are the ones likely responsible for obtaining this USDA Certification for Kraus.
However, the Kraus line of yerbas is relatively difficult to purchase in the States (only sold online) as well as in Argentina, as it’s only sold only sold in health shops. This was the first Kraus yerba that I ever tasted, and I’ve been in love ever since. Seeing that USDA imprint on the bag sealed our marriage at first sight. Having drunk this yerba for a year now, we’re still closer than ever.
This fine tasting mate is smooth and bold, never overbearing. Its non-smoked taste is bright and refreshing with excellent harmonious taste profiles.
Cut 4.5 palos
Beautifully cut. Good blend of palos, polvo, and leaves. High PPL-R. Some splinter palos, but not overbearing. A few monster palos. Clean, bright, smooth colors.
Body/Texture 4.00 palos
Medium body with good structure. Lemony. Mild rubber components. Smooth milk chocolate.
Nose 4.00 palos
Sweet overtones. Clean and refreshing. Simple and subtle.
Finish 4.5 palos
Smooth and harmonious finish without any sharp kicks. Milk chocolate and buttery. A dash of lemon zest. Leaves palate refreshed and clean.
Cycle 3.5 palos
For such a good tasting mate, the cycle is disappointing. After a few cycles, this yerba “green-teas” a bit rapidly, but the taste is still quite pleasant and acceptable. Unlike its stronger older brother, Gaucho, it doesn’t maintain its boldness very long and usually calls it a night earlier; still, it stays up later than the younger brother, Pionero, who goes to sleep around 7pm with his “smooth” blanket.