La Tranquera — 3.45 of 5 palos — reviewed 4/4/2012
Type: Traditional (with Palos)
Region: Los Helechos, Obera, Misiones, Argentina.
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 like this mate once it mellows out a bit and loses its bite to some degree.
Cut 3.75 palos
Beautifully and evenly cut. Excellent ratio of palos, polvo, and leaves. High PPL-R. No monster palos. Good uniform army green color.
Body/Texture 3.00 palos
Very stable, strong, taste profile. More bitter than most yerbas. Pretty astringent. Sharp. Edgy. This yerba is very direct and in-your-face. Medium body, on the verge of a full body. A bit sour. Once green-tead, it becomes buttery and silky.
Nose 3.50 palos
Clean and simple nose. Very airy and light notes. Very faint caramel popcorn. Subtle sweet hints.
Finish 3.25 palos
Clean finish; especially when the yerba has begun “green-teaing” quite a bit and lost some of the sharp astringency that can be somewhat off-putting. This is an excellent yerba to let smooth out after several cycles and enjoy the ride to the finish.
Cycle 3.75 palos
Good lasting cycle.