Kraus — 3.65 of 5 palos — reviewed 2/7/2012
Region: Misiones, Argentina.
This is Kraus’ strong line of mate, Gaucho (Cowboy) style. Well balanced and tasty mate. Has a bit of a kick. Solid mate with excellent structure.
Cut 3.00 palos
Fluffy, fine cut. Contains fair amount of splinter palos. For a mate “sin palos” (without twigs), this is some of the best that you’re going to find on the market. Decent PPL-R, with evenly cut leaves and low polvo amount. Palos are absolutely included, so their marketing as “without stems” is a bit questionable — for those of you that absolutely don’t like palos.
Body/Texture 3.50 palos
Mid to Full Body. Has strong, coffee-like overtones. Balanced taste profile. Dark chocolate. Woody notes. Clay. Wet stone.
Nose 3.50 palos
Surprisingly subtle aroma for a mate with such strength. Clean, strong notes. Simple, sweet notes.
Finish 4.25 palos
Solid, bright, lasting finish. One of the most well-balanced and harmonious finishes I’ve ever experienced. No astringent backlash. Smooth, milk to dark chocolate finish. Coffee and cacao notes. Toasted bread.
Cycle 4 palos
Excellent cycle. Very maintainable.