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Cruising Along with Cruz de Malta

Feb 19, 2012

Cruz de Malta Yerba Mate - by Circle of Drink
Cruz de Malta — 3.45 of 5 — reviewed 2/17/2012
Type: Traditional
Region: Misiones, Argentina.
Producer: Molinos

Description

When I think Cruz de Malta I’m always reminded of a fresh summer breeze. This traditional, 100% naturally processed mate, free of chemicals and additives, is a staple yerba in Argentina. The bright flavors and smoothness of this mate account for its wide-ranging popularity. It’s simple and tasty.

Cut 4.25 palos

Excellent cut. Bright, clean, well-shaped leaves. Superb PPL-R with nicely sized palos, good polvo content, and a pleasing display of brown, lime green, light green, and tan leaves. A very rustic and weathered looking cut.

Body/Texture 3.50 palos

Mild body. Cruz is a very sneaky mate: it opens up very quietly like a green tea, then unfolds into a true display of boldness and body, while still remaining very light and fluffy on the palate. Oaky notes.

Nose 3.25 palos

Refreshing, bright notes. Clay. Dirt. Earthy. Mild rubber.

Finish 3.50 palos

Simple, elegant finish. You’re almost hoping for more of a kick, but never really get it. Very light and watery finish. This is the weak point of this yerba. Buttery and nutty.

Cycle 2.75 palos

Short cycle. Turns into a green tea like infusion very quickly.

Overall: 3.45 palos

Recommendation

Excellent mate with character. Can’t really go wrong with this yerba and it meets all the requirements of a good mate: fine cut, smooth taste, energizing, and smells good. Though it has a short cycle, you can continue to enjoy the vibrant taste of this mate with more new rounds of yerba: more work, but worth it. I highly recommend all mate drinkers to try “Cruz.”

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11 comments


  1. Ernie

    Great review. My only complaint about it is the short cycle. Nonetheless it has become my go to brand. I currently have Cruz on rotation with a couple of other brands.

  2. Nuora Hamy Khalaf

    What do the numbers mean? For example 4.25 palos. Also what does PPL-R mean? And palos & polvo? Sorry I’m new to mate.

  3. Swearick

    Thank you for the review. Do you know if this brand is chemical or pesticide free for the most part? I am currently buying organic Mate by Guayaki but the price is steep (no pun intended). Your help is appreciated thanks:)

  4. Dan F

    The ingredients show 100% Yerba Mate but the nutritional facts show 7grams of sugar. Do you know why this is? Thanks.

  5. Gordon Andrew James

    Do they use smoke in the drying process?

    • David Askaripour

      Hey Gordon. As with nearly all mates on the market, Cruz does come into contact with smoke, but it isn’t a traditionally smoked mate, no. Read more about smoked vs non-smoked mate here:
      http://circleofdrink.com/yerba-mate-faq

      For a mate with no smoke contact, you may appreciate our Anna Park brand.

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