Nobleza Gaucha — 3.10 of 5 palos — reviewed 1/16/2012
Type: Blue Bag, Aged 18 months
Region: Misiones, Argentina. Molinos Río de la Plata
Nobleza Gaucha is a true traditional mate of Argentina. Tastes similar to Guayakí Traditional Mate, but with more body and zest. Extremely smooth mate, like butter. Nothing really stands out with this mate. It’s a very safe choice to go with. Ideal for beginner drinkers. Not too mellow, yet not too strong. Well balanced flavor.
Cut: 3.5 palos
Contains a good amount of palos and polvo. Uniform cut, without splinter palos. Darkish green, with blue hue. Good PPL-R (Palo-to-Polvo-to-Leaf Ratio).
Body/Texture: 3.5 palos
Medium body. Syrupy consistency. Smooth, silky, buttery.
Nose: 3 palos
Very typical notes. Clean. Refreshing. Lemon hints. Woody.
Finish: 2 palos
I’m not the biggest fan of the tarty finish. It’s a bit acidic and astringent; lemon zest citrus. It has a way of downgrading the smoothness of the palate.
Cycle: 3.5 palos
Good mid-cycle, with lasting flavors. The mate mellows out nicely after a few cycles, and becomes smoother; more butter, lemon pie, pumpkin notes.