Piporé — 3.95 of 5 palos — reviewed 8/18/2012
Type: Despalada (no palos)
Region: Santo Pipó, Misiones, Argentina
Gourd Type: Wooden
Description of Pipore Despalada Yerba Mate
This despalada version of Piporé shows less sweetness and roundness of taste than it’s Traditional counterpart. Without the palos, more strength and Gaucho-like properties come forth. There’s a strong cement character with edgy tones of steel and metal. With very low powder, this yerba is less viscous, which doesn’t seem to hurt its expression too badly—though a bit more would have achieved better harmonization. I find this yerba, albeit having some astringent and sharp edges, to be nearly as elegant and floral as the Traditional.
Cut 3.90 palos
Closer to a Clean Cut than anything else. It contains powder, but not much, accounting for its Gaucho-esque strength. Beautiful assemblage of yellow and brown hues interspersed with varying degrees of green. A few thin palos here and there, but nothing substantial. There’s a nice fluffiness and movability to the cut.
Body/Texture/Taste 3.75 palos
Medium to full bodied. Strong backbone with Gaucho maltiness and stout. Some light astringency in the opening, but quickly harmonized with sharp malt folding into dark chocolates, smooth coffee, and matured tobacco leaves. Velvety textures.
Nose 4.75 palos
Delicious caramel popcorn and brown sugar and honey tones. My nose is embraced with the homely, sweet simplicity of this fragrance.
Finish 3.75 palos
Reliable, sturdy finish. Rounder, milk chocolate developments. Floral notes harmonizing well with malty and stout profiles. No tart or astringency, but some light lime. Some clay.
Cycle 3.65 palos
Medium to long cycle. Good black-teaing.
Overall: 3.95 of 5 palos
This is a good go-between of a traditional Argentine and a Gaucho yerba: it has a lightness and smoothness of a Argentine cut, but also has bold and muscular tones of a Gaucho. If you like Kraus Gaucho, Canarias, Rosamonte (traditional) and Amanda, it’ll be worth trying this yerba. This is one of the most reliable mates coming out of the Misiones.