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Anna, oh Anna, where have you been all my life? It’s been over five years since we last embraced. Back then, you leavened my spirit and colored my heart, now we meet again. Glorious! Great to see you once more, my dear. * * * Pillow soft, buttery smooth, fruit forward, Anna is a shining […]

Producer: Guayakí Sustainable Rainforest Products, Inc. Grown: Organic USDA Type: Unsmoked > Secondary Air Dried Region: San Mateo, Brazil Body: Light / Medium Cut: Classical Argentine Cycle: Short / Medium Aged: Conventional Water Temp: 175ºF / 70ºC One of the first brands I purchased upon returning to New York after 3 years in Argentina, Guayakí, […]

Origin: Santo Domingo Savio, San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina > Lote 306 Producer: Kraus S.A. Variety: Classical Argentine Body: Light Type: Blend Cycle: Short Medium Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional Water Temp: 150–165ºF / 70ºC Reviewed: 3-13-17 You dirty, dirty, dirty rascal, you! Kraus Silvestre isn’t your clean and classy peppermint blend. It’s a downright choppy, rustic, […]

Origin: Corrientes, Misiones, Argentina Producer: Molinos Río de la Plata S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Medium > Rustic > Campo-esque Type: Consecha Seleccionada (special selection) Cycle: Short / Medium Aged: Natural Grown: Conventional Beautifully quirky and edgy, Consecha Seleccionada’s well balanced acidity, astringency and rustic air shows a vibrantly crispy mate that’s complex and elegant. […]

Origin: Santa María, Misiones, Argentina – Lot 280 Producer: La Cachuera S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Medium Type: Campo Cycle: Medium / Long Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional Included in Amanda’s Special Selection category, Campo is a medium body, rustic mate with strong mineral and briney flavors. There’s a mild saltiness to the mate that was […]

Origin: Corrientes, Argentina Producer: Las Marias Cut: Classical Argentine > Heavy on stems Body: Light Cycle: Short/Medium Aged: Conventional Grown: Campo y Monte (countryside) Water Temp: 155–170ºF / 70ºC Sunny and convivial, Mañanita has a bright and snappy green body. Classical Argentine mate, without a doubt. Strong herbaceous and nutty tones with a crisp, brine-y, […]

Origin: Santo Domingo Savio, San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina Producer: Mate Revolution Inc. > Eco Teas Cut: Very Clean Cut > Minimal dust and stems Body: Light Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: Organic USDA > Unsmoked Water Temp: 160–175ºF / 70ºC Eco Teas is the leading provider of loose leaf yerba mate in the United States. […]

Origin: Santo Domingo Savio, San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina > Lote 306 Producer: Kraus S.A. Cut: Clean Cut > Minimal dust and stems Body: Light / Medium Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: Organic (USDA) > Unsmoked Water Temp: 150–170ºF / 70ºC Walking through the Kraus factory just after breakfast during the heart of the harvest season […]

Origin: Corrientes, Argentina Producer: Las Marias Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Medium / Full Cycle: Short / Medium Aged: Up to 12 months Grown: Conventional Campo in Argentine Spanish means countryside. Many Argentines living and working in the country’s capital, Buenos Aires, escape to their country homes each weekend to unwind. In Argentine fashion, there’s a […]

Origin: Misiones & Northeast of Corrientes, Argentina > Lote 3 Producer: Cordeiro y Cia S.R.L. Cut: Blend > Mountain Herbs: poleo (pennyroyal), menta (mint), cedrón (lemon verbena), tomillo (thyme) Body: Medium > Strong mint Cycle: Short / Medium Aged: Mixed > Natural 10–12 months minimum & Accelerated 30–60 days Grown: Conventional The province of Córdoba […]

Origin: Apostoles, Misiones, Argentina > Lote 90 Producer: Establecimiento Don Nicolás Cut: Classical Argentine > Rustic Body: Medium Cycle: Medium Aged: Unknown > Most likely several months Grown: Unknown The region Alem is legit mate territory in Northern Argentina. A small city bouncing with verve and buzz, peppered with mate drying and sorting facilities, sprawling […]

Origin: Corrientes, Argentina Producer: Las Marias Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Medium / Smoked (Barbacuá) Cycle: Medium Aged: Up to 12 months Grown: Conventional In Buenos Aires, La Merced has established itself as a top shelf, gourmet brand. It’s easily one of the most expensive mates on the shelf. From my travels in the country, I […]

Origin: Santo Pipó, Misiones, Argentina – Lot 31 Producer: Yerbatera Roapipo Cut: Classical Argentine – Rustic Body: Light / Medium Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: OIA Organic In the world of herbal teas, we have those blends or single herbs that simply taste good. Apparently Mother Nature has sharp palate, designing tasty things such as […]

Origin: Apóstales, Misiones, Argentina – Lot 280 Producer: La Cachuera S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Light Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: USDA Organic Sometimes “tradition” can be a killer of innovation and progress. When I sip this latest release of Amanda, a top Argentine producer, I can’t help but think…here we go again, another safe […]

Origin: Monte Carlo, Misiones, Argentina – Lot 341 Producer: Cooperativa Agricola Mixta de Monte Carlo LTDA Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Light Cycle: Short Aged: 18 months Grown: Conventional Founded 86 years ago, now with an eclectic assortment of products — a supermarket, flour, gas station, timber, and, believe it or not, security systems business — […]

Origin: Andresito, Misiones, Argentina – Lot 341 Producer: Cooperativa Yerbatera Andresito LTDA Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Dry Light/Medium Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional Intermingling terroirs of crispy-green Argentine and tobacco-y Paraguayan yerba, Andresito is complex and dry, with multiple layers of flavors. Lightly floral with apricots, melons, cherries, and raspberries contrasting with stout-y raw […]

Origin: San Francisco, Córdoba, Argentina Producer: La Cumbrecita S.R.L Cut: Blend, Mountain Herbs Body: Light Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional The term hierbas serranas, used by both Cachamate and CBSé, the two most notable flavored mates in Argentina, essentially means mountain herbs. It’s a particular combination of zesty herbs: peppermint, spearmint, and pennyroyal (poleo), […]

Origin: Oberá, Misiones, Argentina Producer: Cooperativa Río Paraná Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Medium; Barbacuá (traditionally smoked) Cycle: Short Aged: 18 months Grown: Conventional Using the traditional barbacuá method of smoking the mate for up to a day, allowing it to absorb complex smoky flavors, Titrayju is a pleasant small-batch produced mate from a modest cooperative […]

Origin: Los Helechos, Oberá, Misiones, Argentina Producer: J. Llorente y CIA. S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Full Cycle: Medium Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional; Lote 27C Water Temp: 160–180ºF There’s a love-hate relationship with La Tranquera. You either admire a strong, burly, and robust mate, with elements of coffee, espresso, tobacco, and roasted oats, or you […]

Origin: Santo Domingo Savio, San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina Producer: Kraus S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine (low powder) Body: Light (fruity) Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: Organic (USDA) Lote 292 Water Temp: 140–160ºF / 70ºC Every once in a while you find a well balanced yerba. Kraus Orgánic, with soft layers of fruit that keep you guessing […]

Origin: Sante Fe, Misiones, Argentina Producer: Mavea S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine (heavy palos) Body: Light (milky black tea) Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional Slightly sweetened milky black tea is what I’m feeling about La Hoja. Not as citrusy and astringent as Unión Suave, not as sweet as Liebig, less herbaceous than Chamigo, and not […]

Origin: San José, Misiones, Argentina Producer: Gerula S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Medium Cycle: Short Aged: 9–12 months Grown: Conventional Buttery, smooth, soft, and slightly sour, you’d think Romance was a Paraguayan mate. But don’t tell that to an Argentine Matero, lest you catch some hell. Nothing like that Argentine pride! Founded in 1963, in […]

Origin: Corrientes, Misiones, Argentina
 Producer: Molinos Río de la Plata S.A.
 Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Light/Medium Cycle: Short Grown: Conventional “¡Tomate un mate chamigo!” That means “Buddy, let’s go drink some mates!” In Northern Argentina — Misiones, Corrientes, and Entre Rios — you may hear someone use this hyper local name of endearment. It’s the […]

Origin: Southern Brazil Producer: Apiarios Cabral Ltda. Montevideo, Uruguay. Cut: Gaucho/Blend Body: Full Cycle: Long Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional Blend: Brazilian yerba mate, horseweed, espinheira santa, passion flower. Scents of gooey apricots, gently toasted oats, mild tobacco, and freshly arranged flowers, Cabral Compuesta is a spryly stroll through the forest of green and fruity splendor. […]

Origin: Santa Fe, Argentina Producer: Cachay S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Blend Body: Light Cycle: Short Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional Ingredients: yerba mate, pennyroyal, spearmint, peppermint, flavoring. Think about that distinct sournesses that comes from over-brewed green tea. And drinking lukewarm water with a peppermint in your mouth. And throw in some hints of lemon verbena, […]

Origin: Córdoba, Argentina Producer Establecimiento Santa Ana S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Blend Body: Light/medium Cycle: Medium Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional 1978, Córdoba, Argentina, the first yerba mate blend of the country is born. When it comes to blends, CBSé is a behemoth. A good 14 flavors are offered by the brand. Hierbas Serrana, Mountain Herbs, […]

Origin: Corrientes, Argentina Producer: Cooperativa Agrícola de la Colonia Liebig Cut: Clean Body: Very Light Cycle: Very Short Aged: 18 months Grown: Conventional I stand in the kitchen, pour my Stanley® thermos, and take that first sip from my calabash. Why haven’t I tried this mate before, I wonder? I’m transported to fields of subtle […]

Origin: Santa María, Misiones, Argentina – Lot 280. Producer: La Cachuera S.A. Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Light/medium Cycle: Short/medium Aged: Conventional Grown: Conventional Consistent as a Trappist Monk. As boring as a cardboard box. As reliable as the sun. Yes, Amanda won’t let you down but she also won’t surprise you. And and I quite […]

Origin: Corrientes, Argentina Producer: Las Marías Cut: Classical Argentine Body: Medium Cycle: Short/medium Aged: 10-14 months Grown: Conventional Like an energetic child running around a park, this mate plays hopscotch between pleasantly astringent citrus notes and bolder grassy-hay undertones. Not your typical Classical Argentine mate. Aromas of light tobacco, fresh sawdust, Cheerios and Kix cereal, […]

Origin: Coronel Bianco, RS (Rio Grande do Sol) Producer: Indústria Salet LTDA. Cut: Chimarrão – Native Brazil Body: Light/medium Cycle: Short/medium Aged: None Grown: Organic – Ecocert S.A.; USDA Lemony, bright, clean, and grassy all in one. This richly verdant chimarrão is pleasantly herby—it has almost this oregano asparagus thing going on; pretty neat. Grown […]

Origin: Restinga Sêca, RS (Rio Grande do Sol) Producer: Ervateira Taquapy Cut: Chimarrão – Moída Grossa (Coarse Cut) Body: Light Cycle: Short Aged: None Grown: Conventional Taquapy isn’t your standard Brazilian Chimarrão. Toasted doughy flavors with a nimbus of cinnamon and caramel popcorn sweetness captivate the palate with each cycle – there’s a sort of […]

Origin: Canindeyú, Paraguay Producer: Río Itambey S.A. Cut: Gaucho Body: Medium / Full Cycle: Long Aged: Conventional Grown: Organic Aggressive and blunt, this mate is anything but soft and friendly. Dark chocolate, tobacco, smoke, steel/metal, cement, and wet stones all with a high caffeine content, makes this a formidable Paraguayan mate. Oh, and its also […]

Origin: Ilópolis, RS (Rio Grande do Sol) Producer: Ximango IND. De Erva-Mate LTD. Cut: Chimarrão – Native Brazil Body: Light Cycle: Short Aged: None Grown: Conventional Product: Page For the untrained palate, Ximango Traditional is nearly identical — in body and taste — to its premium counterpart, Ximango Special Reserve (Reserva Especial). The discernible difference […]

Origin: Ilópolis, RS (Rio Grande do Sol) Producer: Ximango IND. De Erva-Mate LTD. Cut: Chimarrão – Native Brazil Body: Light Cycle: Short/medium Aged: None Grown: Conventional Cheema Who? Pronouncing the word for native grown Brazilian yerba mate is almost as challenging as working your way through a clogged bombilla. “Chimarrão”, pronounced shim-a-HOUE, essentially means pure […]

Origin: Obligado, Paraguay Producer: Eugen Junghanns Cut: Hybrid Body: Light/Medium Cycle: Medium Aged: 24 months Grown: Organic Paraguayan mate has no interest in painting within the lines. This highly eclectic mate is packed with the most unusual flavor combinations: marshmallow, graham crackers, tobacco, cherry pie, cement, cedar, and sweet dough offer an intricate mate experience, […]

Origin: Corrientes / Misiones, Argentina
 Producer: Molinos Río de la Plata S.A.
 Type: Classical Body: Medium/Full Cycle: Long Everyone has a friend that has absolutely no interest in fitting in. You know, that person who’s always going right when everyone’s going left. Cruz de Malta is no different. Sweet, woody, and earthy as the richest […]

Origin: Santo Pipó, Misiones, Argentina
 Producer: Sociedad Cooperativa Limited
 Type: Classical Cycle: Medium Product: Page Dependable and trustworthy, Piporé is a reliable yerba that rarely disappoints. Toasted almonds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, warm caramel, and creamy milk chocolate suffuse your aromatic senses with each whiff. Somewhat unassuming and muted, this light/medium body mate is quite […]

Origin: Corrientes / Misiones, Argentina
 Producer: Molinos Río de la Plata S.A. 
Type: Classical / Gaucho Product: Page The Nobleza Gaucha red bag (despalillada; sin palos; without stems) is the lighter version of the blue bag (con palos; with stems). Naturally, this mate is more robust and malty. More appropriate than butter-smooth (as in the […]

Origin: Valle de Iguazú, Brazil Producer: CARRUA & CIA S.A. Type: Gaucho Product: Page While Sara Traditional resides securely close to Earth, Extra Suave floats amongst the clouds with an ethereally light clay, leather, charcoal essence. Not as bold, with skinner dimensions, this rustic – Old World feeling — gaucho mate is delicate and robust […]

Origin: Corrientes, Argentina Producer: Las Marias Type: Classical Product: Page As the prototypical mate of Argentina, 60% of the country drinks Taragüí. Not too strong and certainly not lacking flavors, this Corrientes-grown variety is a safe selection. Before sipping, enjoy the feathery whiffs of sweet bread, whole grains, Raisin Bran, peaches, and sweet potatoes. But […]

Origin: Valle de Iguazú, Brazil Producer: CARRUA & CIA S.A. Type: Gaucho Product: Page Take the sweetness from Piporé, the malt from Canarias, and the rich grassiness from Del Cebador, and you have Sara Tradicional. Pleasantly tart with hints of oak on the finish, there’s a complexity there. Unlike most gaucho varietals, which are normally […]

Origin: Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sol (RS), Brazil Type: Gaucho Producer: Canarias S.A. Product: page Known for dusty and dank mate, Rio Grande do Sol of Brazil is the land entrusted to grow the finest yerba mate for the insatiable Uruguayan appetite. Per capita, no other country represents such a dense concentration […]

Origin: Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sol (RS), Brazil Producer: Canarias S.A. Type: Gaucho Product: page Grown in Southern Brazil for the world’s largest consumer of mate, Uruguay, this butter smooth gaucho variety is bursting with creamy, malty flavors. The typical gaucho cut of small leaves and plenty of powder makes for medium/full […]

Origin: Misiones, Argentina Producer: Hreñuk S.A. Type: Classical Product: page Smoother and slightly heavier with floral notes, the Especial version has more to say than the Traditional. Deeply complex, rich earthy flavors play well with creamy, buttery, and floral elements. With a solid medium body, there’s strength but nothing too overwhelming. Classical Argentine cut that’s […]

Origin: Misiones, Argentina Producer: Hreñuk S.A. Type: Classical Product: page Rosamonte Traditonal Yerba Mate Review As a newbie mate drinker in 2009, Rosamonte wasn’t on my list of most delicious mates. Rich earth, dark chocolate, assam black tea, tobacco, and heavy espresso notes, so generously imbued in this varietal, I must admit, took years to […]