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Cruz de Malta Yerba Mate Review

Cruz de Malta 1kg Yerba Mate TeaOrigin: 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 rainforest floor, this rustic and rugged yerba walks alone without a care in the world.

Beautifully cut in the classical Argentine method — generous amounts of large stems and relatively low powder — there’s a natural light sweetness to leaven the bolder woody and soil notes. There’s nothing banal about this yerba. Fragrances of butter-smothered pancakes, fresh pine sawdust, manure, barnyard, and sap keep you guessing the direction of this eclectic yerba—the movement of taste and aroma is quite impressive.

Cruz de Malta Yerba Mate Tea Review ©Circle of Drink Inc. 2017

Like strong green tea? Are you the sort of person that goes out of your way to try something totally outside the confines of convention? If so, Cruz may be for you. It’s the bad boy of the Misiones. The medium/full body is robust and unrefined, with a dank vegetal finish — think compost!

But be careful not to overheat or over-brew this temperamental mate; if the water is too hot, you’ll inflame those already-strong flavors and experience heavy smoke and tobacco, which may be overpowering for some. Try lower water temps around 165ºF/64ºC to better appreciate the illusive sweetness which makes this a truly bitter-sweet experience.

Cruz de Malta Yerba Mate Tea ©Circle of Drink Inc 2017

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