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CBSé Hierbas Serranas Yerba Mate Review

CBSé Hierbas Serranas Yerba Mate Review

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, is a zesty medley of mate, spearmint, peppermint, and pennyroyal.

The brand has intelligently kept up with the digital times. Vibrant, down-to-earth, and fresh marketing, combined with a steady flow of lively and entertaining educational videos and blog posts keeps them ahead of the game in Argentina.

This was the first yerba mate blend I experienced, but to this day, I’m still not a big fan. Perhaps it’s the “saborizante de Hierbas Serranas” (additional flavoring) that’s throwing me off — not sure.

As a light body mate, there’s a conflicting heaviness with a mildly astringent aftertaste. The blend can’t breathe, as flavors topple over one another.

Not a horrible blend, but also nothing spectacular. Lacking the finesses and elegance you’d expect from a mint mate. Try using more water and less mate to correct the disharmony. The awkwardness of the flavors is mellowed with cooler water temps; great for cold mate.

Despite the bipolar nature of this blend — willfully stuck between light minty and heavy obscuring flavors — Hierbas Serranas isn’t all that bad, but not all that great either.

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