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La Hoja Yerba Mate Review

La Hoja Yerba Mate ReviewOrigin: 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 as creamy as Romance, La Hoja is an all-around respectably light mate with peaceful and elegant mannerisms. No sharp edges and bite, with graceful cycle transitioning.

Argentina is known for their heavy hitting mates, such as Taragüí, Rosamonte, La Tranquera, and Cruz de Malta. Sip any of those mates and you’ve immediately joined the de-facto classical yerbas of the country. I’m happy to find a brand like La Hoja, which is on the opposite spectrum, in body, cycle, and strength. It’s in a class of refined, delicate, and soft mates; lesser known mates that haven’t reached the same marketing spotlight as the current behemoths.

And there’s a mystery and pull around these lesser known brands, particularly outside South America where only the most popular mates are stocked on shelves. And at the moment, in the United States at least, most mates are limited to Hispanic and specialty stores. Mala suerte!

We all know Budweiser, but few have heard of Toasted Lager, a lesser known brand but, by far, a superior beer. Now we see the same diversification developing in the mate world.

La Hoja Yerba Mate Tea

We’ve all heard of Cruz de Malta, buy how many Materos heard of Chamigo, which is also a brand by Molinos, sold on a hyper local level, not even mentioned on their website. And in many ways, for those that appreciate a fruiter side of mate, it’s superior in that regard.

For the Matero ready to venture to the lighter side of the leaf — a tough proposition for the Matero trapped in the world of high octane yerbas — La Hoja is worth a sip. It’s all too easy to become reliant on mate solely for its uplifting effects, a myopia that’ll make obscure the subtler brands that may not offer as much energy and have as long a cycle, but surely make up for it in taste and delicacy.