Tasting notes – Yerba Mate

Classification: Yerba Mate is made from dried evergreen holly “Ilex paraguariensis”
Origin: Brazil
Grade: Traditional, very good
Leaf: Tiny yellowy-green leaves cut into diamond-like shape releasing an aroma of green apple, eucalyptus and herbs.
Infused leaf: Porridge-like green mate has an aroma of smoke, herbs and fresh spring green veg.
Liquor: Straw yellow cup is cloudy almost pond muddy. Liquor is creamy and velvety with hints of green wood, summer earth, fresh grass & herbs – coriander particularly. Taste is a bit (pleasantly) bitter at first which quickly changes into beautiful honey-like sweetness. Bright green apple after-taste with a hint of tobacco smokiness lingers on the pallet for some time.
About: Yerba Mate is a traditional South American beverage that’s been said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate”. Sharing this drink from a traditional gourd with straw (Calabash with bombilla) is a sign of friendship and bonding. Healthy benefits of Yerba Mate are increased energy and enhanced mental clarity, alertness, focus, and concentration. It contains many nutritions and vitamins (vitamin A,B,C,E, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulfur and zinc). It is a fantastic stimulant, overall tonic & for digestive aid, great for weight loss regime and excellent nerve tonic for pain and fatigue/depression. It helps with allergies and sinusis and boost immune system. An excellent morning substitute to coffee.