Product Reviews

Elegante – Organic Yerba Mate

Organic Yerba Mate has finally become mainstream with the new Elegante mix that blends stevia, almond oil and a hint of mint. As one of the tastiest organic Yerba Mate blends available, Elegante has made organic actually taste good. This mix has been finely sifted and cleaned for a stem and dust free experience.

This Yerba Mate is one of the richer blends, so you might want to start out with a little less on your first cup or two. Because there is little dust with this blend, it works very well in a french press.

Rosamonte Suave

rosamonte

If you are new to Yerba Mate and you are looking for a smooth, traditional blend, then Rosamonte might be just the product for you.

This was the first traditional blend that I tried and I must say that it is quite nice. It has a bit of an earthy, grass-ish, hay-type flavor and is not too strong. Other folks say that they can taste a slight smoke essence, but I never noticed that.

I usually mix 1 rounded teaspoon into a coffee cup of hot water. I then swish it around with my bombilla and let it steep and cool off for a few minutes. This mate goes very well with dark chocolate and would be a perfect companion on a cold winter evening. I have never tried it iced, but I imagine that it would still be pretty good.

Salante strawberry blend

IMG_6594If you like fruit flavored herbal or black teas, then get ready for a treat. the Salante strawberry blend contains organic yerba matte, strawberry, carob, cocoa nubs and stevia. This blend is simply exquisite in flavor and richness.

Salante strawberry blend is lightly sweetened by stevia leaf. It is not sweet like a sugared-up coffee or tea, rather, it has a very light sweetness to it… A sweetness that is not over-powering and you actually have to think about it to really notice it because it is so subtle. Stevia is not a sugar based sweetener, so it has no glycemic effect (sugar rush and then crash). Additionally, stevia does not get bitter like some of the other popular sugar substitutes when exposed to heat which makes it a perfect companion to this blend.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable blend and has a lot to offer from a flavor perspective. It is great for early morning paper reading, watching the sunrise or any time you need a pleasant pick-me-up during the day.

In addition to the bulk, loose-leaf strawberry mate, you can also order this flavor in a pre-packaged tea-bag. several of my work friends actually prefer the teabag to the loose leaf blend because they can just drop it into a cup of hot water and let it brew. With the tea bag, you don’t need to filter the mate.

Salante Mint Madness Blend

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the package to show you. You can order Mint Madness here.

Once again, Salante has come through with an incredible blend of flavored yerba mate. This time, the flavor is mint and what a treat it is. The Salante Mint Madness blend is an incredible mixture of mate, carob, stevia, peppermint and spearmint. If you appreciate a fine peppermint tea, then you will absolutely love Mint Madness. This blend is packaged in the same sealed manner as the Salante Strawberry blend, so maintaining freshness is not an issue.

This flavored mate is every bit as enjoyable as the Salante strawberry mate and is suitable for an early morning ‘on-the-job’ type of refreshment. One of the most surprising and pleasant aspects of this blend is it’s amazing smoothness.

The mint flavor is strong enough that it overshadows the traditional ‘grassy’ flavor of the mate. In my opinion, the blend of peppermint and spearmint presents the predominant flavor and the mate takes on a more subtle essence which provides a rich foundation to the drink. Overall, this is a fantastic flavored mate and should be on the shelf of every yerba mate aficionado.

Cremoso Acai Berry

IMG_6593The Cremoso Acai berry blend is quite good…after some getting used to. In my humble opinion, it does not even come close to the richness of flavor found in the Salante Strawberry blend, but it is good in it’s own way. Upon first opening the acai berry blend I expected a fruity, berry scent and I was taken back by the smokiness of the blend… The smoky scent seemed strong at first and I am not sure why. This first impression was difficult to get past, and in subsequent tastings I do not notice the smokiness quite as much.

My first experience with this blend was not positive. The smoky flavor seemed to be overpowering everything else so I dumped it down the drain and rinsed my mouth out. A few days later, I tried it again, and this time it did not seem overly “smoky”. I don’t know how to account for this… maybe it was just a “smoky” day outside. 🙂

Over the last month, I have grown to enjoy the Cremoso Acai Berry blend. I typically make a cup of this in the afternoon when I am in the mood for a strong, flavored mate. If you like a fruity mate with smoky overtones, then this would be a good one to go with.

While the Cremoso brand of Acai Berry may not be what you are looking for, you might really enjoy the Salante Acai Berry Yerba Mate!

Cremoso Vanilla

IMG_6592This was the first Cremoso brand product that I purchased and I must say that I was quite disappointed upon my first cup. I had hoped for a strong vanilla flavor, but what I found was a very light vanilla essence. It was not strong enough for me to even call this blend “flavored”.

Some of my co-workers really like this blend, but for me the vanilla is not strong enough. If you are looking for a very lightly flavored vanilla mate, then this is definitely for you. If you like a stronger flavor, then take a look at the Salante Vanilla blend.

Cruz De Malta

cruzdemaltaThis is a stem and leaf mate, which helps avoid clogging of the bombilla.

My family, as well as my brothers like this brand because it is a ‘mild’ mate, and is usually a good choice for those that have anxiety or nervousness. It is also usually one of the less expensive brands.

This brand is from Argentina and seems to be one of the most popular ones. Most stores that carry mate usually carry this one.

Itapua La Potente

Awesome Yerba MateWow, what a blend! Full of flavor and loaded with anti-oxidants and other good things. Itapua is making a statement with this Mate! This blend is made with 15% Catabua bark which is known by the Tupi people to relieve pain, improve memory and bring anxiety under control.

This blend uses 85% certified organic Yerba Mate and 15% Catabua bark.

 

Cachamate

Cachamate has done it again with a wonderful, super healthy mix of Yerba Mate, pennyroyal, mint and boldo. This excellent and lightly flavored mate is sure to please from a taste and health perspective. We really enjoyed this blend for it’s light mintyness.

Cachamate is a traditional Yerba Mate blend with lots of lightly flavored blends based on herbs, much like herbal tea. some of the herbs in their blends include Chamomile, Fennel, Coriander, peperina, Lemon Verbena, Marine Algae, Mint, Pennyroyal and Linden Tea.

 

Campesino

Campesino mint with boldo is a nice break from the the average Yerba Mate blend. With strong mint flavors and the power of boldo to moderate the stronger Yerba Mate flavor, this blend is sure to please.

Boldo is an herb grown in Chile and frequently added to Yerba Mate to smooth out the naturally strong Yerba Mate flavor. Boldo is often used as a supplement to reduce the effects of a hangover and upset stomach.

 

[review by kriegmiester]

Nobleza Gaucha

noblezagauchaThis is one of my favorite Yerba Mate brands, it is very strong however, but has a great taste. It is considered a highly traditional mate and comes from Argentina. This mate is not a fine powder and will contain both leaves and stems. [review by kriegmiester]

Nobleza Gaucha has several varieties of traditional mate: Blue contains stems and leaves; Red with no stems or leaves and Green which has been aged for 24 months. The Green is said to be quite good, but also the strongest flavor out of all the varieties.

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