This is excellent — tasty and invigorating. Many versions of Yerba Mate – a relative of the holly plant – are toasted/roasted a bit more, this greener version is quite delicious, smoother, maybe a little friendlier for the average green tea drinker as well. If you like green tisanes in general, this is the perfect to expand your horizons — you’ll find some familiar flavor notes comparable to your favorite greens, but then Yerba Mate definitely dances away with a flavor all its own. From the initial aroma to the very mild aftertaste, which has just a hint of spearmint.
* I see guidance all over the place regarding steeping temperatures of Yerba Mate. I have seen temperature guidance from 160° to boiling. I did a taste test myself and when I used boiling water on this Yerba Mate I definitely noticed a hint of unflattering tannin’s. When steeping at 170° degrees I was very pleased with the taste – I am not a big Yerba Mate drinker so you can do your own exploring! Also because of the fineness of the leaves I recommend using a tea bag to filter/steep this Yerba Mate.