Yerba Mate

Tea type
Yerba maté Tea
Yerba Mate Leaves
Grass, Hot Hay, Spicy, Pepper, Vegetal
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Edit tea info Last updated by Jason
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 6 g 12 oz / 355 ml

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This is a popular herbal beverage from South America with a long tradition, including being used by the gauchos (cowboys) of Argentina. Although it is herbal, it does contain caffeine. It has a grassy, vegetal flavor. At our Tasting Room, our staff blends it with Peppermint. Here, however, we offer straight Yerba Mate. If you have peppermint on hand, you might try creating a unique blend for yourself. For best flavor, brew this tisane for 3 minutes using 180 degree water.

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735 tasting notes

I believe this is my second yerba mate? Now, right off the bat, I messed up the preparation. Turns out I was supposed to treat it like a green, but I read the instructions too late. So my water was too hot. Therefore, my review of this might be a little skewed. (And I don’t have another sachet to try again with.)

The tea smells lightly smoky and spicy. Almost like cinnamon, but different. It’s the only thing I can compare it to. The flavor reminds me of something outside. It’s very vegetal, kind of reminding me of collard greens. There’s also a note of green beans. And leather. I know, this sounds really weird. But it was a freebie and after a night of drinking, I needed something to wake me up.

As far as the buzz goes, I can definitely feel something. It doesn’t seem as strong as a cup of coffee, and it comes on a little slower, but there’s certainly something there.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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108 tasting notes

Tried this for the first time today. YUM!
Helped me wake up for my class tonight. The folks at Harney Soho always have great suggestions of tea.

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726 tasting notes

Mmmmm I’ve never had plain old Mate before and this is good! Tastes very earthy and somewhat refreshing :)

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100 tasting notes

I’m on the fence about this one. Not being a caffeine drinker the “tang” was certainly something different/a distraction. I could definitely see this being an acquired taste for me personally.

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105 tasting notes

I love plain yerba mate tisanes, and this brand is no different.

The leaves are all broken into tiny pieces, like the picture shows. They are very thin and brittle.

I’ve never learned how to make yerba mate the traditional way, so I just make this like I would any other herbal tisane. I steep the leaves western style in near-boiling water for six minutes.

The liquor comes out strong and somewhat spicy. The flavors remind me of hay or dried grass mixed with spices. It is hard to describe but it tastes wonderful, in my opinion.

Flavors: Grass, Hot Hay, Spicy

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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168 tasting notes

This tea has vegetal notes reminiscent of sweet bell peppers! The caffeine is an added bonus too when you need a boost!

Flavors: Pepper, Spicy, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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