Mate is gourmet
Mate is extremely multifaceted drink, on par with tea, coffee and wine. When I just started drinking mate I was amazed by the fact that the drink made out of the single plant can have so many different aromas, flavors and effects!
Mate can be truly gourmet. The taste is affected by many factors, including the soil where the plant has been growing, climate, exposure to the sun, season of harvesting, cut, drying process, methods and terms of aging. All those factors are contributing to a massive variety of yerba on the market, and that in its turn causes a lot of differences in preferences of yerba mate lovers.
How I review yerba mate
Tastes differ, they say, so I wasn’t planning on giving any “score” in my reviews. I find ratings, stars and thumbs pretty useless, and I honestly think that there is no “bad” yerba mate - I had nasty coffees, gnarly cigars, disgusting wines, but never have I ever had a mate that tasted so bad that I wanted to throw it away. One mate can be good for rare peaceful evening ceremonies, another mate can be good for daily morning drinking - it doesn’t mean that one mate is good and other is bad.
For instance, Liebig Original was such a delicious mate that I was disappointed that it became lavado so quickly - I just wanted to sip it all day long! But is it necessarily a bad thing? Arguably not - sometimes you don’t have time or desire for long drinking session, and mate with short duration comes in handy.
In my reviews I try to “dig into the core” of specific mate and try to understand what did manufacturer want to say, for whom this mate was designed for. I describe the aroma and taste of mate, its cut and specifics of preparation. I give my opinions and let the reader decide what’s better for him according to his own tastes and preferences.
Some of the yerba mate brands that I tried have really impressed me in one way or another - usually such yerba mate has its own distinctive nature, character, that is unique and stands out from other yerba mate brands.
In that case, I mark those yerba mate brands as a Matexperience Choice, which indicates a mate that is memorable and in my opinion is a must-try for any matero out there. The more such yerba mate brands you have tried, the more you’ll see how different, complex and truly gourmet this drink can be. That is the solid yerba mate that is very unlikely to disappoint you and would make you get some more after you finished your first bag.