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Taragüi Con Palo is the most popular yerba mate in Argentina — and I understand why. Most of the people in Argentina do not treat mate as something sophisticated and gourmet. For them mate is something that they are used to drink every day during work or lunch and they are looking for something that will give them all the benefits of mate but at the same time will not distract them with bright and unusual flavors. Taragüi Con Palo is created for quick and simple drinking when the last think that you care about — is the flavor of your mate. I respect that, although I prefer more complex yerba mate.
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All Taragüi yerba mate cuts have similar distinct strong smell of dried plums and raw cigarette tobacco. Other than that, the nose is pretty simple and flat — I cannot distinguish other notes.
Taragüi Con Palo has a relatively fine cut for Argentine yerba mate, with low amount of powder. There are not too many and not too much stems in this con palo yerba mate, and they are grounded more finely than usual, just like leaves. Color of Taragüi Con Palo yerba mate I would describe as rich dark green.
I don’t think that it matters what water temperature to use when it comes to preparing Taragüi Con Palo — the flavors are simple and it will be hard to mess them up with very hot water. However I would suggest to stay away from drinking this mate cold — Taragüi Con Palo is not designed for tereré.
The first pour of hot water completely changes the smell of Taragüi Con Palo. Prunes and tobacco step aside and let the burned cookie dough dominate the aroma. This smell tranfers to the taste of this mate along with tobacco, and I also start to notice the bitterness of wormwood plant and flavor of rye bread crust. Surprisingly for me, I didn’t notice any grassy flavors and Taragüi Con Palo was not as sweet as Piporé Con Palo. Overall I would describe it as a light-bodied mate, or between light and medium body.
Taragüi Con Palo has a short, slightly bitter aftertaste, with hints of tobacco.
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On average I could get around 15 refills with this mate, which is not that bad, considering the simplicity of its flavor.
The last thing you want while drinking mate is to constantly re-heat your water or add more ice to it.
No matter if it's hot mate or cold tereré,
or a very popular in South America
I didn’t feel more energized after drinking Taragüi Con Palo — this mate seems to me more soothing and relaxing than energizing. I would prefer to drink it in the afternoon or in the evening.
What are your thoughts on Taragüi Con Palo? Comment below!
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Pronounced [YER-bah MAH-teh] (or [SHER-bah MAH-teh] in Rioplatense Spanish). Also known as Ilex paraguariensis, a holly plant natively grown in South America, particularly in Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Southern Brazil (the term erva mate is used there more often). Yerba mate is used to make a beverage known as mate in Spanish, or chimarrão in Portugese. Oftenly, the term yerba mate is used to describe not only a plant, but also a final product of grinding, drying and aging the plant. Wikipedia article
Pronounced [MAH-teh]. Traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, very popular in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Southern Brazil (the term chimarrão is used there more often). It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in the gourd. Sometimes the gourd itself is referred to as mate. Wikipedia article
Infusion of yerba mate, similar to mate but prepared with cold water and ice. Most popular way of consuming yerba mate in Paraguay. Usually is drank with addition of yuyos from guampa. Wikipedia article
A vessel used for drinking mate traditionally. Usually it is made from a real dried calabash gourd, or calabaza in Spanish, hence the name. Today the term gourd is used not only to describe a calabash vessel, but any other cup from which mate is being drank (wooden, metal, ceramic, etc.)
When mate is prepared traditionally, a mountain of yerba is yerba that is located inside the gourd in form of slope, that is exposed to hot water while drinking. Proper mountain of yerba will be always half-dry and half-wet, which results in more balanced and long mate. On the opposite side of mountain is the water hole.