Nobleza Gaucha! 

Argentinian - again?! 

It is hard - I mean for some reason shops all over New York suddenly started selling Cruz de Malta mate everywhere - hence I kept drinking it and not complaining :)

This one is different - the word for this mate is ‘GENTLE’

It is bitter but gentle.

It is not as harsh and senses up - I would say it is good morning and evening mate but not a strong kick!

Anyway i do enjoy it hope you are as well!



Time to taste Argentinian maté - Taragui plus energia. I need plenty of energia today as i am running 6+ mile today so hope this would pump me up! 

It is rather dusty but has pleasant fragrance very mate like not to herbal this time. 

It is strong! Damn it feels like i never drunk maté before - you remember your first time when you were like wtf is this! Mate del zonzo - put me in state of heart race :)  I like the bitterness and this sour earthy aftertaste. 

more to follow….

Also read about Argentine tea culture 

Taragui, (pronounced ta-ra-wee) with its unique personality, is the leading yerba mate in Argentina. Since 1924 it has been cultivated, harvested and processed at its origin by true specialists. Its different varieties make it possible to enjoy all the characteristics that distinguish Taragui.

New from Las Marias, This yerba mate has 30% more Mateine (caffeine, theobromine) than traditional brands and is 100% Natural for all day energy.

 from Go Yerba Mate


So this is my first time with Itapua but not with Paraguayan yerba. I tried pajarito before and if i remember properly i liked it. 

This has a very herbal smell when dry and not that much dust. 

To the point. It is very pleasant. Has this smokiness that i really like in mates. It is slightly to gentle if you know what i mean - it doesn't give you that strength/kick but some folks might like it. It taste a little like Korean brown rice tea which is one of my favorites if it is about green tea. Very fresh and rejuvenating but on the light side - could definitively go to sleep afterwards. 

Our most popular organic yerba mate from Paraguay, no stems, very low dust. Hand Harvested only two months out of the year.

from Go Yerba Mate


Union by Las Marias

Another Argentinian on my plate :) 

I am sorry for all Union lovers but for me it is just what bad mate is. I mean this mate is as thin as they go. Loosing flavour so quickly is just wrong. Maybe I’ve got a rotten egg but this is not worth my money even though it is one of the cheapest one out  there check link below if you want to try it for yourself.

For me it is ‘no, no’ and if they wont change anything soon I won’t go back especially that there is so many other/better choices. 

yerbamate.us line about Union <- this is where you can get it from