I wish I would have read the other reviews before purchasing this. I have had Yerba Mate before, but it must have been flavored b/c my first reaction to my first cup of this was, ugh, green tea. I'm not a huge fan of green tea. I brewed it for a good 5 minutes the first time and it was too grassy. Today, however, I brewed it for just 3 minutes and added a splash of honey and milk and it was very good, light, not bitter.
A bit musky
I have had yerba matte before and really liked it. This version is a bit musky for my taste.
Best Mate I've Tasted
Sometimes cheap or generic mates can have an unpleasant 'ashtray' smell, which is why I was never a fan. But as usual, this company's mate exemplifies the best of what a tea can be. It is fresh, clean, and it feels very cleansing to the body. It is a wonderful after dinner drink for those who do not want to drink too much caffeine at night, but like their tea.