kuánglóng wrote: ClarG wrote: Poseidon wrote:
I went through a Yerba Mate kick awhile back and this was my go to vendor. http://www.goyerbamate.com/
Rick is a good guy and has pretty good prices. His ultimate bombillia is awesome!
If you want a jolt: get Canarias! Great mate. Lots of tiny fannings, beware if you are not using a FINE strainer.
Regular drinking mate: Cruz de Malta was good. Not a lot of fannings, all around good mate.
Fruity mate?: CBSe is good in some flavors... orange and lemon were probably the best but taste more like the rinds.
I also use goyerbamate and the owner is very nice.
Do you happen to know if Canarias brand is smoked or unsmoked? I asked Rick but he did not answer so I am not sure if he knows or not?
Canarias tradicional is dried with wood fire and so picks up some smoke during the process, like other yerbas and some few teas but compared to other yerbas I don't find Canarias trad. particularly smoky - YMMV.
If you want to try some really smoky yerba check out something like "La Merced Barbacuá', one of my favorites but most certainly not the healthiest yerba. For a mate without any smoke get some 'Kraus'.
My favourite brand is Guayaki (San Mateo) 100% air dried Yerba, bar none. Great for newcomers. The flavour is herbaceous, unique and robust. I tried a few South American brands, but didn't like any of them. They all tasted like wood chips to me, too smokey. To each their own.
I also strongly recommend getting a Gourd and Bombilla. I use a Calabash. The Gourd absorbs the flavor over time and tastes better the more you use it, but you must dry it properly or you run the risk of bacteria growth and molding. I tried many different methods of brewing, and personally enjoy this way much more.
It's the best for flavour, effect and health. With the Gourd, it starts off strong, then levels out, and once the flavour becomes washed out you're done. Whats great about this method is it keeps you super hydrated as well. I usually run about 1-2 litres of hot water through one Gourd of Yerba! Its also the best way to extract the most nutrients and quite simply, was an interesting change from the usual brewing techniques and vessels for most teas.
A basic set can be bought for very cheap, and the "Mate Mateo" is great place to start for beginners and offers a more modern, user friendly approach to the traditional method. It is made of Silicone, and a Bombilla is included. Unlike most Gourds, it doesn't absorb the flavour which is good if you haven't found a brand you enjoy yet, or enjoy drinking different varieties. It is also dishwasher safe and much easier to clean.
Hope this helps.