I live in the US, but have a daily mate habit going back over 15 years. Like most people, I love looking around for the perfect gourd, and when I find one, I stay with it. I've always been very traditional, buying nice artisan mate's in the mercado. I bought this one, totally different from anything I would normally use, just because of the Taragüi name – I'm a fan of the company, and I know that they know yerba mate, if anybody does. I was very surprised how much I liked it. For the time being at least, I've switched to using this mate exclusively. Can't exactly say why I love it, but it just plain works.