The Classic Smooth Paraguayan
Pajarito means â€œlittle birdâ€ in Spanish, but the company, Lauro Raatz, that makes it has grown to be one of the major producers of yerba mate in Paraguay, manufacturing 20,000 kg per day. I have only been drinking yerba mate for a few months, so please take my comments in context of my lack of experience. The primary focus of the company is the production of traditional yerba mate.
Appearance of leaves: good mix of leaf and stem, and ample powder, well suited for the bombilla, typical yellow green color of aged mate.
Dry aroma: sawdust, green tea, typical soft Paraguayan mate aroma.
Wet aroma: wet green leaves, caramel, allspice
Cup: muddy due to the ample polvo (powder) content
Color of tea: surprisingly dark amber for unsmoked tea.
Texture: Smooth, mildly astringent slightly buttery finish.
Flavor: Excellent smooth Paraguayan flavor, bold flavors with caramel, dried hay and corn, and a modest amount of fresh cut green grass. The flavor is bold and pronounced without any overbearing smoky quality.
Overall: A consistent, strong mate with the typical smooth character of Paraguayan yerba mate. Minimal flavor variations; probably the most typical of the â€œsuaveâ€ Paraguayan style, with just a slight nod to a fresh green component more commonly seen with Brazilian or Uruguayan leaf.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Adrian B. from n/a on 3/6/2016