Greenish and vegetative. Mate is rich in caffeine True gaucho flavor tending slightly bitter and wild.Liquor tending light and greenishIngredients: Green mateIngredients From: ArgentinaAntioxidant / Caffeine Level: Very High / MediumAbout Mate:Mate is an herb prepared from the leaves of a South America evergreen shrub, Illex paraguayensis. Jesuit missionaries, upon arriving in the new world, quickly adopted the native practice of drinking Yerba Mate and became the first people to cultivate mate on plantations they developed on the grounds of their missions. (Previously mate was harvested wild from the jungles.) In 1645 they received permission to trade mate commercially and subsequently also became the first people to make real money from the herb. Their domination of the trade continued until 1767 when they were expelled from the country. By the 1800s, enjoyment of Mate had become immensely popular throughout South America.Mate is prepared by filling a gourd or mate up to three-quarters full with dry leaves of the mate plant, and filling it up with water at a temperature of 70–80 °C (158–176 °F), hot but not boiling. The mate is drunk through a metal straw called bombilla. Sugar may or may not be added. The mate can also be consumed as a cold or iced beverage prepared with cold water or fruit juice (tereré). Drinking mate with friends is a common social practice in Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil among people of all ages.The flavor of brewed mate resembles an infusion of vegetables, herbs, grass and is reminiscent of some varieties of green tea. Flavored mate is also sold, in which the mate leaves are blended with other herbs or citrus. Today Yerba Mate can also be found in various energy drinks.Today the popularity of drinking mate continues to grow. As it does, the number of varieties available on international markets likewise increases.FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY: We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water. Today’s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses. Once it boiled allows decreasing the temperature to reach the ideal brewing temperature.Ideal Brewing Temperature: 70° – 80 °C / 158° – 176°F.