A mate purist would probably not be happy with this blend. But I am not one of them (even though I do enjoy pure mate every now and then). I had forgotten how much i like this mate. It smells good, dry and wet. It tastes good. Though the fruitiness overpowers most of the mate flavor. I feel I can really taste the mate in the aftertaste. Also I’ve been steeping this forever but I think right around the 6 minute mark is perfect. Oh and one more thing, while it is good warm it is also good cold!