Nice chocolate-y aroma to the dry leaf! YUM!
I love brewing yerba mate in my Libre mug, because I can keep the leaf in the bottom chamber and allow the flavors to continually develop as I sip it.
This is tasty. It has a smoky/woody essence that I wasn’t prepared for – it seems to be taking the place of the usual earthy/vegetative taste that I usually experience with yerba mate. I’m not finding the smoky taste off-putting, just different. As it cools the smoky taste subsides a little while more of the earthy note comes through.
The cacao is more of a savory taste than a sweet one here. The vanilla is faint when the cup is very hot, but as it cools more of the vanilla appears.
Overall, a very tasty mate! YUM!