I’ve never had maté before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I probably wouldn’t have had it yet if it hadn’t come as part of the Teacha subscription.
I sniffed the dry tea and jumped back about a foot since the first thing that came to mind was dirty socks. With some trepidation I steeped it according to the recommendation and was greeted with more dirty sock aroma. My spouse who normally at least tries these things with me told me I was on my own.
To my surprise, while hot, the taste was milder than the smell but as it cooled the taste got stronger and, alas, I was unable to finish it.