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Very rich and hearty with mellow notes of chocolate.
Slightly bitter at the first sip but wheat-like and woody thereafter.
This tisane is widely consumed in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and the Far East.
Commonly unusual to the new drinker, most will soon transform in loyal drinkers.
Golden Mate green dried leaves and stemlets of the perennial tree Ilex paraguariensis originates from Paraguay but is also grown extensively in northern Argentina.
The herb contains only 1% caffeine and hence is sometimes used as a substitute to coffee or black tea.
Best enjoyed without milk.
Preparation: Use approximately 1 teaspoon per cup. Pour over freshly water just 'off the boil' and cover. Leave to stand for 2-5 minutes. Dispose of the used tea leaves.
Use with a tea strainer or tea pot to avoid the mess.