Mate, also known as Yerba mate, is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink. Mate was first consumed by the indigenous Guaraní who live in a Paraguay area, southeastern Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay and is very popular nowadays for its beneficial properties.
Juliana Montagner is a director of Ximango and founder of the Mon Julli brand in southern Brazil. She was born in Ilópolis, the city that has the scientific name of the plant, Ilex Paraguariensis, precisely where her Italian great-grandfather began production in the late 1800s. Juliana developed the legacy she received, studying and deepening into Camellia Sinensis and the universe of tea, with the mission of bringing the benefits of mate to the world. Thus, was born Green and Black Mate, patented by Mon Julli and obtained by processing mate shoots following Chinese green and red tea processing technologies. As a result, we have a very rare and unique product rich in tonic-stimulating and antioxidant properties as well as tasty drink with unique aroma and taste.
Dry leaves have a clear dark chocolate fragrance. Amazing baked character transform into floral notes during first smell. After warming up tea leaves aroma develop into cacao, tobacco, rose and raspberry with spicy nuances. The taste is sweet and and deep with cacao, herbal, chocolate notes. This tea has a deep feel in the mouth with long-lasting aftertaste. A very interesting experimental product definitely worth to try and compare with classic Chinese red teas.