Yerba Mate Review: Ximango Tradicional
Producto de: Brazil
Olor: Very fresh and grassy. Reminiscent of unsmoked yaupon. It's also very green in color, which also leads me to believe it's unsmoked.
Polvo: A lot. Like, really a lot. It looks like matcha tea. I have a fairly open bombilla, and it's getting clogged. Initial sips have been gritty with the powder.
Sabor: As expected, it's very fresh and grassy, but it's not powerfully astringent like green yaupon. The flavor is actually surprisingly mellow and pleasant. It has a very green tea taste.
Update: Turns out Ximango is actually a chimarrão, which is a unique Brazilian take on mate. It's technically a yerba mate (comes from ilex paraguariensis), but is intentionally powdery like matcha.
From what I can read, you still drink it with the standard mate/bombilla setup, but I haven't quite mastered it, yet. I always end up with dry powder in the bottom of my gourd.