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Amanda Yerba Mate is a yerba you can always rely on. Compared to other brands like Taragui and Rosamonte, which are both smoked and have an overbearing taste, Amanda is like a breath of fresh air. With a harmonious balance of bitterness and sweetness throughout the entire gourd, Amanda is extremely pleasant while still packing a punch. Heavy earth, soil taste but super smooth. Milky texture and flavor. A bit of mushroom and woodsy notes.
Only after several refills, do I start to notice the strength die down. And even then, it dies down slowly. Throughout the entire cycle, it stays pretty linear. Nothing complex about it. Coming with stems, leaves, and dust makes this the classic Argentine cut. A very strong blast of energy from the start gets you on your feet. Not too much, though. You won’t be jumpy. But your tiredness and groggy feeling will disappear. You’ll feel light on your feet and ready to move.
There’s nothing bad I have to say about this yerba mate brand. But there’s nothing special about it either. Amanda comes and delivers. Like I said, it’s something that’s dependable. It’s a yerba mate that tastes fine, and gives you the effects you’re looking for. Surely, you probably won’t be grabbing this for something unique about it that other brands don’t have. The only notable thing that pops out is its smoothness and long-lasting taste. For a beginner, I wouldn’t recommend Amanda. She’s packs a punch and definitely won’t be sweet on your tongue. There’s much better brands that you’ll find more welcoming. For the bit more experienced though, you might love this one. -- Yerba Mate Lab