Rosamonte Especial - their special selection variety - is an excellent choice for yerba mate enthusiasts who like a bold yet balanced flavor. Rosamonte is a star name in Argentine yerba mate production with 80+ years of experience. This family-run business was launched in 1936 by Ukranian immigrants and has since gotten a reputation for well-bodied “barbacua” flavor.
Characteristics Like Rosamonte Traditional, Rosamonte Especial is con palo (with stems). It has the same proportion of dust, leaves and stems as the Traditional variety, which is considered a coarse blend with high dust content. The big difference is that Especial yerba mate undergoes a 24-month aging process (instead of 12 months), which softens the boldness for a calmer but still flavorful experience. Since it’s not as smoky as the 12-month variety, Rosamonte Especial is the ideal younger brother for yerba mate drinkers who want to take it down a notch.
Added Flavors Rosamonte Especial doesn’t have any special added flavors. Their unique drying process, which they call the “barbacua” method, does give their yerba mate a smoky body. However, with the Especial variety, this smoky taste is more subtle and only really noticeable in the aftertaste. Besides the “barbacua” factor, Rosamonte Especial has no significant flavor differences.
Nutritional Information Rosamonte Especial - like all their yerba mates - is gluten-free, so it’s ok for celiacs and those who are gluten-sensitive.
Beginner-Friendly Ranking While Rosamonte Traditional isn’t a go-to for yerba mate newbies, Rosamonte Especial is a more suitable choice. That’s because Especial is aged longer and has softer bitterness and more subtle flavor. For those beginners who want notable flavor without the strength, Especial is the way to go. It’s also easier to prepare than Rosamonte Especial, which is prone to getting lavado (washed out).
Packaging One of the highlights of Rosamonte Especial is its lovely, glossy packing. It’s got a shiny seal, which makes it stand out on the shelf. The design is identical to Rosamonte Traditional, with a red and black background and a pink rose smack in the middle. They offer the typical sizes of 500g and 1-kilo that are reinforced with triple-layer packaging. Rosamonte has also been recognized for its new zipper close packages as well.
Rosamonte is a popular yerba mate brand based in Apóstoles in the Misiones province of Argentina. This family-run business has beautiful grounds where they both harvest and package yerba mate. Rosamonte offers a range of products, including Traditional, Mild, Premium, Despalada (Without Stems) and Tereré. They also offer these varieties with Special Selection yerba mate. All of their yerba mate is aged for 12-24 months after undergoing open-fire drying and natural seasoning.
Rosamonte was founded in 1936 by Mr. Demetrio Hreñuk, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. Together with his wife Catalina, they started planting and harvesting yerba mate fields. Exactly thirty years later, in 1966, they took on the full yerba mate process, including grinding and marketing. In recent decades, they have expanded and diversified their activities to include tea, fish, cattle, forestry, and packing. From its humble beginnings, Rosamonte has become one of the largest yerba mate producers in Argentina.
Rosamonte stands out from other yerba mate brands in several key ways. First, their drying process is unique. They use a trademarked “barbacua” method that exposes the yerba to the heat of an open fire. This process gives Rosemonte yerba mate the interesting smoky flavor that it’s known for. In addition, their long experience in the yerba mate market makes them a reference nationally and internationally.
Beyond its products, Rosamonte is celebrated for its innovation in processing and packaging. They were the first yerba mate company to get the Rainforest Alliance certification, which credits them for using sustainable agricultural methods and applauds their environmental commitment. In addition, their new zipper yerba mate packaging received a national prize from the Instituto Argentino del Envase.
Today, Rosamonte is a family-style business that fits the modern needs of a global market.