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Rosamonte Traditional is a classic variety with a bold and smoky taste. Founded in 1936 by Ukranian immigrants, Rosamonte has nearly a century of experience harvesting and producing yerba mate. Because of its unique drying process, this yerba mate brand has a well-bodied flavor that's a must-try. Even Tim Ferriss drinks it!
Rosamonte Traditional is con palo (with stems), but it departs from the typical Argentina cut. It's considered fairly dusty, but also includes large leaves and thick stems in between. This more coarser blend with plenty of dust gives the yerba mate a bold taste. It also goes through a 12-month aging process which turns it a gray-green color. For many, Rosamonte Traditional hits the right balance of interesting and traditional.
Rosamonte Traditional is the classic variety from this brand, so you won't find any special added flavors. However, they use a "barbacua" method, which involves drying the yerba mate over an open fire (hence the name). This unique process gives it that quintessential smoky taste. Besides this smoky aspect, there aren't any other notable flavors.
The package of Rosamonte Traditional mentions that it's gluten-free, so it's safe for celiacs and gluten-sensitive folks. Other than that, Rosamonte boosts your energy, just like other yerba mates brands.
Experts don't recommend Rosamonte Traditional for yerba mate newbies. That's because it's a bit stronger and bolder than your traditional brand. Rosamonte is also somewhat tricky to prepare. Because of the high dust content, it's key to prepare your yerba mate mound correctly. This variety also tends to get lavado (washed out) fairly easily.
Rosamonte Traditional comes in a red and black design with a rose front and center. It's available in both 500g and 1-kilo packages with triple-layer packaging for extra protection. Some of their newer packages have a zipper close as well.