When I was still a cigar sales representative in The Netherlands, Te Amo was one of the brands we carried. And Revolution was part of the deal. I must admit, nothing in this cigar ever called out my name, so I never smoked it. I can handle a bit of Mexican tobacco in a cigar, San Andres does have great tobacco, but a cigar with predominantly Mexican tobacco is a bridge too far. And add the rest of the looks, I decided to pass.
Now that the distributor and the brand broke their relationship off, and the remaining stock is being sold, my curiosity got the better of me. I bought a sampler with three vitolas. The first one I tried was this short robusto. 4 1/2 x52. I’m still not sure if I should smoke it, but decided to bite the bullet.
The wrapper is dark and kind of rough looking. The triple cap is a nice touch but the upper cap is placed in a sloppy way which destroys the look. The ring is simple but printed on high-quality glossy paper though. The wrapper doesn’t look oily and feels a bit like sandpaper. The aroma is mild, very mild and reminds me a bit of sawdust. The construction feels good though, the cigar is evenly bouncy everywhere.
The cold draw is loose. It’s quite tasteless except for some salt. After lighting, I taste dried soil with some coffee and cacao. The flavors are covered in a powdered sugar flavor. There’s also some citrus acidity. And then the flavor takes a turn for the worst. I can’t really describe it, the sweetness is there but with dried leather. After a third, I also taste some wooden flavor, dark wood, with a hint of cocoa. Halfway I taste wet cardboard with some cocoa powder. Some pepper shows up too, and it’s slowly growing. The pepper is grown until the end.
The draw is quite loose. The smoke is medium and quite grey-brown in color. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium bodied, medium-full flavored. If this was a budget cigar, it would have gotten away with the quality but it’s not. The smoke time is one hour and thirty minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will not.