The Te-Amo Revolution is a new addition to the Te-Amo line which Altadis introduced at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, Fl. The new Te-Amo is made in a box pressed oval style, which is seeming to gain a lot more popularity this year as several new introductions are either in a box pressed or box pressed oval style. The new Revolution features different Mexican San Andres tobaccos in the wrapper, filler, and binder. It comes in three sizes, Robusto Ovalado (5 1/4 x 56) which I am reviewing today, Toro Ovalado (6 1/4 x 54), and Churchill Ovalado (7 1/4 x 52)
Size: 5 1/4 x 56
Wrapper: San Andres Habano
Binder: San Andres Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan, San Andres Negro, San Andres Corojo
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the Te-Amo Revolution is very basic with Revolution written in sort of a distressed, faded or broken text with a red border and it doesn’t list Te-Amo anywhere on the band. The wrapper is a medium brown with moderate veins and not much oil to it. It is shaped in a rounded box pressed style and feels very natural in hand.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Te-Amo Revolution has notes of spice, wood, and grass. The foot has a scent which is a blend of spices, grass, and a very light floral tone. I use a V-Cut shown above to prepare smoking the Te-Amo Revolution and on the cold draw there is a flavor which is a blend of grass, wood, and a slight spice.
Smoking Characteristics: The Te-Amo Revolution kicks off with a great draw providing a full body of cool, smooth, dry smoke. There are notes of cedar, wood, grass, and some light spices in the first third. The spices warm the palate a bit, and the flavor of cedar and spice linger on the palate between draws. The strength is in the medium range with a bit of spice on the retrohale. The ash during this third is a bit flaky, but the burn is fairly sharp.
Into the second third of the Te-Amo Revolution, a nice sweetness and some earthiness starts to join the profile, while the notes of spice, cedar, wood, and grass all remain. The earthy sweetness lingers on the palate between draws and provides an excellent finish. The ash is still a bit flaky, yet it doesn’t actually drop off on its own. The burn is razor sharp and still has not required a correction. The strength remains in the medium range providing a nice nicotine buzz.
During the final third of the Te-Amo Revolution, there is again a nice transition, a lot of the sweetness from the last third has faded, but the earthy note remains. A new bit of pepper joins the flavor profile along with the earth, cedar, wood, and spices. The blend is quite enjoyable, well balanced, and well blended. The construction holds up well. The ash firms up during this third, the burn is sharp, and the draw still provides a nice full body of smoke. The Te-Amo Revolution smokes cool to the nub with consistent flavor.
Conclusion: The Te-Amo Revolution does have an excellent evolution to it, each third revealing a slightly different flavor. I was quite impressed and a bit surprised by how much the flavor changed up from the start till the end. The construction could have been a bit better, the ash was a little flaky till the final third, but the draw and burn were quite good. The strength was in the medium range and very enjoyable. Overall I would recommend giving the Te-Amo Revolution a try. At this price point and with this flavor profile, this is an attractive offering from Altadis.