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Contains several varieties of Italian-grown tobaccos:
Kentucky, Beneventano, Nostrano, and others. A fully
natural blend.

Notes: ETI (Ente Tabacchi Italiani) has been bought by BAT (British
American Tobacco) in 2003 who sold to Manifatture Sigaro
Toscano the pipe tobacco production along July 2006.

BrandManifatture Sigaro Toscano
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBurley, Kentucky
FlavoringNone
CutShag
Packaging40g Pouch
CountryIT
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong

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Strichetto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Strichetto (15)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried this good italian tobacco in 2012, it's a quite thin cut and low moisture natural italian various Kentucky mixture, roughly the same used to make typical italian famous cigars "Toscani". Bought in Italy, really cheap, and that's a plus. It smells earthy, woody, and a bit smoked, as correctly noted in other reviews.

Aroma: none

Taste: strong, but in a different way than, i.e., full bodied EM or cuban leaves mixtures; rich in nicotine

Room note: surprisingly not strong

Burning: quite fast, smoke not heavy, not dense

Best briars: ... no briars, it gives its best in corn cobs (really!)or magnesium silicate meerschaum; it's useful to "clean" a pipe from unwanted aromas, one only bowl burns away every reminiscence better than napalm!

Recommended, but moderation is necessary, it's a good, "macho", tobacco, I could smoke not more than two bowls in a day, at the third it can be mouth inflammatory, at the fourth sometimes the room begins to turn around you: if this tobacco is not strong enough for you, you can only try TNT, for your LAST bowl...

Purchased From: Italy

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eldynet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eldynet (1)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Strong

I love kentucky! Forte it's a italian pipe' tobacco. It contains some types of italian kentucky and some burley (despite what someone said). Since 2012 the recipe is changed a little (also package). . Now it's a little less strong and rough (unfortunately). It has some flavouring (not completely natural, however it stays on natural taste). It's not so simple to taste the first time. The taste is of wood, earth and pepper (remainds toscano cigars that are made of kentucky). Room notes are strong. Full nicotine. Easy to burn. Good also to give body and strenght to mixture without influence them (without exceding). It's cheap. It remainds very old and rough times. Not reccomended who likes aromatized.

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Numb3r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Numb3r (1)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

Stumbled upon this in a period when I decided I was smoking full pouches of tobacco before trying something else (finish the pouch before opening another.

A fully natural tobacco is nowadays something very rare, indeed... It is something reminding of old times... before all those fancy tobaccos were around people were smoking this and, I can tell you, they were really right.

It is a simple tobacco in the making... based on mixing italian tobaccos (mainly Kentucky), but it's not so simple in the tasting process as it is, despite its strength, very elusive: smokey with a hint of wood and pepper, I think, and reminding me, at low temperature and around half of the bowl, of nutmeg.

It has a full nicotine kick, so it is more adapt, I think, for late evening... could make a very nice last pipe of the day, but nothing to be afraid of if you smoke it with the due respect... even for your briar as it can burn very hot (cut is very thin and moisture very low).

The perfect tobacco for a bonfire at the seaside, I feel, or for being reflexive.

A last thing... Room note of this is quite strong and nothing your wife would gladly smell on her curtains.

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Lombard65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lombard65 (48)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Very Strong

This blend is full bodied, but very smooth taste, is really great, five stars!

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Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (83)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

Forte is one of the most natural pipe tobacco in world, that's sure till to the point to being one of world's rougher tobaccos: pouch aroma is fusty, taste and flavors are very woodsy and earthy, room note is musty, almost redolent of humus… Not the right choice for a refined gourmand but good if you look for a walk in the wild side.

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Vovinam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vovinam (19)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

A natural blend of Italian kentucky, Beneventano and Nostrano del Brenta. Very thin cut. There's no Burleys in the recipe. Strong Toscano cigar taste but without any fermentation. Very dry and extremly strong, like the name saids. Probably the strongest tobacco never produced. Usefull to clean any residual taste in used pipes and to quickly reform base encrostation. Added in mixtures give body and strenght without heavy infulence in the flavour (obviously without exceding). Beyond its more "technical" adoperation this is an excellent natural pipe tobacco, practically composed by pure Kentucky. This is one of the few remaining tobaccos without any chemical treatments. You can recognize in taste persistant notes of wood and hay. Highly recommended either for blending either for simply degustation of the true taste of nature.

4 Stars, and I subscribe!

Type: Natural strong ; Contents: Italian Kentucky, Beneventano, Nostrano del Brenta ; Cut: Very thin shag, ut to 1 mm ; Humidity: Dry but not dehydratated ; Lighting: After the starting explosion burn fast like the Hell! ; Pipe recommended: Bent or with long mouthpiece, small and thin bowl (for your own safety!).

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TEO Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TEO (25)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is popular and historic blend here in Italy, and it's the best one when it comes to harden another one, at this price. No doubt. The aroma and taste is full, earthy and smoked, not really a gentle blend. I rate it 2 stars because, although it is really cheap, I think there are way better kentucky blends to be purchased. I hardly smoke it alone. It is always quite dry but it doesn't bite; it can turn a little bitter to the bottom of the bowl and it is cigarish as you may expect. I am not a straight burley-kentucky lover and I'll keep on using it only to give some nicotine kick to other blends I usually puff.

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (52)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

A popular and cheap tobacco with full body & strenght. Natural taste. Flavor: old woods, campfire, dry hearth. Easy to burn.

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BowHunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BowHunter (12)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco is like a hot, good, strong cup of black coffee. Honest, true, dark, mediterranean tobacco. Though someone smokes it all day long, I wouldn't be able, 'cause I like to change, but it's definitely in my rotation. When I'm in the mood for something very traditional with great body, I'm looking for this tobacco. Must have for the Kentucky lovers.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Having passed through Italia and Comune, I couldn't do without trying Forte.

I cut this short since I underwrite most of the esteemed Beer's review. There is nothing subtle in a plain/robust Kentucky like this. Just a strong, earthy, Toscano-ish, masculine smoke. Something of the likes of the French Scaferlati (I still have two small cubes of that), old time (or grandfather's) stuff.

I would add that the quality of the tobacco has improved so much from the times ago when Comune and Forte (and Nazionale...) were packed in those small 20grms paper packs, and I may fully understand those pipsters devoting themselves to an "organic" tobacco like this.

Regarding me, after 10grms smoked straight in pipes of various sizes, always with pleasure, I have immediately started experimenting mixing with some Virginias. Very good results are coming from mixing three parts of Forte with one of HOTW.

Recommended... to myself obviously.

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g_andrini Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
g_andrini (6)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Forte is a very good tobacco. Kentucky is very pleasant. Try it!

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ertekel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ertekel (2)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Hello all, well i am italian and i smoked cigars (Old and extra old toscano as well); i'd say i prefer cigars even if the leaf type in this tobacco is the same. Best quality of this tobacco is that it's really cheap, but i am not looking for this quality. There are much better Kentuckies if you are looking for something really good. This one can be smoked just to say "well i tried it" and maybe you can add this one to others tobaccos (as said in a past review) but i am not going to buy a new pack. Cheers.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

The best thing about this tobacco is its price! While smoked, it can give satisfaction to people who like plain kentucky: I'm not in that number. It gives its best when smoked in a corncob or meerschaum, maybe even in a clay, to smooth it out a little its sharpness. I know about people who find it great to mix it 50/50 with Clan: a rare case in which by blending two disgusting tobaccos together you can come across something smokable!

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (294)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

This is one of the cheapest tobaccos sold in Italy: for its price, it actually can't be despised! It's not a subtle or elegant tobacco, but it delivers a stout, sturdy natural taste that will appeal to lovers of Toscano cigars (the kind of leaf in the same).

Forte can be smoked even carelessly: you can stuff it in a corncob, and you only have to take care not to rush it. Being very finely cut (it can be used for RYO too) and dry, it can turn hot and quite bitter.

Anyway, a tobacco that has many decades of history on its shoulders: plain robust old stuff, with lots of taste, a pleasant nuttiness and cigar overtones.

Many old smokers in Italy (but also some young ones) swear by this tobacco, as it is cheap, completely natural and without frills.

I bet that blending with some Virginias and some more delicate Kentuckys can lead to interesting experiments. I know some people who also add it to EMs to "spice them up".

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