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A natural blend. Contains: Virginia and Kentucky.

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, Cigar Leaf, Kentucky, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging40g Pouch
CountryIT
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (38)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco is a natural base mixture. The contents are 55% light italian tobaccos and 45% dark italian tobaccos, with a very light flavoring (mainly sugar). Only natural italian tobaccos (grown in Italy). Ideal for natural mixtures' smokers. In my personal rating (from 0 to 10), my score is 7 and two stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lingo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lingo (8)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very honest tobacco, it never lets you down and it will be a great help in mixing and fixing. Everytime I have to rush out, I pass quickly in its dedicated humidor where I keep it fresh, and rapidly fill whichever of my briars comes to hand. I can find some wood-nuts in the very background, but unfort'ly it burns very quickly and it needs a little calm to feel it. It is my "pipe-cigarette-tobacco", a good and no-problem busy-minded smoke. Like my "reset key".

Pipe Used: any

1 person found this review helpful.

gam86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gam86 (34)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Very good and cheap tobacco, still not my favourite. If you re-moist it the flavour slight changes and the rum casting is more "heavy". In addintion you've to like italian kentuchy, if not the italian tobacco will pnch your throat.

1 person found this review helpful.

pantera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pantera (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Not as good as Forte but very good anyhow.Very different mixture not similar to any other . Unusual blending of Virginia ,Kentucky and Orientals. Only natural tobacco taste without any casing or topping. Worths to try it.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Probably the most rappresentative tobacco produced in Italy. It's a very fine natural tobacco and a usefull blending base. Virginia, Italian Kentucky and abundant presence of Orientals are the ingredients. With the simple add of Latakia in the mesure of 15-30% you obtain a medium-full english mixture natural in taste and with a rough note of Toscano cigar. Some friends name this home made blend "appenninica". Another typical mixture is Italia and some cigars cut of Toscano. Smoked just alone, orientals and kentucky prevail on Virginia giving, instead of sweetness, a spicy and full taste. Simple but not expected. Strong but not overwhelming. If you love natural tobacco without presence of any top casing or aromatic adds at my advice this is a "must".

I can't live without this, 4 Stars!!!!

Type: Natural mixture medium ; Contents: Italian Kentucky, Virginia, Oriental ; Cut: Shag, medium size ; Humidity: Moist but not much ; Lighting: Not always so easy, need some experience. Medium time burning but sometimes need to be relighted ; Pipe recommended: Any pipe is good, try it with different perspective.

1 person found this review helpful.

felipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
felipe (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Excellent blend of italian natural tobaccos.

The virginias are good, although not very matured and complex. I consider this as a plus, since that is not the main point of the blend. You can taste the toscano-ish bitter notes from the kentucky, while the orientals start to kick in at mid bowl.

It's a great tobacco for beginners, as it's quite easy to keep lit, doesn't burn too much and doesn't suffer from overheating, provided that one actually likes fire-cured kentucky.

Many people use it for breakin-in new pipes and tame rebel pipes, as the kentucky tends to absorb moist and harsh woody humors.

Good as a tasty and satisfying all-day smoke. Plus, it's cheap (at least in Italy, I don't know about elsewhere).

Pipe Used: Many briars

Age When Smoked: From the shelf

Purchased From: Many tabacconists

Similar Blends: Amphora OB.

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Strichetto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Strichetto (16)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Bought in a pouch in 2013, in Italy. Cheap, but not so cheap like other ETI tobaccoes, Comune and Forte. Based on mixed various Kentucky italian leaves, it's quite dark and dry in his pouch.

Scent: a bit more harsh than Comune and Forte, but good.

Taste: natural, not very cigarish, and surely not so soft, full bodied and pleasant like Comune.

Room note: surely not an aromatic, but... no problem.

Burning: it lights easily, and burns too fast.

In the ETI tobaccoes list is not the best, by me. Comune is really better, Forte is better too, especially if you "like it strong", and both are cheaper...

Purchased From: Noli, Milano, Italy

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (121)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This blend is quite surprising for a pouch tobacco. It has Virginia, Kentucky and Oriental with a natural taste. The tobaccos that stand out the most are the Oriental and the Kentucky with a cigarette like Virginia showing up sometimes. The after taste is pleasant. It burns fast to a white ash and can bite if smoked at a rapid pace. Now for 7 euros and quite easy to find in Italy, one could do much worse. One of the recommended pouch tobaccos I tried so far.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (89)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This blend didn't strike me as anything particularly special although it did have a hint of something I wasn't quite sure about, can't quite describe it. Anyways, overall this was a great simple blend, a good companion while I was hopping from place to place and walking around all day touring Europe for a month with a backpack and a railpass! Picked it up in Florence, and for a quick grab, euro baccy, I would recommend it, especially if you are on the go and just want a mild all day walking around sort of smoke.

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Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (84)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Simply and reliable blend, it derives from small harvests so production is inconsistently and you may find some differences of moisture or balancing from a pouch to another, it also is very natural with a bit of roughness and due the combination of Orientals and Kentucky it has a fusty room note though not too lingering indoor and with a bland “sillage” outdoor…... this to list the defects which are widely counterbalanced by many qualities: if smoked alone Italia is a tasteful blend, sweet, musky, grassy, with a good earthy edge, cool and gentle to the mouth, bold but not too strong. Italia is an intriguing diversion per se or a surprising ingredient for blending, it worth a try for sure.

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Archimagister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archimagister (4)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This stuff is really unexpensive. You can get a 40g pouch for less than half the local price of a tin of Dunhill or Peterson, or a third of what these older brothers cost in France. Strictly speaking it doesn't compare, but it manages to hold its own and deliver a satisfactory smoke. Upon lighting up the dominant note is that of a rather cheapo casing, vaguely reminiscent of Radford Old Scotch (the cut is also very similar). The orientals don't kick in at once. It's not until half bowl, when the burning is well under way, that the aroma suddenly gets fuller and more complex, with a pleasant hint of spiciness. From here on it affords some surprisingly rewarding puffs. I discovered this while toiling through a disappointing tin of 3 Noggins, and I'm sorry for mr. Rattray, but his stuff will have to wait until I'm done with Italia. The quality/price relationship just blows away a number of more ambitious but ultimately less reliable mixtures. A no-nonsense tobacco that I'll probably stick to, and a good resource in between experiments. Two and a half stars, with room for improvement.

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BowHunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BowHunter (12)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

For about 4 Euro you can smoke a real good tobacco. I love the taste it leaves on the lips. Smoke it and it will bring you in a land of natural smoke, mediterranean tastes without loosing the sweet note of the excellent tobaccos employed. Oriental gives this tobacco a wonderful taste. Unfortunately you can find this tobacco only in Italy, but if you are there on holiday, just BUY IT. You won't regret when you'll be smooking it after a pizza or after spaghetti all'amatriciana. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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stonedz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stonedz (1)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Nice italian tobacco, I like the orientals and the quality of the Virginia in it. I like to mix it with another italian tobacco called Forte.

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Clarkus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clarkus (26)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Thanks to Steden, I have the opportunity to smoke this blend. There isn't anything I can add to Skando's description but I can add my opinion regarding flavor and quality. I like it. The tobaccos are expertly blended and of good quality. Its flavor comes from the tobaccos alone and not any kind of topping that I could detect. The Oriental is the magic in this one.

I only wish this could be found as an "over the counter" tobacco in the US as I think this pouch will go up in smoke rather quickly. If I have the opportunity to visit Italy again, this will be the tobacco I bring back.

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

Italia is a honest natural blend produced in Italy, I believe entirely from italian harvested tobaccos.

Sometime it's suprisingly good quality... sometime not. It depends from lots and age, I think. The fact is that E.T.I. - the ex-public monopolist company, now belonging to B.A.T. group - seems not having interest enough in developing (or even maintaining) the pipe tobacco market: Italia stands as the only italian pipe tobacco, being its two brothers Comune and Forte something born for the RYO scope.

It's a medium ribbon mix of bright and brown leaves: the declared composition is Virginia, Oriental and Kentucky, which I find to be absolutely correct. The pouch smells fresh, grassy with flowery notes coming from the Orientals, and some faint toasty notes from the Kentucky. No doubt I was luck to find a fresh pouch.

Italia is far better smoked into medium to large bowls. Lights and behaves absolutely easy. The smoke is something of the VaOr family plus the earthy/smokey character of the Ky. Strenght starts from mild-to-medium and develops to medium-to-strong. It never bites nor stresses the palate, the pipe remains always fresh. The slow smoke delivers very natural tobaccoey notes, sometimes sweet, others salty, flowery, peppery, toasty.

Due to it's composition and cut, Italia is a blend very good for home made english mixtures, from the simple addition of some pinches of Latakia to more complex adventures.

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