Finest Virginia and burley grades, double fermented black cavendish and some sun cured spicy tobacco. Variant cut. Rounded by adding full bodied Italian Barolo wine and fine fruit extracts. Medium mixture, nice smelling and aromaticly spicy.
This Bellini Torino tobacco came highly recommended on the YT German pipe community. You should try it despite your usually bad opinion on Planta's tobaccos. Well, I did so, and sadly all my opinions of Planta's tobaccos where met to 100%.
The 50g pouch cost 7 EUR (Germany, May 2014).
This is like always with Planta aromatics a heavily aromatized at best mediocre tobacco. It comes as a typical variant cut mixture of Virginia, Burley, Black Cavendish and as an extra "sun cured spicy tobaccos", which are undetectable in my opinion. The smell out of the pouch is borderline chemical, but not as bad as most of the Planta stuff.
The first half of the bowl you get very sweet aroma, and lots and lots of it. The aroma should taste like Barolo (an Italian red wine, and normally a good one) and fruit extract. Well, it does taste a kind of fruity but without a specific fruit taste. The wine I cannot taste, but there's a slight alcoholic note in the background.
The second part of the bowl the aroma vanishes more and more. It remains a quite artificial sweetness with the taste of cheap, at best mediocre tobacco.
BTW, the usual CAVE: like with nearly all aromatics, of course you can't smoke it fast and/or hot. If you do so, also the Torino becomes a bitter and sharp tasting tongue gremlin. Due to the variant cut, the handling is (considering the cave) unproblematic.
I smoked this tobacco without and mostly with 9mm Stanwell Filters. I wouldn't recommend to smoke the Torino without a Filter.
The roomnote is considered quite pleasant the first few moments you smell it (like you're walking by or somebody comes into the room for just a few moments to get something), but after a while the aroma becomes too much and tends to sicken a non-smoking person in the room (e.g. while watching TV together). At the last third of the bowl it tends to be considered as quite awful.
I dont't like this tobacco. To be sure: I LOVE aromatics. But this one, like the other Planta stuff, I just can't stand.
If you like Holger Danske tobaccos you might like this one too. But I think all tobacco connaisseurs better should stay away from this stuff!
Pipe Used: different pipes, mostly with 9mm Stanwell Filter
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