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Full flavored aromatic strength in taste- yet mellow and soft as velvet in smoke and on the tongue. Refined with the berrylike barolo wine from Italy.

Notes: A former PLANTA brand made in Denmark by Mac Baren Tobacco Company.
Original Italian Formula.

Blended ByPlanta
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Medium to Strong, Strong
Medium to Full
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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Medium Strong Full Tolerable

Commenting previous reviews: i have in mind that in many good fully aromatized tobaccos, full aromatics, the flavours are more strong than the tobacco taste, in the pouch, in the tobacco itself.

This is a good and normal caractheristic of good aromatics, desired by smokers that really like aromatic and sweet tobaccos.

It is not Bite, neither causes Tongue problems, as some other aromatics. Excelent. Recommended.

3 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (219)
Mild Very Strong Full Pleasant

CELLINI FORTE: Danish style, heavily flavored, not strong at all (forte refers to strength). I do not remember the original aromatic taste of Cellini Forte manufactured in Italy by Cellini in the 90’s. I’m Italian and I tried it but it’s been too long since then. Then the blend “moved” to Planta and now to Mac Baren, but I don't think the original formula has been preserved. Of course it is an aromatic but I doubt this is the Italian formula. In my opinion this is a strongly aromatic Danish mixture and I don’t find anything Italian in this blend (such as Kentuky, Burley, a minimal flavoring and so on). And I do not perceive any Barolo wine in the taste. On the contrary this blend is similar to Mac Baren Cube (especially Cube Gold). The scent emanating from the pouch is really sweet, too sweet. The same thing about the taste. Excessively sweet and scented. Not bad, but where is the wine? Where is the tobacco taste? I like tobacco and I do not want candy. Ideal for flavored and aromatic mixtures’ lovers. I mean smokers who love strongly flavored blends (and not natural aromatic blends). This is Danish and not Italian and this is Mac Baren and no longer Cellini. In my opinion and in my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 6 and two stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

When you open the pouch then the smell of the flavouring is almost too strong. It clearly smells like wine, which is good, because that is what they advertised. And yes, it specifically smells like Barolo.

Packing and lighting are no hassle. Burn is nice and even although slightly hot.

The taste is very full with a thick smoke to accompany it. It pretty much tastes like the pouch smells, like wine. There will be no tobacco flavours involved here. Also it clearly is one of the blends you have to air out plenty before smoking to get rid of the artificial / chemical notes in it. But then the experience is sweet, and satisfying if you like heavy aromatics.

So, do i recommend this blend? Sort of. If you do enjoy really heavy aromatics than this is something you can try for sure. If you are not into this type of blend then leave your fingers from it because this is not the blend that may convert you.

Pipe Used: It went trough rotation.

Age When Smoked: They don't print production dates on it.

2 people found this review helpful.

maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (76)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

I do not fully agree with the previous reviews. It is true that the smell in the pouch is strong, the addition of liquor going over the smell of the tobacco. Nevertheless smoking it is nice, with the aromatic character quite strong. That put off those whose aromatic tobaccos is not their cup of tea! No biting in the mouth as mentioned in previous reviews. I see that these are not recent: if someone else would volunteer to taste it that would be interesting. May be Planta has improved the blend. We do not get much tobaccos inspired by South of Europe taste, leaving aside the 'latakia' blends, so this tobacco with an Italian formula is worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

At first it seems to have a very rich taste, but after a few good puffs, you realize that your tongue begins to burn BITING much! The barolo grapes taste is very good, but bites and stings in the mouth! Not recommended

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

This was a big disappointmnet to me. I love wines and Barolo is certainly a great wine from Italy. This tobacco in the pouch has a sickening smell and in the pipe burns hot and delivers no good flavours at all. Not recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Very Mild Very Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I see Cellini Forte as tobamel that somehow made it into my pipe. Very little tobacco taste, and a lot of flavoring. The latter comes as a strange mix of wine and mango, and it's very difficult to tell which base leaves hide behind those chemicals.

Tongue bite is another big issue. I didn't think it was gonna be so bad when I first opened the pouch and found very dry tobacco inside, but the lack of propylene glycol will only fool you into thinking this is a "natural" aromatic.

If you're intrigued about hookahs, try this tobacco first. If you like it but can't stand the tongue bite, you'll be far better off smoking El-Mazag Mango with some red wine in the hookah's water jar. If you don't, you should probably use the money for a nice briar pipe and some real tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Although "forte" is the Italian word for "strong", this tobacco is not really very strong. It is very dark and i bit too dry for my taste, but still surprisingly refreshing, i'm not a bog fan of the aromatics, but this one tastes like wine, and is pretty good for a change.

1 person found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (340)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I live in Piemonte, the region of northwestern Italy where some great wines are made: one of the most renowned of them is certainly Barolo, made from the grapes which bear the same name. How could I resist to the idea of trying a pipe tobacco flavored with Barolo grapes/wine, in spite of being an aromatic (while I like english mixtures), of being sold in a pouch, of being rather cheap? The first pouch I bought was rather dry: I went back to the tobacconist, and he exchanged it with another which had a decent moisture level. Well, this isn't supposed to be a sticky and wet aromatic, but at least you should check it's not in a crumbling state if you want to buy it. The base tobacco is a mixture of virginia, burley, black cavendish and indonesian leaves: but as in most cases with aromatics, what matters is not the tobacco in itself, but the flavoring. And the flavoring is strong indeed: the smell in the pouch is rather unpleasant, very sour, reminding more of vinegar and of grapes than of wine. I can't find any traces of the deep, dark, scent of the Barolo wine! This made me fear for the worst... Anyway, upon lighting, I found partial relief: the tobacco burns nice, not too wet, and certainly not goopy (which DOESN'T mean that the flavor will easily go away from your pipe!). The taste, like the smell, does not remind of Barolo at all: it is very sweet, and if one should really find a comparison with foods, it reminds of fruits and grapes (though I can't tell if it's really Barolo grapes). As the bowl reaches bottom, the fruity taste never disappears. It only gets complemented by a more tobacco-ey taste, which is rather strong and full bodied. The burley clearly makes its presence felt, and the underlying taste is a bit harsh and rude (definitely not a smooth Burley like the one in GLP Barbary Coast...). A couple of relightings may be needed. My final judgment is that, while not exactly my favorite genre of tobacco (I doubt I will buy it again), it is a nice aromatic, better than the average artificial blends that plague drugstores all over the world. Worth trying if you want a nice, different from usual, aromatic which mantains its aroma troughout the whole bowl (which is indeed a bit too artificially sweet for my taste).

1 person found this review helpful.

tabaleuri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaleuri (2)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Very intense alcoholic scent upon opening the pouch; supposedly scented with Barolo wine, indiscernible. The aromatic smell is carried and perceptible both in taste and room note. Cheap and widely available.

Pipe Used: Went through rotation

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is strongly flavoured with wine. So strong, that it's not a real pleasant smoke. Beware for tonguebite also. Still, this is a very interesting T. for it's taste. Mix this half and half with a neutral and mellow VA , then add a sniff (a very small amount, like a little knifepoint) Clovepowder. Adding too much Clove will ruin the mix. Smoke this only having a glas of red wine. Recommended.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I bought two pouches of Cellini. One strong and one mild. The strong (FORTE, in black pouch) was extremely dry. I did like the overall experience however.

To be honest, I did dislike the first bowl. But from the rest of them I am quite satisfied.

The secons (a mild version, white pouch) was sticky wet. It reminded me of some Captain Black variety with just coarser cut. I totaly disliked the expeerience of this.

So, all said, I recommend the strong variant (FORTE) but not the other one.

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