La cloche a sonné; nous, des ouvrières, nous venons ici guetter le retour;
Et nous vous suivrons, brunes cigarières, en vous murmurant des propos d'amour!
Tabacco Toscano is the memory of an unsmoked cigar—earthy and green played against a rich, sweet background of amber and malt. No smoke here; this is all about the vegetal tobacco leaf with a hint—thanks to the bergamot and jasmine top notes—of the tobacco flower. Nor is there the smell of the wooden cigar box or leather tobacco pouch. This is all about the tobacco, and a fine representation it is. Distinguished and manly… and yet, this could be the smell that clung to Carmen’s thigh as she leaves the manufacture des tabacs that fateful evening, sealing her fate—and that of Don Jose—forever. A French opera set in Spain, you say? Where does Tuscany come into this? Wear it and remember the Duomo of Florence, the Palio in Sienna and la dolce vita, Toscana style.
An elegant fragrance from my favorite Italian House. Starts off astringent, but very quickly mellows to an aromatic vanillic/amber dry tone. Tabacco Toscano is very light, reminiscent of an empty cigar box. I added this fragrance to my wardrobe, next to Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille, as I love the smell of Tobacco, but unfortunately Tabacco Toscano doesnt hold a candle to the powerhouse of Tom Ford's Vanille, which is rich in tobacco notes that you will find very sexy. Tobacco Toscano sit very close to the skin and with little to no sillage.
Initially, Tabacco Toscano ("tuscan tobacco") is more about Tuscany than tobacco, meaning that I smell a mellow, soft and pleasant accord of woods and leather – and Tuscany is quite renowned for both high-quality leather goods, and its stunning countryside landscapes. The leather accord is soft, ambery, quite sweet (vanilla), friendly and cozy, blended with subtle floral notes and a super soft white-musks note, or something similar to that, which gives a feeling of warm plushiness and utter comfort. The wood notes are equally pleasant and aromatic, I detect cedar above all, which provides a well-built nuanced smell of natural, organic, raw wood (not dark or dry, rather quite bright, gentle and aromatic). The tobacco note, as I said, initially it's not much there in my opinion: it's more of a faint and undefined brownish, warm, slightly humid, sweet and hearty feel which initially lies beneath woods and leather. Once it emerges soon after a while, you can smell it better, and if you are used to fresh tobacco (for pipes or homemade cigarettes), that's quite it: mellow, wet, brown, sweet, earthy, even almost balsamic in a way. Overall it's quite a peculiar perfume, and frankly quite much pleasant. What I enjoy the most here is a palpable feel of lazy, but sophisticated quiet: Tobacco Toscano exudes all the pleasure of enjoying your pipe or cigar on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the countryside, in one of those small, silent villages, when everyone's having a nap (which, if you're unfamiliar with Italian rural habits, is quite a sacred moment that at a certain hour in the afternoon makes such villages look like Far West's ghost towns). Class and refinement played on understatement, mellow nuances, gentle warmth, "manly" sweetness and self-confidence, with a hint of "rural" and provincial refinement mixed to a sort of dandified feel (if compared to more conventional masculine scents, which are averagely more dry and austere than this). A bit too delicate for my tastes, even if the persistence is good instead (just quite light), and perhaps not that stunning quality-wise especially if compared to its price, but fascinating indeed.
16th October, 2014 (last edited: 25th October, 2014)
I have to say that before testing Tabacco Toscano i had great expectations about this tobacco scent, being me a lover of exotic and bold masculine tobacco fragrances. The scent (with its balmy/musky, slightly aromatic and luscious tobacco aroma a la Cigar by Remy Latour) is not bad itself and is indeed a pleasant mild, balmy and slightly aromatic italian tobacco aroma but i was surprised in finding it finally a bit too soapy and creamy because of its amber/vanillic dry down. The juice is well balanced, initially a bit dusty because of the burnt malt plus tobacco and finally smooth despite we can't define it as an inoffensive or destructured beast. T. Toscano is nevertheless unable to express around an olfactory notable statement. The juice is rounded, clean and academic and the initial citrusy and dusty opening is somewhat quiet (may be i was figuring inside something more rustic). Anyway, we are far from the exotic and boozy-spicy-smoky-herbal tornado exuded by Havana Aramis or from the "smokey", temperamental and mellow masculine mark from Michael For Men by Michael Kors. The final outcome is smooth but not warm because of the cool aromatic touch from birch leaves. A pleasant slightly floral fragrance may be not enough temperamental for my full pleasure.
10th June, 2012 (last edited: 15th December, 2013)
I didn’t like this one at first. I was expecting something different – something more on the order of SMN’s Acqua di Cuba. I thought that since this one actually has “tabacco” in its name, the tobacco must be even stronger than the tobacco dynamo that is Acqua di Cuba, which is the tobaccoiest quality fragrance I’ve encountered… An even stronger tobacco than Acqua di Cuba would be an accomplishment and a phenomenon… but it’s all a moot point. It turns out that this scent, Tabacco di Toscana presents a soft and refined interpretation of tobacco… a tobacco that is presented with the sweetness of amber and vanilla and a slight smoky resinousness that seems more like an environmental aroma than personal fragrance. The version of tobacco in Tabacco di Toscana can be worn almost anywhere and in most situations. I have come to like the idea of this softer, kinder tobacco. The opening of the fragrance presents tobacco amid a floral sweetness. I immediately get a strong amber note from the base and I find it hard to identify the floral because it is dominated by the tobacco – it seems like orange blossom, but I’m unsure. But the floral sweetness presents another moot point because it is quickly gone and I am left with this light, aromatic bitter tobacco note in a dry, airy leather / tobacco accord that lasts beautifully through to the far distant end of the fragrance. I don’t get anything of a separate, unique drydown, just a gradual waning of the delicate, bitter tobacco accord accompanied by a bit of a leather note… as for me, I could do without the leather note, but this is an excellent fragrance.