Most people have a romanticized idea of tobacco. Back in the days it was an accessory few could live without and the movie industry has always been hard at work filling their movies with fashionable people puffing away. As a child I remember seeing Cruella de Vil from the wonderful movie the 101 Dalmatians extinguishing a cigarette in a cupcake and thought it looked marvellous. I could never get the cool factor out of my head after that. My father never smoked (apart from the occasional puff on a clay pipe when he was younger). Still he was adamant that every library should contain a humidor so he kept one on one of the bookshelves, tucked in somewhere between the collected works of Shakespeare and an ancient-looking bible. The library was my father’s man cave of sorts (still is) and I loved sneaking in there just to open the lid of that humidor and smell all the wonders dwelling in there. There where half-smoked cigars, bags of sweet Danish pipe tobacco, strange-looking cigar cutters and pipe cleaners, funny little tin boxes stuffed with exotic cigarillos and much more. Well a treasure chest really if one loves the scent of tobacco.
There’s a perfectly good explanation why so many people enjoy the scent of tobacco though, Vanillin is an organic compound often added to tobacco and as the name suggests it is also the main odour component of vanilla. Many fragrance companies make good use of this by making tobacco fragrances with overdoses of vanillin (often with the addition of something even sweeter like ethyl maltol), rendering them enormously sticky and sweet. To me a tobacco accord certainly requires vanilla in some shape or form but what fascinates me most about the scent of tobacco is its coumarinic side. The organic compound coumarin can be found in a variety of plants all over the world. The most popular being Tonka bean. My favourite source is something called Liatrix absolute. It smells very much like Tonka but with the addition of warm summer hay and beeswax. It proved to be the key to recreating my father’s humidor.
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