SPICES | Tobacco, Vanilla, Hay
Tonka Bean is, in fact, a seed.
Mainly sourced from South America, it originates from the Dipteryx Odorata tree and is sometimes known as Coumarouna or Sarrapia, amongst other names.
This tree grows along Amazonian rivers and is harvested in May when the almond-shaped fruits will fall to the ground before undergoing a year-long drying process.
The seeds are extracted by breaking the out shell and contain a component known as coumarin which is vital for modern day perfumery. They are dried and soaked in alcohol (sometimes rum) so that they start to a develop a glaze comprised of coumarin crystals.
Tonka bean, known for its gourmand nature (perfumery jargon for a scent that smells 'edible') and has a scent that is largely characterised by notes of vanilla, tobacco and almond. It is often noted to also have hay or pistachio-like nuances.
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