How Tobacco Met Vanilla

How Tobacco Met Vanilla

In ancient times, native North American Tribes carried tobacco in pouches as a form of currency. You could say it was the bitcoin of their time, only better, because you could smoke it. The Native Americans often smoked it in ceremonial pipes. They believed tobacco was a gift from the Creator, and when exhaled, prayers were carried to heaven.

Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is credited with discovering Vanilla in the early 1500s. However, it was in 1699, when French surgeon and poet, Diereville, made his way to Port Royal in New France (present-day Nova Scotia) that Tobacco finally met Vanilla. Or so the story goes. Tobacco, Diereville observed, was smoked with "excessive eagerness ... men, women, girls and boys, all find their keenest pleasure this way." 

It's still a mystery how Diereville wound up with Vanilla, but what unfolded next is legend. While learning about the customs of Native Americans and their interactions with the Acadians, he discovered the curious practice of reviving drowned people by enemas of tobacco smoke. Diereville was at one such ceremony, where a great Mi'kmaq Chief was in the process of lighting his pipe. The bowl was loosely filled and the Chief had started tamping it down. He was in the process of relighting his pipe when it happened.

Diereville, know for his two left feet among the locals, stumbled into the Chief with a pestle of Vanilla in his hand.

"Hey! You got your Tobacco in my Vanilla!" Diereville exclaimed.

"No, you got your Vanilla in my Tobacco!' cried the Chief.

Their eyes met as they both drew in the heavenly aroma. A smile spread across both their faces. And the glorious scent of Tobacco and Vanilla lived happily ever after.

This intoxicating scent embodies sophistication and sexiness at the same time. Our Odin's Glory (Tobacco Vanilla) integrates notes of tobacco leaf with a hint of spice. It’s truly a blend greater than its individual parts. There’s no flamboyance, merely a sensation that must be experienced to be understood.

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