For 2012's rendition of the limited-edition Christmas Pipe, Dunhill continued their "Nutcracker Suite" theme. The pipe is a fine Group 4 straight Brandy, offered in the County finish with a light sandblast, beautiful cumberland stem, a gorgeous scroll-work-etched sterling silver band. As before, the presentation comes in a leather-bound case designed in the style of a heavy volume of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
. And of course, as before, the presentation also comes with a special tamper, this time around a cast sterling silver one representing the home of the fictional work's Stahlbaum family, based off of the historical architecture of Frankfurt's Romer Platz
, where the city's annual Christmas market is held to this day.
- Eric N. Squires