The fact that it's no longer illegal to fire up Cuban cigars (providing you're willing to actually go there and get them) means this season is already looking rosy for stogie aficionados. But wait, there's more.
For starters, German luxury publisher teNeues has just come out with the ultimate bible for all things cigar-related. The Cigar World by Cosima M. Aichholzer includes chapters on cigar etiquette, the world's top cigar brands, the most famous cigar shops and lounges, and the most luxurious "cigar lifestyle" items.
We've selected some of the best for your perusal along with a host of hot new smokes and some desirable accessories chosen by Michael Herklots, VP of Retail & Brand Development at Nat Sherman and all-round elegant dude:
Available at Nat Sherman, this special limited production cigar is made with select Dominican tobaccos from La Flor’s farm wrapped in bold Ecuadorian Corojo. It pays homage to the same Spanish fighting bulls that inspired the founder of Lamborghini. $174
This exquisite humidor from Davidoff, the luxury smoking brand whose founder invented the tabletop humidor in the 1940s, is made using a a highly intricate marquetry design in the style of a tobacco leaf. $23,000
3. S.T. Dupont Atelier Purple & Gold Lighter
Paris's ST Dupont makes legendary lighters including this lacquered beaut echoing the style of a model from 1953. The finish is painstakingly applied by hand and there's no more elegant way to light up. $1,520
The Xikar Cutter creates the finest cut for your cigar with "style and efficiency", Herklots notes. Its aluminum body encases double guillotine steel blades that spring into action upon command. $325
Nat Sherman's signature Executive Ashtrays, very Don Draper in style, are available in six finishes though the classic precious wood and aluminum combo is the most appealing. The grid is removable for cleaning. $159
6. S.T. Dupont Skull Roses Lighter
This intricate limited edition sterling silver lighter engraved with the legend "living kills" from S.T. Dupont is the kind of thing Keith Richards or Captain Jack Sparrow would kill for. $9,750
Made for Nat Sherman in collaboration with world-class humidor maker Daniel Marshall, these stunning limited edition stogie holders are available in three precious finishes: Macassar, Burl and Rosewood, lined in milk-glass. $2,300
The world's most elegant cigar bar, according to Aichholzer is the Red Chamber Cigar Divan in Hing Kong, a decadent temple to stogie smoking where the outside world simply doesn't exist.