The Dunhill "Christmas Pipe" editions have constituted quite a tradition, having previously worked their way through, amongst other themes, the Twelve Days of Christmas and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. For 2011, Dunhill has decided to turn to the pages of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
, the fantastical, early 19th century tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann, upon which the famous Tchaikovsky-scored ballet was based. Each presentation set includes a variation on the classic "05" straight Dublin, featuring a softly domed rim and etched sterling silver band, a solid sterling silver tamper cast in the form of a toy soldier, and of course, a luxurious, leather-bound presentation case.
- Eric N. Squires