Chances are, if you consider yourself a beer-lover, you've heard of Samuel Adams Utopias — if not, we'll give you a minute to catch up. This beer — meant to be served at room temperature and rated at about 28 percent alcohol by volume — is not for the faint of heart. And if you're lucky enough to get your hands on one of these coveted, limited bottles, there's no better complement to it than a Samuel Adams Utopias Cigar ($34). Seasoned in Utopias beer, these cigars draw rich nutty and fruit notes from the beer that combine nicely with the smooth, spicy taste of the tobacco. They're only available this November and December, so grab yours while they last.
If you're going to smoke, you might as well do it in style — and it's hard to look more stylish when lighting up than when you're doing so with one of these Alfred Dunhill Turbo Lighters ($700-$1,125). Available in five different styles, all of the lighters are made from premium materials, sport a turbo gas mechanism, and sport a shape reminiscent of Dunhill's sports lighters of the 1920s.
Say hello to the iPod of vaporizers. Pocketable and sleekly designed, the Ploom Pax Vaporizer ($250) is the perfect way to get your fix on the go. The mouthpiece retracts into the anodized aluminum body when not in use and serves as the on/off switch while an LED indicator light on the outside lets you know when your next puff is ready — in as little as 30 seconds, depending on the conditions. To recharge the internal battery, simply drop it onto the included dock — which also makes it easy to find next time you're heading out the door.
Ever see one of those war movies where the battle's either finished or inevitability going to end in fatal defeat, leaving the heroes nothing to do but smoke a stogie? Pretend you're one of them with the Combat Humidor ($50). Crafted from M13 7.62x51 linked ammo cans, these portable humidors have been lined with Spanish cedar and create an airtight environment to keep your cigars in great conditions even on extended missions, whether they be into enemy territory or simply around 18 holes.
If you're going to smoke, you might as well make it count. That's the idea behind the Stiff Pipe ($800). The world's first plastic pipe cast in a single piece, the Stiff is designed to be displayed instead of hidden away, with classy colorways and a subtle sheen. The design also allows for a better draught through the pipe, making your tobacco taste that much better. [via]
Serious cigar aficionados like to keep track of what they're smoking — and Humidor Notes ($13/3-pack) are perfect for the job. In addition to a built-in ruler and cigar ring gauge, these pocket-sized journals feature pages with spots for recording everything from the brand and price to the weather and what you drank with it, as well as a glue dot for attaching the band.
Fine cigars go great with bourbon — but what about a bourbon cigar? As it turns out, they're pretty great too. Maker's Mark Cigars ($8-$11) are made from long-leaf tobacco grown in the Dominican Republic, and are "aromatically enhanced" by the Maker's, giving them a terrific flavor without ever having touched the bourbon. As an added bonus, they arrive in glass tubes that have been hand-dipped in Maker's signature wax, making the containers airtight, humidification unnecessary, and these cigars absolutely perfect for the golf course. [Scouted by Sam]
Summer is almost here, which means lots of outdoor activities: golf, grilling, and getting a nice whiskey buzz while smoking a fine cigar. The Visol Donovan Cigar Ashtray ($27) has you covered on the latter count, with black ceramic construction, four edge-aligned grooves to serve as cigar rests, and a deep basin to ensure your ashes don't end up all over the place should a relaxing breeze blow your way.
With a name that sounds like a bad-guy organization from a spy novel and a design that integrates modern sensibilities and mid-century kitsch, the WISPR Vaporizer ($270) is a stylish, portable, and discrete way to enjoy the bounties of harvest season. Just fill it with butane, prepare your herbs, pack the chamber, attach the straw, turn it on, let it heat up, and when the light goes off, it's time to enjoy. Just remember to turn it off afterwards — which might be the most difficult part. [Scouted by Reed]
Sometimes you don't want to chop off the entire end of your cigar, but instead put a hole just small enough to smoke through in the tip. For those items, bust out the Titanium Cigar Punch ($185). This premium smoking accessory is machined from solid titanium, with a stainless steel split ring and cutter head, a push-activated waste removal feature, and three neoprene O-rings to secure the cap when not in use.
Time to graduate from your college-era smoking apparatus to something a bit more classy? The Porsche Design Shisha ($TBA) should do the trick. Built solidly from aluminum, stainless steel, and glass, it stands roughly 22 inches tall, and features a long flexible tube made out of TecFlex material — the same stuff used in the company's pens — as well as sleek modern looks that won't look out of place next to your hermetically sealed tobacco container. [via]
Worried about looking silly when smoking a cigar that's roughly the size of your forearm? Nub Cigars ($5-$8) offer all the huge flavor in a more sensible size. Created by the Oliva Family, these Nicaraguan smokes are available in a variety of blends and shapes, giving you the very essence of a great cigar without the cumbersome length.