Light a cigar, pour yourself a whisky and have a seat in a leather chair. It’s time to smell some old books.

“A physical book is made up of organic matter that reacts with heat, light, moisture and, most importantly of all, the chemicals used in its production, and it’s this reaction that causes the unique used-books smell,” says the host of this video.

So books smell the way they do because of what they’re made of? Thanks, Sherlock. You really enlightened us there.

But now we’re imagining the smell of an aged classic, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.

Photo credits: Maguis & David, Lin Pernille Photography and meddygarnet.