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Bóveda Humidors by Savoy

David Savona
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The first order of business when buying a humidor is to make sure it does its job, that is, maintains your cigars humidified to desired level. But, for most of us, that’s not enough. You want your box to look nice if it’s going to occupy a place of honor in your den, billiards room or man cave. If you can put those two attributes together with the easiest-to-use humidification system going and a reasonable price, that’s a win-win-win-win situation.

The Bóveda Humidors by Savoy, available in three sizes, suit the first and third criteria by employing the Bóveda’s Humidipak disposable humidification system for which it is named. Cedar slots on the underside of the lid are sized to fit the convenient Humidipak devices, which are preloaded with a saline solution. The 3 1/2-by-5 1/4-inch packets both release and absorb moisture and are guaranteed to keep your box operational for two months at the rate of humidity you choose. (Humidification packets are available in relative humidity levels of 65, 69 or 72 percent.)

The company says they also eliminate mold, bacteria and mildew. Even better, there’s no filling sponges with distilled water. You toss the used Humidipaks and replace them when they lose their juice. Buying into these humidors does, however, lock you into the Humidipak system, as the storage slots do not accommodate other popular devices.

The simplicity of the system is matched by the aesthetics of the walnut package that contains it. Part of Ashton’s Savoy line of humidors, they are handsome, high-polished boxes in sizes to fit 25, 50 and 100 cigars. (The number of Humidipaks required is variable according to the number of cigars.) The color is a chocolate brown and the wood-grain pattern is fitted to align from panel to panel. The cedar-lined interior includes a cigar tray. The pricing is a welcome surprise. The 25-cigar box sells for $140, the humidor for 50 cigars goes for $160 and the large 100-cigar box is $240.

The humidors come with a set of Humidipaks, plus packets rated at 84 percent humidity, which are meant for seasoning a new box.

Visit ashtoncigar.com.

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Comments   4 comment(s)

william Lidgett — sanborn, new york, united states,  —  August 20, 2012 10:12pm ET

i really just started smoking cigars on a normal bases three months ago before i started get this magazine, which was sad because i fell victim to buying what i thoughts was a good humidor, nice spanish cedar thick walls,well the top and the sides the bottom i could have pouched a dull pencil though and yes a hydometer that you buy at a dollar store for a dime, which even after having the humidipaks the humidor killed my 200.00 worth of cigars. but i think this one will do fine because cigar aficionado's picked it.


Mario D'Amico — Phoenix, AZ, United States,  —  March 21, 2013 12:22pm ET

Re: William Lidgett

These humidors are quality products that work at optimum levels for maintaining, storing and aging cigars. If you experienced a problem and your cigars were ruined I'd go back to the seasoning process, which with the Boveda humidors, the seasoning takes about 10-14 days rather than the distilled water process which is quicker but less efficient. If the humidor isn't seasoned properly then the cedar walls and ceiling will actually take the humidity from your cigar which is obviously the opposite desired outcome.

It's hard to be patient when you have a beautiful new humidor and want to start using it immediately, but it is important.


Mario D'Amico — Phoenix, AZ, United States,  —  March 21, 2013 12:23pm ET

Re: William Lidgett

These humidors are quality products that work at optimum levels for maintaining, storing and aging cigars. If you experienced a problem and your cigars were ruined I'd go back to the seasoning process, which with the Boveda humidors, the seasoning takes about 10-14 days rather than the distilled water process which is quicker but less efficient. If the humidor isn't seasoned properly then the cedar walls and ceiling will actually take the humidity from your cigar which is obviously the opposite desired outcome.

It's hard to be patient when you have a beautiful new humidor and want to start using it immediately, but it is important.


David Savona March 21, 2013 12:28pm ET

I'm sorry you had a bad experience with what sounds like an inferior humidor. I'm not sure what brand you purchased, but humidors are a tricky thing to make properly, and a bad one can certainly ruin your day.

Cigar smoking is a fine hobby. Welcome to the community, and to Cigar Aficionado magazine. I'm going to give you a link to our Cigar 101 portion of the website, which has a considerable amount of information that should help you along your way.

http://www.cigaraficionado.com/home/channel/name/cigar101


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