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Humidors: Savinelli and Davidoff

Savinelli and Davidoff Produce Top-Quality Humidors at Opposite Ends of the Price Spectrum
Shandana A. Durrani
From the Print Edition:
Jack Nicholson, Summer 95

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Savinelli's approach to humidor design is to present the consumer with the best possible product for the money, according to Savinelli CEO Rubin Ysidron. Although its humidors retail in the hundreds rather than the thousands of dollars, says Ysidron, they look like they are worth much more. To meet the increasing need for larger-sized humidors, Savinelli has added the Ebony Grain 1092 BG (suggested retail $850) to its line.

Designed by a team of furniture makers in Milan, in conjunction with the Savinelli firm in the United States, this large, 200-cigar humidor is made of a wood similar to zebrawood. Its interior is made of a rosewood called Palisandra. It is similar to cedar, according to Ysidron, but it functions better in a humidor. "Some cedars give off too much aroma and actually influence the taste of the cigar," he says. "What we're using does not do that."

The exterior of the Ebony Grain humidor is clean and smooth to the touch. It has a very high polish, similar to a fine piano. The unfinished interior has a removable tray with two dividers; underneath that tray is an additional pair of dividers. With these features, Savinelli has created a humidor with separate compartments for six different sizes of cigars.

In addition to these dividers, the Ebony Grain comes with the Credo Rondo humidification system. Two Rondos regulate the moisture level in the box, monitored by a built-in hygrometer. Savinelli recommends recharging its humidification device with distilled water about every 30 days to ensure proper humidity for the cigars, or more often if the cigars begin to dry out.

There are prototype Savinelli humidors we will never see in cigar shops because, according to Ysidron, the company concluded that they wouldn't fit into the marketplace. However, Savinelli is working with another Italian fine-furniture company on more colorful, antique-inlaid humidors. They are still in early development, but Savinelli hopes to introduce the new line soon.

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