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Humidors

Michael Frank
From the Print Edition:
bundle of cigars, Winter 92/93

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Outside, the appearance of a humidor is entirely up to the individual. A deep, rich lacquer finish is beautiful and functional and should be judged as you would the finish of a dining-room table. Also, a felt bottom will serve as protection for both the box and the surface where it sits. Handles are often helpful additions, especially on larger units. Keep in mind that in a home or office, a humidor shouldn't overwhelm its surroundings--deciding where to put your new purchase before buying it might help you find a humidor that will both look good and function exceptionally well. If you made the right choice, 20 years from now when your son starts to covet your humidor, you will know for certain that your investment was worthwhile--you didn't buy a mere "box."

--Michael Frank

THE TEST

The following humidors were tested rigorously for seven weeks. The test was designed to evaluate the boxes and their regulators. Each humidor was filled to half capacity with identical cigars. Prior to the test, humidor regulators were filled according to

1. DAVIDOFF NUMBER 3, BURR WALNUT
Dimensions: 12 1/4" x 9 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Capacity: 75
Price: $1,400
Specifications: This hand-polished lacquer box comes with a solid rear piano hinge, magnet for cutting instruments, date notice on the humidifier, and a laminated wood bottom-which prevents warping.
Performance: The Davidoff humidification unit, which contains a chemical compound of clay, salts and stabilizers, worked perfectly. Instructions required adding water once every two months, and no additional maintenance was needed.
Rating: A. This humidor was a top performer, and was one of our top-rated models.

DAVIDOFF OF GENEVA: (800) 328-4365

2. SAVINELLI, LARGE BLACK LACQUER
Dimensions: 14" x 8" x 5 1/2"
Capacity: 150
Price: $250
Specifications: The Savinelli has some excellent features for the cost-conscious buyer: slotted walls, both top and bottom, an inner lip to restrict air flow, and a giant interior. But an over-finished wood interior wilt not help age cigars and inside seams show obvious assembly-line drawbacks-like splinters.
Performance: The dial-on-lid sponges of the Savinelli unit dried-out too rapidly, and though instructions required only monthly filling, our test cigars would have been very dry without a weekly regulator refill.
Rating: B+. Price is the big attraction here. But be ready to keep a close watch on humidity levels. Very close to being a "best buy."

SAVINELLI-CALL: (919) 481-0511 FOR RETAILER INFORMATION.

3. MICHEL PERRENOUD FOR NAT SHERMAN
Dimensions: 14 1/2" x 9" x 5 3/4"
Capacity: 150
Price: $900
Specifications: A large humidor, the Perrenoud lacks a top shelf, and is varnished inside, which slows proper cigar aging. The hygrometer read a very high 87 percent humidity.
Performance: After filling the Nat Sherman regulator once, there was no need to refill it in seven weeks. Cigars remained moist.
Rating: B+. This humidor combines good performance with a slightly lower price, and may be the right choice for many people.

MICHEL PERRENOUD FOR NAT SHERMAN


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