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Humidors

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

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10. ELIE BLEU-LOUP D'AMBOIN:
Dimensions: 16" x 10 1/4" x 6"
Capacity: 175
Price: $2,000
Specifications: The Elie Bleu features a hand-rubbed lacquer finish. A huge upper tray (50 cigar capacity) and recessed handles are included with this model. The hygrometer was faulty, reading an average 102 percent humidity.
Performance: This large box needed a long break-in period. The instructions called for filling the regulator every two months. After only one extra filling, cigar moisture levels became consistent over the test period.
Rating: A-. Expensive, but beautiful. It delivered above average performance, despite hygrometer flaws, and was hitting its stride at test's end.

ELIE BLEU FOR HOLT's/H.A. TINTS: (800) 523-1641

11. ZINO PLEXI-ACRYLIC GLASS MODEL:
Dimensions: 9 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 4 3/8"
Capacity: 25/50
Price: $165
Specifications: The Plexi has the same humidification unit as all Davidoff models, on a smaller scale. Inside, the box was sparse-no trays or amenities come with the Plexi. The Plexiglas composition is a drawback because it will not age cigars as well as wood. The high-tech Plexi units are available in "smoke" or "clear," in a 25 or 50-cigar size.
Performance: The Zino Plexi instruction manual calls for refilling the humidifier every two months. Following these directions was simple and the weight of the cigars never varied, nor did the cigars dry out during the test.
Rating: B+. A low-cost version that delivers. Not great for long-term storage, but ideal as a "second" humidor.


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