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Humidors

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

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NAT SHERMAN'S: (800) 221-1690

4. ZINO MACASSAR GM
Dimensions: 14 1/2" x 9" x 5 3/4"
Capacity: 150
Price: $1,225
Specifications: A solid wood hinge keeps the lid balanced when opened and closed, and one-piece brass handles are well-made. A tray is included with the lacquer-finished box, as is a lock.
Performance: The Zino Macassar's low-maintenance Davidoff regulator kept cigars in prime smoking condition, and the unfinished wooden interior allows tobacco aromas to meld easily.
Rating: A+. The best humidor in the test. Price is somewhat high, but you get what you pay for.

5. DUNHILL POLISHED MAHOGANY
Dimensions: 9 3/4" x 8 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Capacity: 25
Price: $630
Specifications: The Mahogany box has rounded corners and a sleek, space-age appearance, with silent hinges and a soft closure.
Performance: The traditional Dunhill "English Grid System" humidifier is a metal grate which fits into the lid of the humidor. The Dunhill box did not come with instructions, but it proved necessary to load this unit's regulator twice a month to keep moisture levels constant.
Rating: B+. A solid humidor that requires bimonthly refills to keep cigars moist. However, if price is a concern, this is an excellent price-value ratio.

DUNHILL AT DUNHILL OF LONDON STORES: (800) 776-4053

6. CLUB IMPORTS, ITALIAN BRIAR, CREDO HUMIDIFIER
Dimensions: 7 3/4" x I0" x 3 3/4"
Capacity: 30
Price: $420
Specifications: The magnet which held the Credo regulator to the inside lid of the box often failed, dropping the regulator onto the cigars. There are slots in the rim of the box, to prevent warping, but glue could be seen in the lid construction, and the rear hinge had lots of play in it.
Performance: This Club Imports model functioned better than the Rosewood unit (tested below), maintaining constant cigar moisture. However, it was necessary to refill the Credo regulator bimonthly (more often than called for in the instructions).
Rating: B. A straightforward, no frills system, that must be carefully maintained to preserve cigars.

7. CLUB IMPORTS, ROSEWOOD
Dimensions: 7 3/4" x I0" x 3 3/4"
Capacity: 30
Price: $370
Specifications: The Rosewood box is finished nicely but it shut awkwardly and the solid wood rear hinge had a tendency to rattle about. The hygrometer in this box was the most accurate of all those tested, reading between 45 and 50 percent humidity.
Performance: The sponge regulator demanded weekly maintenance to keep cigars moist, and the dial-on-lid sponge did not look durable. There were no instructions with this unit.
Rating: B-. Basic system requiring weekly maintenance. Low price is attractive. Best that can be said: it worked.

CLUB IMPORTS-CALL: (800) 292-CLUB (2582) FOR RETAILER INFORMATION.

8. HOLLCO ROHR, CONDAT HUMIDIFIER:
Dimensions: 9 7/8" x 8 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Capacity: 25
Price: $600 Specifications: The inside of the Hollco Rohr humidifier had a few too many gaps between trim and wood.
Performance: Inside the lid of this unit, a gold plastic disk holds a compound which resembles florist's clay, exposed to the air via 16 slots in the plastic. This "regulator" needed refilling weekly-both the sponge and the cigars were dry, though cigar weight did not vary when water was added weekly. The instructions indicate a monthly filling, but they come with a notice that a "break-in" period of high water consumption is required with this unit, leaving the possibility that this humidor might improve.
Rating: B. How long is a long break-in period? Performance didn't improve during the seven-week test, and required weekly filling. Price is right.

HOLLCO ROHR-CALL: (800) 247-6653 FOR RETAILER INFORMATION.

9. DAVIDOFF NUMBER 800, RED MAHOGANY:
Dimensions: 13 3/4" x 9" x 5 5/8"
Capacity: 110
Price: $1,600
Specifications: A well-made locking mechanism closes the box efficiently. The 800 includes an accessory magnet and large-capacity top tray. All seams were well-fitted.
Performance: Like all Davidoff humidors tested, the chemical compound humidifier in the 800 required only the first filling. Cigars remained in prime condition, and an unfinished interior allowed them to age.
Rating: A. Again, Davidoff scores. Price is in the high end range, but performance delivers.


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