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Humidors: How They Stack Up

David Savona, Brendan Vaughan
From the Print Edition:
Wayne Gretzky, Mar/Apr 97

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Norman Kosarin Designs For Your Smoking Pleasure
Wooden 50 Cigar Humidor/$890
(212) 319-0069

Capacity: 50
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Rondo
Details: Unmounted hygrometer, one divider, lock and key
Score: C

This is a cute little box, with a well-made exterior veneer in an attractive, traditional style. It's very lightweight, but all the joints fit well. Despite its diminutive size, the Credo Rondo simply doesn't provide enough humidity for the piece. Our cigars were dry throughout the test, even with two refills of distilled water. A bigger system is required. There are other annoying shortcomings: The hygrometer isn't mounted, and there are no instructions on how to attach it. The lid requires some force to properly close and you must apply serious pressure to lock it. Rather expensive for what you get.

Prestige Wood Specialties
Prestige X/$335
(800) 524-5024

Capacity: 70
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Precision 70
Details: Two adjustable dividers, analog hygrometer
Score: C

This is another humidor that does an adequate job humidifying cigars, but it is disappointing in several other respects. The walnut box looks almost homemade--the maker paid very little attention to detail. The cedar insert is badly splintered and the lid doesn't open wide enough. A couple nice touches keep it from scoring lower: the attractive dividers fit snugly and the hinges are set into the seam between the lid and the body.

Mahogany Tobacco Leaf/$700
(919) 481-0511

Capacity: 75
Interior: Rosewood
Humidification: Two Credo Rondo units
Details: hygrometer, two dividers
Score: C

This is a visually stunning piece, but it has a major design flaw. From the beginning of the test to the end, the Savinelli humidor had a lingering aroma of glue or varnish. This eventually ruined our test cigars. When we smoked one after it was in the humidor for a month, the cigar left a chemical taste on the palate. The cigars were lost. This is a shame, because this piece is otherwise well made, with careful detailing inside and out, and the humidity levels from the twin Credo Rondos were exceptional. The cigars felt perfect, but they were unsmokeable due to the odor. Before you buy a Mahogany Tobacco Leaf, we highly recommend that you carefully smell the interior.

Smoked Walnut Burl/$720
(305) 262-3775

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