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Humidors: How They Stack Up

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

(continued from page 12)

Decatur Industries
#1000/$450
(800) 556-7111

Capacity: 100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Decatur Industries
Details: Hygrometer, thermometer, routed tray, one divider
Score: D

This humidor has unforgivable flaws. The biggest is its inadequate and cheap humidification system. Made of unattractive plastic with a faux wood grain, it couldn't even begin to provide enough humidity for this size box. The cigars in the top tray were slightly dry, those at the bottom were drier still. We never could get the humidity above 65 percent, and it went down below 60 percent at times. The lid hinge is substandard, the handles are cheap, the finish is poor and the cedar inserts have rough corners. The routed tray minimizes the storage space for cigars, although it is unique and fairly attractive. An adequate humidification system would make this an average, workable piece.

Extraordinary Humidor
B100/$1,500-$1,600
(714) 366-0290

Capacity: 100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Precision 70
Details: Hygrometer, tray, two dividers, lock and key
Score: D

Most humidors are made from thin veneers of exotic wood. Not this one. It's constructed of solid woods, making it very heavy. While that sounds like a good idea, it doesn't work here, and it's a shame. The lid on this piece--a three-quarter-inch-thick slab of Afzelia burl from Laos--is breathtaking, beautiful to the eye and magical to the touch. But at the conclusion of our test, this humidor was falling apart. The front joints were splitting, leaving ugly gaps. The interior is crudely finished, hardly the equal of the exterior. The dividers are simply ill-fitting pieces of Spanish cedar. More important, there is a problem of function. The box is not breathing properly. Humidity levels ran in the upper 70s and low 80s throughout the test. We doubled the number of cigars in the humidor to try to absorb the excess humidity, but even they were exceptionally moist at the end of the test. Some had even split from the moisture. This is an extraordinary piece of furniture, but a failure as a humidor.

Wellington Humidor (Almar International)
Beaverbrook Rosewood/$190
(800) 646-8834

Capacity: 75
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Almar #88 Humidity Regulator
Details: Hygrometer, one divider
Score: D

While this humidor kept our cigars in decent shape after one refill, the appearance of this piece is unprofessional at best. The painted wood finish is rough. The wooden hinges feel as if you could snap them with your fingers. The hygrometer and humidification element hang precariously from a rippled sheet of cedar that is peeling off the inside lid. The felt strips that keep the divider in place fell off during the test. Many of the joints have gaps, and you risk getting a splinter if you rub your hands along parts of the box. Inexpensive, and it shows.

G.A. Andron
La Flor de la Isabela/$110
(800) 221-1634


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