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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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Club Imports
American Troubador HAT-42 Pomele Burl/$590
(800) 292-CLUB

Capacity: 125
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Epsilon
Details: Two adjustable dividers, analog hygrometer, lock and key
Score: B

This rectangular box won't win any awards for beauty or creativity, but it's sensibly designed and highly effective. The adjustable dividers are stable yet easy to move. The corners are nicely joined and the lid hinges are well calibrated; this minimizes the stress placed on the box when the lid is open. As for humidification, the Credo Epsilon is ideal for a box this size. The cigars were silky and beautiful. The American Troubador is a good buy for the money.

Diamond Crown
(800) 477-1884

Capacity: 100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Precision 70
Details: Two adjustable dividers, tray with two adjustable dividers, analog hygrometer, lock and key
Score: B

A beveled top and routed face give this roomy humidor its distinctive appearance. The Biltmore has a tray with elegant dividers and a pleasant, but not overpowering, cedar aroma. It also has some flaws, including the inadequate magnet that's supposed to secure the Credo to the inside of the lid. We repeatedly found the Credo upside down in the tray. Though we had to add water twice, the cigars were kept in smokable condition. Despite the problem with the Credo magnet, which is correctable, and a finish that's rough in some spots (the top of one divider was unsanded), this humidor is a good value at $625.

John Christopher
(800) 704-4367

Capacity: 150
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Two Credo Precision 70 Gold units
Details: Tray, four dividers, water bottle, lock and key, choice of hygrometer or cigar scissors
Score: B

A well-made, conservative humidor. The twin Credos provide ample humidity for this large piece, and they are framed by wooden holders, a classy and intelligent touch. The tray could use some improvement; it's a bit loose and the leather pulls look out of place. But it does the job. Go with the hygrometer instead of the scissors. The pair that came with our model was cheap and dull. The cigars inside this humidor were kept in fine condition throughout the test; after week one the humidity levels remained within one point of 70 percent. A good home for your cigars.


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