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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 6)

John W. Goff Designs
Regency Collection Grand Windsor/$1,400
(800) 923-1950

Capacity: 100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Epsilon
Details: Tray, two dividers, no hygrometer
Score: B-

The dark, swirling wood veneer of this piece is not quite up to the standards of the best boxes, but it's attractive. The interior is not nearly as inviting. With no hygrometer and a bare Credo, the inside lid is rather plain, and the black trim around the lip seems out of place and poorly done. Still, there are several unique elements here, which are appreciated. The hinge system is unusual and extremely smooth, an effective alternative to the standard system on most humidors. The I-shaped dividers are ornate and fit snugly into the tray. Some of the cigars on the bottom of the box were a bit dry, perhaps because the thick lift-out tray is not slotted.

By Design
Centurian/$850
(800) 278-6112

Capacity: 100
Interior: Red Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Precision 70
Details: Hygrometer/thermometer, three dividers
Score: C+

This looks a bit more like a silver caddy than a humidor. The By Design Centurian is a simply made, straightforward box. The workmanship could be better. One lid joint was already separating by the end of our test, and the interior is too aromatic and can overpower cigars. The lid doesn't fit as well as it should, and the inside is spartan and plain. But this manufacturer is one of the very few that included detailed seasoning instructions, and the humidor did a fine job of maintaining the proper humidity. A big box that's short on style and looks, but it works well.

Catina
Classico "Steinway"/$900
(910) 274-8810

Capacity: 100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Western Humidor Humifier 2000
Details: two dividers, adjustable hygrometer
Score: C+

The top veneer on this box is attractive but imperfect. The lid is attached with a crude hinge system. When open, the humidor teeters on the verge of tipping over. While the joints fit snugly and the Spanish cedar inserts meet at smooth, well-finished angles, the rest of the interior is plain and unattractive. A bare humidification element is mounted above an ugly hygrometer. The logo in the corner seems like an afterthought. The humidification system pumps out too much moisture, and our cigars were very soft. Adding more cigars helped somewhat. This is a flawed humidor that needs constant attention to ensure that the humidity level doesn't get too high.

Heirloom
(a division of On Display)
XLHC/$750
(804) 231-1942


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