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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 7)

Capacity: 100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Precision 70
Details: Hygrometer, lift-out tray, lock and key
Score: C+

A spartan humidor, both inside and out. The exterior finish is rather plain, though fairly attractive. It's a fairly well-made box. The lid fits properly, and the joints where the sides meet are smooth. It can hold a good amount of cigars, and the tray and lock are nice additions, even if the lock itself is rather gauche. Its real flaw is the inadequate humidity. A bigger system would help, as our cigars were fairly dry throughout the test.

Caribe
Classico 50/$229
(800) 367-0782

Capacity: 50
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Rondo
Details: Analog hygrometer
Score: C

This simple humidor performed quite well, but the magnet holding the Credo kept falling off the inside of the lid. The cherry finish is attractive if nondescript. The lid fit is uneven, and the Classico 50's square shape prevents storage of cigars longer than eight inches. But it's solidly built. If you're looking for a basic, effective humidor, this inexpensive box is a potential value.

Controlled Environments Cigar Humidors
All Terrain Humidor/$129
(800) 876-8789

Capacity: 125
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: CedarBag humidifier with polymers
Details: Two dividers, no hygrometer
Score: C

The All Terrain Humidor (ATH) is the oddball of the bunch. It's an old ammunition box that's fitted with a cedar insert and two dividers that, when in use, force you to store cigars vertically. The ATH's capacity increases and cigars are better protected when the ill-conceived dividers are removed. The humidity source is a sack that's filled with "special moisture retention polymers," according to the instructions. Whatever it is, it overhumidifies the box, which is truly airtight. The ATH must be opened frequently to avoid mustiness and, eventually, mold growth. Still, the ATH has its place. It is large, making it perfect for a group fishing trip or an extended vacation, but it is inadequate for long-term storage.

Heirloom Perfect
The Coffer Walnut Burl/$1,895
(813) 462-8078

Capacity: 125
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Epsilon
Details: One adjustable divider, tray with adjustable divider, Western digital hygrometer
Score: C


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