Progress Report: Humidor Ratings
Cigar Aficionado Rates Humidors with Staying Power
Stacey C. Rivera
From the Print Edition:
Vince McMahon, Nov/Dec 99
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While Elie Bleu has long been the benchmark for humidors--its boxes exquisite and the humidification devices superb--we noted a slight falling off in some areas from the model we rated in 1997. Although this box displays many marks of quality--an excellent hinge, a seamless seal--the marquetry is less than perfect, having some flaws in the pattern at the corners. We suspect that this is a result of increased production. There is still a lot to love about this humidor, however, including its humidifier, which is easily controllable with its adjustable vents.
The Classical Original $3,760/011-41-32-925-09-09
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Two passive units proprietary to Perrenoud
Details: Tray, dividers, no hygrometer
The most unconventional of the humidors we rated, the pyramid-shaped Perrenoud nevertheless kept our cigars in near-perfect condition. The increased air allowed by the pyramid shape only benefited our smokes. The humidor's modern design and plastic base may turn off some buyers, but that is purely a matter of taste. With some humidors, the tray either fits too snuggly or has unwieldy handles, but to its credit, the Perrenoud has an easily manageable tray. The humidification devices, which are bolted to the inside of the pyramid sides, hold a lot of water and we didn't have to refill the unit at our last reading. We must offer one word of advice: watch your fingers. We suggest dropping the lid rather than placing it down to avoid pinched fingers. The hinge and base are durable enough to handle it.
Amboyna Burl $1,650 / (800) 229-5233
Humidification: Two passive units proprietary to Prometheus
Details: Tray, dividers, digital hygrometer, brass plaque, lock and key
That after six weeks our cigars were buttery soft and in better condition than when we first placed them inside would be an excellent testimonial for any humidor. Add to that a pretty exterior and you have yourself a good box. However, this box is less than perfect. The lid is a little too light and the arrangement of the humidification and hygrometer hardware inside the lid is a bit busy. Overall, a good performer that's a tad overpriced.
Maduro $1,650 / (800) 341-7003
Humidification: One passive device, Credo Precision 70
Details: Dividers, analog hygrometer, lock and key
This is virtually the same humidor as the Prometheus, with a few exceptions. It has a Credo humidification system, which is a surprise because in most of Dupont's other products, it uses a device designed specifically for the company. The Credo does not work as well as the Prometheus device. This box is also smaller and not as aesthetically pleasing, bordering on boring. It did, however, keep our cigars in desirable condition.
Sycamore and Macassar $1,200 / (800) 860-8362
Humidification: One passive device, proprietary to Dunhill
Details: Dividers, no hygrometer, lock and key
A laudable design concept is undermined by poor execution. The marquetry on the box is uneven and askew at the corners of the lid. The patterns of the lid and box do not match up, nor does the pattern reach the bottom of the box. The interior wood is mahogany, not cedar, in a veneer, not solid wood. In place of a hygrometer, Dunhill has a spring scale on the side of its humidification device that estimates relative humidity by weighing the device itself. The system works, keeping cigars in good condition, but it requires some getting used to. The unit ran a little dry throughout our test (which is a typically British preference), but it came into its own at the end. For the price, we expected more.
C.A.O. Artist's Series--"Pomme de Terre" $8,000 to $10,000 depending on options (800) BEST-CAO
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Two passive units, Credo Precision 70
Details: Triple-tray system, dividers, analog hygrometer, lock and key
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Devon Buy — Petaling Jaya, ---, Malaysia, — February 19, 2013 11:05pm ET
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