Cigar Aficionado

Manning Humidors

All parts taken together, Manning of Ireland humidors have probably logged more travel miles than any humidor on the market.

Made 60 miles outside of Dublin in Bagenalstown, an area known for its craftsmanship, the Manning factory contains treasures from a host of countries around the globe. The Ebony Macassar Humidor (pictured above), for example, is made with rare wood from two parts of Indonesia, the Celebes Islands and Malika, in Borneo. Other humidors contain veneers of Brazilian rosewood and Canadian maple. The competitive search for rich, exotic woods often results in interesting finds: the company even claims to use a German log that was damaged by shrapnel in the Second World War.

Manning has been constructing humidors for 10 years, emphasizing its handcrafted techniques learned over four generations of working with other woods.

All roads lead to Ireland in the end. The veneers are transported back to the Emerald Isle and crafted into humidors using an old European method called book matching, a process by which four sheets of veneer are laid to show a marbling of color. The Ebony Macassar has various browns, yellows and oranges.

The humidors come trimmed with gold-plated locks and hinges, and are equipped with a Paradigm system humidification device. The interior is solid Spanish cedar from Brazil, framed in solid mahogany. Each humidor takes approximately 26 weeks to complete, and is finished with a gloss applied in 40 steps by hand.

The humidors are not died or chemically treated. "It is all natural," says Manning owner John Harding. "We believe in natural beauty and staining or treating the veneers only takes something away."

Manning humidors are available in fine tobacco shops around the world. They retail for $1,250 for the smallest size, which holds 75 cigars, and go up to $1,950 for the largest, which holds 200 cigars.