Product Review: Don Salvatore Heirloom Collection Humidor
Manufacturer: Don Salvatore
Product: Heirloom Collection, 25 Count Rosewood Humidor
Distributor: Humidor Vault
Features: Mahogany core, Magnetic lid, Digital hygrometer
Cost: $179.99 (here)
The first thing that jumped out to me was the Rosewood finish of this humidor. As the owner of two rosewood guitars, I was drawn to the texture and pattern of the wood finish immediately. The wood was polished to a beautiful, lacquered finish that highlighted the quality of construction on the exterior of this humidor. As I picked up the humidor for the first time, I noticed that the weight was substantial for a smaller humidor, which was a result of the mahogany core. The bottom of the humidor was protected by a velvet type material and I find this to be a nice touch.
Opening the Don Salvatore, I was drawn to two things. The walls were extremely thick, I would say close to an inch, and the gold plated hinges are extremely sturdy. Upon further inspection, I noticed that the Spanish cedar is flawless and the humidor comes with one divider to organize your smokes. As I inspected the corners, the joints were constructed flawlessly and were seamless where the corners met.
Another highlight of this humidor was the humidification system, which included a digital hygrometer that attached to the top of the lid via a magnetic back that is completely covered by the solid cedar interior wall. This produced a very user friendly humidor with no adhesive tape or mounting to contend with.
I seasoned the humidor, loaded the humidification device, and placed the hygrometer to check the levels. The Don Salvatore held the ideal 65%, so I loaded it up with a few of my favorite smokes, lidded it and walked away. Letting it rest for a couple of days, I came back to find good levels with no fluctuations according to the max/min feature on the hygrometer.
As with many things in life, the details are the difference. The mahogany core, sturdy hinges, and thick walls are what make this humidor a winner. The extra weight of the lid make for a tight seal, the thick walls provide a barrier for fluctuations, and the sturdy hinges make for an excellent product. While not a budget humidor by any stretch, I will say this humidor is well worth the money. It would be an excellent purchase for display on a desk or in a study, perfectly suited for those special smokes on those special occasions.
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