Identifying Fake Cuban Cigars
Written by Kevin Godbee

Monday, 13 April 2009

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Some people will unknowingly buy fakes, and still not know they are fakes when they smoke them because they aren’t that bad. However, they are still not the real thing, nowhere near as good, and you are still getting ripped off buying a cigar for $25 that should cost $8 or less.

In addition to the extremely authentic looking fakes, there is a plethora of tremendously bad fakes. These still fool many people, and in this case you are getting ripped off even worse.


Notice the Cohiba picture above. The band’s yellow color is incorrect, the font on Habana Cuba is wrong, and there should be three rows of square dots above the word Cohiba. Those are the glaringly wrong aspects, and there are more. The colors, embossing and poor print quality are also evident, and I don’t even want to know what that cigar tastes like.


If you’re going to Cuba, or any other country besides the United States, go to an authorized Habanos S.A retailer to make sure you get authentic Cuban cigars. They will have the Habanos S.A. decal in the window. Duty-free shops can also be trusted.


On the other hand, buying them off the street is most likely to land you fakes. If the price is too good to be true, they are most likely fakes as well.


0 # Nice ArticleCory Nickerson 2009-04-13 04:59
Great article. You would think someone working so hard to distribute counterfeit cigars would do a little research and make sure they get the cigar band to match. :D

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0 # INRE: Fakeshavanitascigars-cl 2009-04-14 06:43
It is not true that going to the Habanos SA shops guarantee you are receiving real Cubans. I have seen fakes in those stores also. They are usually sold as individual cigars. The Casa de los Habanos in Tijuana is known to have fake cigars.

It is true you find a lot of fake Cohibas in Cuba, even though they are made with Cuban tobacco, they are not Cohibas. Others to watch for: I have seen LGC Tainos, RyJs, and Montecristos. The less faked of the most popular brands seem to be Cuaba Salomones, and Vegas Robainas.

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+1 # RetailersJS 2009-04-14 14:06
If they are good at faking, what about a fake Habanos SA sticker in the window? I saw a couple places in Playa del Carmen a few years back that I remeber having the SA logo, but I would not have purchased from. With regard to the US, a $100 limit of total product value taken out of Cuba was imposed a while back, but that doesn't matter because it is effectively impossible to get down there. Just order from Hong Kong online...they're real ;-)

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0 # Fake CigarsRon 2009-05-18 07:11
I won't to thank you for opening our eyes to the possibilities of being ripped off for buying cigars in Cuba even if we are buying them from a store in Cuba.
It is good to be aware that these things happen often so if going there we should beware not to buy from the wrong places.

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