Fakes are a common occurrence in one’s life, whether a product or even a person. You will likely cross paths with a fake at some point in your life, and the sooner you do, the sooner you can learn how to avoid them. So lets turn our attention to cigars and talk about how fakes can fool you, particularly Cuban brands.
Unsuspecting tourists in Cuba are easy targets for locals looking to hustle and make some quick money, and there are no shortage of stories you’ll hear of how these locals happen to gain favour with Cuba’s finest tobacco establishments. Any foreigners entering Cuba have to pay in convertible pesos which is very much at par with the dollar and since incomes in Cuba are quite low, making some extra money is always welcomed. Beware of these sellers, they will try and fool you with some nonsensical stories if you attempt to question their quality. Others will simply show you a box and ask if you want to buy it or not, I welcome these people instead. They are selling you something low grade and have no qualms being honest about it. It is the guys who create marvellous tales of their position at Habanos SA and work to gain your trust, they are trying to get repeat business after all. And referrals help too.
I came across some Cohiba’s from Cuba and noticed some strange characteristics about them. Not that I am an expert on authenticity of Cuban cigars but something just screamed out about these ones. I spotted a lot of tell-tale signs predominantly found on fake cigars which can be seen by the pictures posted. The findings are quite telling, and hopefully you’ll agree with my opinion. If you’re travelling to Cuba, beware of the common con artist as well as the more sophisticated one. These days, it is getting harder and harder to discern a fake from a genuine especially if you’re not well informed.
This picture shows the foot, a term used for the part of the cigar one lights. Here we can visibly see the inconsistency in the packing and a more jammed look.
What more can I say here, the piramides were never produced as a limited edition 2003.
Have a look at the band on this Maduro, right above the embossed Cohiba. There should be three squares visible.
The Maduro wrapper shown here from the back, where you can see a poor line-up job. These cigars are expensive and go through very rigorous quality checks. Seeing something like this would just not happen.
Photos: Casa di Sartoria