How to Spot a Fake Cuban Cigar?

How to Spot a fake Cuban Cigar

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

‘There are no bad cigar, only better ones.’

A cigar in your hand looks classy. It makes you think of all those macho movie actors who posed with a cigar and looked supremely good-looking.

Well, cigars were invented way before that. It’s not Hollywood or any other film industry who have invented these cigars.

The cigars came a long way from good old times when the Mayans smoked them happily in the American islands. Today, they are a behemoth industry worth $17 billion. With commodification comes counterfeit products, one of the biggest brunts of globalization. So, you might have spent a decent amount on that pack of Cuban cigars you are holding, but in the back of your mind, you might be wondering if they are fake. You don’t have to be a cigar aficionado to spot a fake Cuban cigar. We are here to make you an expert in spotting counterfeit cigars.

This article will give you a clear insight on how to spot a fake Cuban cigar. Well, you should be a wise consumer – after all, it’s your hard-earned money. And, that’s not the only reason! You invest in a cigar because you want it for ultimate pleasure and leisure.

So, keep reading to find out how you can spot a fake one!

Check out the packaging!

Let us catch the lazy ones first!

So, the easiest way to spot fake cigars is to pay attention to the packaging. Counterfeit manufacturers pay less attention to the outer packaging, sealing, and aesthetics when compared to premium cigar manufacturers. You can look out for the Cuban seal, quality of the package, symmetric bands on the cigars, etc. If you pay closer attention you might be able to spot a fake cigar without even opening the package. But, just because the package has no issues does not guarantee the cigars are genuine.

Most counterfeit cigars come in wooden packs with glass or plastic covers. You can also lookout for a Cuno stamp at the bottom of the product to make sure it is not fake. There are many guides available online about understanding Cuno stamps and spotting a fake one instantly.

Price tag

Don’t fall into the trap of buying cigars at unrealistically low prices. A premium Cohiba would cost you around 23 CUC in Cuba and the cheapest authentic Cuban cigars cost about 10 CUC. So if someone is selling you a Cohiba for 10 CUC, you can know for sure that you are about to get cheated. Nobody would want to sell off their cigars at a loss!

Look at the ash

You can spot a fake cigar by smoking one. If the ashes are white, then the tobacco is non-Cuban. Authentic cigars will have grayish ash.

The scent

Since you know cigars are made from tobacco, if your cigar does not give an intense scent of tobacco, most probably it’s a fake. Sometimes other leaves are used as a wrapper and it is difficult to make out the difference just by seeing the cigar.

Wrapper matters

Wrappers with two different colors like a barber pole are a definite counterfeit product. Similarly, if you feel the wrapper is of inferior quality, it is most probably a fake cigar. The Cuban cigar wrapper is of premium-quality. They are made from leaves specially grown for the purpose and have a rich finish. The head of the cigar comes with a three-layer finish. So, inspect a cigar out of the pack to spot any irregularities.

Touch the cigar

Take out the cigar and simply press it, if it is extra soft and has gaps in between, it is a definite counterfeit product.

Count the number of cigars

Some cigars come in packs of definite numbers. For instance, The CohibaBehike is sold as a pack of 10 cigars. The counterfeit Behike cigars have more cigars in the pack. This way, you can spot a fake product.

The last step

If you are almost sure that you are holding a pack of fake cigars, there is an invasive step left that can confirm your predicament.

Take a knife and cut open the cigar. Now observe the quality and type of leaves used in the filling. Hold that thought! You can’t go forward without knowing what a cigar is made of.

To do this step, you need a basic understanding of how cigars are made. They have three layers of tobacco leaves. An inner filler layer, rolled over by a binder and a superior quality wrapper tobacco leaf as the outer layer.

Firstly, check if the leaves are tobacco or not. Most counterfeit cigars have other leaves in place of tobacco leaves. Secondly, you can observe the quality and size of the leaves. You can unroll the leaves and inspect their quality.

If you saw any discrepancy, you can finally declare that you ended up buying fake cigars.

Wasn’t that easy? To save yourself from fake products, do your research and find a legit brand that sells cigars. These days you will find reviews and ratings all over the internet. In fact, there are popular brands that offer testimonials from real people.

Before buying anything from the internet (or the market nearby), do some research. This will save you from fraudulent!

Concluding Thoughts

But, even without going this far, it is better to avoid buying a suspicious-looking product. The first and foremost way to prevent buying a fake cigar is to have a clear idea about the prices of popular cigar brands. They are expensive, so don’t fall for offers selling cheap cigars. Always inspect the package before buying the cigar.

Try to buy from a trusted dealer and look out for Cuban seals and other import seals if you are buying from another country. The Mayans are lucky fellows, who had the luxury of smoking good quality cigars for free! Cigar lovers today have to tackle the additional burden of spotting real products before they can peacefully smoke one!

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