The Cigar Guys received the below comment from Ken who commented on the post, “My Trip to Mexico”. We appreciated his insight so much we decided to turn it into a blog post! Thanks Ken! Email me your mailing address and as a token of our appreciation we will send you a free Vector lighter! Email me at email@example.com!
Below is Ken’s comments!
I would never attempt to buy Cohiba cigars in Mexico. Cohiba is one of most counterfeited Cubans out there. My experiences in Mexico buying authentic Cuban cigars has been with a chain called Habana Banana. They do not negotiate price. They know what they have. I purchased Vegas Robaina and Hoyo De Monterrey and they were definitely the real deal.
When purchasing in Mexico, you go the reputable dealers and know how to spot the fakes. If the dealer doesn’t let you open the box and examine both layers right off the bat, its time to leave. When you examine the cigars, you look at the color and color consistency of the cigars in the box. Check the cap. Cuban cigars have a triple cap. Check the band and have sample bands to compare. When checking the band, observe how they’re glued. Its easy to see if the band has been heavily glued, which is a big indicator of being counterfeit.
One of the things, when trying to spot the fakes, is the box exam. Is there a Habanos holograph on the top and proper authenticity seals as well such as a certificate? On the bottom, the stamp should be branded not inked and factory codes and dates should be clearly present.
I know how to spot the fakes but its taken years of practice and being duped once or twice to know.