January 2019 Happenings
INDUSTRIAL 101 WISDOM | spotting fake cubans
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History shows that even before the European settlers made their way to North America, smoking cigars was a staple in the ancient cultures. Although the cigars may not have looked anything like what we recognize as a cigar today, the rituals we share of relaxation and reflexion may be nearly identical. So it begs to ask the question “how many similarities do modern cigar smokers share with those encountered by Christopher Columbus?”
Imagine the Mayflower pulling to shore to be greeted by Native North Americans with cigars as a sign of peace, holding them out to Christopher Columbus and crew…. Did they ask the same thing we are always weary of when getting off the boat (our modern day Mayflower… a cruise ship) “Are these Cubans real?”
Maybe a dick question to ask, but very valid (and very hypothetical). Why should we care? Because instead of stealing the natives cigars and natural resources, us Americans are required to buy them when we arrive… and buying fake Cubans should be considered a sin. Take a quick read to save you potentially thousands of dollars.
STEp 1. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The most popular and faked cigars are COHIBA. The pricing below is current AUTHENTIC Cohiba pricing from a trusted source. Use this as a frame of reference when someone offers you 3 cigars for $20.
STEp 2. Check PACKAGING.
Cuban companies give extreme attention to details like graphic placement, spacing, sizing and cutting. Be careful to inspect the cigar band for inconsistencies and only purchase boxes if they have not been previously opened. Often times the cigar box will be original, but the cigars inside are simply fakes that are placed in after the original are gone. If the size of the cigar does not match the box - pass on the purchase.
STEp 3. Cigar inspection.
Look for a Triple Cap. This means looking for 3 perpendicular lines at the cap of the cigar. If you count 2, let it go.
Cuban Corojo wrapper does not have large veins. A true Cuban will look smooth and polished.
The labels with comfortably hug the cigar and be in perfect alignment. If the band moves easily, set it down.
Color of wrapper leaf will be uniform and, if off, it goes dark to light from left to right.
The foot of the cigar will be a sharp, clean cut and the exact same length versus the other cigars in the box.
The feel of the cigar will be firm and consistent, will not have pockets where you won’t feel tobacco.