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There are more fake Cohiba cigars out there than there are fake Louis Vuitton purses. And just like when you’re studying a potential designer item, there are things to look for to determine if your Cohiba is legit. Here’s a breakdown of things to keep in mind next time you’re out of the U.S. and searching for a few.

  • 1. COHIBA: On legitimate Cohiba cigars, the letters in COHIBA are raised and are rich and golden in color. Counterfeit Cohibas often don’t have raised letters because of the work involved in imitating that aspect of the band.
  • 2. White Squares: On a legitimate Cohiba band, the white squares are not cut off by the top or bottom of the band.
  • 3. Band: The Cohiba band should measure 15mm wide.
  • 4. Habana, Cuba: ‘Habana, Cuba’ is printed in the yellow section directly below ‘COHIBA’ in a thick, bold font. Often times the script on a fake Cohiba band is thinner with small discrepancies.
  • 5. Veins: The veins should be either very, very fine or not there at all.
  • 6. Cap: Look for three fine rings (triple cap) from where the wrapper was rolled, trimmed, and pulled back.
  • 7. Back of Band: The band on a real Cohiba will end almost seamlessly without messing up the spacing of the white squares.
  • 8. Wrapper: Legitimate Cohiba cigars have a uniform wrapper color. If you see lots of tonal changes throughout the wrapper, it’s a fake.
  • 9. Foot: Look for an even cut with no chipping. Fakes may be cut straight as well, but often Hare not done precisely enough.
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