Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cigars & Cuba: 50 Years of History

The scenic Viñales Valley, part of Cuba's Vuelta Abajo, where much fine tobacco is cultivated.

Cigar Aficionado

Premium hand-rolled cigars, the pride of the island, have seen ups and downs since the revolution, but still remain the world's benchmark smokes

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009

By James Suckling

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Beware of counterfeit Cohibas sold in Florida.

A Genuine Cohiba

A counterfeit Cohiba sold in Florida

This is the first fake band Cigar Aficionado has seen that was on a Cohiba Siglo VI. It has two obvious font problems. The brand name is of smaller type than the original, and the scripted "Habana, Cuba" is darker than it should be. There's also a slim line of white between the rows of white dots and the brand name, which shouldn't be there. The gold luster of the real band hasn't been replicated properly, either, perhaps proving that the Cuban cigar industry chose well when redesigning the band on perhaps their most famous brand.

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