Spotting Fake Cuban Cigars

cuban cigarsThe increasing popularity of Cuban cigars has brought along quite a demand for these prized stogies in recent years. The problem is that the supply usually has not been able to cope up with the demand for Cuban cigars. Further complicated by the trade embargo between the US and Cuba, availability of these prized cigars have to be sourced from alternative means.

Although still illegal in the US, the appeal for Cuban cigars is so high that they continually try to surface now and then. This exact same appeal has also brought about a number of fakes cigars being unknowingly sold to many unaware customers.

Since Cuban cigars are being held in such high regard among cigar aficionados and even among the affluent circles of the society, it is easy for even fake Cuban cigars to be sold. The fake Cuban stogies take advantage of the rarity of the product as a means to convince unaware customers that it is the real thing. Therefore, it is very important for serious cigar collectors to know how to spot the real thing from the fake. Here are some ways of doing that.

Fakes are known for their being of less quality than the real thing. The same thing applies to fake Cuban cigars. The best way to spot them is by checking for defects. Real Cuban cigars are made exactly of the same length. The genuine variety adheres strictly to exact lengths and should come at least 1/16th of an inch from the size specified.

Another distinct sign of a fake is its price. Since genuine Cuban cigars are highly sought after, they command high prices. It is very rare for such cigars to be offered at as high as 25 percent discount. When being offered a Cuban cigar at unbelievably discounted prices, one should immediately suspect a fake.

One of the most effective ways of spotting fake Cuban cigars is by actually holding one. A sniff may be able to help one spot a fake. A cigar that smells strongly of ammonia should hint one to a fake Cuban cigar. The texture and character of the cigar to touch may also hint a cigar aficionado to a genuine or a fake stogie. The unique skill of an experienced cigar roller is the ability to place the exact amount of tobacco in a cigar from its head to its foot.

A finished cigar feels uniform to touch, without uneven soft and hard spots. Having hard spots and soft spots in a cigar is a hint of an amateur cigar roller. Such cigars, if sold as Cuban, should be suspected as fake.

 
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