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Hello James,

I recently acquired a box of Cohiba Siglo VI.  They are triple capped and appear to be real.  Just today someone told me that the font saying "Habana, Cuba" is incorrect and that my cigars are fakes.

I have found both a bold looking font and a non-bold looking font online.  Mine is not bold and the C in Cuba appears different than some I've seen online.

These taste, smell and feel legit, and are triple capped and beautiful looking... but now I'm nervous.  Assuming everything else with the cigar is ok, can you take a look at the band and tell me if the band is legit looking?

Thank you in advance.  Here is a link to a picture of the band.  http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a337/LeftBench/photo-1_zpsf2842386.jpg

Sincerely,

James

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Hi James,

You're correct, the letter C in "Cuba" is different on your band. I've thoroughly checked several of my boxes (both older and recent production dates) and they do not have the same script print as your band. There has also been no news of Habanos altering the current Cohiba band so I believe that your band is counterfeit. HOWEVER, since you mentioned that the cigars smell great, taste great and has a beautiful triple cap, it's very possible that the cigars are genuine cigars stolen from the factories during the pre-packaging stage. The cigars are then packaged with stolen, counterfeited or recycled bands and boxes and sold on the black market. (I have several genuine Montecristo and Cohiba cigars that were smuggled out from the factories and then packaged in recycled boxes and counterfeit bands. This is a common black market activity in Cuba.)

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions,lease feel free to just ask and I will be happy to help.

Regards,
James

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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

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I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

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