Our Authenticity Guarantee
When you buy cigars from us at Home Of Cuban Cigars, you never have to be worried if you are buying an original or fake cigar. All of our cigars are sourced from certified and licensed vendors within Cuba themselves. Everything sold by us is genuine and authentic. More important than anything. We want our customers to have a piece of mind purchasing cigars from us.
We are on of the only places on the internet that are able to offer Truly 100% Authentic Cuban Cigars. That is the Guarantee we give when you shopping with us, or your money back no questions asked. We truly live by these words. Our guarantee applies to quality and condition of our products. Our cigars are sent to you in their original boxes from our temperature/humidity regulated humidors in hermetically sealed packaging in order to preserve freshness. Loose cigars are packed in reusable humidifying pouches. For those who are still not convinced , we offer a guide below on how to spot a fake from an authentic cigar.
How to Spot a Fake Cuban Cigar
Cuban cigars are regarded as one of life’s most indulgent luxuries. Each year their production falls far short of the worldwide demand for these premium vitolas. Probably the biggest factor working in the counterfeiter favor is consumer ignorance. Most folks do not know enough about Cuban cigars to be able to tell the difference between a real one and a fake one. This lack of education has helped many unscrupulous lowlifes prey on our lack of knowledge as the means to lining their pockets with our hard-earned money. The first rule of thumb is “attention to detail.” This is where your astute eye will help to protect your wallet and humidor from the burden of fake Havanas. We can not over emphasize how important it is for you to be critical when inspecting a box of Cuban cigars for purchase. Below is the detailed knowledge necessary to allow you the ability to begin routinely inspecting Cuban cigars for their authenticity with confidence.
INSPECTING THE EXTERIOR OF THE BOXFirst, Check for the Warranty Seal. This Cuban tax seal/stamp has been applied to every box of Cuban cigars since 1912 to ensure the provenance of the cigars enclosed.
Originally this green and white stamp came in three sizes: Large (~ 2 1/2″ wide), Small (~1 1/4″ wide), and Miniature (~ 13/16″ wide). However in early 2000 boxes began appearing with the new updated Warranty seal. The new seals incorporate finer details including micro printing, denser color, serial numbers, and even a a hidden UV watermark. These new seals are much more difficult to counterfeit and are a huge improvement over the old style ones. Typically the seal is applied to the front left edge of dress boxes wrapping top to bottom with the first fold over the top edge of the box falling within “oval coat of arms crest.” On cabinets, the seal is placed over the sliding lids’ edge on the upper right corner. The Miniature seals are self-stick and only applied to small 3/5 packs of cigars typically over the top flap of the cardboard box. Closely examine all seals for good registration of print.w
All new boxes should have the newly updated seal.
From now on, a new Warranty Seal will be gradually introduced in all the packaging where two new elements are to be added. On the right hand, a hologram as a security item will be added and on the left hand, next to the Cote d´ Arms, a bar code will personalize every package.
This label will always be placed from the upper left side of the box or display, leaving 3 to 6 mm from the edge and to be bending up to the front right over the center of the Cote d´Arms whenever possible.
This Seal has been developed through a base of synthetic paper with special characteristics such as an auto-destructive feature before any attempts of removal and with several maximum security techniques added.
• Non-transferred label. Any attempt to remove it, will cause invalidation of the seal by self destruction.
• Highly adherence of the paper (plastic) Auto-destructive, Self-destructive.
• Scan and Photocopy Protected System.
• The holographic band will show a bicolor text in 2nd and 3rd dimension.
• Elements with optical variations attached.
• Also it will enclose a micro dot only visible through laser scanner.
The fact is that there will always be a time in which both old and new Warranty Seals designs will exist at the same time in the markets. The length of time in which the two seals will coexist is not so easy to foresee because it depends on the stocks and on the rotation of the different products.
As a reference please find attached here a file of the aforementioned seal and the proper way of affixing it on the boxes.
Second, Check for the Habanos Chevron on the top upper right corner of dress boxes and top lower left corner of cabinets.
This label is ~13/16″ wide and features a black silhouette of a tobacco leaf followed by “Habanos” in bold red letters that are edge highlighted with yellow/orange. Also on the label are two gold stripes at the top and bottom and between them two fine black lines. This seal will be on all boxes of Havana cigars exported since 1994.
Third, On the bottom of the box look for the Hallmarks. Currently there are three branded hallmarks/logos and are in this order:
These Hallmarks are not ink stamps, but are actual burned-in marks by the branding of the bottom of the boxes – you should run your fingers over them and feel their depth.
“Habanos s.a.” in stylized letters – this is the name of current Cuban company which exports Havanas and will appear on all boxes exported since October 1994. Cubatobaco’s logo would appear in place of this hallmark on boxes between 1985 through September 1994.
“HECHO EN CUBA” in a simple font encircled by a straight-sided oval were added in 1960 to replace the same words, formerly in English, “Made in Cuba.”
“Totalmente a mano” in script is the third hallmark and means “totally by hand.” This branding was added in 1989. These Hallmarks are not ink stamps, but are actual burned-in marks by the branding of the bottom of the boxes – you should run your fingers over them and feel their depth.
Fourth, Also on the bottom look for the factory and date stamp. These stamps use to be an excellent tool in helping to verify the authenticity of boxes of cigars, but in 1999 Habanos SA decided to change the entire NIVELACUSO coding to a new “top secret” format.
Fifth, Depending on where the box was distributed will determine some other common box labels and stamps that should be present. These seals and stamps are constantly changing and it is best to speak with a knowledgeable importer of Habanas in each individual country for the current information.
Sixth, also of some help are the various “health warning stickers” that some countries apply to their cigar boxes. Once again, these laws and their stickers vary, however knowing this info can prove to be helpful.
Seventh, Familiarize yourself with the different types of packaging in which Cuban cigars are enclosed. Various brands and sizes are packaged in certain styles of boxes including: Dress boxes, polished boxes, varnished and unvarnished cabinets, semi boite natural boxes, sliding lid boxes (SLBs – commonly referred to as cabinets), transit paks, and small pak Petacas.
Eighth, The box should show little or no signs of wear and tear. Overly faded, knicked, and scratched boxes should be regarded as suspect since many counterfeiters utilize legit recycled boxes to help sell their inferior product.
Ninth, Here are some various boxes for you to examine more closely:
INSPECTING THE CIGARS THEMSELVES
First, The cigars will be of uniformed color and if there is any variation at all the cigars will be organized within the box with the darkest onesbeing placed on the left to the lightest one situated at the far right.
Second, The cigars will be of the exact length as specified for the vitola. There is rarely greater than 1/16th of an inch of deviation from the published lengths of Cuban cigars. This is probably the easiest counterfeit check to perform and it is seldom done.
Third, The ring gauges of the cigar should be as specified also. However, you will commonly witness slight deviations plus or minus a ring size.
Fourth, Cuban cigars destined for export are typically very well made with solid bunching and close attention to detail. The tobacco should never be “booked.”
Fifth, Cuban Corojo wrappers are typically very finely veined, if at all.
Sixth, All ringed Cuban cigars should have tight clean bands with good color and embossing, if applicable, and should have the word “Habana” on it. They should show no signs of wear, creases, or glue stains as these are common indicators of rings that have been re-banded onto other cigars.
Seventh, The foot of each cigar should be cut cleanly and evenly with no chipping.
Eighth, inspect the cape (cap) of each cigar. Havana parejos (straight sided cigars) have a finely finished cap that is commonly referred to as the “triple cap.” You can actually see three fine lines from the flagging of the cap as it was wrapped around the head of the cigar. The cap on figurados are finished with a “switch back” flag – the wrapper is rolled the to the very tip of the head and trimmed to a thin strip which is then wound back in the same direction down the cigar.