The prestigious Trinidad cigar has been commercially available for two years, ample time for counterfeiters to create their imitations. Note the gold coloring on this genuine band -- a soft, gold hue without any glitter or shimmer. The simplicity of the band's design is denoted by its lack of significant detail. The boldness of the parallel lines and the lettering remains constant, with the word "TRINIDAD" more prominent than the words "CUBA" and "HABANA." If you have a Trinidad cigar in your hand, be sure to check the cap for a flag tip, or pigtail twist. All Trinidads are made this way.
Counterfeit of unknown origin
A cigar connoisseur from Wappingers Falls, N.Y., sent in his banded cigar. The first clue that the cigar was fake was the perfectly rounded cap (not shown). Genuine Trinidads always have a flag tip, or pigtail, on the cap. As for the band itself, the font is an important factor in determining the authenticity of this Trinidad band—notice how the lines and lettering are slightly thinner than on the real band. But the main factor that proves the band a counterfeit is the color. A real Trinidad band has a dull gold hue with little luster. This counterfeit possesses more of a distinctive glitter, true evidence of a fake.