The creation of the
Cohiba Behike BHK trio of cigars in 2010 was well received around the
world. The cigars, all of them with pigtail caps, were delicious,
attractive and pricey. And the packaging was very sophisticated, which
initially kept counterfeiters at bay. The first fakes we heard about
were pigtailed cigars with standard Cohiba bands. Obviously you should
never buy these.
The true Cohiba Behike BHK band is ornate, and designed to thwart counterfeiters. Note the artfully lettered "BEHIKE" and "COHIBA"—each of these words are raised in embossed type, and you can feel the texture on the genuine band. Most counterfeits miss this step.
The real band also has a pair of holograms. The first is within the golden Taino Indian head, which has ridges on the inside along with a second, smaller head. This inner head looks different from different angles, and will reflect light in a rainbow pattern. The second hologram, which appears on this scan as a number of small heads and the word Cohiba over and over, will also shimmer in a rainbow pattern in the light.
Many fake cigars have been packed in bundles, due to the exquisite detail of the Cohiba Behike BHK box, but we have discovered a fake box that attempts to replicate the artwork. For detailed videos showing the difference between a real and a fake box, click here.