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Counterfeit Behikes—Insider Analysis
Posted: June 2, 2011
The Cohiba Behike BHK
is the hottest Cuban cigar on the market. Cigar Aficionado's reigning
Cigar of the Year, the small-production smoke is among the best made in
Cuba in decades.Up
to now, counterfeits of the cigar have been limited due to the
elaborate packaging found on each genuine Behike BHK. The real cigars
come packed in very glossy, black boxes of 10 cigars, with gold
highlights and squares that have a blue-gray hue. This box goes inside a
felt covering, which is then put inside a black cardboard box
containing the Habanos sticker and the Cuban guarantee seal.
Most fakes have been bundled cigars, some banded with traditional Cohiba bands, but Cigar Aficionado has uncovered two very close copies of the complex and ornate Behike band, and the most ambitious attempt at copying the very difficult and high-end Cohiba Behike box to date. Neither is a perfect replica, but both have fooled buyers. The box of Behikes, bought by a Cigar Aficionado reader from a dealer in the northeastern United States, attempts to duplicate the Behike packaging. The counterfeiter missed several details, as you will see in this trio of videos.
First of all, the box contained 25 cigars-real Behike BHKs come in boxes of 10. The cigars were also priced at $300, or $12 apiece-even in Cuba, that price would be around $25 per cigar.
We'll begin with a look at the genuine box, compared to the fake box.
Next, we'll take a look at the real box and the fake box side-by-side, which showcases the differences between each one very clearly.
Finally, we'll take a look at the differences between a real Cohiba Behike BHK cigar band and the fake adorning the cigars that came in these boxes, and also compare it to a band from a counterfeit Cohiba BHK purchased in St. Maarten.
Be careful when purchasing Cohiba Behike cigars. Fakes are out there, and the counterfeiters are taking time trying to fool you into parting with your money.
To see the bands in our Counterfeit Gallery, click here.
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