Why Habana and Not Havana?
Cigars that are made in Cuba or come from Cuba have Habana on the band. Why not Havana?
Posted: March 25, 2013
Habana is the Spanish name for Cuba's capital city.
Havana is the Anglicized version of the word Habana, just as Rome is the Anglicized version of the Italian word Roma. In Cuba, cigars are known as Habanos, and the capital city is known as Havana.
If you ever see a Cuban cigar with the word "Havana" on the label instead of "Habana," it's a clear indication of a fake.
On some boxes of Cuban cigars, particularly older cigars, you will see the word "Habana" on the cigar label but the phrase "Made in Havana, Cuba" elsewhere on the box.
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