Are these real Cuban cigars?

DayLaPaul

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Unless those are counterfeit Cubans or pre-embargo cigars, those are illegal to own in the United States and the penalty for possession and/or sale of them is quite steep. That said, my answer is "not enough to risk your freedom/livelihood."
 
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Originally posted by: DayLaPaul
Unless those are counterfeit Cubans or pre-embargo cigars, those are illegal to own in the United States and the penalty for possession and/or sale of them is quite steep. That said, my answer is "not enough to risk your freedom/livelihood."

Please go sit at the tables with the rest of the squares
 

DayLaPaul

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I'm no square by any means, I just recognize that the penalties for possessing these cigars is pretty disproportionate to the severity of the crime. You can get caught with an ounce of coke and do less time.

P.S. There is no need to quote a post that's directly above yours.
 

SAWYER

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So illegal Cubans(people) and people of other places are ok but cigars is a big no-no?
 

GagHalfrunt

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No way to tell. There's a big market in fake Cohibas and the better counterfeits are virtually indistinguishable from the real ones just by looking at them. You'd need to smoke one or rip it apart to tell the difference.
 
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Originally posted by: DayLaPaul
I'm no square by any means, I just recognize that the penalties for possessing these cigars is pretty disproportionate to the severity of the crime. You can get caught with an ounce of coke and do less time.

odds are slim. It's funny how many lawyers and judges I know that smoke these.
 

Farang

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DayLaPaul is correct in telling you essentially that posting pictures of those is like posting picture of your pot stash. With that said, they appear to be real and Cohibas are a good brand. It has been a while I couldn't tell you an exact price, but I wouldn't be surprised if they retailed for $25 a piece (or much more, though probably under $100) and you can think for yourself what the markup in the U.S. might be.

edit: Tooncesthedrivingcat is also correct in telling you the odds are slim you will get caught.
 

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One solid way my mother taught me back in the '80s on how to test if stuff like this is Cuban or not is this: stick it in your mouth and puff on it for a bit. Be sure to puff it hard. If it tastes better than normal, there's a good chance it's Cuban.

It's the only way to be sure.
 

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Originally posted by: dNor
One solid way my mother taught me back in the '80s on how to test if stuff like this is Cuban or not is this: stick it in your mouth and puff on it for a bit. Be sure to puff it hard. If it tastes better than normal, there's a good chance it's Cuban.

It's the only way to be sure.

are we still talking about cigars?
 
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Originally posted by: DayLaPaul
I'm no square by any means, I just recognize that the penalties for possessing these cigars is pretty disproportionate to the severity of the crime. You can get caught with an ounce of coke and do less time.
Only if you try to sell them. I came back from Hong Kong on multiple trips with quite a few Cuban cigars and customs didn't blink an eye about it. I purchased them for personal use and as gifts though and there were only 8 - 10 each trip.

If those are real they are nice cigars, torpedo figurados, which are very desirable. You might want to save them as special gifts for friends who enjoy a cigar though. Selling them is potential trouble. Chances are slim you'd get popped but you have to decide of you're willing to take that risk.
 

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Originally posted by: coldmeat
Originally posted by: dNor
One solid way my mother taught me back in the '80s on how to test if stuff like this is Cuban or not is this: stick it in your mouth and puff on it for a bit. Be sure to puff it hard. If it tastes better than normal, there's a good chance it's Cuban.

It's the only way to be sure.

are we still talking about cigars?

Oh. I've made a grave mistake.
 

DayLaPaul

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Originally posted by: TastesLikeChicken
Only if you try to sell them. I came back from Hong Kong on multiple trips with quite a few Cuban cigars and customs didn't blink an eye about it. I purchased them for personal use and as gifts though and there were only 8 - 10 each trip.

If those are real they are nice cigars, torpedo figurados, which are very desirable. You might want to save them as special gifts for friends who enjoy a cigar though. Selling them is potential trouble. Chances are slim you'd get popped but you have to decide of you're willing to take that risk.

You sure those are real Cubans? Wouldn't be the first knock offs to come from Hong Kong.
 

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Originally posted by: Iron Woode
would you like some real advice?

look for the production code stamped on the bottom of the box. It gives year and place of production.

then look up said code to see if it jives with what is stated on the top of the box.

Up here in Canada Cuban cigars are legal. I used to sell them and I used to be able to spot the fakes pretty easily.

Nice.

My take on it, from having smoked many real ones and having been suckered a couple of times is that those look pretty poorly made for a real cuban.

I was recently in St. Thomas and bought a cigar which looked, felt and smelt like my favorite Partagas Serie d no. 4 I believe the wrapper was a good leaf and the construction was good, but it wasn't as good as the 20 or so I've smoked before leading me to believe I got a fake. A very good fake, but a fake. Not a terrible cigar, just not as stellar as the real deal.
 
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Originally posted by: DayLaPaul
Originally posted by: TastesLikeChicken
Only if you try to sell them. I came back from Hong Kong on multiple trips with quite a few Cuban cigars and customs didn't blink an eye about it. I purchased them for personal use and as gifts though and there were only 8 - 10 each trip.

If those are real they are nice cigars, torpedo figurados, which are very desirable. You might want to save them as special gifts for friends who enjoy a cigar though. Selling them is potential trouble. Chances are slim you'd get popped but you have to decide of you're willing to take that risk.

You sure those are real Cubans? Wouldn't be the first knock offs to come from Hong Kong.
Anything is possible. However I bought them at a mall (Pacific Place) attached to this hotel (which is where I stayed for a couple of months) so chances are they were very real. Either way, they were damn good cigars.
 

Iron Woode

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Originally posted by: djheater
Originally posted by: Iron Woode
would you like some real advice?

look for the production code stamped on the bottom of the box. It gives year and place of production.

then look up said code to see if it jives with what is stated on the top of the box.

Up here in Canada Cuban cigars are legal. I used to sell them and I used to be able to spot the fakes pretty easily.

Nice.

My take on it, from having smoked many real ones and having been suckered a couple of times is that those look pretty poorly made for a real cuban.

I was recently in St. Thomas and bought a cigar which looked, felt and smelt like my favorite Partagas Serie d no. 4 I believe the wrapper was a good leaf and the construction was good, but it wasn't as good as the 20 or so I've smoked before leading me to believe I got a fake. A very good fake, but a fake. Not a terrible cigar, just not as stellar as the real deal.
I used to sell the Esplendidos and Especials.

By the box they sold for between $1200 and $1800 CDN.

here is a link to verifying the cigars:

http://www.aficionado-a-havana...ebc.cgi/spotafake.html
 

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Originally posted by: dNor
Originally posted by: coldmeat
Originally posted by: dNor
One solid way my mother taught me back in the '80s on how to test if stuff like this is Cuban or not is this: stick it in your mouth and puff on it for a bit. Be sure to puff it hard. If it tastes better than normal, there's a good chance it's Cuban.

It's the only way to be sure.

are we still talking about cigars?

Oh. I've made a gravy mistake.

O boy.