If you know anything about cigars, then you probably understand the mystery that surrounds the famous Cuban cigars. With so many types in the market today, you will probably have a difficult time choosing a particular type and brand.
Buying Cuban cigars is not something you can guess your way through. You need to consider a number of critical factors.
If you want to try one but have no clue where to start, here’s a guide on how to get a Cuban cigar.
3 Things You Should Consider When Buying Cuban Cigars
Cigar sizes are measured according to their length and the ring gauge. A ring gauge is simply the diameter of the cigar. The largest standard cigar is the Gran Corona, also known as the Size A. It has a length of 9.25 inches and a ring gauge of 47.
But does size really matter? Absolutely!
What most people do not know is that thinner cigars are a little bit gentler as compared to the thick ones, but they are more difficult to smoke. On the other hand, the cigars with a big diameter will be harsher on you but are easy to smoke.
If you do not know what size to choose, try to find something that is somehow mild. You do not want to choose the fattest one in the store, especially if you are new in the cigar game. Find a cigar with the perfect balance that will allow you to enjoy your experience.
2. Real vs. Fake
Much like how unsavory dealers try to make quick bucks by selling counterfeit sneakers, there are those that produce fake Cuban cigars for fraudulent purposes. They even have the nerve to sell the counterfeits at the same price as the authentic cigars!
There are several ways of differentiating a real Cuban cigar from a counterfeit. The first thing you should look out for is the packaging. Real cigars come in boxes that bear the unique Habanos seal of approval on the right-hand corner of the box’s top. Authentic cigars also come with a Cuban warranty seal.
The Update Habanos S.A is the leading exporter of genuine Cuban cigars. If you are buying from a store, you’ll probably come across one of their products. Be on the lookout for their seal on the packaging.
Also, pay attention to the barcode which is usually on the extreme left. At the bottom of the box, you should also see “Hecho En Cuba,” or “Habanos S.A.” written on them. If the cigar is handmade, you should see “Totalmente a Mano”.
The color of the ash is another way of telling the difference between real and counterfeit cigars. The fake ones leave a grey ash, while real Cubans have an almost pure white ash.
Cuban cigars are quite costly in the U.S. This is probably because of the legal ban that prohibited the purchase and sale of Cuban smokes in the United States. So, when will Cuban cigars be legal in the US? They already are – well, somehow.
While you can travel back to the country with a few cigars for personal consumption, you cannot cross the United States border with bulk amounts. This is because selling such products is still prohibited by the law, and breaching it could attract penalties or fines. It’s much like marijuana in most states.
Whether the ban will stay put or be lifted, the price of Cuban cigars is still a subject of speculation. Some people believe that their prices will soar due to increased demand. Others believe that the price will fall because Cuban cigars will lose their cache. Smokers are certainly hoping that the latter is true.
Cigar prices in Havana stores range from $2 to more than $50. The average price for a fairly good smoke is $16. When choosing your cigar type, be sure that you can afford what you smoke. Nothing is as frustrating as getting hooked to something you cannot buy.
Where Can You Buy Cuban Cigars?
Almost everyone will tell you to avoid street dealers because of just one reason, and that’s authenticity. Yes, you will buy more cigars for way less from street vendors than you would at a store. But cheap is always expensive. Chances are you’ll buy fake or stale cigars.
If you want original Cuban cigars, buy from a reputable store. They may be a little bit more expensive, but you will be getting value for your money.