by Ken Gargett
Posted on: June 6, 2019
There is a thriving industry in faking the great paintings of the world, the finest wines, and the most popular wristwatches. Caveat emptor.
You can also add cigars to that list. Anyone who has ever bought a glass-topped box of Cohibas should be aware that they are as genuine as the proverbial three-dollar bill.
Visitors to Havana are inevitably thronged by locals offering cheap cigars. Usually, the story is that they have a cousin/brother/uncle/best friend working on the factory floor as a roller and they have smuggled these out. And now you are the lucky beneficiary.
If I had a box of cigars for every time someone has insisted that the cigars they got in the back alley really are legit . . .