Counterfeit Behikes—Insider Analysis
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.
Thursday, June 02, 2011