Cigars 101

Cohiba cigar bands

Q. I noticed that Cohiba cigar bands differ. Some have a red dot in the "O" while others do not. What's the difference?

- Jim B. in Deer Park, NY

A. Great question. The Cohiba with the "red dot inside the bold black letters is the "officially licensed" blend made ONLY by General Cigar in The Dominican Republic. It's an excellent cigar and gives the Cuban version a good run for its money, too. Anything else labeled "Cohiba," unless you're sure it's a genuine Havana, is a copycat or counterfeit.

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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