When you have a reputation like that of the Habanos, it is not surprising that unscrupulous people try to imitate the presentations and products. Here you will find the identifiers that you should always look for. It is important that you buy your Habanos only in recognized and authorized stores.
THE SEAL OF GUARANTEE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA
The first time the Seal of Guarantee was used was in 1889 by means of a Royal Decree, issued by the King of Spain. Then in 1912, the independent government of Cuba passed a law authorizing the use of a new design, similar to the one used today. In 1931 it underwent a slight modification and in 1999 the change was more radical, with the addition of a serial number in red and an emblem seen only under ultraviolet light.
Finally, in 2009 a new version with a hologram on each stamp is introduced, as well as an individualized bar code that allows the tracking of each Habanos box, from production to its commercialization by each exclusive Habanos distributor in the world. The barcode allows you to verify the authenticity of each box by entering the Habanos website: www.habanos.com
APPELLATION OF ORIGIN
Since 1994, all boxes carry the Habanos stamp. It is the indicator of the Protected Designation of Origin that covers those cigars. All Habanos boxes and flasks carry it.
STAMPS FROM LOCAL IMPORTERS
Each country or region may have its own complementary stamps, to constitute a supplementary local filter against counterfeiting. These brands are the responsibility of the local exclusive distributors. For more information ask your nearest Habanos Specialist.
IN THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX
Since 1960, the funds of all Habanos boxes have a hot stamp with the words "Made in Cuba". Before that date, on certain occasions it was written in English (Made in Cuba). As of 1994, a hot stamped brand that says "Habanos S.A.", the name of the company that distributes Habanos in the world, also appears in the funds of the boxes. Between 1985 and 1994 the name was "Cubatabaco". Nowadays, the following markings are used:
Totally by Hand - Long Gut
Since 1989, classic Habanos boxes, of Long Gut, have a hot stamped stamp with the words Totally by Hand. Tobacco ". Nowadays, the following markings are used:
Totally at Hand - Tripa Corta
In the cases of short-handled cigars, the hot stamped brand can be seen, with the words Totally by Hand and from 2002 the letters TC (Short Gut) are added.
There are also products that have a stamp stamped in which the following text appears: "Habanos S.A. Made in Cuba ", but that does not include the words" Totally by Hand ".
These are machine-made cigars. They are not fundamentally products covered by the Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P.) Habanos. They are mostly covered by the Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P.) "Cuba. Mechanized tobacco
FACTORY CODE AND DATE OF THE BOX
The funds of the Habanos boxes present two stamps in ink. One is the secret code that tells us which factory in the industry made the Habanos. The other gives us the month and the year they were placed in the box.
The dates are not coded and the year is enough. The system started in 2000 with "00", then "01" and so on.
With respect to the months, the codes are:
A Habano improves with time, therefore the date is important for connoisseurs.
Note: The ink stamps that tell us the factory and the date of manufacture were used for the first time in the boxes of Habanos in 1985, but both were in code. If you wish to verify the date of a box prepared between 1985 and 1999, ask your Habanos Specialist.