"Since it was launched in 2010, the Behike bands bear the Cohiba Indian head in an embossed holographic paper, including an exclusive security hologram in each one of them," said Habanos SA in a news announcement. "This new band design established a new technological trend in the way the bands of Cohiba would look in the future."
New hologram offers increased protection
"Now in 2014 the Behike band incorporates a new hologram design with increased security measures which permit a better traceability of each band and cigar." The hologram, pictured above, will appear on all three sizes–BKK 52, BKK 54 AND BHK 56.
Habanos SA noted that the old and new designs will coexist in the marketplace for a short time until the the old stock sells out and is fully replaced with cigars bearing the new band.
Tips: Protect yourself from fakes
As always, we recommend purchasing cigars, regardless of country of origin, from established and reputable retailers only.
- If something feels "off"—for instance, the price is too good to be true—our advice is to walk away.
- Just as you wouldn't buy a Rolex for $100 on the street and expect it to be real, you shouldn't buy cigars under similar circumstances.
By taking advantage of the latest anti-counterfeiting resources like this new hologram band, and purchasing only from authorized retailers, you can ensure that you're always getting an authentic, quality product.
Our thanks go out to Habanos and all cigar manufacturers who help protect consumers from fakes.