Quoted from Alan_L:
No, you're not wrong. I was in a Casa Del Habano in Cancun, a world wide chain of cigar stores, and they had a display of "falcos" (fakes) to show buyers how to spot counterfeits. The Cohibas in the glass and wood box was one of the primary examples. Cohiba does not sell it's product in this package. Another reason that they are sealed in a box is to keep you from inspecting them closely for flaws and variations. Cohibas are absolutely identical in every way. Also, the box prevents you from seeing the little bits of ground up tobacco (cigarette tobacco) in the bottom. All fine cigars that are "hecho a mano" (made by hand), Cuban and non-Cuban, are rolled with 100% leaf tobacco.
A friend brought back a similar 5 pack from Cancun a few years back, bought from a street vendor. I discussed it with him, we dissected one. There were mostly medium/short fillers and some loose tobacco. Smell of ammonia indicating young tobacco not aged properly/long enough. I put them in my 'backup' humidor and let them age quite awhile...
They smoked, were not the amazing experience he was hoping for but not bad. I have had many domestic cigars that were much worse. If I am not enjoying a cigar after 10 minutes, I nub it and light another. This really only happens with cigars people 'gift' me. I stopped experimenting at some point and only buy cigars I know and love already.
jackontherocks I hope I did not come off as insulting or 'cigar snobby' to question your cigars. I thought about saying nothing, but thought the information worth the risk of offending so my apologies in that regard. When all is said and done, if the price was reasonable and you enjoy them than it is all good. They are real cigars after all, just (probably) not what they seem. Hey, the band is the correct team color and you have enough of them to take you all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals... don't jinx your team now!!