I was so excited to smoke this! The band looked real. The source was not proven, but it was a gift. Everything about this stick looked authentic. I let Stogie Santa take a look, who has some real ones, and he was convinced, until I lit it up. It was a nice nut flavor, enjoyable, not much changes, but had nothing in the Cuban cigar flavor department. I won’t rate it, I’m only a little upset. I did enjoy the cigar and can’t wait to try the real thing!