19 responses

  1. Tim
    October 24, 2017

    This is definitely a fake. No Talismans have been released yet

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  2. Tim
    October 26, 2017

    I have a letter from Hunters and Frankau the exclusive UK importer who confirm that (and I quote) “No Chiba Talisman have been released by Habanos SA anywhere in the world”. The world launch is in London on November 7th

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    • Manu
      October 26, 2017

      Dear Team.
      I fully agree with you and am fully aware the cigar hasn’t been launched on the market yet.
      We can argue a lot but I would say let’s try to compare your reviews when you get hold of this. I am pretty sure it will be similar ;)

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  3. Neil
    November 1, 2017

    I agree with Tim…I’m in the business and have already seen a few purporting to be the real thing…..none have been. It’s pointless to do a review of this cigar at the moment simply because there is no way your cigar can be corroborated as being genuine…any cigar that is around now MUST be considered as counterfeit weather it is or not. Surely it would have been far more relevant and informative to review once the cigar has been launched and we can guarantee its authenticity. This review is simply one – upmanship and I don’t believe relevant.
    I too have seen the letter from Hunters and security around this launch has been the tightest ever.

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    • Manu
      November 1, 2017

      Dear Neil,
      Thank you for your message.

      I completely understand your point of view and would have said the exact same few weeks ago.
      I invite you to read my response to David.

      I look forward to exchanging about this awaited release :)

      Have a wonderful day

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  4. David
    November 1, 2017

    With respect.. you believe you have the Cohiba Talisman at your disposal for review… can you explain to me where and how these cigars where sourced and provide box numbers.. the official launch is in London at a Hunters and Frankau event on the 9th November… Habanos SA have not released any of these to anyone in the world .. please explain as I’m very curious how you have achieved this remarkable inside scoop on this particular cigar ? …..
    Regards…Dave

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    • Manu
      November 1, 2017

      Dear David,
      Thank you for your message. I completely understand your point and once again I have informed everybody to not trust any talisman on the Market. If I have decided to review this cigar it is because I am sure about the source.
      Sadly the limited edition series do not have box number like the regional edition or Reservas and Gran Reservas. I can tell you the Factory code was AUO… This should give you a hint ;)
      As mentioned previously, I fully understand you do not trust the source of this cigar, this is why the best is to share our reviews once release to see how they compare.
      Have a wonderful day

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  5. Tim
    November 1, 2017

    The box code AUO is not being used for Talisman. in any event Luis Javier Bosch, Commercial Director of Habanos SA has confirmed that it is not possible that the cigar you reviewed is legitimate. There are no cigars missing from the first production run and therefore the cigar you reviewed is a fake

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    • Manu
      November 1, 2017

      Dear Tim,

      It wouldn’t be professional from the commercial director of Habanos to tell you there are some cigars that have left the warehouses… Just like all the Wide Churchill Gran Reservas…
      We can certainly argue even longer. Let’s wait until next week and see what is mentioned behind the boxes.
      Please if you are attending the launch event send us the infos to compare.

      Best

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      • Mario
        December 8, 2017

        The taste you describe are spot on so they are 100% not fake. Enjoy ;)

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    • Cyn
      March 12, 2018

      They have been in production for more than a year and leak daily . I live in Cuba and deal with the rollers trust me everything leaks 7 factories over 100 workers steal 25 sticks daily.
      Biggest black market

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  6. James
    November 3, 2017

    This whole back and forth is too funny! While I don’t know if the cigar being rated is the real deal, to blanketly say it’s impossible is to ignore reality.
    We have top secret documents being leaked by people in the US government…something that is infinitely more important and protected than a box of cigars, and yet the leaks happen.
    In this case, it’s a C I G A R. Of course it’s possible.

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  7. Pink Martini
    November 13, 2017

    My money is on the cigar being legitimate. Most fakes can be spotted a mile away. It’s too much of a coincidence for the cigar to stand up to close inspection, and then deliver spectacular flavors. Marzipan on in the final third: sign me up!

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  8. Tim
    November 23, 2017

    We now know that a few boxes of cigars were stolen from the factory. It would be interesting to know how these cigar were acquired and by whom. A guess this is now in the hands of Interpol and the Cuban authorities

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  9. Greg
    December 2, 2017

    LMAO – This thread has made me chuckle for a while, it’s becoming a satirical farce :D !

    I have a sneaky suspicion that Interpol may have more pressing matters than a few stolen cigar boxes >.<

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  10. Mario
    December 8, 2017

    I believe the cigars are not fake.I bought 3
    boxes in Geneva and they are the real thing.Taste as mentioned are great.

    Will love to age them for 3 years and these will be great cigars.

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  11. Johnny-O!
    January 11, 2018

    These have been out close to a year they were handed out in a 3-pack at the feria del Habano in 2017 with no box codes. John

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  12. Mario
    January 12, 2018

    These are the best Cohibas after the Grand Reserve.

    Buying what ever I could get.
    Perfect build quality and a great smoke.
    In a few years they will worth twice as much, just like what happened to the power house 2014 Robustos Supremos.

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  13. James Sucking
    January 22, 2018

    As usual, everyone trips over their meat hammers for anything Cohiba. The couple I’ve smoked have no relation to anything Cohiba DNA related. Typical EL profile. All EL are basically the same. At least the RE program lends DNA to the various brands. Keep tossing money at these dogrockets. You’re better off buying the typical Cohiba line. Save your money. J-O makes these more less, sane taste.

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