Once in a while one finds a Cigar labeled as a brand’s “Seconds”, but what exactly are cigar seconds?
In a nutshell, it’s a cigar that typically comes from a higher end brand name that had a minor cosmetic imperfection but yet is still deemed “sell-able” The tobacco in the cigar is good, the exterior is good, same aging as the normal productions but it might be cut 5% smaller by accident or the wrapper might be slightly too dark or too light.
These cigars are of good quality from a brand name, but due to that minor imperfection it now goes for a discount. These discounts might be substantial. For example here are some Alec Bradley seconds. These cigars are made at the Raices Cubanas factory in Danli, Honduras with the same tobaccos used in Alec Bradley’s award-winning Tempus, SCR, Family Blend, and Prensado lines.
In this case you are getting 20 cigars for $59.95. However as a comparison non-second Tempus cigars will be about 3 times as much. In some cases seconds are the better value. Some believe that any cigar labeled second, mistake or even overrun, are not worth it. This can prove to be a big mistake as factory seconds are often an excellent chance to obtain a first-class cigar at a very low price.
If you are on a tight budget, you should try Seconds from Gran Habano or La Flor Dominicana.