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The Puff Guide to Buying Bundles
Written by James Payne

Monday, 20 July 2009

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What are Seconds?

The difference between a second and a bundle can often be confusing, and with good reason: Bundles are sometimes made of seconds. A second is a cigar that, aesthetically, does not match up to the manufacturer’s rigorous standards. It may have a blemish or spot on it. It could have been made by an apprentice, and has not been rolled as well as a master would have done. At the end of the day, a second is a cigar a manufacturer would still sell, just not its first choice.

Bundles are also made up of firsts, or first choice cigars, meaning that the cigar really does not have any blemishes. The manufacturer has specifically made the cigar to sell in a bundle at a discount price.

Identifying A Good Bundle

Bundles are specifically made to be no-name cigars. That being said, a lot of bundles are still branded and come with bands. At the very least, you will see the country of origin, such as Honduras or Nicaragua.

In the instance where the bundle is branded, and is from a company whose cigars you typically enjoy, the overall taste may not be consistent, the colors may differentiate, and the cigars may even be machine made. Because of the way bundles are packaged, it is difficult to get a good idea of the overall quality (it certainly isn’t as easy as it is with a box of cigars).

The first step, in my mind, is to check the filler. Is it long filler or short filler. Remember, long filler cigars are always hand-made. The next step, is to find out what country the cigars were made in, and where the tobacco is from. Find out the blend used. Do you enjoy the flavors typically associated with those countries, or the blends of tobacco used? If so, chances are in your favor that you will enjoy that particular bundle.

Lastly, look at the description of the bundle. It should tell you all of the above info, and may even clue you into the manufacturer. You can also do a little bit of research and ask some friends, ask in a forum, or check out user reviews. The more information the better.

At the end of the day, buying a good bundle is no less – and should be no more – work than finding a good box of premium cigars that you enjoy. A lot of it will come down to experimentation, which in my book, is half of the fun.






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+1 # BundlesWass 2009-07-20 01:36
My personal favorites that I have tried are the JR Special Jamaicans and La Finca brands. Both had some really nice flavors that I would have paid much more for. The La Fincas got fantastic with some age (about one or two months).

Great advice in the article!

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+1 # BundlesGolf & Gars 2009-07-20 09:43
I always enjoy searching for that illusive bundle that knocks your socks off......But if I were to just order a bundle for my next few rounds (I enjoy 4-6 cigars a round depending on the wind) I would order JR's Consuegra's 6 x 54 or 7.5 x 54 in maduro. Just a great all around smoke for the money.

Another great article.

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