Are bundle cigars worth aging?
It all started with an old Q&A column I found while doing a little site house cleaning. The question from the reader was, “I read somewhere that overruns and seconds need to be aged up to six months before they can be a good smoke. The article said that when cigars are not picked as firsts they are bundled up immediately and sold, therefore they do not get aged.Is this true?”
Every manufacturer has their own way of “processing” bundle cigars. Sure, there are plenty of dog rocket bundles out there, but keep in mind that even the tobaccos used in overruns and seconds have been cured and aged prior to rolling. As for the methods used, that’s up to the factory, and whether the finished cigars in these two categories had been sent to the aging room prior to being bundled, that may remain a mystery in some cases. However, I can tell you that since this article originally posted, the quality of seconds and overruns (for the most part) has improved immensely. Of course, I can only speak about the quality of bundles sold at Famous Smoke Shop, some of which are truly outstanding.