Cigars 101

“Orphans” vs. “Seconds”

Q. What is the difference between premium cigars that are referred to as “orphans” and cigars that are referred to as “seconds?”
– Confused in America
A. Great question. “Seconds” are most often premium cigars that didn’t make the cut as “firsts” due to mediocre rolling, inferior draw, wide variations wrapper color, minor flaws on the wrapper leaf; for the most part, cosmetic reasons. Seconds are also usually packaged in bundles.

“Orphans” are most often premium cigars classified as “firsts,” but may have been rolled or cut to the wrong size (it happens) or, were made for a reseller, who, for whatever reason, cancelled their order. As the name implies, they’re primarily “leftovers.” At the discretion of the new buyer, orphans can be packaged in boxes or bundles.

The one thing they both have in common is, they’re purchased by the reseller at a much lower price, which results in savings to the consumer.

The Puros Huerfanos Blend 681 Robusto (shown above) is an example of an “orphan” that was cut to the wrong size.

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Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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