After tobacco has been harvested, it is not fully stabilized and can not be kept for long. The tobacco must be fermented, which is a complex process transforming the chemical components by oxidation.
Fermentation is a natural transformation, where the chemical components are transformed stabilizing the raw material. This process is fast and when fermented well, a tobacco can be stored for many years without damage.
Aging of tobacco is a slow natural evolution; the tobacco improves its characteristics and looses its green taste. Once the tobacco is blended into a cigar, it requires a new period of aging which allows it to reach a good balance between the blend components.... Click here to read more