Once the fermentation process is finished, the tobacco continues to age. After they are dry, the tobacco leaves are sorted, packed into bales and stored away. Since the tobacco is dry, fermentation does not take place. However, the tobacco slowly matures, rounding out the flavor of the leaves. One of the most important characteristics of a quality blend for premium cigars is consistency. This is almost impossible, however, without a significant amount of tobacco stock. Because so many factors are at play during the processing of tobacco, the resulting leaves from year to year can differ greatly. Therefore, a significant stock of tobacco is needed in order to keep the flavors and aromas of a blend from year to year. Tobacco Aging Learn more about "The Life of a Cigar" and Cigar Rolling