Temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure that the leaf continues to ferment, without rotting or disintegrating.
This is where the flavor, burning, and aroma characteristics are primarily brought out in the leaf.
The more oils present in the tobacco leaf, the stronger (less dry) the filler.
If a cigar is completely constructed (filler, binder and wrapper) of tobacco from only one country, it is referred to in the cigar industry as a "puro" which in Spanish means "pure".
Two of Columbus's crewmen during his 1492 journey, Rodrigo de Jerez and Luis de Torres, are said to have encountered tobacco for the first time on the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas, when natives presented them with dry leaves that spread a peculiar fragrance.
Tobacco was widely diffused among all of the islands of the Caribbean and therefore they again encountered it in Cuba, where Columbus and his men had settled.
This was helped by the development of tobaccos that are suitable for cigarette use, and by the development of the Egyptian cigarette export industry.
Explorer Christopher Columbus is generally credited with the introduction of tobacco to Europe.The cigarette, and the cigar, were the most common method of smoking in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America until recent times.In the English-speaking world, the use of tobacco in cigarette form became increasingly popular during and after the Crimean War, when British soldiers began emulating their Ottoman Turkish and Russian comrades.Cigars are composed of THREE TYPES OF TOBACCO LEAVES, whose variations determine smoking and flavor characteristics: WRAPPERS: A cigar's outermost leaves, or wrapper, come from the widest part of the plant.The wrapper determines much of the cigar's character and flavor, and as such its color is often used to describe the cigar as a whole.