2 To 5 Years On Average For Premium Cigars
Once the leaves are sufficiently cured they are then sorted by color and size. The larger leaves, which were grown in shade or under a cloth are set aside for the outer wrapper, the large leaves that weren't grown under shade are used for the inner wrapper or binder, and the small or broken leaves are used for the cigar filler. The leaves are tied into bundles which are commonly referred to as hands usually containing 10-15 leaves each. They are then transported to hogsheads where it will sit for anywhere from 3 months to 5 years.