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Tobacco Farming Part 4: Initial Fermentation, from the Curing Barn to the Pilones

Nick Perdomo explains the laborious, yet critical tobacco curing and fermentation process. Enter the curing barn where the newly-harvested tobacco leaves are separated by type and tied into bunches (or "hands") for drying. When the leaves are ready, they are made into pilones, or "piles" for their first fermentation. Heat in the pilon is carefully monitored until the hands reach optimum temperature, and though there's much more to do before they become cigars, the leaves are just getting warmed up.
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Tobacco Farming Part 3: Growing, Aging, and Blending

This month, Nick Perdomo describes in precise detail what it takes to produce the richest tasting tobacco plants. Like most things, it's not as easy as it looks, nor is it cheap; but it you do it right, the rewards are priceless. Working with cooperation with the weather, using some old school smarts, a little modern technology, and excellent timing, every decision is critical for producing a harvest that's worthy of becoming premium handmade cigars.
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