Cigars have a rich history making their flavors and varieties full of stories and tradition. The first cigars were believed to be smoked by the ancient Mayans and also became popular throughout the caribbean and americas long before the arrival of europeans.

Producing cigars is a long and careful process. After the tobacco leaves are cut, they are cured. The curing simply involves allowing the tobacco to dry out, but not rot, and usually takes about a month. Next the tobacco goes through a fermentation process. During the fermentation process the humidity and temperature are controlled. Differences in the environment during fermentation are what make the biggest difference between the cigar's flavor and color. After production end users also usually will controll the environment of the cigar. Cigar smokers often keep the cigars in humidors, which keep the cigar in a more humid environment to keep them from drying out, refridgeration also helps to preserve the cigar.

Cigar flavor not only comes from the fermentation, but also the type of tobacco and the part of the tobacco plant used.