This tobacco is from the 2018 crop year. The difference in this tobacco is that is has been fermented for a full 12 months. This is a very difficult process which requires constant monitoring of the tobacco. As with all Whole Leaf Tobacco products, the leaf is packaged in vapor-proof bags and in perfect order for working when it arrives to you. The leaf will remain in perfect condition for at least a year if unopened. Once opened, any unused leaf can be saved in this condition by re-using the packaging. Simply fold the opened end and sealing it with tape.