Leisure: Cuban Cache: Time Capsules

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Fumar’s collection of rare cigars and spirits includes several historically significant items. Following are some of the highlights.

Ramon Allones 100th Anniversary Box (1941): The brand’s namesake, Allones, is credited with originating the decorated cigar box. ($125 per cigar)

Maria Mancini’s Free Cuba Tobacco (1959): Made for eight years in Tampa, with Cuban tobacco, the proceeds from this brand were used in the movement to liberate Cuba from Castro. ($300 per cigar)

Montecristo No. 2 Vertical Tasting (1953–1962): A decade of the world’s favorite Cuban cigar. ($4,000 per series)

Century in Cigars Collection (1912–1962): Represents each decade of Cuban cigars from 1912 to 1962; includes the 1912 Francisco Farach five-pack, one of the first uses of cellophane wrappers. ($4,000)

Optimades Operas (1919): Cigars made at the Baltimore factory where Babe Ruth worked before he was a ballplayer. ($1,000 per five-pack)

Al Capone Collection: Cuban cigars and Prohibition-era whiskey from the years Capone wintered in Miami. ($1,000 per cigar, $1,000 per shot)

 

Preembargo Bacardi Rum (1936–1938): Made in Santiago de Cuba before the factory moved to Puerto Rico. ($2,500 per fifth)

This young-drinking Perbacco shows Barolo’s softer side…
Proceeds from the sampling of five rare Japanese whiskeys will go to relief efforts in Nepal…
Photo by Mark French
Hanyu Ichiro’s Card Series is a full deck of single malts from a famous but shuttered distillery…
Photo by Randall Cordero
This delectable pinot from Central California has a touch of sweetness and an acidic finish…
The world’s longest-serving malt master has masterfully combined some of the Balvenie’s top stocks…
A blend of 26-year-old Scotch whisky from two bygone distilleries keeps their legacy alive…
Photo by Randall Cordero
Fifth-generation winemaker Joseph Wagner crafts a Burgundian beauty from three California counties…
Fight through the bourbon shortage with these overproof whiskeys…
Even though the spirit contains tequilas up to 49 months old, it is completely translucent…
The whiskey was aged for 17 years in three different environments…