MARK P. BERNARDO

Leisure: Cuban Cache: Time Capsules

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 […]

Leisure: Cuban Cache

In February 1962, on the eve of proclaiming a ban on Cuban imports, John F. Kennedy purportedly ordered his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, to obtain 40 boxes of Petit Upmann cigars. Few at the time—even politicians in the know—could have predicted the enduring impact of the Cuban embargo (or, it would seem, the shrewdness of […]