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Jul 22, 2014 10:18 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Man Launches Cigar Company

Jul 22, 2014 4:47 PM

A cigar smoker since the age of 18, Westhampton Beach resident Brian Tymann is hoping to share his love for fine tobacco with as many other people as possible through his new business, Hampton Cigar Company.

Using three signature tobacco blends grown and rolled in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Tymann said he hopes to bring a simplicity to cigar smoking, what he calls “an everyday, average person’s approach to cigars.”

The brand, which was launched in January, features a mild green label blend for beginners, as well as a medium-bodied blue label blend and full-bodied red label blend to satisfy all palates, he said.

“With this business in particular, I saw a really, really wide-open niche for a way to bring cigars into a lot more people’s lives as a little luxury, something to enjoy,” he said. “An area that has not been filled yet in the business world.”

Simplicity permeates the brand, from the logo—a white anchor that sprouts into a whale tail—to the cigars themselves, which are “extreme box-pressed,” or square in shape, to make them easier to hold or rest on the edge of a table or ashtray. The cigars also come with a breakaway “pigtail” end that can be cleanly pulled away, negating the need for a cigar cutter, something Mr. Tymann said has been embraced by golfers who want to smoke on the links without worrying about carrying them.

“In our simplicity model, you don’t need much to smoke,” he said. “We want people to enjoy the cigar and not be stressed out: ‘Oh, do I have to spend a hundred bucks on a fancy cutter? Do I need this? Do I need that?’

“We have kind of a no-attitude approach to cigar smoking,” he continued. “We say often there’s no right or wrong way to smoke a cigar. We have two rules: Enjoy it however you want, and be respectful of the people around you.”

Mr. Tymann is a lifelong Westhampton Beach resident, a one-time Southampton Town Trustee and formerly owned his own aquatic landscaping business and was also a part owner of a solar energy company. A graduate of Southampton College, he holds a degree in environmental science.

Along with running the day-to-day operations of the Hampton Cigar Company, Mr. Tymann also is a part-time solar energy consultant. He said he has a few business partners who have also invested in Hampton Cigar, but they prefer to remain silent.

The company, which Mr. Tymann said has been in the works for more than two years, does not yet have a retail location but it has already gained traction as a catering service, providing samples of all three blends of cigars, as well as instruction from the company’s cigar experts.

The event package costs $495 and includes 25 cigars, as well as a display table equipped with matches and ashtrays. The staff members walk guests through the blends and light the cigars for them.

Cindy Redmond, an events coordinator for Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead, hired the Hampton Cigar Company to cater a golf outing for the school’s alumni in June, and said the service was received positively. “It was another amenity for our golfers to enjoy,” she said. “The staff is really well-trained and their presentation is spot on, so people aren’t intimidated.”

While she has hired cigar rollers for past events, Ms. Redmond said the service provided by Mr. Tymann’s company was well beyond what she’s previously experienced.

“It’s a beautiful presentation and a very stylish look,” she said. “It blends right in with what we’re trying to accomplish with our event planning.”

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Good luck Brian I wish you the best
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jul 25, 14 8:23 PM
Thanks GoldenBoy!!! I appreciate it.
By briantymann (31), westhampton beach on Jul 30, 14 11:08 AM