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This is a match to House of Windsor "Revelation." The original was one of Albert Einstein's favorites, and this blend captures the essential character of the old classic, combining yellow and red Virginias, cube cut Burley, smoky latakia and zesty Perique with a soft, dark fruit top note.

Notes: Full range of colors, from tan, brown, dark brown, and black.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The HoW version left me with a bad impression all the way around, from the dullness of the burley to the relative lack of sweetness, depth, and flavor of the Virginia and the burley. In the Match, the medium brown Virginia has a mildly natural tangy citrus sweetness and grass, while the burley sports some earthy, woody points, plus a light nuttiness as a supporting player. The perique is very lightly added for hints of spice, plums and raisins, hardly noticed in the HoW. The Cyprian Latakia brings very mild smokey, woody, earthy bass notes to give this mixture a slight flavor push. There’s a mild fruity rum topping that tastes better than the one HoW used, and slightly more obvious, too. It very mildly tones down the tobaccos. The HoW version tended to have a cardboard taste that turned bitter near the finish, and smoked hot unless you sipped it. None of these qualities are true of the Match, which burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a well balanced, complex, consistent flavor from top to bottom. Won't bite or get harsh. This is more well rounded and smoother than previous productions as the components work together with greater consistency here. The strength is just past the center of mild to medium, while the taste reaches the medium mark chiefly due to the sweetness level of the blend. The nic-hit is a couple of steps past the mild threshold. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste. The room note is tad stronger. An all day smoke.

Comparing the Match to the old Philip Morris version that Albert Einstein smoked, I’d say the Match is a shade sweeter and a shade less nuttier, and just a little less earthy, drier smoke. The topping is the same in all three versions, though the amount and depth of flavor varies. The Virginia in the Philip Morris version seems to be a little grassier than in the Match. The flavor of the Cyprian Latakia is about the same in all three versions. The spice from the perique is just a little more obvious in the Philip Morris version. When I get to the finish of the PM Revelation, it gets a little of the same cardboard harshness that I experienced in the HoW production. The PM version I smoked for this comparison was over fifty years old, and it is hard to say what changes happened during that time, but I would rate it as being closer to the Match than the HoW, but it has some similarities to both. I gave one star to the HoW version. I would give two to the Philip Morris version.


44 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The close of business for House Of Windsor, left a profound void in the pipe smoking world. When I was younger, Revelation was not a favorite (started pipe smoking in 1965), however, as we age and mature, our tastebuds and general likes and dislikes do, also. Revelation, had become a favorite. It was the prefered pipe smoking mixture of Dr. Albert Einstein, Ph.D, so the older I get, the more like a "rocket scientist", I feel. The Revelation-Match on its own, is outstanding. My liking, is to let this tobacco breathe. If it dries too much, I simply use brewed coffee (I blend 1/3 espresso into brown coffee), and no milk or sugar, simply toss a tablespoon of brewed coffee into the tobacco and then cover it and place it in hot/direct sunlight for one, or as much as three, full days. The taste of coffee compliments tobacco, and the moisture is thoroughly distributed. What a symphony of flavors! Music by Antonio Vivaldi, and Revelation-Match in a pipe. I tend to sip the pipe for nicest result and it brings out flavors. For that matter, longer stemmed pipes and smaller bowl offerings are the way to go, or only fill the bowl half way. This allows the briar to absorb more nicotines (which bring out the grain in the pipe) and a given bowl size may disipate 50% more heat if smoked half full. Less liklihood of foulness as the smoke generally is over by time anything negligent can be commented on. Burley, Virginia, Turkish, Latakia, Perique, and possible casing of citron (candied citrus rind) or my imagination? What a calming and beautiful smoke, first time, every time, even when re-lit multiple times. My own tastes do not go well with butane, so I use any one of my trusty Zippos. Have never had any negative comments regarding the room note. The flavor is most pleasant and you don't have enough stars for me to rate this as in my opinion, it's off the scale at Five Stars. Now, I mix this 1 pound of Revelation-Match with either 4 ounces of Latakia, or 100 grams of Mc Clelland's Blending Latakia, as it produces the most favorite pipe smoking pleasure, to date. Go easy. Don't try to light the entire top of the bowl like some kind of welding torch. Slow it down! Puff easy. Relax. Revelation-Match will give all sorts of pleasant tastes. In days of old, pencil shavings were added to get the "woodsy" campfire tones to any person's pipe. Campfire tones from quality blending and finishing techniques of the tobacco company are very apparent. Mild sweet saltiness, stout burley, nasal filling straight forwardness. You name it, just like a musical composition of a great master. When blended as stated, in my opinion, it's even better. If your tastebuds run sweet, this may not be the one for you. If you enjoy the honest flavors of home cooking, oh, I think you are going to like this one. Try a small quantity first. I simply go for the pound size.

22 people found this review helpful.

Clarkus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clarkus (36)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This blend has been well reviewed so I will not delve into the particulars. First of all, I believe this blend has been underrated at 2.7. It is masterfully blended. I bought an ounce to sample a few months ago but never really gave it a shot until a week or so ago and that is when it really hit me so I ordered a pound. I’ve been a piper for over 50 years and have been around the horn with many blends and have in the past few years have learned to appreciate the qualities and subtlety of these old American blends and Revelation has impressed me greatly. I never smoked the PM or HOW blends but rate this on its own merit. In short, I love the stuff! I have a tin of Pegasus and it does not compare. It lacks the basic qualities of the great “codger” blends of the past. In fact, I’ve yet to smoke a single C&D blend I enjoyed. I have some reservations about casually giving out a four star review and there is temptation to give it a three and qualify it in this review as 3.5 but I just have to give it the full four.

Pipe Used: Sydney P Ram and GBD

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

13 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have no experience with either of the original versions of Revelation, so this review is based on the merits of the blend and no comparison to the original(s).

This is a mix of a medium wide chopped ribbon. There are some "fish food" torn bits. It is mostly tan and brown ribbons with some black tobacco in there too. The pouch note is slightly sweet and a little grassy. Moisture level seemed pretty good to me - maybe on the dry side of ideal, and I smoked it as delivered.

Puffed, you get tart from the Virginia and just a little spice and pepper from the Kentucky and the perique. Sipped it is slightly sweet with a mild fruit flavor. The latakia is about as prominent as it is in Chestnut. You can notice it if you are thinking about it, but there is a just a subtle, pleasant smokiness in the background from the latakia. I claim the perique contributes to the fruit flavor when sipped.

This is a good "all-day" smoke but it strikes me as a little "thin" in flavor compared to Epiphany. Nicotine is on the mild end of the mild-medium range. It was interesting enough to smoke consecutive bowls.

I like Epiphany more, and if Epiphany is a 3.5, this one is just shy of a 3 for me.

11 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I just finished up a sample of this I received from a forum friend and a fellow reviewer here when we had a bit of revelation showdown that included another forum friend and fellow reviewer here. I supplied some Philip Morris revelation that I scored off ebay. This one was supplied plus some epiphany was also sampled in the process.

Of course tastes are subjective and always differ, particularly between us three, who often diverge in our results. One thing we all three agreed was that the Philip morris revelation must have seen better days as it was a bit cardboard like as the topping had flashed and the lat had lost its punch. It was figured the tin was from the 50's and came sealed with the factory tape around the tin with an unbroken tax stamp.

In summary, it was a sealed tin. This leads to a conclusion that I can come to. It is impossible to compare anything to Philip morris revelation as it existed then. So on to the match.

I really enjoyed the match. I have tried R blend which, I believe, was another attempt at matching revelation. I found this match to be much better than that one. R Blend to me had a chemical tang to it, that was ever present throughout each bowl. The base tobaccos seemed weak and it was never a good experience for me. This, however, had a nice burley base and a good topping and provided an enjoyable smoke each time.

I liked this, but not as much as I like epiphany. While the sutliff match was sweeter than epiphany, it did not have the amount of body that epiphany had. The toppings were very similar between the two and both seemed very similar to what was left on the PM Leaf from the 50's. So the difference between epiphany and the sutliff match was more a matter of fullness in taste between the blends. If you find the C&D blends to be a little too stout, you would likely favor the sutliff match, but if you like C&D blends you will favor the C&D blend.

In any case, although I preferred the C&D match, I did enjoy the sutliff match as well. They are both solid and both better than the original as it exists today.

Similar Blends: C & D Epiphany.

11 people found this review helpful.

The Persian Slipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Persian Slipper (30)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco took me at quite surprise. I tried this blend because it's a copy of the copy of what the great Einstein filled his pipe with, I stayed for the taste. I had expected a cheap and heavily case monstrosity that burned before one even put match to leaf. But I was greeted with the wonderful taste of the tobacco and the smell of a library with a camp fire somewhere within the shelves. Odd, I'll admit, but no where near unwelcome. This is quite a fair priced and easily obtainable leaf. It's not going to surprise you, nor is it a latakia or perique bomb, but it is consistant and easy to smoke tobacco.

11 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Got a good sample of this from my buddy D. Thanks bro.

To be honest I have some trouble separating the components in this blend. They seem to be very well married. The overall flavor is very pleasant and I find it a delightful smoke. Smoky, woody, fruity and sweet, nutty and just a touch of spice. A well rounded smoke. Better than 3 stars, but still closer to 3 than 4 so 3 it is.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Flavoring is mild. Burns very well. Comes with some rather large pieces of leaf making it difficult to know if you're getting a proper mix when you load it. I recommend running it through a food chopper to solve that problem.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: gifted

10 people found this review helpful.

Wally Frank Collector Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wally Frank Collector (46)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Never had the original Revelation. This review is on the Match Revelation only. Since Albert Einstein liked this blend I thought it would be fun to give it a try. With ingredients listed as Burley, Kentucky, Latakia, Perique, Virginia it sounded somewhat complex and intriguing.

Upon opening the humidor I was greeted by a pleasant mild smoky campfire smell with a light fruity and citrus smell that was complimented nicely with a medium earthy, light woody, hunt of plum and a very light hint of vanilla. Sort of complex with no aroma dominating the others but with the smoky campfire slightly in the foreground. This seemed perfect to smoke right out of the humidor but I walked away so this sat out for an hour. The chunky coarse cut was easy to fill the bowl and lit easily. It burned at a medium consistent rate with a slight above average re-lights. The room note was rich and pleasant while the smoke was medium. A mild slight sweet aftertaste lasted about 10 minutes after the smoke. No moisture in the bowl and this burned to a dark ash. The flavor was very consistent from beginning to end. This could be a all day smoke and it does not bite but can give off some peppery flavor if pushed. Otherwise it is mellow and rich in flavor.

Upon lighting the wonderful smoky campfire flavor came forth with a slightly lighter fruity and citrusy flavor next. In the background sharing the stage was a rich earthy, lightly woody, slightly nutty, a touch of rum with a light spice and very light and mild vanilla. The flavors balanced well, they played well and stayed very consistent through the whole smoke. IT led to a pleasantly mellow, rich combined flavor that was pleasant and enjoyable. This is complex enough to have one's attention wrapped up in the smoke enjoying how well the flavors blend together yet simple enough to let one smoke while doing chores.

This was a wonderfully somewhat complex smoke that did not feature changing leads in flavor but remained consistent. This is joining my favorite list although it doesn't not make the top several super favorites. Einstein knew not only physics but he knew pipe tobacco too. Very impressed although if pushed it can give off a peppery flavor. This is a tobacco that belongs in today's world of blends for it is complex but has it roots in the past since the flavors do not dance, but stay pleasantly and perfectly balanced throughout the smoke. This gets a 3.6 out of 4 stars and everyone should give this a try for there should be something for everyone in this fine blend.

Pipe Used: Vauen Red Kansas

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

4 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I have smoked about four bowls of this, maybe not enough for a proper review but I will proceed none the less. Like the description says it is a course cut. I jarred this and for me when I opened the jar I smelled a berry scent. This smokes somewhat sweet and spicy producing a lot of smoke. For this one I am between a two and three-star rating. For want of a better word this is like an aromatic English? I bought this mainly because I like trying different types and this was supposed to be a copy of the blend Einstein enjoyed. I do feel somewhat smarter.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Calabash 2000

Age When Smoked: new

4 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong

Very enjoyable tobacco. Just the right amout of Latakia. It was not overwhelming. It had a nice light topping that gave it flavor. It seemed a little plumy. Smoke it and be and smart as Einstein :)

4 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (68)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I did a bit of a test and ordered this and C&D's Epiphany (Match/Homage to Revelation)

The tobacco is multicolored and decently moist. Pouch note is a bit smokey but sweet and earthy. The cut is varied but similar to a rough cut like Prince Albert.

I don't know what was used to flavor this but it reminds me of a sweet citrus. It's on the back of each puff and kind of gets in the way of the tobacco flavor.

This tobacco lights easily and leaves a little dottle. The flavors are mostly a very grassy and earthy burley and VA, but it's not very pleasant. In the back is some Latakia and I almost get no perique. It has a very cheap taste and I would like to know more about the quality of the tobaccos used for this blend. It tastes like a poorly made aromatic after the topping burns off and you're left with lower tiered Burley (expect his has a bit of latakia going on int he background)

I will say the room note is very nice as I gave some to my friend (Because I didn't want to smoke it). It smelled great when not smoking it.

I'd pass on this and go for C&D's Epiphany. More complex smoke and has a good tobacco flavor.

Pipe Used: cobs, briars, meers and morta

4 people found this review helpful.

The Hun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Hun (38)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Update 06/11/15

Okay. I bit the bullet and tried another batch of this blend. The new batch was, indeed, more flavorful and enjoyable than the one I had previously.

The burley and virginia shine through more in this batch, as do the latakia and perique. Overall, it is a quite tasty blend. I am moving the rating up to recommended.

------Original Review------


Upon opening the bag I expected at least a whiff of the fruit/plum topping that's supposed to be on this tobacco. i smelled nothing but a mild leafy smell. Shrugging, I loaded a MM Legend with the blend and fired 'er up. Not much happened. i got a bit of burley and some hay-like flavor from the virginia. Not much else--no latakia, no perique.

I looked in the bag and then at some pictures of the mixture on the web. It looked like it was supposed to but there was no there there.

I have since tried other cobs and a variety of briars, but the results have always been the same--essentially, nothing.

I have probably gotten a bad batch, but my experience with this bag doesn't encourage me to order more to find out. When I want a blend of this ilk I'll stick with Holiday Match, which has essentially the same ingredients, substituting black cavendish for the kentucky. At least with Holiday I can get a hint of latakia and perique and enjoy the cocoa background from the burley.

Not recommended.

Pipe Used: various briars, cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh from bulk

4 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (339)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Pouch aroma of typical OTC burley. It's bright and fruity, with a slight alcohol note. If you inhale deeply, you can catch a slight hint of the musty Perique. I don't detect the Latakia in the pre-lit aroma.

This blend isn't what I expected whatsoever. I perceived this to be just another burley laden, flat, airy blend. When sipped, this is a flavorful, complex, very nuanced blend with notes of dark fruit, sweet cocoa, natural tobacco and some delicate spice. The Latakia is not noticeable to me in the pre-lit aroma, the room note or the palate. Burns clean and cool down to a light gray ash. I never did get to smoke the original, but the match is definitely one of my top tobaccos!

3 people found this review helpful.

riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (80)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really liked this. Caught me by surprise because reading the ingredients I passed on this for several years. Get an ounce just for something different on hot days this summer and boy was I surprised. There is a lot going on. All the tobaccos are well balanced and work in harmony. Mild nicotine but lots of flavor. Truely a all day smoke. Other review will tell about taste and strength. Will be getting more for a daily summertime rotation.

Pipe Used: Several

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

3 people found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (137)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

My second "Match" review is Revelation. An aromatic. I generally don't like aro's, but this one's not too bad. Like the Edgeworth Match, they don't make'em like this anymore. I wasn't really noticing the different tobacco's weaving in and out as much as I'd like, and the topping tasted like peach (which wasn't a bad thing). One thing I really enjoyed with this blend was snorking it—that was actually very delightful. This tobacco also worked real well in my Country Gent (I used a different, that is a new Gent from the one I used with Edgeworth, which, I noticed, ghosted my other pipe—smokers take note on that observation).

Overall, for an aromatic, this blend is as good as anything new that's being marketed today. For me, this will make a good gear changer. I'll give this a weak three stars (I liked the Edgeworth Match better). Recommended.

Happy Piping!

Pipe Used: MM Corn Cob, Country Gent w/filter

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: P&C

3 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

I don't care for aromatics. My experience with Altadis is that they use inferior leaf and heavy casings and toppings. I have sworn never to smoke Altadis again.

But here I am with a cob full of this 'tobacco,' trying to imagine if Einstein really would have smoked anything this bad. I suspect that the original Revelation, the one which fueled so many lectures at Princeton, probably was better than this.

There is no taste of Latakia, no hint of Perique, only the the sweet "plum" casing. Indeed it is difficult to taste any tobacco at all.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

This has a very light contribution of Latakia, but there the similarity to the HOW version of Revelation ends. In fact, I find Altadis's own Count Pulaski closer to the HOW Revelation version of a light "American-English" style (albeit with a mild topping of anise) than this "Revelation Match". Like Revelation, CP has a base of cube Burley, with some darker broken flake Virginia and a slight touch of Latakia. "Revelation Match" on the other hand is primarily coarse cut light and medium brown leaf and I don't detect any "fruit/citrus" tones as advertised. I can't say how close it is to the original Phillip Morris Revelation since I don't recall ever having that old classic but it is certainly nothing like the Revelation I know (of which I still have a few tins).

In comparison to most Altadis blends my sample had little casing or PG and the tobacco arrived loose and fairly dry, somewhat like a C&D blend. I thought that looked promising at first. However, the smoke is on the harsh side and can even bite occasionally which the HOW version of Revelation never did. As light, almost-English-style tobacco goes, this is not a terrible blend, but it is certainly not a Revelation match.

3 people found this review helpful.

BigGoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigGoy (9)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Spicy. Maybe its perique and kentucky or maybe the virginias are a bit harsh. Dont detect any flavor but there is a fruity aroma. Burns well. A spicy burley blend. Meh.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

manxman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manxman (82)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I gave this a try cuz my dad used to smoke Revelation. No bite or gurgle. Smoky, campfire like room note. Fairly dry and easy to keep lit. I didn't detect any fruit flavor.

Pipe Used: Bones

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

columbus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
columbus (2)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I recently purchased a pound of this blend after already smoked a considerable amount.In the pound size I found excessive moisture and viginia overload. After drying out for a while proved a good smoke when smoked slowly.Having a preference for heavily latakia laden oriental blends I find this is a good break if you call it from heavier blends.I love the general appearence of this blend with its large chunk and cube cut pieces with ribbon also.The topping is not a major player but is in the background.Great all day,work smoke as well.I primarily smoke a briar have not tried in cob.Lots of burley,virginas,dark fired,with some perique.Put some away really improves taste and character.

Pipe Used: sasieni ruff root parker super

Age When Smoked: new and aged

Purchased From: smoking

Similar Blends: Epiphany Cumberland Presbyterian.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Match Revelation.

The mixture has a very intriguing appearance, there's all manner of shape, size, and colour of leaf. The moisture's slightly too high, but nothing detrimental to an immediate smoke.

The Virginia leads the flavour, giving a sharpness which works quite well with the toppings. At first I couldn't identify the Perique, but after just below a quarter bowl it becomes a definite taste. The Burley doesn't really fluctuate in weight throughout a bowl, being unexciting, and a little dull, but present nevertheless. The toppings require very little work to notice, with a flavour of zesty lemons/citrus. The ratings on here for flavour cover a broad spectrum, but to me it's above medium. The burn's good, and I get no bite.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant to tolerable.

Match Revelation? Not my thing. One star:

Not recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson XL12 P'Lip

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (321)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Since I never tried the original, "Revelation" , I can only compare this to C&D's Epiphany, which is also a match. This is a little more Burley forward and has slightly more topping ( touch of Vanilla comes through). It's cut is also less consistent, having many pieces of large "fish food" flakes, all in all, it burns well. I do like Epiphany better because it has less burley , more Latakia and less Vanilla, but this isn't bad for bulk. 3 star

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: new bulk

2 people found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Revelation Match… As far as how close this match blend is to the original, it's been too many years, but I don't remember the original being as good as this match blend, maybe my tastes have changed over the years but (today) IMO this stuff is an improvement over the original.

As suggested by others on this site, I gave my 4oz sample a good airing out and found this small change made all the difference, for one thing the castings strength was reduced to the background, allowing the taste of the various tobaccos in this blend to nicely waff in and out. As for the the amount of latikia used in this blend, for my taste it is just about right. If I were to add anthing to this blend it would be a dash of C/D burley flake #1 or 2 to get the nicotine level up a bite, but for now I'm enjoying this blend as is.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The fruit flavoring is probably plum, and it is definitely noticeable, although not as pronounced as in the C&D match for Philip Morris Revelation ("Epiphany"). The Latakia is very much in the background. I could not detect its presence. The perique is cut into long ribbons and is very sparse in the mix, so it comes through only occasionally. Unlike the C&D version, this smoke is quite mild and bite-free.

This is not so much an English-like blend with an emphasis on burley as it is a mild traditional American blend with an unusual fruit topping. You might want to jazz it up with some added Latakia and perique.

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This seems to burn a bit on the hot side, but not by much. A nice well-balanced everyday blend, with no one component standing out.

There wasn't any fruit/citrus topping that I detected, there was just enough Lat to be noticed once in a while, and those who have never smoked a VAPer wouldn't notice the Perique. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is no, at least not while Painter Hills is available.

2 people found this review helpful.

PennsylvaniaPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PennsylvaniaPiper (20)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Match Revelation is a mellow mix that is not quite an aromatic, but not quite an english blend. It is priced really nice.

Of note, I saw old advertising from the 1940's that markets Revelation and Bond Street (Match Bourbon Street) together. The ad suggested that some users blend the two. I did this, and dang it, if it didn't turn out better than each mixture on its own.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pie Eyed Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pie Eyed Piper (22)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a great crossover blend. Cut is chunky ribbon. It's cool, tasty, with a slight fruity aroma. The Latakia and perique are sparse in this blend but you know they are there.The top flavor seems to be plum. A satisfying blend with a nice aroma that isn't a goopy aromatic. An old school classic, grab some and enjoy.

Pipe Used: Briara

Age When Smoked: New and up to 2 years old.

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Plumcake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Peterson314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peterson314 (43)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

First Take: I bought this blend after growing quite fond of C&D's Epiphany. Both blends claim to be Einstein's favorite blend, which is certainly a fun thing to say. I'd claim it, too, if I could.

This blend doesn't taste anything like Epiphany. Both claim to have a citrus topping. Epiphany puts their topping front-row and center of their blend. If Revelation Match has the same topping, it's well hidden in the background. They don't taste similar at all.

Revelation has an umami characteristic that shines through immediately on the first puff and stays throughout the bowl. The umami is so present that it almost reminded me of a hamburger.

This blend has a lot of flavor. There's a spiciness that lingers in your nose like wasabi that becomes more pronounced as you add heat. It's earthy to the point of being almost mushroomy, and there's a slight vinegar component that makes the umami even more interesting.

I enjoyed this bowl from first light to the very bottom of the bowl. The nicotine is on the stronger side, and I was feeling it by the end of the bowl. I would have lit up another bowl, but I didn't want to turn green. I can't wait to get back to this blend. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Mycroft

Age When Smoked: New

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Big Tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Tom (20)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Burns hot with little taste. Codger burley people might enjoy. Latakia is lost in this. Surely Einstein was smarter than this. I wanted to like it and I try it every so often. I bought eight ounces of it, too. You live and learn.

Update: smoking slow on a cool autumn night in a cob it seemed a lot better. One more star. Can't fault the blend simply because I'm not a true burley guy.

Pipe Used: Meer, briar, cob

Age When Smoked: New to few months

Purchased From: P&C

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Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (41)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I never had the occasion to try the original when it was available. I wish I had. Unfortunately as a callow lad in the early days of my pipe smoking I was drawn to other likely more advertised products. t seems that I re-discovered "drugstore blends" too late. The fact that Revelation was Einstein's favorite makes smoking even the Altadis analog fun. This is not a "tobacconist's blend". I would deem it a top of the line old school "drugstore blend". It has a light slightly aromatic very Americanized English blend flavor. If smoked intelligently it doesn't bite the tongue and is smooth and light textured in the mouth. There are only ghosts of Latikia and Perique fencing in the background but along with the harmonious Burley/Kentucky/Virginia blend and enhanced by a kind of plummy topping it creates a taste that for me works. I've smoked it filtered and unfiltered. I find it most enjoyable when smoked in a Vauen 9mm filter pipe as it can get overly juicy otherwise. When I have a hankering for a top notch old school, drugstore blend I'll have a go at this stuff. For some reason I especially enjoy it while driving, puffing away as I negotiate traffic. April 29th 2013: I'm lowering my rating of this blend to two stars. Since I originally posted my review I've tried other blends of this style such as "Man's Best Friend" also put out by Altadis and the incredibly delicious and exceptional Beverwyck put out by Hearth and Home ( After those smoking experiences the Revelation blend has been revealed to be lacking in appeal and has made it's way to the I don't smoke this anymore bin. Therefore the reduction in stars.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am new to pipe tobacco smoking so take everything a say with a grain of salt. I find the cut of this tobacco to be interesting. My two ounces came in flakes much like rolled oats only thinner (not to be confused with flake tobacco). I enjoyed the blend but find it hard to put into words. It smoked nice and tasted...smokey. I didn't notice the casement, which isn't to say there is none, it's just not noticeable to my palette.

This seems to be a blend with a lot of character and no focus. To an aromatic smoker, it seems this would be considered an English. To an English smoker I am sure the opposite is true. Those who prefer va-pers might define this as a bad abomination to va-pers.

If you want something that is pleasant and undefined give this a try. However, like all items not easily categorized, you have to take it on it's own terms to enjoy it. I can respect a smoke like that.

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TheOtter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheOtter (70)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I have to review this one in comparison to the C&D Epiphany which also attempts to match Einstein's favourite blend. I enjoyed both, but the C&D version offers more complexity. I tried these both side by side for 2 weeks, and it was apparent every time that the C&D version had the edge. As Einstein loved this blend for the contemplation it gave him via the intricate blend of so many tobacco varietals, the nuances matter. I cannot compare to the original since I am too young to have been able to acquire it, but between the two C&D is superior; thus I give this a 2/4.

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany.

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DavyCrockettwashere Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DavyCrockettwashere (33)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I remember the old House of Windsor Revelation. It came in a red tub with a yellow gold decal. The Windsor wasn’t all that great to me. The match seems to have all the same components, just done better. The match has large pieces of bright Virginia leaf, chunks of white burley, and large pieces of dark burley. There are chopped pieces of smoky Latakia and perique also. The plum sauce is light and will slightly fade if you’ll air the tobacco out some, which needs to be done to reduce the moisture. Easy to light, and stays lit quite well. The flavors are beautiful!!! You can taste it all separately, and all together at the same time. The perique is hushed but as important to the blend as the bright Virginia. This is not an English blend just because of the Latakia. This is known to most as an American blend. I’d give this seven stars! Absolutely positively excellent.

Pipe Used: Colin Rigsby Cumberland billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: SP

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leathertongue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
leathertongue (1)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

“Just Say No”. Bad, though not as terrible as Mixture #79. I simply cannot tolerate Sutliff’s signature dank grassiness. I wouldn’t normally pan any blend, but I was so disappointed with the demise of HoW’s original Revelation that I was disgusted with this attempt to replicate Einstein’s favored smoke.

Pipe Used: Dunhill

Age When Smoked: Month

Purchased From: JR Cigar

Similar Blends: The top dressing is similar to the original but that’s where the similarity ends., Really just awful Sutliff “funeral parlor” bouquet..

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paulw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
paulw (76)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

I have never had the original revelation smoking mixture. When I opened this I smelled Latakia tobacco mainly. When I smoked this I tasted fruit and the smokiness of the Latakia and maybe just slightly the perique tobacco. I was intrigued that Einstein liked this blend.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie matched grainnumber 51

Age When Smoked: new Tobaccos

Purchased From: Tobaccos

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