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We have a delightful new light English blend called Epiphany. Epiphany is reminiscent of the original Revelation blend that was said to be the favorite of a certain reknowned thinker named Einstein. Epiphany is another classic Tarler/Runowski blend of Va, Burleys, Latakia and Perique in perfect balance and harmony.

Notes: Reminiscent of old original Revelation (not HOW version).

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCraig Tarler / Bob Runowski
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy SmokingPipes.com
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
Very Mild
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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DaveS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaveS (11)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking a pipe for 35 years. In that time I have tried hundreds of different blends. As of 2 months ago I had narrowed my rotation down to Penzance, Full Va Flake, Westminster, and Opening Night. Then I tried Epiphany!! I no longer have a rotation. This is by far the best tobacco I have ever tasted. Exquisite taste, burns cool, no bite, and you can smoke it all day and NEVER tire of it. There is no other tobacco I can say that about. I held off writing this review for 2 months for fear I would tire of it. Just the opposite. I look forward to it more every day. Thank you Cornell & Diehl.

13 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (100)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

It took me a while to warm up to this fine blend, I have to confess. When the big tin arrived a few months ago, I tore into it with abandon and found myself disappointed. It was kind of like sex with a perfect starlet--plenty of buildup, an aching sort of anticipation, and then the pimples, the appendix scar, the stretch marks from the weight loss. The tin aroma was gorgeous--a sort of subtle Mirabelle overlaying the frank smell of Burley. But that first smoke I found hot and bitey (speaking of that starlet). I began to resent the cut, which was neither ribbon nor broken flake nor shag nor crimp. It was a whole new thing. Haphazard, I think it's called. I resented it all.

Ah well, I thought. Live and learn.

I went back to Epiphany a handful of times over the next few weeks and though it was more enjoyable, it was hardly revelatory.

The last few weeks, however, have been busy for me at the computer and when I'm busy at that thing, I like nothing better than to load up a few cobs with various Burleys, chomp, and puff. In that context, the delicacy and outright friendliness of Epiphany really came out. I put away the Carter Hall, put away the Old Joe Krantz, put them all away except for Epiphany. This little Americanized-English with the subtle fruit topping, almost non-existent Latakia and gentle nature had found its niche. It is, absolutely, a writer's friend.

I still don't smoke Epiphany when I want the intensity of the smoke in the foreground. For that I go to the VaPers, the Balkans and the more Latakia-heavy English mixtures. Heck, I even go to Old Joe Krantz which is, for my money, the finest Burley blend that C&D has yet produced.

But if ever I choose to have an all day smoke, I suspect that it will be Epiphany--a helper for the tired, a soft nudge to the fading mind, a friend in contemplation.

Just don't judge it too quickly. I did. And I almost lost a friend.

10 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (578)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice looking chunky cut take on Revelation. When I compared it to HOW Revelation, I found more than a few dissimilarities so I inquired, and was told that was blended to be like the old Philip Morris version. I can't comment on how close they are, but it is irrelevant to me anyway. Epiphany not only stands on its own but stands as one of the very few tobacco blends that is so perfect that it seems impossible to have been created by anything other than nature itself.

I'm finding an affinity for light "American English" blends these days. In this one, the latakia is used as a spice while the burleys and VA's rule the show. The perique is almost undetectable but it shows itself enough to indicate that this blend would be less harmonious without it. This blends strongest attribute is its balance. Nothing stands out but everything melds into a united whole. Nice nicotine hit too, for those who hold that in high esteem.

Ridiculously cheap in bulk, my 1 oz sample is being parlayed into a 2 pound purchase. Tarler and Runowski have outdone themselves! And outdone many others as well!

6 people found this review helpful.

Bub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bub (18)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is probably the best English tobacco I've ever had. Everything about it is perfect. I can't think of anything I'd add or take away from it. It is perfectly blended. All of the tobaccos in it are in perfect harmony with each other. They come together to form the perfect smoke. If you like English tobacco you'll want to give this a try real soon. Excellent!

6 people found this review helpful.

churchwarden398 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
churchwarden398 (18)
★★★★
Medium Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance: mostly medium brown mottled with black and flecks of white. This is my first foray into American-English blends and to blends by Cornell & Diehl. First off, my senses were hit. They were hit by a sharp note. It threw me for a loop at first. Was I experiencing tongue-bite? Surely not with the burley in there. When I thought about it it came to me - it was the Perique and Virginias acting like a Va./Per. As that came to me, so did an epiphany; it tasted like Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture. That was when Dunhill was still Dunhll (almost thirty years ago now). At about mid-bowl the burleys and the latakia kicked in. This grew on me - and HOW!(he,he). No, really, I never had either the HoW version or the original. Yet if this is anything like either one it is no wonder it put The Great Physicist or anyone else for that matter in the mood for contemplation. Although my taste runs to Balkans or Scottish blends Epiphany has certainly earned a spot in my rotation.

6 people found this review helpful.

XDipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
XDipper (30)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I hate when people start reviews like this but in fairness I really have to on this one. I'm not normally a huge fan of latakia blends. While the smokey taste really does appeal to me, I think body chemistry conspires against me with regard to any more than condimental levals of the camel dung weed. That said, Epiphany was spot on with regard to latakia level. Enough for that full smokey background but not too much as to cause what I like to call the latakia hangover (severe heartburn, mouth tastes like a smoldering tire, etc). This is full American English and there's no denying from the burley presence and manners that this is the handywork of Bob Runowski.

It isn't as complex as, say Riverboat Gambler but there is a fantastic complexity and fullness which is atypical of Mr. Runowski and shared by both blends. Truth be told, it just could not be done any better. It has a very full (light English, expensive cigar) taste to it but at the same time is smooth, somewhat nutty and very burley, very old school. While I never had the pleasure of sampling the original Revelation, if it was half this good, it was indeed something special. While Epiphany could easily suffice as an all day smoke, it is to me a bit heavy to use it as such for a protracted period of time. Of course, YMMV but the one thing that cannot be disputed is at the end of the day this is a very fine smoke with something for everyone from the codger burleyphile to the English blend smoker looking for something a bit smoother and a bit less acrid.

A while back, I figured out I had been way too generous with the four star rating and would only render it when it was totally warranted. No doubt it is warranted for Epiphany. In an effort to simplify my rotation, I decided I would shrink it to five blends and this made the cut. Really a very nicely done tobacco, fantastic morning or evening but probably best after a large supper, enjoying a cold drink on the porch and watching the sunset.

6 people found this review helpful.

RxMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RxMan (17)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

While growing up in Richmond, Va., it was hard not to notice the influence (along with the aroma of downtown Richmond) tobacco had on it's economy, not to mention the over 500,000+ residents of the immediate area. Along with cigarettes, pipe smoking was a big influence in taste and production of many recipes. Revelation was the highlight of my father's (and later my) tobacco experiences. Now, not to sound all knowing by any means, but "Epihany" is just that. It is not only reminiscent of PM Revelation, but a slightly tastier version of that classic even down to the "fruity" topping lasting to the bottom of the bowl. This observation coming with multiple bowls, enjoying each one more than the previous, bringing back memories of the original. Epiphany has now become an elusive "all day, everyday" smoke that has been searched for for over 40 years of pipe smoking. I will stray at times to enjoy Good Morning (another reincarnation of a classic), Plantation Evening, Escudo, Erinmore Flake, Gourmet English, Univ.Flake, and a small collection of others. But there is no need for me to wander too far any longer,(at least for now).NEW BATCH=A little too much casing , masks tobacco tastes, have to let it evaporate before smoking "all day" again - tastes similar to Capt. Bobs Blend now, which is pleasant, but too "sweet" for me. Update: All is well now.

5 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Complex, creamy, deep and rich. This is an outstanding blend. Perfectly balanced with each component contributing ample flavor. The Virginias are fruity and sweet. The Burley, deep, creamy, and nutty. The Perique, tart, figgy, and spicy. The Latakia, creamy, woody, and smoky. A true delight for the senses. The finish is so creamy it's like smoking a milk shake. A new favorite.

Pipe Used: MM Freehand, MM General

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (78)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

By in large, a pipe smoker of strong Virginia plugs/flake tobaccos, I have spent the last several weeks smoking a variety of old American OTC tobaccos...Back in the 1960's I smoked the PM Revelation and decided to try the other "Revelation" match tobaccos as well...

...this C&D version is a solid tobacco...rounder than the HOW version,a bit more refined than Altadis R-Blend, and not as "rich" as Painter Hills, 4 Noggins version... That said, each version has its own characteristics, and I've enjoyed all these versions...

For an "Americanized" light english mixture, any one of these will do...however, my top two choices are Epiphany and Painter Hills...

Easily an all day smoke, Epiphany is well put-together with quality leaf, and I believe will age quite well...

...a pipe is to be savored...

4 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I hadn't the pleasure of trying the original Revelation, but if it was half as good as its imitation, then there's no wonder Einstein was a fan of it.

Being a English/Balkan/Virginia smoker, I don't enjoy "American-English" mixtures, but this one has entered my rotation for good. It's a perfectly balanced, mildly cocoa and vanilla flavored tobacco that developes through the bowl, the topping fading slowly until you end up with an exceptional traditional English mixture in the last third of the smoke. I think this is what SG Perfection was supposed to be, being a good baccy on its own.

4 people found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is supposed to be similar to the old Revelation mixture, as it existed 20 or 30 years ago. I never tried the original myself, so I?m unqualified to judge whether or not this hits the mark of the original formula (although I have a friend who smoked it in his youth and swears this is a deadringer for it). Instead, I?ll focus on the smoke itself and my impressions, which were overwhelmingly favorable. Based on what I?d heard about Revelation, I had expected an American-English blend with a mild berry or fruit topping. This was only half-correct. When I first light up this blend, my impressions are of sweet Virginias and fruit. The overall effect can be compared to a very mild, burley-centric version of Haddo?s Delight, although the flavors aren?t identical. This impression only grows stronger after multiple bowls are smoked in the same pipe. This continues for the first third or so of the bowl, with only a slight hint of latakia. Then the blend seems to shift and I get a more traditional American-English taste of burley and latakia with the fruit/perique notes consigned to the background for the rest of the bowl (think of a sweetened version of Morley?s Best or Junkyard Dawg). The taste is great, and the room note is okay. I at first thought this blend was a little light on the nicotine, but I?ve since changed my mind. Smoking two medium-sized bowls of this in a three-hour period had me a little dizzy. It burns extremely well, if a little fast, and like a lot of burleys will grow hot if not smoked slowly. However, it doesn?t seem to bite unless I deliberately provoke it. In fact, I?m smoking some right now while drinking a Red Rock ginger ale with no problems, which is probably as good as a sign as any that it?s not too harsh on the tongue.

Conclusion: This stuff is very nice, somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. There are points when I?ve thought a little more latakia would be in order, but other times I've thought it's perfect just as it is. Only time will tell, but I?m inclined to think that this will hold up far better over time than most American English blends, if for no other reason than it's quite a bit more complex but just as easy to smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (90)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Epiphany has a sweet tin note, almost that of a lightly topped American OTC mixture. Charring light brings forth some very nice flavors that were not at all what I expected. The latakia is very light yet quite noticeable in flavor and aroma. The perique component is also very much at play. Having smoked my share of latakia forward blends than contain a bit of perique (Nightcap, various GLP offerings like Blackpoint, Samarra, & Piccadilly), it's interesting to taste a blend where the roles between the latakia & perique are essentially reversed. With Epiphany the tang & spice of the perique are very forward, while the Latakia gently tempers the smoke while adding its pleasant and familiar musty aroma. However, perique lovers can rejoice as Epiphany is still quite spicy.

Altogether the smoke has a rugged quality to it and nasal exhale is a bit rough, French inhale is toasty, woodsy, a touch sweet with a pungency that definitely tickles the sinuses. The Virginia and burleys are very much the low note here and by mid-pipe the hallmark brashness of the C&D burleys come through both in a subtle nuttiness and in an astringency that develops as you work your way down the bowl. In other words, the VA's aren't present enough for this to taste like a slightly altered VaPerBur. Instead an Old-Time burley flavor seems to lead the way once things get going and the perique continues to press intensifying in forwardness. This is not a sweet blend, and as expected the Latakia is more of an accent.

Throughout the bowl the mouth-feel is a bold medium. There are some nice complexities in the interplay between components but I wouldn't call them extraordinary. Nicotine is very much a part of the party but it's not overwhelming. Strength wise I would rate Epiphany as a firm medium/borderline medium-strong. It's good for a noticeable buzz but not a dizzy swim.

Overall the primary flavors are fairly balanced, simple and straight forward, yet somehow understated. Epiphany takes to a match fairly well but some relights are required. The burley and VA's do burn quicker than the perique and latakia creating some performance problems, but in trade this attribute does add to the complexity of the blend. It smokes cool with no bite and delivers a satisfying pipe smoke that I find to be unique and quite enjoyable. I would not categorize this as a Mild English or an everyday smoke. The value of a blend like this is in its uniqueness. This, coupled with the fact that it's pretty darned good makes it a nice mixture to keep around. I may just add a few tins to my stash.

3 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (31)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

I love this stuff. C & D has the best Burley blends out there, in my opinion, and this is no exception. I'm a fan of just about everything that Bob Runowsky creatively had his hands on (God rest his soul)and this is a shining example of that. No, smoking Epiphany is not a life-altering event (Car accident) and it won't grab you by the lapels, smack you in the face, and demand your attention (C & D's Byzantium).

With that said, however, Epiphany is a wonderful all-day smoke. It grows on you, like your dad's beef vegetable soup. Oh, you remember eating it for the first time and hating it, but it grew into something that you loved and made you feels comfortable. Epiphany is sort of the same way. It won't knock your socks off on your first try, but it's something that you can smoke and enjoy without pretension.

As for its likeness to the old PM Revelation, I have no idea and couldn't care less. Epiphany is an exceptional "Americanized" English worth learning to love.

3 people found this review helpful.

Struggling.Thinker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Struggling.Thinker (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I'd like to let this one cellar for a bit, but I'll give my initial impressions. By some, this has been generically billed as a burley blend. I would tend to disagree with that. As I have mentioned in other reviews, I prefer burley blends. For me, the Latakia and Perique were very up front, although I could sense the burley. (I will admit that I may have been puffing a bit too hard, and this may have brought the smokiness and spiciness to the front.)

Generally speaking, I found this to have a mild burley flavor with an assertive smoky and peppery taste. Vitamin N needs should be satisfied for most of us -- -- certainly not overwhelming though. Some others have mentioned a fruity taste, perhaps raisin or figs. I did not detect any fruitiness, although I'm not bothered by that at all. I will continue to smoke and purchase this blend, although I am going to cellar a portion of mine for later comparison. This does not bite and smokes pretty cool.

Recommended for those who enjoy burley, yet want something with a bit more punch.

UPDATE (10/15/11): I'd like to add a few additional insights that have made this a more enjoyable blend for me.

1. Despite the C&D reputation for relative dryness, I like to spread each bowl on a small saucer for about 20 minutes prior to smoking.

2. I smoke this one in smaller/medium bowls. Not one for the big boys.

3. I usually don't smoke a bowl full of this one. I've found that if I do that, the last third is not pleasant. I usually load a half to two-thirds of a bowl.

With the above approach, this blend tastes fresher and more multi-dimensional (for this blend). Hot-boxing a full bowl will, of course, not be a pleasant experience. (It never is, right?) I'd pair this with a nice, full bodied, black coffee (one sugar).

3 people found this review helpful.

Kyrob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kyrob (21)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Opening this year old tin of Epiphany revealed loose, uniform ribbons in dominating shades of brown with some black thrown in for good measure. The tin aroma was fruity, and I could definitely smell the latakia component. The tobacco was a little dry, and clean to the touch.

Since my sample was aged for a year, the taste may be different when this blend is younger. An unlit sip brought a faint hint of the fruitiness, and the charring light brought almost a plum taste with some of the latakia making its appearance. Overall it seemed the nuttiness of the burley played in the background like the drone on a bagpipe with the latakia and fruity/plum flavors of the Virginia going in and out with each puff. The perique occasionally adds a hint of spice, but only rarely. Epiphany burned to a gray ash leaving a pleasant room note and a short finish. I have never tried the original Revelation that this blend was supposed to be emulating, so I have no opinion on how close the two blends are.

I enjoyed smoking this blend. I found it to be a milder English blend than what I am used to, but I really enjoyed the Virginia and burley components. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a blend containing latakia when it is not dominating the smoke. I will probably be buying more of this in the future.

3 people found this review helpful.

WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I enjoyed this blend. It is not a Latakia "dump", rather a nice blend of what I call an "American mixture" given it contains Burley and no Oriental (if you exclude Latakia) leaf. I never smoked Revelation, but assume it's a close match given the fine work of C&D. It is, as the tin description attests, a light blend. It provides a complex smoke that provides a subtle sweetness from the Virginia, inter-mixed with the spice of Perique and nuttiness of the Burley. They all marry nicely. The mixture is far from a ribbon cut. I would call it a chop cut. It does light easily and stays lit providing a cool and relaxing smoke. Moisture content is perfect. I will keep Epiphany in my rotation and highly recommend it to lovers of American blends.

3 people found this review helpful.

Txspurgeon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Txspurgeon (8)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this blend. Bob Runowski did a great job recreating the Philip Morris Revelation. I have some to compare it to! ..Anyways, The taste is almost SPOT ON...BUT...and a very BIG but...the room note is different. Revelation has a nice sweetish/earthy room note. Epiphany is lacking it. I really wish he could have captured that. Other than that, I love it. Good all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Captain bob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain bob (38)
★★★★
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Epiphany? I suppose it may be, depending on what you were looking for. If you are searching for a very mild (very little Latakia) English blend, well this is it. I prefer a bit more Latakia in a mild English blend, myself.

There is a very slight sweetness indicative of a very light topping. This is not an Aromatic blend. I found it pleasant and pleasing from pouch to the bottom of the bowl. I have a pound on hand and will smoke it because it is good.

Epiphany is a premium quality blend for those who desire just a spattering of Latakia (barely noticeable) and just a touch of sweetness in a tobacco that could easily be an all day smoke. Another winner from C&D. I give it four stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

leathertongue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
leathertongue (4)
★★★★
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

C & D is certainly the most adventurous tobacco company operating in this PC, nicotine-hating world we live in today. And I am glad they have the gumption to recreate blends from the past which seem to be disappearing faster than new ones are showing up on tobacconists' shelves every day. Their newest blend, EPIPHANY, is a noble effort to recapture the "heavenly" REVELATION from House of Windsor, often described as a "drugstore" blend (not in any drugstore I knew of, though). As for appearance, Epiphany and Revelation are virtually identical, a black, brown and tan chopped ribbon; and likewise the casing/dressing tantalizes with a deep aroma of Juicy Fruit chewing gum with not a little menthol thrown into the mix to anesthetize the tastebuds (Yes, menthol!). I'd say the perique ratio is about the same as in the original, but, perhaps, of higher quality, i.e., more winey, raisiny. But here's the kicker... Maybe in earlier incarnations, Revelation contained much larger proportions of latakia, and, if that's the case, Epiphany is a more faithful replication of the original. Whereas Revelation offers but a soft whisper of latakia, in Epiphany it's a Rebel Yell! Many will prefer this---I don't. Epiphany arrived very moist in the tin and required a substantial drying out. Still, I would recommend this to any pipe smoker on both sides of the latakia fence (love it or hate it). There's really nothing else like it on the market today. For you Revelation junkies out there going through withdrawal, also try C & D's COMFORT blend.

3 people found this review helpful.

Irishlefty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Irishlefty (19)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Damn you Tarler and Runowski!! Now I have to add another blend to my regular list of purchases.

After my first bowl of Epiphany in a Peterson's Kapet I thought it was a nice, pleasant light english blend with no bite. By the third bowl I had fallen in love with the blend. I smoked three bowls within a 4 hour period and still had no bite and wasn't tired of the taste!

Packs easy, lights easy, stays lit, good taste without any overpowering features, good nico effect, non-offensive room aroma, no bad aftertaste. This is neither sweet nor harsh. Just a nice, cool, even smoke for those of us who like English/Balkan blends.

This is a lighter smoke then my all time favorites - Nightcap, Odyssey, Crowley's Best but will join Peterson's Irish Whiskey as a must have smoke on a daily basis. Good for the 3 or 4 bowls in between the heavier blends.

3 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (126)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Mild Tolerable

When opening the tin I get a strong fermented fruit smell. I like the thick ribbon cut and the moisture level is good to smoke right away. Unfortunately this American/English is very disappointing. The tobacco is more cased than it's topped, I get this annoying cherry and honey taste way more than the tobaccos. A boring mixture for pipers who prefer their smoke as uncased as possible. A possible hit for aromatic smokers. It's a good thing that I can pass those mixtures around to fellow pipe smokers, who knows sometimes they find a keeper.

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (55)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Nice harmony of tobaccos. As listed this is a "light" English blend. Epiphany acts like a typical English in smell and texture when lit, but on the first draw it starts to take a right turn into the lighter side. My tongue expected the fullness of the "other tobaccos" to kick in but they never did. It stays light and holds the first impression and never waivers as it burns deeper into the bowl. I can see why English smokers would like this one. I find it a bit weak in the flavor department for my particular taste. I also found it too dry leaving behind a taste of a harsh dryness to my mouth.

Pipe Used: Basket pipe, and Corn Cob

Purchased From: PipesandCigars

Similar Blends: Nightcap without the fullbodied flavour and punch..

2 people found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (100)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

It is going some distance for me to give any flavored blend three stars, especially English ones. I only bought this as I thought I could not think I had done the complete C&D Bulk English offerings and not taste it. At the same time I also bought a tin of Sutliff Private Stock R Blend (their version of Revelation) for comparison. Not having any idea of Einsteins favorite I an only test this and the Sutliff against each other and in my own biased way.

Opening the package and jarring Epiphany was a sensory assault - the unlit aroma recalled Bazooka Bubblegum and Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum from my youth. I prepared to be disappointed. In appearance it looked to be a standard English blend in the C&D style of ribbon cut. Not exactly elegant but it's IS a bulk... Component wise it has all the goodies I like so I packed a Kaywoodie (with stinger) and fired it up. First light, bubblegum does not come through the smoke but some fruity sweetness does. It is considerably smokey in taste and heavier than the Sutliff in Latakia, much heavier. Flavor also reminds me of some light vanilla and maple with a berry base of some sort. For me at least the salty nature of this blend saves it.

For a non-aro guy it goes some for me to say I'll keep some of this around. My 4 ounce sampling is about gone, more to come soon, I'm sure. It is superior to the Sutliff (but that's another review).

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New production

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Sutliff Tobacco Company - R Blend (Sutliff Private Stock).

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I find Epiphany to be mainly a Burley/Virginia blend with just a very small amount of Latakia and Perique. Of the four tobaccos, the Burley is the most dominate but not overpowering. Each component seems to be added in a way that compliments the others. Seeing the large number of reviews that rate the “flavoring” i.e. casing at medium, a level usually commonly reserved for full aromatics, I was a little slow to smoke this blend. Epiphany is a very well blended tobacco, and it burns smooth and cool. I notice the fruit topping the most around mid-bowl but never overtakes the tobacco flavor. There is some complexity in this blend too. But I don’t consider this to be an English blend. I’m not a regular smoker of Burley forward blends and Epiphany isn’t going to change that fact for me, but I think that many will find this very much to their liking as it is very well done.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (40)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Friend of mine sent this sample, with some others.

Pouch smells of an oddly familiar, yet completely unable to recollect fruit. I'd put it somewhere between grapes and plums, with a little berry as well. I can detect some smokiness but not very much. The blend smells very, very sweet.

Initial char is pleasantly spicy upfront, wait, this is an "English"? First few draws are spicy as well, with little-to-none of that fruity sweet aromatic smell coming out. I'm getting a little burley burp (the back of the throat lumping) but no bite other than the spice. A snork and french inhale tell me there is a topping, but I just cannot put my finger on it... again some strange plum/grape flavor that's really hard to pin down. The latakia is fairly subdued here, I get a hint of it early on and it does get a bit more pronounced as the bowl goes on, but just enough to be mildly smoky...

Midway through the bowl, I'm now getting a bit more lat and that unique fruit flavor... and it's actually got a surprising sweetness... I'm still scratching my head, waiting for that Epiphany of "name that topping", and it's pretty wonderful playing the guessing game with it. Oh, and it's still spicy. Even with the lat emerging it's not in the potency that I would put on par with Squadron Leader or Nightcap.

After finishing the bowl and letting my cob cool down, I sniffed it to try one last time to figure out the topping and came back with "fruit punch". Considering every kind of fruit imaginable is in fruit punch, it really didn't help me.

That's all I got. It's good, mildly complex, and pretty tasty. Not life changing, but a good smoke.

Pipe Used: MM Legend

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Unknown (gifted)

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (149)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I never had revelation and likely never will. Not that it matters as this is a fine tobacco on its own. It must have been quite a blend to have inspired so many knockoffs from so many blenders. This is one of the better ones in my opinion. The Sutliffe version, Man's Best friend is terrible by cmparison.

To me this is good, but not great. It is reliable and can be smoked all day without a problem and will also fill a contemplative itch quite well. Like many of the C&D blends it relies heavily on their fine burleys. The perique is prevalent and the Lat is but a whisper in the background. The topping is light enough not to encroaqch on the natural tobacco flavor, but strong enouhg to make an impact on the blend. There is great balance amongst the compnents in this blend with none really stealing the show.

My hunting buddy loves this stuff and is more responsible for finishing off my 8 ounces than myself over tyhe past few hunting seasons as he just can't get enough of it. He is in for a disappointment this November as I don't intend to buy any more any time soon. Just too much of other stuff int he cellar.

So I do recommend this one, particularly as a crossover to those looking to get into english blends. So three stars as it just doesn't jump in to must have territory for me.

2 people found this review helpful.

cgar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cgar (37)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After several tins of this stuff, I'm just now going to try and shed some light on this baccy. Epiphany is something special but odd. Like an earlier reviewer stated it is a smoke that will at first have you feeling a bit annoyed, but after a few more bowls you will begin to warm up to it and then feel like its something you need to keep around. The tin presentation is typical C&D well balanced and top grade leafs, the smell is a bit different, sort of like a kids cereal with a hint of smokiness lingering in the background (Toasted Lucky Charms comes to mind). The vitamin N is there throughout and should be respected b/c it will jump on you fast. Experienced 0 tongue bite, but did notice it like to heat up just a bit. I found around mid bowl this baccy really begins to shine and seems offer moments that kept me coming back for more. Overall a nice smoke that gives you a little something different.

2 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a blend that I have been meaning to try forever, for some reason i have not until now. I am a huge fan of Einstein and of C and D Blends so it makes since that i would like this blend. I also think that Craig produces some of the best burleys in the business, just love the taste. This blend has a somewhat spicy pouch aroma, with the Latakia and perique rising to the task here along with a top dressing that is somewhat fruity. It is a very mixed bag in appearance in the pouch, from a lot of very blonde collored flakes running through the browns darker to the Latakia. It has a ot of very large cut burley in it so one has to be careful packing at to not make the draw too hard. One loaded, I found I had to light it often and had to relite several times during the bowl. But, it was worth it. It had a very nice, creamy flavor, the topping giving it a sweetness that was not over the top, but just right, the burley giving it plenty of body and the perique and latakia, giving it a spice that changed back and forth as the bowl burned down.

It is a slow burning blend, bite free unless pushed too hard, then it would bark a little. But sipped, it had a very peasant sweet smooth smoke that I enjoyed a lot. It burned down to a grey ash with just a little dottle. It was a little moister than most C and D blends I have received and this might account for that as most of Craigs blends burn to a fine ash. While I did enjoy this blend very much, i can't give it four stars as it required too many relites. But I do recommend trying it.

2 people found this review helpful.

BBlevins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBlevins (102)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Some who remember the original Phillip Morris Revelation say that this blend is a spot on copy. I cannot make the comparison myself, but I can compare it to the House of Windsor reincarnation of Albert Einstein's favorite blend.

Epiphany tastes pretty close to the HoW version of Revelation. However, there are distinct differences between the two blends. First of HoW Revelation contained a good amount of cube cut burley. Epiphany does not. The burley in this blend is rough cut for slow burning. Personally, I like the HoW version of Revelation better, but since it's gone the way of the dinosaur, this will be a suitable replacement.

The topping seems to be present throughout the smoke. Some describe it as a fruity topping, but I detect at least some amount of anise within it. The latakia remains muted in this blend for the most part.

This is a very good blend that brought no bite with it. Being that I really enjoyed the late HoW Revelation, I'm glad I can find this stuff with ease and at a decent price.

I did notice that allowing this blend to air out awhile prior to smoking will somewhat lessen the flavor of the topping, which could stand to be a bit less.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

I really did not find Epiphany to taste like the HOW Revalation at all. I did, however, find it to be similar in many ways to HOW's Country Doctor as all of the elements are similar in both blends. HOW's Country Doctor was tastier, IMO, but Epiphany is decent. The flavor is too subdued and not enough strength for my personal tastes, but I sure see where this one can ring the chimes of those who like lighter "English" style fare.

Epiphany is easy to load, arrives at the perfect moisture level, burns easily and is a cool blend that won't nip, even when aggressive puffing is employed.

No concentration needed when smoking this simpleton. A blue collar blend all the way.

2 people found this review helpful.

oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Upon discovering this C&D blend, I sadly learned of the passing of Craig Tarler. All of us have lost a friend, in the REAL sense. We might not like everything a friend has to offer, but we always respect him and always know his heart is in the right place.

Blended with the assistance of the late Bob Runowski, Epiphany is touted to be like the ORIGINAL Revelation Mixture. It isn't. The original Revelation, created by Phillip Morris, had a delightful dollop of deer tongue. Epiphany doesn't. In fact, it has none at all.

However, it has much in its own right to recommend it. Epiphany is an honest, quite smokeable old-style American natural blend that, interestingly, gets tastier the longer the can is left open.

Well worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

rogermugs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rogermugs (14)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Becoming one of my favorite English blends. Up there with squadron leader. I'm a fan. No bite at all. A decent nic kick. And delightful all around. No idea what revelation was like, but this is wonderful in its own right.

1 person found this review helpful.

zachchandler92 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zachchandler92 (5)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is probably my favorite English style blend. It does not have a very complex flavor to meditate on, the smell is tolerable, the spice from the latakia and perique don't really interfere with the smoke and act more as condiments. It tends to smoke a little hot, but stays dry pretty well. I can smoke it for about an hour, then I'm done with it.

Tin note: typical English, campfire smell

Room note: same as tin note

Taste: pretty mild for an English, but tastes just like every English ever made.

Overall: I like it. The can was pretty cheap, the smell isn't overpowering, and it tastes like an English. It's really just not a complex flavor.

1 person found this review helpful.

Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is great stuff if executed correctly. I have no experience with HoW or PM Revelation, so Im judging Epiphany on its own merits. I first tried this in a larger bowl Cavicchi and it was the wrong choice. The fruit topping was all I tasted initially, followed by a peppery Perique overdrive, then a wet burley sourness at end of bowl. No Latakia tasted whatsoever.

The second and all subsequent bowls have been from a 3/4" chamber diam. Peterson system pipe. Totally different experience and amazing. The fruity aroma gives way to a delightful interplay of Latakia smokiness and Perique stewed fruit sitting on the shoulders of a meaty burley.Peppery on the nasal exhale. Sipped slowly and carefully it stays in this zone awhile. Stays lit. Can be harsher than most tobaccos near the end, progressive relights in an effort to consume all this tobacco will yield no returns.

Ample Nicotine. Best on full stomach. Pairs well with hot tea or a cold Root beer. Unique and enjoyable. Craving it now. Quality components and flavors. Plan to age and revisit. 3 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (41)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Not much to say about this one. No drama, no outlying features. Just a very satisfying tobacco. I wish I could pick up a pouch of this at the supermarket every week. If this is what the original Revelation was like, then the pipe smokers of the previous generation had it good indeed.

Edit: 7/24/13

I just purchased some more Epiphany and this time I'm struck by the strength. I originally had "mild to medium" but now I'm definitely feeling it as medium to strong. Also, it mixes beautifully with a pinch of heavy latakia blends, and the resultant mixture is reminiscent of Dunhill's Nightcap.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gramps Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gramps (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend, created for those who enjoyed the original Phillip Morris version of Revelation, is among the finest tobaccos that I have had the pleasure of smoking. The fruit like topping actually works in harmony with the tobaccos instead of overpowering it. It is clearly made from high quality leaf and burns cool and dry.

If you enjoyed the HoW version of Revelation, you will likely enjoy this as well. Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (51)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

==Update #2=== Two years since my review. I ordered a couple more ounces of epiphany from smokingpipes and found it completely different. I honestly believe that I got either the last bit of the batch or that it was mixed right. If this is how the tobacco is now than that is upsetting. I taste almost nothing but perique. The blend is a lot darker than it used to be, and I cannot take the pepperyness. I am not going to change my rating until I try it again, as I had smoked 4 ounces of the good stuff and honestly believe that I just got a batch not completely mixed this time around. Just putting this out there, if more people feel the same it should become apparent in the reviews and we will know the blend has changed. =Update= Okay, this tobacco has grew on me heavily over a short amunt of time. Just recently I rated it two stars, and had confused feeling about it. The first two times i packed a bowl, i couldn't even finish it it was so appalling to me, but now I am just about out of my two ounce sample, after smoking it daily for a couple of weeks. It is a fantastic morning smoke. I still feel the burly is sometimes too dominant, but the other flavors are now a lot more prevalent. Fantastic "American Light English" is the best way of me describing it. Give it a try, and if you don't like it at first, go back to it periodically and watch it evolve into the delicious blend it will become.

=Original review this one is a little bit hard for me to review. If you love Burly blends, I am positive you will be a fan. The quality and flavor of the burly is perhaps the best i have tasted, but, it is completely dominant. The first couple bowls of Epiphany that i smoked i was completely disappointed. I am not the biggest fan of straight burly blends, but i enjoy, and actually prefer burly in my english blends, to give that nutty sort of backbone. The first few bows however tasted of nothing but burly, with something weird going on behind the scenes that i couldn't quite put my finger on. I am guessing that i tasted the other ingredients, but so slightly that i couldn't pick them out. After a couple more bowls though, I am beginning taste something a little more complex, the Virginia and the Latakia are coming up to the surface, then fading away, and then returning again.I think the perique is becoming apparent as well, but definitely in a supporting role, and is hardly detectable. I am not sure if it is a coincidence, or if it is because I made sure i got the blend real mixed up and made sure some black leaves were being packed, but it is now pretty enjoyable.

In conclusion, if you love burly, you will love this, but if you are expecting a sort of Early Morning Pipe type light english, you are probably going to be as confused as I am =)

If this blend continues to grow in complexity, i will have no problems bumping it up a star. currently **

1 person found this review helpful.

Jive Dadson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jive Dadson (14)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Epiphany has a base of burley with some Virginia, spiced up with Latakia and Perique. There is a sharp tasting topping that I cannot identify.

I really wanted to like this blend, given the Revelation story, Einstein and all. But try as I may, I cannot tolerate it. The odd flavored topping is not to my liking, plus it gives me tongue bite every time.

What IS that flavoring agent? Anyone know?

1 person found this review helpful.

TheWoodwose Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheWoodwose (17)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Update

I have smoked multiple bowls of the stuff now. It does seem to have improved in my estimation. I don't know if I have just gotten more used to the vitamin-N. I smoke mostly more mild aromatics like Sillems Copenhagen, and C&D's Founding Fathers. But I also smoke Billy Budd on occasion. This blend fits somewhere in the middle. Still has a nice room note when lit, but has a more "manly" taste to it.

I would give this a higher rating if it didn't have a such a strong nicotine hit! I've smoked 3 or 4 bowls and even if I slowly sip this thing I am light headed within minutes. If I puff it somewhat aggressively my I feel like my head is spinning!

It has a bit of a pungent smell before lit but it smokes more like an aromatic during the smoke. Kind of interesting really.

I don't like anything that messes with my head though.

But, if you like a nice kick then you will probably enjoy this.

1 person found this review helpful.

Armac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Armac (7)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't often review tobaccos but I feel I should comment only because of some comments and part of the description that refers to Revelation and Einstein. I suspect Einstein smoked other tobaccos but Revelation was his favorite. I've seen pictures of him at his desk with a large tin of Revelation in front of him. I smoked a lot of Revelation in the late 1950s and early 1960s and unless my memory is completely shot, neither this nor the House Of Windsor recreations are much like the old Revelation. The original Revelation was produced by Contenental Tobacco and then sometime about 1940 Phillip Morris acquired Revelation at the same time as Bond Street. I've seen some comments about Einstein smoking HOW Revelation which was impossible of course. The HOW version was produced after 2000 and Einstein died in 1955. He smoked the Phillip Morris Blend.

Having said all that, this is a good blend, though heavier in Latakia than the PM version. Its essentially an American English with a Burley base. At first light, the Latakia aroma is prominent then fades somewhat. This tobacco shines at about half bowl when the nutty flavor and aroma of the Burley begins to dominate. It can get a little bitter at the bottom of the bowl. Someone commented that it is a good transition tobacco for those who want to move from aromatics to English or a more natural blend and I would agree. Its certainly worth trying.

1 person found this review helpful.

OldComoyYoungGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OldComoyYoungGuy (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I Really like Epiphany. It is a great Burley blend that burns clean and dry with a lack of complexity that makes it for me a good all day smoke. I prefer smoking this in cold weather for some reason. I find the consistency of this blend to be good from tin to tin to tin without ever having a tin that was too dry (something that happens with the C&D English blends in my opinion - maybe Burley holds moisture better? - naw that doesn't make sense). Never tried the original Revelation bt this blend is good enough in its own right to now have to trade on the old HoW name anyway. Good job C&D.

1 person found this review helpful.

Julian Arden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Julian Arden (8)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I have no opportunity to compare it with mixture, which Epiphany is considered to inspired by. But for its own, Epiphany should be rated very highly. It is surprisingly complex tobacco, with non-offensive, subtle aroma. This mixture is very well composed and inquisiting it for proportion, blend, etc, seems somewhat ridiculous. True master blend for all day smoke. I didn't mark it as "highly recommended" only because I am not familiar enough with this mixture yet.

Additional information: I've just ordered 8 oz of this. Recently it is my all day smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

NursDad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NursDad (9)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I have no basis to compare Epiphany with Revelation. I feel that Epiphany is a tobacco all its own and stands on its own. Honestly, there is nothing outstanding about this tobacco, but it is what it says it is "in perfect balance and harmony." No one component stands out on its own. All components are balanced and create a very satisfying smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (134)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my second offering from C&D and I find that this seems to be a really good all around blend. I find all the different tobaccos in this blend really come together nicely. The cut seems more of a coarse cut than ribbon as is listed in the description. Not that this really matters in the grand scheme of things. The strength of Vitamin N is right about in the middle of the road. It lit and stayed lit quite easily without much ado. There seems to be a nice amount of smoke from this as well. There is not any gurgle if you don't push it too hard. I would say this is in the pleasant to tolerable range of room note, because of the latakia content. The wife was not too impressed with the aroma, althought no pigeons dropped off the roof. It smokes down to a nice ash in the bottom of the bowl. I would recommend this to other smokers wanting to try the English genre.

1 person found this review helpful.

Smoking-To-Port Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoking-To-Port (13)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I tried to like this in the worst way.Pouch smell is nice---a little fruit a little Latakia,so far so good.Takes the match well,burn down to ash,pretty dry.I guess where it takes a wrong turn for me,is where it strikes a chord with so many others.It has a lot going on and for me---maybe just me---too much.Its both fish and fowl,and instead of balancing each other,for my tastes,too much competing to the point of being boring.I'm not against American/English blends,just not so much for this one.To me its OK,and I guess I just wanted more.More fruit,more Latakia,more Perique...more something.If this truly is what The Professor would puff away on,I can see why he was able to think deep thoughts so clearly---he was not destracted by his pipe.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fubber Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fubber (9)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

to my palate, and despite the presence of burley and lack of virginias, the taste is very similar to the classic Presbyterian mixture. I have tried many of the C&D 'English' blends and I love this one. A really nice cool smoke which gave me an unexpectedly welcome kick. I recommend it highly.

1 person found this review helpful.

ivycap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ivycap (63)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The previous reviewer is right in that this is a shag cut, not a ribbon. But no matter. It is a very well balanced English blend. Hints of natural sweetness coming together with spicy Latakia. MM MM good! I bought a whole pound of this and stored it in mason jars. When you get to the crumbs at the very bottom of the mason jar, it tends to smoke ashy and strong. So buy a big bulk amount so you can get the good stuff. You save a lot of money that way too! Only about $30/pound.

1 person found this review helpful.

TheBriarSire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheBriarSire (11)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My first foray into the realm of English blends, this tobacco (technically considered an "American English") opened my eyes to a new, personal revelation: non-aromatics, and more specifically, latakia. Upon opening the tin, my nostrils were filled with the burning tire sensation so many have described here -- I knew immediately that it was the latakia I was smelling. A bit of swelling on light up, probably due to my horrible packing technique. My tongue was swaddled with my first taste of unadulterated burley, latakia, and perique, and I knew I would never return to the land of aromatics -- yes, it was epiphanic. As lame as that may sound, it truly was a revelation for me as far as tastes are concerned: the tobaccos slowly coalesced into one fine, thick pot of mellow goodness; all the flavors of the peppery perique, the creamy (or soapy) latakia, the sweetness of the virginias and burley. . . I doubt even the original Revelation was this good, but if this tobacco is any testament of its model, it is truly well named.

UPDATE:

I have had several more bowls of this and it seemed inconsistent in flavor. After a deep pipe clean days ago, I came back to it this morning and had the same joyous experience as the one above. Could just be the alignment of mood/climate/time of day, but I cannot get enough of this blend. Very contemplative and special to me as I would not have continued my journey into the land of non-aromatics were it not for this.

1 person found this review helpful.

meanmrmustard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meanmrmustard (34)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

A friend gave me a sample of Epiphany and Billy Budd, my first experience with Cornell and Diehl. Epiphany has many reviews so there is not much I can add except I like this one, even though I like a little more Latakia in my English Blends. A good amount of burley gives this one a bit of a kick, but not anywhere near as powerful as Billy Budd. No bite, a nice change from my usual English blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

tsd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tsd (5)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I called in to C&D, and spoke to a gent about switching into their English blends from some other light english, and a few lingering aromatics. I ordered a sample pack of 6 blends, and this led the list. Being that what little they've forgotten about blends is probably more than I know, I simply asked the gent to pick out 6 of the "light english / all day" variety to sample (C&D sent 015, 068, 101, 412A, Bed & Breakfast, and Good Morning)

The order on Monday morning arrived on a Wednesday afternoon via US Priority Mail. The sample packaging was in heavy duty ziplock bags with a Cornell and Diehl label, see uploaded photo.

I gave this tobacco it's first firing in a good sized meerschaum that was well cleaned prior to smoking, to attempt to narrow down the flavor, etc. to this blend alone. (this is what I prefer, for a first go with any new tobac)

The taste was decent, the smoke appealing, and like the other quality tobaccos I've used the ash was fine and gray. Tongue bite for me was noticeably absent at my standard relaxed pace, though I did not attempt to mindlessly huff it to see if I could get the bite.

The aroma was certainly tolerable, the taste was decent to my palate. I have no experience with either of the two variants that inspired this blend. I will continue with this blend . . .

1 person found this review helpful.

Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

UPDATE 2/18/12 Opened another new tin of Epiphany -- literally three months old -- and the tobacco was actually MOIST. I needed to air it out for a while. Yes, you read that right; I needed to dry a C&D blend before loading. Anyway, the Louisiana weed was so predominant that it made my eyes burn and nose run. Thanks, Craig, for clearing out my sinuses, but I would say that the tobacco needs to age and meld a bit. The leaves also look darker than I remember from before. I'm docking it a star based on my current experience, so if you get a new batch, you may want to let it sit for a while.

1 person found this review helpful.

7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (36)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I opened up the tin on New Years day in celebration of the new year. The tin note was one of both burley and an English blend with an extremely faint smell of some type of fruity topping. I remember my dad smoking Revelation when I was a kid but I don't remember if it was the Philip Morris version or the House of Windsor version. Most probably the HOW version since I'm not that old.

The cut of the blend is a nice chunky cut that is low on moisture in the tin which I certainly prefer over being quite wet. I pulled the contents out of the tin and removed a couple of stems as well as pulled apart a couple of large leaves. I promptly loaded up my Peterson 102 Army mount and put the contents back in the tin to air out a bit and then in a Mason Jar the next day.

Upon lighting up the room note struck me as one from my child hood when my dad would smoke Revelation. The taste wasn't one of individual leaves weaving in and out in taste but of a united front of burley, an English mixture and a very slight fruit like topping. It was an extremely pleasant combination which I haven't ever tasted before. The smoke remained united through the whole bowl and took on a toasty taste towards the end of the bowl that reminded me a little bit of Squadron Leader. I did experience some gurgle in my pipe but I place this squarely on the pipe being brand new and not having been broken in.

The smoke had something that I've always felt is missing from a lot of English blends: body. I enjoy burley so much precisely because it seems to have more substantial smoke than a lot of "thin" English blends. Believe me I do enjoy English blends but always come back to burleys as my baseline. This blend has a nice solid base of burley that interplays perfectly with the English components. If that wasn't enough the very slight topping adds a subtle and sweet touch that balances everything out. If you're a latakia fiend don't expect to find a huge amount of it in this blend. It's there and you can certainly taste it but just like all the other components it works well with every other leaf to make a sum greater than the whole.

I do believe that C&D hit a home run with this blend. There is something for everyone to enjoy and if I were to pick a blend that is a perfect Americanized English this would be the blend. Enjoy!

1 person found this review helpful.

FALCON Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FALCON (12)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This is the best tobacco i ever tried i no longer have a rotation i only smoke epiphany now this is my tobacco.5 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When the breeze blows through the autumn leaves still drying on the trees, it makes a different sound than during the hot humid days of summer. The rustling in the boughs this warm overcast morning made me contemplative, the perfect mood for a bowl of Epiphany.

No problem at all packing and burning. This particular sample was quite dry, and because it was a gift I don't know if it came from a tin or bulk, but my guess is bulk. Makes me happy since I plan to buy a pound for aging. Seems to me this blend will only improve with some time in the cellar.

The first word that comes to mind is earthy. It starts off mild, as the description suggests. Earthy and warm, it makes for a perfect autumn outdoor morning smoke, with a mug of Starbucks at my side. I'm thinking it's the Burley that gives that earthy note, and it works perfectly in this particular blend of leaves. I'm literally tasting what I hear rustling in the branches above my head - autumn, dried leaves, fall colors. The Latakia is very mild and serves only to provide some flavoring and richness. All the ingredients meld so well that the overall end result is all that comes through. This is perhaps one of the best balanced combination of tobaccos I've had in a while.

Sweet Virginias make an occasional appearance, but most of the time it's that consistent blend of flavors that create what is in my experience a unique combination. Yes, it's a mild English, but it gains a bit of strength during the smoke to push it toward the medium part of the spectrum. About half way though I notice a toastiness that lasts the rest of the bowl. This is where it really gets good. The occasional hint of a very light topping comes through, but I can't honestly tell whether that's just natural sweetness of if they added something. For those of you who don't prefer toppings, there's nothing to fear as it's so light as to make me question whether or not it's just the natural tobacco flavors.

Yes, I will certainly acquire more of this. It's a keeper and easily earns four stars.

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Mr.GysbertiHodenpyl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr.GysbertiHodenpyl (2)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The taste is quite multi-dimensional. Early in the bowl the tobacco is slightly sweet with a slight rooty taste (not quite licorice but difficult to put a finger on) later in the bowl the sweetness wanes, giving way to medium woodiness. There is a spiciness throughout. It is reminiscent of an eastern chai tea and can really be experienced if exhaled through the nostrils. Overall it is something that all smokers should try, but not my absolute favorite (it leaves my mouth pasty and somewhat dry). It will always have a place on my shelf.

1 person found this review helpful.

karnevil9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
karnevil9 (17)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Being a relatively new pipe tobacco smoker and a ex cigarette smoker. I don't have the expertise or knowledge that most have here. That being said, I liked this tobacco. It has a nice flavor. I'm still discovering what certain tobacco tastes like what, but I have figured out what latakia tastes like and i like it. As far as nicotine, I'm not a good judge on that. The more nicotine the better for me. This brand definitely curbed my cigarette cravings so, it must have a good amount of nicotine.

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A two ounce sample a couple of years back, that's all I've had of the legendary Revelation. I liked it. Was definitely a mild blend, but it was tasty, and the fruit topping made it even more intriguing. But then the supply began to dry up, and I kept reading about House of Windsor denying they were in any sort of trouble. Well, we know how that turned out.

Several copy cat blends have popped up, and Epiphany remains the most referenced. It's supposedly a take on Revelation thirty years back, probably implying that the components were of a higher quality, with greater strength in body. I can't speak for the blend of that time, but of the more recent variety, I see little semblance.

Epiphany is its own blend. It's more tart and peppery than sweet and smokey. And it is certainly not mild, or fruity. The Latakia is evident, but muted. I can taste the Perique and I find that Burley exhibits an almost ubiquitous front. So call it an American English, I guess, which seems to designate these days the added presence of that leaf.

The type of idea that Epiphany conjures up appears the result of a sharp jolt to the head, like a giant book dropping on your skull rather than a soft reflection demanding greater thought to flesh out the details. It's more of a Richard Dawkins than an Albert Einstein. I can't say whether you'd favor Epiphany to Revelation, though I suppose it depends on your way of thinking.

Three of Five.

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Cancerman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cancerman (13)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

OK, I'm updating my review from one star to three, I found that in the pound I received that I stored two quart jars and took the last bit on the bottom and put it in a jelly jar for my immediate use, only problem is that it seems that this tobacco wasn't mixed up good enough and I got mostly burly in my first pipe full. It's a rather large cut for my small pipe, probably better smoked in a larger pipe for consistency.

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Sparks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sparks (7)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is my go-to English blend. What makes it so? It can be smoked all day without tiring of it. Once again, C&D hits the nail on the head. Maybe I'm a bit partial because my 3 favorite blends are C&D, but this one is a winner in my book.

Nice rich, smooth smoking blend. It has just enough Latakia to notice and enjoy, a touch of VA for sweetness, some Perique to balance that sweetness out and Burley to round the whole thing out. The Burley provides a nice rich nutty flavor that works well with the Latakia, and IMO the VA and Perique are subtle background notes.

Overall this is a great blend. There is nothing I can say bad about it. Will stay in my rotation and my cellar. 4 stars for sure.

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (59)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I usually complaint when tobaccos re not consistent from bowl to bowl but with this tobacco I don't seem to mind at all for the most part in the first third of the bowl you get a sweetness I don't think is cherry or peach but maybe molasses that really bring out the sweetness of the virginia use on the is blend the latakia weaves in an out never overwhelming what's going on the bowl the second third of the bowl burley takes control although the virginia still noticeable; the flavoring agent is still there but the latakia is mostly gone; the last third of the bowl is nothing but burley almost like smoking lucky strike of two timer. Is almost impossible to get tongue bite but the burleys will get bitter if you;re puffing to hard. the inconsistency is that sometimes there is no latakia on some of the bowls that I've smoke but if you are like me who likes latakia in very little doses you would not mind this at all. I have stashed a pound of this and it has make me consider buying the other 2 brands that I know that claim to match the old revelation which I never try.

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Judge Adams Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Judge Adams (16)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I knew the old Phillip Morris blend, "Revelation." It was a friend of mine. This is no "Revelation." The original invariably arrived dry in the can. It had only a hint of latakia, and was primarily a heap of flake-cut, low-quality virginias and burleys. It never rose above the drug store pedigree. It burned way too hot and could be a scorcher. But what a marvelous room note! It reminded me of apple orchards in the spring and birch groves in the fall. My favorite English teacher smoked it constantly. I never tired of the aroma. Ironically, "Ephiphany" is way better than the old "Revelation" in every respect except the most important respect. It is high quality stuff. It has plenty of latakia strength. It packs and smokes well. It tastes better than "Revelation" ever did. But where is the apple orchard, the birch grove? They live only in the mind. Even a mind as powerful as Einstein's can't bring them back.

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DeadMensPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeadMensPipes (38)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

All the glowing reviews made me decide to buy a few ounces of this blend. Maybe after a couple more bowlfuls, I will have an epiphany and see the light - but so far, I am not all that impressed. Upon opening the zip-lock bag my shipment arrived in, I was impressed by the wonderful initial aroma which drifted away, with a very faint scent of fine tobacco. There is also a hint of that "ketchupy" scent normally associated with MacBaren blends like HH Mature Virginia.

Epiphany is pleasing to the eye, a mixture of different sizes and colors of tan to dark brown flakes and chop-cuts. Packed well. Lit easily and stayed lit to the bottom of the bowl, leaving a clean light gray ash. No real bite. The flavor when smoking? Unimpressive. Toward the end of the bowl, like "hot-boxing" a strong cigarette or a cheap cigar. Peppery. I wouldn't call it sweet. Creamy? Fruity topping? Didn't detect any of that.

Maybe it was the pipe I used, a Savinelli Punto Oro Corallo KS. Toward the very end of the bowl, the nicotine level made my head spin. Oh well. I'll try it again sometime and post an update if I notice any improvement.

UPDATE: 03/23/2013 - Well, it's been almost four years since I left the 4 oz. bag sitting in a big glass jar humidor, next to some Dunhill bulk "My Mixture." Wow. What a difference some aging makes! This stuff has vastly improved. Maybe it picked up some aroma from the Dunhill's by osmosis, who knows? No more ketchupy smell. Smokes and tastes like a true English blend. Still do not detect any "fruity topping", thank God. A wonderful smoke. IMPROVED RATING: 3.5 stars.

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Max1a Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Max1a (29)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking this tobacco regularly for close to three years now. I find it to be a unique, tasty and rewarding smoke. I can't really agree that it is like Revelation, but it certainly is like nothing else on the market today. I was tempted to give it 4 stars but then I realized that for die hard English fans it will come up short and for aromatic fans it will not please their sweet tooth. I like my tobacco, beer and spirits to be quality, and can enjoy just about anything if it shows quality. This is indeed a quality blend that shows that alot of thought went into it. If you are a middle of the road smoker, you owe it to yourself to try this one.

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uncle corncob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
uncle corncob (4)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a great smoke. bottom line.

I tried at first to compare to HOW version, which is all I have to reference as far as Revelation is concerned, it doesn't compare at all.

The only experiences I have of the "ol' american" style of tobacco is what blenders like C&D, have recreated for me. I have tried and liked Baily's Front Porch by C&D which was "like" Revelation as well.

This though actually reminds me of Yale mixture alot. And that is a good thing. There is a deep wine-like chararistic to this from the Latakia and Va mix.

Tin - Smokey, sausauge smell

1st light - As wonderful english style,the flavors of the Lat, VA and the burley make themselves known in a well blended way. Clean and smokey

Mid bowl - This is "meaty" and as I mentioned "Wine-like" at the same time. the Va is playing pivot to the Lat and then to the burley. at times it tastes like a great Va/Lat smoke, and the next minute it tastes like a Va/Bur smoke with Lat in it.

Bottom Bowl - Nicotine is good and solid now. the blend has come together and no longer varying. grey ash. no gurgle. I am one with the pipe, as you could say. Very good smoke, responsive like a cigar.

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MadMarv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MadMarv (15)
★★★★
Medium Mild Full Tolerable

UPDATE: I've gone back to this one after a year or so, and am now smoking it in warmer Mississippi spring temps. It's found a home here. Warm weather makes me appreciate the coolness of this smoke- something I didn't notice during my previous winter trial. Plenty of smoke, not too fast a burn rate. Raised to four stars - it deserves every one..

ORIGINAL REVIEW: Not much to add to the other excellent reviews here, but I did want to make a couple of points. The burley seems quite pronounced to me. I find it a very refreshing change from my usual blends.

The applied topping is very well done, not at all over the top. It adds a delightful top note that blends very well with the fruity notes of the perique. The latakia is fully present but not overbearing.

There was a little bitterness at times in some of my smaller pipes, but it was a black coffee sort of thing, not at all unpleasant. This was much less apparent in larger bowls, or with a lighter packing technique.

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Rimshot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rimshot (11)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is indeed a fine tobacco. The nicotine is not overwhelming but still makes its presence known. It burns very cool and doesn't bite, even when puffed hard. Stays lit very easily, as do many burley blends, and leaves a nice fine ash.

In my humble opinion, the burley gets lost in the virginia and rather strong latakia.

A good smoke, I find the Latakia strong enough to dictate this be only an occasional smoke for me. I would compare it to bitter stout (which, by the way, it goes very well with): it's nice on a cold night and when you're in certain moods, but you wouldn't want it all the time. Definitely not an all-day or (for me) every-day smoke.

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smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Full Tolerable

Epiphany is said to be an accurate copy of the original Revelation mixture. Never having smoked that particular blend, I can't make the comparison but can say that this is one very tasty smoke.

In the pouch, Epiphany is a pretty finely chopped ribbon that has an aroma that reminds me a little of apple cider with a Latakia aroma in the background. This probably comes partly from the topping and also from the VAs. It has an acceptable room note, not particularly aromatic but not pungent, either. Due to the cut, it packs, lights, and burns very well.

Flavorwise, the burley nuttiness and the slight sweetness of the VAs are the first things noted, with a bit of sweetness also coming from the topping. Farher down the bowl, the Latakia shows up with its' smokiness in a supporting role. To me, the topping has been done exactly right, letting the natural tobacco flavors shine through.

C&D's prices have gone up since Feb. 1st, reflecting increasing costs for both tobacco and taxes. I still consider their blends a bargain compared to many other premium blends on the market.

Scores for Epiphany: flavor- 17 of 20; lighting and burn- 9 of 10; value- 8 of 10. 34 points equals a good ** rating. This has become another one of my regular smokes. Nice work, Craig and Bob!

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (299)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I agree very much with Pipestud's review of this blend: a tasty, hearty, simple tobacco that can be enjoyed regularly and doesn't require much attention.

Sure, Revelation was better and more unique... but you really can't complain! It's nutty, moderately sweet, full of bold and pleasant nuances. A great balance between burley nuttiness, Latakia smokiness and leathery taste, slight Virginia sweetness and just a bit of Perique tang.

It's stout but not heavy, not as nicotine-laden as some other C&D burley based blends. Very interesting for cigarette AND pipe smokers, it really fixes the occasional craving for a cigarette.

Truly low-maintenance tobacco, in the good meaning of the term: it burns great, quite quick but never hot or with nasty aftertaste if you overpuff it. Absolutely no bad-burley bitterness here!

Not a masterpiece of originality or class, but a very delicious tobacco for the real smoker.

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InTheBiz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
InTheBiz (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Over the years, there's been 3 different versions of Revelation. 1) The original Phillip Morris version (The best, in my opinion.) 2) The early House of Windsor version (visually different, but possessed the same basic flavor). 3) The last House of Windsor version (Large, chunky cube cut, fruit top note non-existent at times, difficult to keep lit, harsh on the tongue).

Cornell & Diehl's Epiphany is a virtual copy of the original Phillip Morris product. A near perfect blending of Burleys, Virginias, with a touch of Latakia and Perique. The fruit top note is done with restraint, yet is evident for the entire bowl. A visually interesting mixture of small cubes, long cut Virginia, black bits of Latakia and Perique, and flakes of Bright Virginia. Beautiful! The pouch aroma is typical, old fashioned "pipe tobacco", reminiscent of times past.

Flavor is creamy, nutty and smooth, with no single tobacco taking center stage. The sweet top dressing is a bit pronounced at first light, but settles down nicely, never interfering with the base tobacco flavor. Little to no bite is detected, even with vigorous puffing. Burning qualities are excellent, with very few re-lights needed.

I've smoked bowl after bowl in various pipes, and never tire of the taste, always anticipating the next bowl. I can't say that about most blends I've tried. Usually, one bowl is enough, then on to something different. Not so with Epiphany.

Overall, an outstanding rendition of an old, classic mixture. Craig Tarler and company have created yet another masterpiece. Bravo!

Highly Recommended!!!

CACooper

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (138)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is what it is - a light aromatic, American English. Smoked most all of a tin in a Benton and the remaining bowlfulls in an estate Dunhill. A little sweeter in the Benton.

Looks and smells to me (and a friend) in the tin a little like the IRC Three Star series, but this does not have that level of sweetness.

Nice burley with bright Virginias and some red added. Spiced a wee bit with both latakia and some Perique. It packs, lights, and burns easy and dry.

The mild, fruity note is per the blender, plumb, as apparently the original version was. That's the main new information I can add to these reviews.

Though the fruit note is light and balances with the tobacco taste, it does stay with the bowl to the end. The last half of the bowl picks up a little more of the spices from the condimentals. But it's not heavy by any means.

So something for everyone -- burley, virginia, condimentals, and some added sweetness. It introduces the aromatic fan to a bit of spice, and provides some fragrance to a natural smoker.

I found it an interesting change of pace, and could be a frequent to all day smoke for some. I give it three stars for its civility, but it is better than that really; just not designed to knock your socks off.

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Talonr1701 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talonr1701 (119)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Bob & Craig prove once again that the old classics never have to fade into the past have given us what they claim to be an Homage to the original Revelation. I don't know about that-Was before my time. I will say that what they HAVE given us is a Classic. My sample came in a chopped format. A pretty mix of White ,black , yellows and a lovely Fruit smell- Like Vanilla and peach? Not overly sweet mind you like the recent Revelation- Who's Berry topping for me was a little over the top. Curiously the smell only translates to a sweetening of the natural mixture of the tobacco flavor to me. It did take a bit of drying, But took to flame nicely in a Mark Tinski rendition of the classic Kaywoodie 99B. The intial flavor was All American. No dominant flavor, just a loevly parfait of Virginias, Burleys, latakia (playing well in the background) and a bit of sweetness. All the way through the bowl I kept thinking of times I never got to be part of- Better times, Simpler times. I lost a pleasant hour on my backporch with this blend. This is a great all the time smoke. The room note is nice and not overpowering for the non-smokers. The Nicotine level is just right. You can't go wrong here. An enthusiastic thmbs up

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incognitopoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incognitopoet (22)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extra Strong Medium Tolerable

I decided to try this blend, with the goal of finding a very light aromatic for after dinner. Evidently the presence of any topping at all is offensive to my pallette, because the cherry flavor just made me sick. For some reason the taste of burning cherry isn't attractive to me, especially in the context of latekia.

I can't stand flavored coffee, so I guess I just have a strong aversion to artificial flavors. If the tobacco itself is unable to present an alluring flavor, why smoke it?

That having been said, I have a friend who does enjoy aromatic / flavored blends, and he enjoys a bowl every time he drops by for a smoke. If you are looking for a hybrid of a cherry drugstore with an English blend, this might be an option for you.

Pipe Used: Churchwarden briar

Age When Smoked: 3 years

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LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (9)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I have an English style palate. This runs somewhat sweet for my taste, Even smoking, this might be a good smoke for someone who wants to try something that has an English feel to it, I like other blends much more.

On the other hand, this is a dependable smoke, that most will find pleasant.

Pipe Used: My English Grabow Briar

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Indian Traders Grand Rapids MI

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StrongMixturesOnly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StrongMixturesOnly (17)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

This is, by far, the blandest English tobacco I have yet sampled. It is neither potent nor pleasing to the pallet nor to the scent. I smoked through a full ounce and it was an unsatisfactory experience every time.

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Tplumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tplumm (21)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Of the several English blends I've tried this is my least favorite. I really tried to like this too, and I'm not a novice to English blends. I guess that it just wasn't my thing. I tried it in several pipes with the same outcome in all, just a "I can't get into this" feeling. I gave my left over 4 oz. to a friend who absolutely loves it. I think the Perique is what is throwing me off, at least from my perception of what a true English blend should be.

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (56)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not a complex blend but a great smoke in its own simple way , Burley is the main player the other leafs just make everything works and the Perique gives the smoke a little bit of spice!

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Compared to the HoW version of Revelation, this one fails to hit the mark. I'll smoke the rest of the tin over time, but won't buy more of it.

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JTrain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JTrain (1)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first tin and I'm making notes as I smoke thru it. I will add more soon. So far it is pretty tasty and not to complex but plenty of flavor.

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (49)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

Not sure what to think of this blend. It smelled like a ton of figs, raisins, and other fruits, but not like an aromatic. While smoking it there were hints of that same fruity smell. Detected small amounts of latakia. The blend seemed quite flat to me. I'm going to let it age and try again.

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Bluefox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluefox (11)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I feel a little let down by this blend. Was expecting a little more from it. All and all though a decent smoke. Take out the perique so the other flavors could come through more and I would probably like it better.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (159)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

On the whole, I have to concur with cgar's review. There was something odd tasting in the first few bowls, which I am either getting used to or which has partially dissipated. It's also a bit more burley-forward for me than I thought it would be. On the whole, though, an interesting smoke, well worth trying.

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CowBoy From Hell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CowBoy From Hell (12)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Extra Full Tolerable

this blend is great with a relaxing overwhelming feeling of bliss when smoked a must try, this blend was discontinued by CnD brought is back,not for the aromatic smokers but for those who love great tasting blends.

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rattdogg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattdogg (33)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Here we go! A short review for Epiphany. It taste nothing like The Revelation I remember. It's rather bland and sour when smoked. I won't be buying anymore.

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Unaru Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Unaru (1)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This being my first English blend, also only my second blend, I'm not sure how to really pick between different types of tobacco, though nothing stood out to me. When I opened the tin I was taken in by the smell. It was not a strong smell, but very captivating, with a kind of sweetness. Upon lighting I was a bit turned off, but decided to finish my bowl, and I am glad I did. I have definitely found something that I could smoke throughout the day.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (89)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

My first experience with this blend was a bit disappointing, I was just coming down off of a run of stronger English and Balkan blends and so this one came off to me as bland and rather tasteless to my charred pallet at the time. With that said, I put it away and came back to it later. My second go at this blend was rather different, I had been smoking more mild Va, burley, perique blends and my pallet at this point had come back to being able to taste more mild flavors not being so charred from heavy Latakia. I found this blend to be a good English for those who don't smoke much Latakia or those looking for an all day English smoke. It has a soft and rather smooth flavor with a light latakia, va, burley sort of taste. I may have picked up hints of vanilla although I'm not really sure. This is definitely not a smoke for the Latakia bomb lovers, but it is nice none the less with a rather enjoyable room note for an English blend.

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BigFrank Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigFrank (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Strong

This blend just did not do anything for me. No flavor, no strength. Tasted like I was smoking a stale cigarette. Tried smoking the blend in different pipes but nothing. 1 star.

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chetking Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chetking (54)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant

A difficult review as Epiphany, ostensibly a Revelation match, is a reviewers' favorite. And its tough to buck the history on this one - it was one of Dr. Albert Einstein's top choices. Challenging credentials to contest.

I've wrestled off on on throughout my life to like this blend. I really wanted to like it, but just never been able to do it.

As teenagers we managed to illicitly acquire a few supermarket blends like Holiday, Rum and Maple, Prince Albert and Hickory, but Revelation was one of those finds we'd obsess over. The Burley, Virginia, Latakia and Perique configuration made it intriguing and a joy to have around. It smelled different and exciting. But as I recollect none of my pals ever actually smoked Revelation much because it was just an unpleasant encounter, bitter and biting, like Popa's Camel cigarettes.

And things haven't changed for me. Acquired 8 ounces recently in another attempt to embrace this icon tobac only to find it still smells great, but that is where the adventure ends. It smokes hot, has a tendency to require multiple relites, tastes bitter, is hard on the throat, and ghosts any pipe I ever put it in including the cobs. I'm relegated to using it as a mixer and for me that is where its salvaging grace lies. I give it ** stars in deference to all good Revelation lovers out there.

Sorry Dr. Einstein but your passion for it athwarts a dimension I have never been able to enter.

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PeteSavinelli Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeteSavinelli (8)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, I have to say that I think I must've gotten my 2 ounces from the bottom of the bulk jar. This was supposed to be a "ribbon" cut but really I all got were tiny little flakes and dust. This, of course, made it impossible to smoke in my favorite cob as I kept sucking the flakes through the stem into my mouth. So, I switched to my Savinelli bent apple. This was a slight improvement but as the bowl wore on, the unburnt flakes started to pack themselves against the draw hole.

As for the smoke itself I got some smokiness (i.e. Latakia) in the bag but this didn't really transfer to the bowl where I found mainly burley and perique. The lack of latakia made it a little too spicy for me and because it lacked the smokiness of the latakia, the burley and perique just sort of hung there with nothing to support it. In the words of the 42nd president of the USA, there really was no "there" there.

I blended some in various ratios with 1Q and will see what that does in a week or so. I'll order some BCA and blend it with that, too, and see what happens.

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Feetup Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Feetup (17)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Even after trying a couple of different pipes and comming back after a couple on months I just can not get into this tobacco. It is obviously a quality blend though too strong for me. I'll place into storage and see if my palate changes.

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Fellow traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fellow traveler (64)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

My preference is for smooth mild smokes with flavors that are balanced and well blended. I found this mix to be much to strong for my taste, harsh, biting, with a disagreeable long lasting bitter aftertaste. My 4 ounce bag is out killing beetles on the roses. If you like ElRay del Mondo cigars over Montecristo Whites give it a try.

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (45)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I do kinda like this blend, however I get that black Cavendish mouth paste feeling that keeps me from reaching for it very often. I also notice an added flavoring or maybe its just the flavoring that's present in most C&D burleys that Ive smoked. C&D is one of my favorite blenders but black Cavendish will ruin any blend for me. 2 stars because I will smoke the rest I have but not re-up when its gone.

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