Sutliff Tobacco Company Match Revelation

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


Brand Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blended By Carl McCallister
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type American
Contents Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.80 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 25, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The HoW version left me with a bad impression all the way around, from the dullness of the burley to the relative lack of sweetness, depth, and flavor of the Virginia and the burley. In the Match, the medium brown Virginia has a mildly natural tangy citrus sweetness and grass, while the burley sports some earthy, woody points, plus a light nuttiness as a supporting player. The perique is very lightly added for hints of spice, plums and raisins, hardly noticed in the HoW. The Cyprian Latakia brings very mild smokey, woody, earthy bass notes to give this mixture a slight flavor push. There’s a mild fruity rum topping that tastes better than the one HoW used, and slightly more obvious, too. It very mildly tones down the tobaccos. The HoW version tended to have a cardboard taste that turned bitter near the finish, and smoked hot unless you sipped it. None of these qualities are true of the Match, which burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a well balanced, complex, consistent flavor from top to bottom. Won't bite or get harsh. This is more well rounded and smoother than previous productions as the components work together with greater consistency here. The strength is just past the center of mild to medium, while the taste reaches the medium mark chiefly due to the sweetness level of the blend. The nic-hit is a couple of steps past the mild threshold. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste. The room note is tad stronger. An all day smoke.

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

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 18, 2010 Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
The close of business for House Of Windsor, left a profound void in the pipe smoking world. When I was younger, Revelation was not a favorite (started pipe smoking in 1965), however, as we age and mature, our tastebuds and general likes and dislikes do, also. Revelation, had become a favorite. It was the prefered pipe smoking mixture of Dr. Albert Einstein, Ph.D, so the older I get, the more like a "rocket scientist", I feel. The Revelation-Match on its own, is outstanding. My liking, is to let this tobacco breathe. If it dries too much, I simply use brewed coffee (I blend 1/3 espresso into brown coffee), and no milk or sugar, simply toss a tablespoon of brewed coffee into the tobacco and then cover it and place it in hot/direct sunlight for one, or as much as three, full days. The taste of coffee compliments tobacco, and the moisture is thoroughly distributed. What a symphony of flavors! Music by Antonio Vivaldi, and Revelation-Match in a pipe. I tend to sip the pipe for nicest result and it brings out flavors. For that matter, longer stemmed pipes and smaller bowl offerings are the way to go, or only fill the bowl half way. This allows the briar to absorb more nicotines (which bring out the grain in the pipe) and a given bowl size may disipate 50% more heat if smoked half full. Less liklihood of foulness as the smoke generally is over by time anything negligent can be commented on. Burley, Virginia, Turkish, Latakia, Perique, and possible casing of citron (candied citrus rind) or my imagination? What a calming and beautiful smoke, first time, every time, even when re-lit multiple times. My own tastes do not go well with butane, so I use any one of my trusty Zippos. Have never had any negative comments regarding the room note. The flavor is most pleasant and you don't have enough stars for me to rate this as in my opinion, it's off the scale at Five Stars. Now, I mix this 1 pound of Revelation-Match with either 4 ounces of Latakia, or 100 grams of Mc Clelland's Blending Latakia, as it produces the most favorite pipe smoking pleasure, to date. Go easy. Don't try to light the entire top of the bowl like some kind of welding torch. Slow it down! Puff easy. Relax. Revelation-Match will give all sorts of pleasant tastes. In days of old, pencil shavings were added to get the "woodsy" campfire tones to any person's pipe. Campfire tones from quality blending and finishing techniques of the tobacco company are very apparent. Mild sweet saltiness, stout burley, nasal filling straight forwardness. You name it, just like a musical composition of a great master. When blended as stated, in my opinion, it's even better. If your tastebuds run sweet, this may not be the one for you. If you enjoy the honest flavors of home cooking, oh, I think you are going to like this one. Try a small quantity first. I simply go for the pound size.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 21, 2020 Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
This blend has been well reviewed so I will not delve into the particulars. First of all, I believe this blend has been underrated at 2.7. It is masterfully blended. I bought an ounce to sample a few months ago but never really gave it a shot until a week or so ago and that is when it really hit me so I ordered a pound. I’ve been a piper for over 50 years and have been around the horn with many blends and have in the past few years have learned to appreciate the qualities and subtlety of these old American blends and Revelation has impressed me greatly. I never smoked the PM or HOW blends but rate this on its own merit. In short, I love the stuff! I have a tin of Pegasus and it does not compare. It lacks the basic qualities of the great “codger” blends of the past. In fact, I’ve yet to smoke a single C&D blend I enjoyed. I have some reservations about casually giving out a four star review and there is temptation to give it a three and qualify it in this review as 3.5 but I just have to give it the full four.
Pipe Used: Sydney P Ram and GBD
PurchasedFrom: P&C
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 27, 2018 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I have no experience with either of the original versions of Revelation, so this review is based on the merits of the blend and no comparison to the original(s).

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

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

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

I like Epiphany more, and if Epiphany is a 3.5, this one is just shy of a 3 for me.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 23, 2015 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
I just finished up a sample of this I received from a forum friend and a fellow reviewer here when we had a bit of revelation showdown that included another forum friend and fellow reviewer here. I supplied some Philip Morris revelation that I scored off ebay. This one was supplied plus some epiphany was also sampled in the process.

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

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

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

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

In any case, although I preferred the C&D match, I did enjoy the sutliff match as well. They are both solid and both better than the original as it exists today.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 09, 2013 Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This tobacco took me at quite surprise. I tried this blend because it's a copy of the copy of what the great Einstein filled his pipe with, I stayed for the taste. I had expected a cheap and heavily case monstrosity that burned before one even put match to leaf. But I was greeted with the wonderful taste of the tobacco and the smell of a library with a camp fire somewhere within the shelves. Odd, I'll admit, but no where near unwelcome. This is quite a fair priced and easily obtainable leaf. It's not going to surprise you, nor is it a latakia or perique bomb, but it is consistant and easy to smoke tobacco.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 24, 2016 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
Got a good sample of this from my buddy D. Thanks bro.

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

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Flavoring is mild. Burns very well. Comes with some rather large pieces of leaf making it difficult to know if you're getting a proper mix when you load it. I recommend running it through a food chopper to solve that problem.
Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus
PurchasedFrom: gifted
Age When Smoked: unknown
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 03, 2020 Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant
Never had the original Revelation. This review is on the Match Revelation only. Since Albert Einstein liked this blend I thought it would be fun to give it a try. With ingredients listed as Burley, Kentucky, Latakia, Perique, Virginia it sounded somewhat complex and intriguing.

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

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

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

Pipe Used: Vauen Red Kansas
PurchasedFrom: P&C
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 31, 2018 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable
I have smoked about four bowls of this, maybe not enough for a proper review but I will proceed none the less. Like the description says it is a course cut. I jarred this and for me when I opened the jar I smelled a berry scent. This smokes somewhat sweet and spicy producing a lot of smoke. For this one I am between a two and three-star rating. For want of a better word this is like an aromatic English? I bought this mainly because I like trying different types and this was supposed to be a copy of the blend Einstein enjoyed. I do feel somewhat smarter.
Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Calabash 2000
Age When Smoked: new
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Aug 11, 2017 Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong
Very enjoyable tobacco. Just the right amout of Latakia. It was not overwhelming. It had a nice light topping that gave it flavor. It seemed a little plumy. Smoke it and be and smart as Einstein 🙂
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