This review of Cornell and Diehl’s Epiphany is long overdue. As much as I smoke of this stuff I can’t figure out why it took so long to get around to posting the review.
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.
Cornell and Diehl classifies this as an English blend, and while that is perfectly fair, in my mind it falls under another category that I have yet to figure out a good name for. The tobaccos I place in this undefined category are the unpretentious, easy-smoking, all-day blends that won’t appeal to the purists or elitists, aren’t sweet, gooey, or flavored enough to appeal to aromatic lovers, and don’t contain enough of any one of their components call them a “Virginia blend” or a “Burley blend.” They were the “Over the Counter blends” back when all tobacco was sold over the counter. But I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to confuse a blend like Cornell and Diehl Epiphany with today’s OTC blends.
When I enjoy English and Balkan blends I appreciate the way the various flavors artfully dance around and intermingle with one another. Conversely, I love Epiphany for how each of its flavors meld with one another.
A little sweet, a bit smokey, plenty of smooth body, with just a little pepper but no rough edges. The Latakia is always there, so is the Burley and Virginia. Like the description says, perfect balance and harmony.
You’ll find a whisper of perfume – some added fruit flavor. I think its plum. There’s nowhere near enough of this flavoring to even move the blend in the direction of the aromatic category. The fruit flavor is barely there, but I’m glad it is – it works brilliantly alongside the richness of the Burley and Latakia and plays well off the sweetness from the Virginia.
The tobacco arrives loose cut in perfectly sized particles, ribbons, and tidbits in every shade of brown that make filling the bowl easy and keeping it lit worry-free. I consider this among the most well-behaved blends I smoke.
Recently I finished my aged stash of Cornell and Diehl’s Epiphany and started on my fresh supply. For starters, I can’t believe Epiphany has been around that long. I still think of it as one of C&D’s “new pipe tobacco blends.” Time flies.
Comparing the aged to the fresh I can’t really say one is better than the other, but the two years of aging did make a difference. Experiment and see which way you like better.
This is the blend I reach for when I don’t want something different, and pound for pound, its the one I smoke the most of.
Smoked it? Lets hear what you thought about it in the comments.