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Borkum Rif smooth ultra light tobacco is a premium quality mixture, which combines a specially processed blend of smooth Virginia and rich ccl-smoking Burley tobaccos, to create an exquisite taste, enhanced with aromatic vanilla.

Notes: Borkum Riff Tobaccos were previously produced in Sweden, but now they are manufactured in Denmark.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended BySwedish Match
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Vanilla, Whisky
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Pouch
CountrySE
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Extremely Mild, Very Mild
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Extremely Mild (Flat), Very Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
1.7
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (662)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I tried it against my better judgement and was rewarded with nothing. Vanilla is present, but barely. The burley is noticeable, but flat. Dry or moistened, there's little here to enjoy, unless you smoke fast and like tongue bite in the service of making clouds of smoke. That, it can do. I don't understand why someone would want to smoke something this boring, and I just can't recommend it, not even to a beginner.

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King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (40)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

My review is, apparently, going to be more positive than almost all of the others before it. I bought three seven ounce tins on ebay (this mixture is out of production) because I thought the price was right to put them on my table at the 2013 NASPC show. From 9 am to 5 pm I got a total of one person who payed any attention to them at all, and he complained that the blend was just too light for his tastes! By the way, these are the earlier Swedish tins.

So, I decided - what the hell - I'm going to open one and find out what this tobacco is. Here is what I found: a darkish colored narrowly shagged blend, rather dry, with the aroma of - are you ready- chewing tobacco! That's right - chewing tobacco. It reminded me of Mail Pouch or Red Man or Day's Work and not a hint of the vanilla topping mentioned in the tin description. My next thought was that this is going to be a farce, but here goes. I gave this blend a real treat and loaded up a Larry Roush medium thick-walled lovat and had at it. Not bad; not bad at all. It reminded me of some of the blends I smoked back when I was just starting out. Possibly some virginia but definitely burley, it smoked with an earthy and natural tobacco taste. I thought of working class guys puffing away in denim work shirts while making school buses - I worked summers at the Superior Coach Corporation to help pay for college. Nothing fancy; just working class guys sweating it out for a weekly paycheck - good honest tobacco aroma. What a pleasant surprise!

I blended BRUL up to an english mixture with several englishes I had available and they were good too. I'm still blending with it as we go to press. A very solid three stars.

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

I don't know what is supposed to be "light" about this stuff. It was goopy and wet with lots of chemicals. There wasn't much tobacco flavor, because the toxic waste topping dominated the experience. It was hell-fire hot, with absolutely ferocious tongue bite. Makes my mouth sore just thinking about it.

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lcristante Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lcristante (3)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

I do not like this tobacco. Probably someone like, but I never met anyone who decided by it. No matter if it is smoked slowly, It bites too much and it burns hot. I do not recommend since you can find better options by the same price.

Pipe Used: Churchwarden, Corn Cob, ...

Age When Smoked: 6 months

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Honzz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Honzz (10)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

this tobacco is horrible, no nicotine no flavour nothing at all.
All borkum tobaccos are too dry and flat.
if u dont have other option as in egypt but drug store tobacco so stuck to the cap.

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jlmdoval Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jlmdoval (11)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Recommended for those, like me, that doesn't like cigarette taste after smoking a bowl. The problem is that it is tasteless. It bites though. Be careful.

Beginners will enjoy it.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

It's not a good tobacco. Probably someone like, but I never met anyone who decided by it. It bites too much and it burns hot. I do not recommend since you can find better options by the same price.

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ctyankeepiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ctyankeepiper (13)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Only one word can describe this tobacco, cigarette. I bought one pouch at my local CVS, and it will be my last. I only got a few puffs in before I dumped the bowl, and smoked something better. If your a cigarette smoker, which I'm not, you'll probably like this blend

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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (165)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

This is a mixture of Gold Virginia and Burley Tobaccos, treated in order to obtain a mixture with very low ammount of Nicotine. Is a ultra mild tobacco, very good for begginers, for people thart desire, want or need a low Nicotine Tobacco. Is also excelent for making personal mixtures, because it is inexpensive and "neutral", useful for reduce Tobaccos thar were considered "too strong" by the smoker. Also, Pipe experts that like neutral tobaccos may apreciate this. Their flavour ant taste? Very Mild, flavour and taste of... Tobacco... Recommended.

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vandiabolus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vandiabolus (7)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

smells great. tastes good. one that i like to smoke indoors, very minimal bite. just a bit too weak for me though. i would sincerely like to find one that is just a stronger version of this one.

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aviviljoen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aviviljoen (18)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Ultra light indeed. This didn't satisfy me one bit. I don't see the point in smoking this.

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Tom Servo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Servo (58)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Inside the plastic pouch we find a pleasant Vanilla scent, with a background air of artificial coconut. It sort of reminds me the old Hawaiian Tropic sun tan lotion I used to rub on the girls back in my glory days. The faint hint of burley tries to exert itself, no hint from the pouch of Virginia. Like the pouch scent, the room note is pleasant-ish.

Packs and lights easy, Vanilla leads the way through the first quarter bowl. This stuff is so light, it produces clouds of smoke with very little to show for it. After the first quarter, the casing fades a little, revealing the slightly sweetened Burley. Again the Virginia is barely noticeable. (Classic “Burley Curse” - the tendency of Burley to take over a blend if overused.)

As others have noted, the last third of the bowl can turn nasty. Chemical tastes and unpleasant sour notes rule the day. The Burley goes downhill quickly. The flavors at the end are disappointing, yet they are the most memorable flavors this blend has to offer.

On a positive note it did smoke cool (non-existent), and everyone liked the room note.

However, good or bad, life's too short for drugstore tobacco. Support your local (or online) tobacconist, and do yourself a favor.

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HeavyPipeSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyPipeSmoker (2)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

After smoking a whole pouch of this thing, it was simply tasteless. You might wanna try mixing this with another blend e.g. Captain Black Cherry since both of them does not smoke that good.

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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (106)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This might be a good blend for someone who is just beginning to smoke pipes. It is forgiving if it is packed incorrectly, puffed too hard, etc. The vanilla casing is relatively subtle and the leaf used in blending is decent quality. It is extremely mild and it does have a better flavor than most OTC blends such as Prince Albert, Captain Black and the Laynes candied stuff.

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bwrixon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bwrixon (1)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Well, I had no intention of trying this tobacco, It was 8:45 at night, and I had classes the next day from 9-4, and I just smoked my last bowl of pipe tobacco, and the local smoke shop that has a decent tobacco selection closed, but it is right next door to a rite aide, so I walked in and saw what they had. They had either captain black royal, or cherry(I can not stand the ghost cherry aromatics leave in my pipe, it makes me gag every time, and captain black royal isnt much better in this regard), and borkum riff regular(as well as the usual bulk pound value bags of god knows what). I paid my price for the borkum riff(because it did have a captain blackish smell, and im a young pipe smoker so naturally I love bland and basic vanilla aromatics). The tobacco itself reminded me of a drier, burley/virginia captain black white. The vanilla creaminess was far less noticable, and it burned a bit on the hot side. The tobacco itself in the pouch was also reminiscent of plug cut chewing tobacco(it felt quite similiar to a brick of day o work if you've ever had the pleasure/displeasure). In terms of simple drugstore aromatics though, its not too bad. Having a pouch of borkum riff regular isnt too shabby if its the only tobacco you have on you, but next time im going to stick to the local tobaccionist times, and hope next school night when i run out I make it to the smoke shop. To conclude, if im in a decent smoke shop, ill pass on the borkum for something better, but if im in the drug store and its next to cherry, ill take the borkum regular, though if your cheap and at a drug store, try to find the prince albert soft vanilla for a similiar concept at half the price.

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apipeareyouserious? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
apipeareyouserious? (21)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

When I first began smoking a pipe, this was my favorite blend. Now, not so much. But it smelled good, had a decent taste, and was available for purchase at a local drug store. I've found that the quality varies greatly from pouch to pouch, I've purchased maybe 5 pouches total over the years & the first 2-3 were great, but every one since has been really amazingly horrible. I know it's not my palate evolving because I had 2 pouches open at once, one at home & one at work, and the work pouch was truly horrible while the home pouch was quite good.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Strong

This is based on the original pouch made by Swedish Match. I have not tried the new version made in Dem=nmark.

This is one of Borkum Riff's worse offerings.

Way, way over cased, the only detectable taste is the casing insulting your tongue and tastebuds.

The room note is overly overwhelming for people around you.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I was once stuck in a part of New York where it was either this or Borkum Riff Whiskey. I chose this, it was so light that it did take some getting used too, however, perserverance pays andin the end I got quite used to it.

Needless to say, I was glad to leave that part of NY and find something a little stronger. As an American friend once told me "It beats a poke in the eye with a pointed stick" but only just.

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Storm Watch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Storm Watch (25)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

There's vanilla in this stuff???? I sure couldn't taste any. Milder and certainly less harsh than the whiskey flavored crap they package up. It costs too much for what you get. I could have gotten two pouches of SWR for what I paid for this. It can bite easily.

I give this two stars because it's better than their whiskey flavored dung.

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Roddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Roddy (41)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Update: 2/13/10 Having been in another town visiting my granddaughter I had to pop down to their local store and get some tobacco. All the store carried was this and Whiskey. Having reviewed this tobacco not long ago and finding it not all that bad I chose this.

Now I know why so many people complain. I'm not sure if my first pouch of this stuff was new or old or what but the second one was considerably worse than the first one. It was almost harsh and bit me. It tasted more like I'd unrolled a cigarette and stuffed it in my pipe than real pipe tobacco.

When I got home I mixed this half and half with Super Value Black Cavendish. It's actually smoke-able now. You see, there really is a use for Super Value tobacco! Maybe if you took all the tobaccos you hate and mixed them all up in a big jar something good would come out of it. Just don't hold your breath. My original review follows:

Although up above it says "enhanced with aromatic vanilla" I can not detect any vanilla at all. All I can taste is tobacco and it's not all that bad especially when compared to other blends in this line. I've tried two or three of the others in this brand only to find them horrid at best.

Most of the complaints here seem to be that it's too mild or tasteless. I find the strait tobacco taste to be quite pleasing. The tobacco was very dry in the pouch and I could only smell tobacco. Perhaps being so dry is why I could not detect any vanilla. I find this good enough on it's own and will not experiment with adding moisture.

If you love strait tobaccos with little or no toppings I suggest you give this a try. I will actually buy more of this in the future The pouch price where I live was $4.69 for 1 1/2 ounces so while it's higher than other cheap tobaccos it's still cheaper than high priced stuff.

This is easily the best of the Borkum Riff line I've tried but I have not tried them all yet. I plan to cellar just a bit of this to see how it turns out in a year or so.

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ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (82)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

It's super mild . Not alot of flavor . Ya want something lite ... this aint it ...it's ultra light for sure. This blend is just sooo mello .Not alot of flavor .

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viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

This is one of the worst tobaccos I have ever tasted. In fact I did not even taste it, because it really has no taste. No smell, no nothing. Stay away.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

TioPaulus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TioPaulus (6)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

weak, way too mild, not worthy the price, and in Brazil it is quite pricey, about 13 dollars. i still have about 30grams of it and probably will blend it with some roll tobacco to give it at least some taste.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (205)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried this once. Not going to try again. Basically, while the pouch aroma was nice, the smoke was tasteless and the room note so-so.

The tobacco packs easily and burns OK. Just no tobacco taste in there.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

This is a Burley based tobacco, blended with Cavendish and chemically top flavored with something they called "vanilla".

Pouch aroma/room note is very nice, burley taste is strong, the flavor is not so bad, those who prefer chemical flavor would enjoy this blend since it burn clean and dry in the pipe, doesnt bite at all and will impress ladies around.

Overall, not the best drugstore tobacco. but not the worst Either

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

ultra mild is tht?well its a wt iam smoking blend,,just couldnt tate any thing,,burns into white ash n hold fire well,,thts it for this one,,many biggeners like it,,wont b on my list

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Spiffytexan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spiffytexan (3)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

This blend is the most expensive, and the least tasty of anything I have smoked so far. I dropped $6.50 on a 1.5 oz pack, and have smoked only 3 bowls over 1 month. The stuff is untasteable, biting, and does not have a particularly yummy aroma.

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tonalsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonalsmoker (30)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

This blend is very BLAND,after about 10 bowls the mild tobacco taste gets very old for the tastebuds.I broke down once and tried this from my local drugstore since this was all they carried for the past several years.The first few bowls were alright but after that,it was all downhill from there.

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Karyyk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Karyyk (4)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I bought this one at the recommendation of a co-worker (a long-time pipe smoker), and honestly, it was a mild disappointment. It's not so much that it's a bad smoke as much as the flavor is just extremely mild, which is basically what it advertises itself to be ('Ultra Light'). The room note is nice enough, not overpowering, as it does have a nice aromatic quality, and it burns fairly well, but there's just not much to it aside from that.

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Dan, Cordoba Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dan, Cordoba Man (9)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, this was my very first pouch I had when I bought my first pipe. Well, I've had worse. It is a mild tobacco, but with lots of aroma in the room. My wife loved it. I didn't know how to pack properly at the time, so there were many re-lights. It did taste well, and that's all I can remember.

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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (115)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This drug store type blend is just not for me. I didn't find much to complement here; it seems to have a wholly artificial bent to it. I have smoked several fine aromatics, both heavily cased and lightly topped. But this blend has a bitter and contrived taste and aftertaste, and I do not recommend it.

Maybe total novices may try this and smoke some before moving on. But I hope that the novice seeks out this forum to make a better-informed choice.

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WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (68)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild Very Mild Tolerable

Ok, so I found this one in an airtight container in my pantry. It wasn't alone either. It had some friends, Jamaican Rum, and Cherry Cavendish. It still has a price tag on it too. $2.63 + tax. Not a bad price for 2 years ago. I opened the plastic pouch and thought to myself, "Well that doesn't smell too bad!" Of course I was soon to be proven wrong. I noticed that it seemed a bit dry, but what the heck. I loaded up a bowl, and moved out onto my deck. It took two lights to get it going, and it really went downhill after that. I had a bowl of Velvet the other day that was better than this stuff. In the words I yell at Payton Manning on occasion, Pass, Pass, Pass...This one by...

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Full Very Strong

Mostly dark tobacco, strong pouch aroma of vanilla / truffle / walnut, something like that. Long cut.

Very mild in strength, but over cased because it was biting like crazy right from the start. The lack of strength incitates one to puff harder, which increases the bite attack.

And, for one of the rare occasions known to me, the girlfriend of the time - and check this, we were in a café, and not a small one- asked me to stop smoking it because you could smell it overwhelmingly about 35 feet away!

So, it stopped there, with my full agreement.

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Not being a fan of the Borkum Riff line of tobacco products, I decided to try this on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I will purchase it again.

The tobacco is somewhat dry in the pouch and packs easily. Lighting is easy as well. being mildly sweet and aromatic, it still holds a considerable amount of real tobacco flavor. It tastes great and is of little threat of bite to the experienced smoker.

It doesn't goop up the heel of the pipe and provides for a very enjoyable smoke. It's well worth a try.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Some Mac Baren (none of the tinned stuff!), Gawith, Middleton, and Borkum Riff are about the only tobacco brands you can now find down here in Mexico. For some this may seem as a pretty good tobacco range; be that as it may, the fact is that every time I visit my tobacconist I invariably remember that Stephen Stills' song: ?...and if you can?t be with the one you love, love the one you?re with?.

Ultra Light is indeed a very mild tobacco and, in my view, it?s also a very tasty aromatic. It has a refined chocolate/vanilla aroma, yet it also has a defined tobacco flavor. This is one of the few Borkum Riffs that doesn?t bite (Champagne being the other). Since the blending of this brand moved to Denmark, I find its tobaccos less chemical in taste and structure. I remember the old Ultra Light version as a non entity. Today, the Danish version seems to me very much alive. I can taste the Burleys quite distinctively; the Cavendish and Virginia are also there, providing support and giving it enough depth to make it an interesting smoke (at least a more interesting one than its previous German rendering).

The blend is not at all goopy or excessively moist. It?s easy to pack, and after a couple of lights it gets going on pretty well. As always, the slower the rhythm of your puffing the more you?ll enjoy the flavors of this or any other tobacco. Room aroma seems to be very pleasant. I don?t know if the new Danish blenders case or top the leaf, but even when the aroma seems to be rather potent it doesn?t occlude the tobacco-smoking sensation.

Although this is by no means a favorite of mine (I much more prefer Mac Baren?s Mixture Modern or BR?s Champagne or Scandinavian), I?ve learned to follow good ol? Stephen Still?s advice. Every now and then, this tobacco can be a delight.

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Mephisto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mephisto (32)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Ok lets imagine that you are stuck with no fine armotic such as Petersons Sunset Breeze to take out on the town with folks that dont like the smell of your Mephisto or Penzance or what ever it is you like by yourself or at the smoking lounge or lodge. Well this is about the least invasive I have tried it is light yet pleasent in room note so if someone still thinks your vanilla laden wife pleaser is too smoky or fills the air too much then go with this it is light generaly pleasent and effemeral. The trick here is you have to put up with the super light and flatness in general. Then on top of that you MUST only smoke the fist 2/3 of the bowl or horrible things will come of it. If this is done all is well and it is well behaved ( short smoke not a marathon blend ) that actualy doesn't have that pipe smelling like a cig. ashtray like some of the other drugstore blends. I say its not specialy blend and nothing to pine over but it has its niche use, so if thats what you are looling for then this is the tool you might want to use Oh and you can chain smoke this all night ( a bowl every half hour ( thats all you are gonna get out of it)) all night long and stillnot get the effects of one bowl of any of the Dunhill blend. This one couldn't puch its way out of a wet paper bag ( duh it's an Ultra Light )

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BEN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BEN (58)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Let me recommend this to anyone wanting to try a Borkum Riff pipe tobacco. It is the only product this company makes that I have ever truly liked . I tried this for a while in my early days of pipe smoking and just recently tried a bowl full at a neighbors house who's late husband smoked it exclusively for years...I obliged her when she offered and it took me back. Wild Turkey and water and a bowl full of this in my younger days, fantastic!..The only one I ever liked...Borkum Riff tobacco's just plain suck, other than this one.

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

February 2006.

If your terrified of any tobacco with even the slightest touch of back-bone in taste,or strength,then,you may like this.

It lit easy enough but,I felt like I was smoking fresh air that had been contaminated with a very weak sickly taste of faint vanilla.

Ugh! Boring,and way to light for me!

I'm running back to my virginia,perique,and latakia blends.

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Bezoar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bezoar (14)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

it was extremely dry in the pouch and was compressed into a brick i had to break up. very finr ribbons. almost NO fines in it unlike my pouches of cherry liqueur. very pleasent smell in the pouch. the room note was wonderful and only started to fade in the last 1/4 of the bowl. very little tongue bite until the verry end. my smoke started out with very little flavor but turned into a mild pleasant vanilla flavor, but aftera few puffs i could only taste it in my mouth, the smoke coming out of my pipes stem was just hot air, no flavor.

i used mt cherry liqueur pipe. did not clean it out or anyhing. the fine ribbon cut packed very well and burned along time. and it burned away, when i dumped it out i dont think i had a 1/10 of my bowl come out as ash. And surprisingly it smoked COOL, i just puffed and puffed, sucking as hard as i could and i never got hot, must be the large amount of virginia in it maybe. slightly hard to ignite but it did NOT condense at all.

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Pipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipey (17)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This is a better tobacco than its black brother.

The flavours are more subtle, but nicer IMO, and the tobacco isnt TOO cased, as Borkum often does.

I was smoking this all the time until I knew better, but its not really my style anymore.....

I would recommend this to someone starting out, or someone who wants to reminiss those early days, mucking about, briar in mouth...

Ahhhh,. those were the days!

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A very good choice for the beginning piper. In my area this stuff sells for a premium price. About $5.00 a pouch. For that price you can get some really good tobacco when you graduate to the next level.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is easily available in corner markets where I live. Pouches and large tins no less! The only way to enjoy this blend, is if someone else is smoking it. It doesn't smell too bad. It really is ultra light, and has very little flavor.

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UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (108)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I've returned to the pipe after 15 years of cigars; I wanted something I could smoke indoors. This was the first tobacco I tried. I'm not a big fan of nicotine, despite my history, and this caught my eye. I rather liked it, at least for starters. Seekers of bold, adventurous tobaccos ought to know better than to expect thrills from this one. It's a sweet gentle smoke with a nice room note. There's a time and place for this one; a good starter for nicotine-uninitiated or maybe a good half-way out for de-toxing. Not much to get excited about either way. Chill!

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elpheasant Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elpheasant (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Strong

Well, we all make mistakes. Burkum Riff was a big one. I was lured by the exotic sound of Swedish tobacco and thought that this stuff would be prime. Boy, was I wrong. I really couldn't tell what kind of tobacco it was, since it was green in color. The pouch smelled and felt like wet newspaper. It was very sticky and gummy. It was so damp that a whole bunch of steam was gathered on the inside of the bag. I threw it out after I saw that, suspecting that mold was soon to follow!

I guess what bothered me about this was that the taste never changed or improved the entire time. It just stayed the same, and that wasn't good. Perhaps giving it only one smoke is not enough to sufficiently rate it, but my experience was so terrible that I wasn't willing to give it a second chance. I'm pleasantly surprised that it didn't sour the taste of my pipe. I've read that some tobaccos can give you a shot of "pipe juice" if you're not careful. This is the only tobacco that's ever juiced on me.

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

If you live in a small town in the mountains, this may be the best tobacco you can find unless you fancy Carter Hall. We've fallen on hard times. After a 25 year hiatus, I returned to pipe smoking only to discover that once common Amphora and Flying Dutchman no longer exist on the shelves at the corner grocery, and tobacco shops are an endangered species. The drugstore doesn't sell tobacco. It isn't healthy, dontcha know. So, back to the subject at hand, Borkum Riff Ultralight. The blend is touted as a Virginia-Burley mix. It has a pleasant vanilla smell which improves after the pouch has been open for awhile, and it's not too wet. My wife likes the smell. Ultralight packs easily and burns well all the way to the bottom of the bowl. A peculiar, almond like smell wafts up about 1/3 to 1/2 way down, but this is momentary and improves immediately. There is a bit of tongue bite, but if smoked slowly, it's not too bad. It seems to do well in a medium sized bowl. If you have been smoking cheap cigars and are just switching to a pipe, try this. It isn't a real satisfying smoke. For some reason I always wonder about additives when I smoke this. To you accomplished connoisseurs - hey, I'm a desperate man! But help is near at hand...my email order of Frog Morton On The Town and MacBaren's Golden Extra is on its way!

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PipeNeophyte Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeNeophyte (10)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is the first tobacco I've ever tried and my first review on Tobaccoreviews.com

I bought this because I've tried a number of tobaccos that my friends have offered, and, upon purchasing my first pipe, I wanted to try a smooth, light smoke. This is fairly smooth and also rather light, but the tongue bite is just aweful. My friends, who are a bit more experienced than I, have commented that I am a rather slow smoker for a beginner, but I still got mad tongue bite from this blend. The flavor wasn't bad, but the tongue bite was enough to convince me that I won't be trying it again for a loooong time.

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WNDE Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WNDE (69)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I think just about every tobacco company has a blend with vanilla in it. Some are better than others, mostly they are pretty similar. Borkum-Riff?s version is quite different however but the end result is that it isn?t bad but it isn?t great either. The pouch has a mild vanilla aroma combined with the usual sour Borkum-Riff odor. It?s a bizarre recipe, kind of a sweet and sour mix. I was a little off put when I first opened the pouch and I wasn?t sure if I would like it. Upon smoking I decided that it was okay. The vanilla itself isn?t overwhelming but this blend tasted really sweet. This blend could supplement dessert after a meal. It smokes a little hot so smoke slowly. The tobacco quality was pretty poor; it had numerous stems and was rather brittle to the touch. Overall, I enjoyed this as a change of pace and I will probably smoke this on the rare occasion. This is mostly for those who enjoy that unique taste and smell that is found in all Borkum-Riff tobaccos. If all you are looking for is a vanilla blend you should try elsewhere.

Update: I've downgraded my review because I doubt that I will buy this again unless desperate. There is just too much good tobacco out there to waste money on this unless you can't get to your tobacconist.

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Nimrod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nimrod (29)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

A friend of mine had some of this, so I tried a bowl. It seems to have less casing than many aromatics (judging by feel anyway), but plenty of flavoring.

This tastes like (in order of prevalence): sweet, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco flavor in the background. If I really wanted this I think I'd just buy a cream soda instead. Even if I were completely out of tobacco and could only get to a drugstore, I'd almost certainly find something there that's superior to this.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Too bad they banned smoking on airplanes. After trying a bowl of this stuff, you wouldn't have to go far for a barf bag.

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