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Rich and powerfully masculine with an elegance and seriousness that entirely befits its status as a premium quality tobacco, Borkum Riff Black Cavendish is an intensely aromatic mix of dark Kentucky and Burley tobacco with a touch of choice bright Virginia leaves. The blend is heavily fermented to give a full-flavoured, cool smoke with an intense, gratifying aroma enhanced with hints of truffle, nougat and nuts.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended BySwedish Match
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Black Cavendish
FlavoringNuts / Beans, Other / Misc, Nougat
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Pouch, 250g Can
CountrySE
ProductionUnknown
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Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (78)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This stuff is good, really good, the kind of good that can be packaged in a fancy tin, sold at twice the price, and people would rave about it. Instead, it comes in a pouch and sold locally, so most people bash it while they smoke it in the middle of the woods so high society won't find out.

The pouch aroma is delicious; smells like chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of ripe fruit. Not chemical at all. The cut is another big plus for me, which is a very thin ribbon, not exactly a shag cut (in the proper term) but very close. While I indiscriminately smoke plugs, ropes, flakes, etc. I tend to favor a fine ribbon cut because it is easier to pack and light.

The cut of this blend, as well as the moisture content (being on the dry side) lights easily. The flavor is sweet, chocolatey and nutty, and yes, the tobacco comes thru. Some have said it tastes cigarish, I don't think so. While this stuff is not super full bodied, it isn't ultra mild either, and if you are used to smoking very mild tobacco then I can see how the actual tobacco flavor might surprise you, but it does not taste like a cigar.

The aroma is quite nice too, a dark kind of nougat and tobacco, and a sweetness hard to pin point, could be the hint of ripe fruit I get from the pouch smell. The blend burns a little fast due to the very fine cut, but not hot and does not bite.

Being locally available is a big plus for me, and the quality is there. I will definitely keep this stuff handy and only wish it came in tubs.

Definitely worth a try, you might be surprised.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (602)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

The flavors of chocolate and caramel were mostly what was obvious to me. I did get a little burley taste, and because I was looking hard for it, a hint of Kentucky. I also got some vanilla from the black cavendish. But, I had the usual bite problem that I almost always encounter with Borkum Riff products. I smoke at a very moderate rate, so the problem lies not with my technique, but in the product itself. Sipped very slowly, you'll avoid much of the bite, but it's really not worth the work. There's much better and easier smoking blends in this genre.

1 person found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (163)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Good quality Burley with Kentuck Tobacco and some Dark, Black Cavendish. Sweet and strong.

In the Pouch, small flavour, but when burn, very good flavour and taste. Therefore, the claimed Nut-Nougat flavour taste seems to me, more proximal to Cocoa-Chocolate.

Seems to me , too strong for the begginner. Only some defective issues: It is very hard to light, and when done, s other Borkum Riffs, this burns easy and so hot and can be smoked slownly, or may burn the tongue and destroy the pipe.

Observation: In the past, all the Borkum Riffs were made in Sweden, by Swedish Match, but nowdays, then are manufactured in Demmark

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

I went to the grocery store to pick up some flints for my Old Boy. I probably have six or seven flint packages lying around the house but I couldn't find a single stinkin' one of them.

I got to the store and asked one of the employees to please unlock the glass case where all the tobacco products are kept. I looked around to make sure no one was looking and grabbed a pouch of this Borkum Riff Black Cavendish as well as some flints.

I got home and decided to try this stuff. Half a bowl later I decided that I should have loaded my pipe with the flints.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bent Dublin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bent Dublin (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Really wanted to like this as it was my brand back in the 70's but it just comes up short on flavor and has a bite that I don't remember it having back then. So many better smokes out there today. Tried rum as well as original and all left me unhappy.

Pipe Used: meer and briar

Purchased From: cant remember

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (20)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

The taste is rather good. It's not too strong. The room note is good too. Of course, it's not the best aromatic tobacco but I've tried worst. I recommand it (Borkum Riff is a good brand for aromatic I think)

Pipe Used: Butz-Choquin Formula 1601

Nobody has rated this review yet.

jlmdoval Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jlmdoval (11)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Too strong for my taste and it bites… Recommended if you are not fanatic for sweet aromatics.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

ewlship Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ewlship (14)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This tobacco is not what I expected. I was hoping for a sweet Cavendish with "nougat, truffle, and woodland nuts" (as the package claims), however this product is far from that. I found this tobacco to be very cigar like. I would not call this an English blend, as there isn't any Perique or Latakia to it. I smoked about the entire pouch before I could put my finger on it, but the taste and aroma is like a cheap american cigar, like the kind you can buy at the gas station. I wouldn't completely write this tobacco off, as now I know what to expect. I can buy it if I am in a pinch or feel like having a swisher / phillies type product with the convenience of smoking it in a nice briar bowl. I found this tobacco very hard to light, but about a third of the way through the bowl it seems to stay lit nicely. The smoke is a bit rough, which I suppose this adds credibility to Borkum Riff's wording of "masculine". None the less I give this a tolerable rating, because the $5 pouch gives me more pleasure than some $10 to $15 tins provide.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

22yrsonthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
22yrsonthepipe (21)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

The first puff of the first bowl tasted ever so slightly of nougat with a slight nuttiness. I have now been through two pouches but ever since the first puff from the first bowl I have been unable to taste anything but extremely poor quality slightly bitter prison scrag.

(Prison scrag is the tobacco New Zealand prisoners used to get years ago which consisted of the dust swept off the cigarette factory floor).

Like most of the Borkum line, it probably would have been ok for drug store tobacco if Borkum actually put some flavor in it - putting an unopened bottle of flavoring in the same room as the tobacco does not count.

Also, like other Borkum blends, it has a lot of sticks in it.

If like me you have a limited choice of pipe tobacco other than Borkum, get the Vanilla cavendish or the Cherry cavendish.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

nandrasg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nandrasg (4)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

I decided I'll be the smart one. It cannot be that bad as all reviewers say, everyone must get this tobacco wrong. I tried the slow way, the fast way, 4 different pipes, with and without filter. Still always the same results: It's very hard to get lit. If you smoke it slow, even some taste is noticeable, but needs permanent relight. By permanent I mean you need to have a match or lighter burning at all times on top to make it stay alive. It acts angry on relights, giving a burning rubber sandal aroma. If you smoke it any faster the taste turns to bite and bad smoke, sandals creeping up your mouth too. It does not burn evenly even in case of extra care. I also tried to mix it 50-50% with some very nice other brand hoping to help it stay alive, but no luck, this little bastard still need relights, and kills the good one completely.

As you might guess I don't recommend this under any circumstances, maybe under war conditions only. It just doesn't worth money, spend it on a stick of gum and you'll do a better business.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

I decided to give another risky try to a cheap pipe tobacco, and again I made myself to the common belief that the cheap tobaccos are a piece of crap! Even with briar pipes, it still continued to smoke like fire, furthermore the taste was awful. Highly not recommend!

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

This stuff is fair-poor at best. I don't mind the dryness of the tobacco or the room note and the flavor is not bad at very first. But if you have to relight it becomes the most horrible tasting stuff ever. I can't describe how bad it is. Maybe you'll get lucky with no relights. But I never have. Would not buy this again.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Seanz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Seanz (2)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

having nearly finished a pouch of this i am still somewhat undecided. the pouch aroma was good not too sweet. i like the dryness of the leaf and the colour looked good. upon lighting i found it okay better than some cavandish i have tried. i have found it needs to be smoked slowly. unlike others here i have never had a problem with relighting though the bite does come in if smoked to hard all in all its an okay smoke and would buy again.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (106)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This is the worst of the BR blends. The pouch fragrance smells like a compost heap fermenting. It tastes as though sweaty gym socks were used in lieu of tobacco. It's horrible stuff.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Coltrane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coltrane (26)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is one of my favorite aeromatics to smoke on a regular basis. It is not too sweet and has a smooth full bodied characteristic. It can be one demensional at times and have you searching for the flavors it presents but it provides a nice a roma that I enjoy. Most aeromatics I have tried are very sweet and smoke wet, they also tend to bite often. I don't have that problem with this blend.

This blend is full bodied enough for me to smoke in a pipe that has been designated for English or Balkan blends. It has never ruined the taste of the English or Balkan blends I enjoy. I have actully smoked this and Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian in the same pipe and have had no problems with the flavors mixing and ruining the experience of the other blend.

I highly recommend this blend for seasoned smokers who want to have an aeromatic around for a change of pace or if they need an aeromatic because of non smokers being around.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

PipeViceroy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeViceroy (5)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

If you like alot of tongue bite go with this blend, or if you like a nice tin aroma this is for you

Nobody has rated this review yet.

mldub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mldub (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

My introduction to pipe tobacco and a very pleasant one I must say. I really like the smell of it before smoking and the taste during is very pleasant a little sweet but nothing overwhelming. The room note is really what I love about it makes my mustache smell for quite a while afterward which is great. I think it made for a good starter tobacco, and I look forward to trying other Borkum Riff blends.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

DigedyBumper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DigedyBumper (2)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I like this stuff. Smokes nice, but has a little bit of a bite. Nonetheless, it's enjoyable.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

Despite being one of the best casing aroma I have ever smelled, this mixture has no detetctable taste and is very hard to keep lit despite the fair proportion of light coloured leaf.

It is not powerfully masculine despite the Kentucky.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Jansen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jansen (1)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Well, I have to say that, I'm not a big Borkum fan. they're usually really dry tobaccos and seem to be the same.

Black Cavendish is a good blend but it has nothing special. It burns quite hot, so you'd better smoke it at slow pace, this way I guess it's a better way to enjoy this blend.

There's tongue bite, dries your mouth after a few bowls but it's tolerable. I think it's a better smoke during cold weather.

I guess you should give it a try as long as tobaccos are something really personal in opinions.

However, I'd like to add that, the tobacco itself is a good quality tobacco but it misses something as a blend.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

rjwhiddon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rjwhiddon (1)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This was my first try at smoking a pipe. I relished the Cavendish blend that my friend had bought in the states, and decided I wanted my apartment to smell the same. While the aroma was similar, and not in whole unpleasant, I could find no way to smoke it without leaving my tongue in misery for four days, and the smoke was always bitter to me. I even had my friend pack it because I assumed that I was doing it wrong. I gave it 5 tries over two months, and ended up tossing the lot. There are better tobaccos out there, and I would rather not smoke than try this again.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Archangel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archangel (22)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Very nice pouch aroma, mostly truffles and what seems to be walnuts. There was not a lot of Black CA, it was more of a half and half composition.

The taste was borderline bland, the nicotine almost inexistant and this mixture is very hard to keep lit despite the fact that the leaf is rather on the dry side.

Too bad because the taste was of rich but not very sweet truffles..

Nobody has rated this review yet.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (189)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I last smoked this over 20 years ago, and I am assuming it was being blended by the original blender for the Borkum Riff line. What I remember was a dark brown to black, coarse cut tobacco that was very mild in taste but had a fantastic room note. After a while it became too boring to continue with as I went on to more tastier and satisfying blends. If I happen to come across the newer incarnation of this one, I'll try it again for sure, but I won't be going out of my way to find it.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

sapo59 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sapo59 (5)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I bought this for a change of pace from my english and regular burley blends. I found it a bit dry in the pouch, but it did smell very good. Upon packing it in a pipe, it was extremly difficult to light and keep going. The only way I found to keep it burning was to add a bit of prince albert with it. All in all it is a good change of pace, but I don't think I will buy anymore.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

FALCON Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FALCON (12)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

nutty,rich if you not find something else this can do,its not bad but not great can smoke sometimes.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

Tobacco is vey hard and dry. Aroma is ok. Burns hot, delivers litlle flavor IMO. Did not like it.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

I have made reference to this tobacco before. I have not yet tried the new Danish version. I did smoke it a number of times when blended and manufactured in Germany.

Since this is a Black Cavendish mainly prepared from Burley leaf (including the fire-cured Kentucky), and perhaps some Virginia, I think it is fair enough to compare it to other similar blends.

This is a heavily cased aromatic, with a rounded and deep bitter-sweet flavor, the aroma of which, in my experience, engulfs the senses and will permeate any briar.

As such, it is of a better quality and smoking characteristics than Danske Club's Black Luxury (less sweet and chemical in nature), and similar to Sail's Noir. Both are heavy tasting (somewhere in between truffles, nuts, berries, vanilla and dark chocolate), goopy, moist, and, again, in my experience, need continuous re-lighting. But both are much better than Black Luxury.

Now, to my palate BF's Black Cavendish (or Sail Noir) are not half as a good as Mac Baren's Black Ambrosia (i.e., a black cavendish blend). The difference, of course, is that Mac Baren's is made form Virginias rather than Burley, and so the flavor in Mac Barne's is more "tobaccoey", the sweetness less pungent and artificial, and the aroma far more refined and tempered.

On the other hand, if you want to try a better dark fired Kentucky, without the chemical sauces and flavorings, I strongly suggest you go for Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky. Dark it is, strong it isn't. Yet it delivers a better punch and tobacco flavor--without losing that smokey bitterness from the Kentucky--than Borkum Riff's Black Cavendish.

All in all, BR's Black Cavendish is not a bad heavy-tasting and sweet black cavendish. If you like strong aromatic smokes, even if the smoke strength in itsefl is rather mild, this may be a good choice. Better than some, yes, but not as good as Mac Baren's or Orlik.

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The Punisher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Punisher (44)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This tobacco is not a good one, but it is not terrible either.

I believe the one factor that removes most merit from it is the lack of nicotine and strength. I guess I have been fooled by the "Rich and powerfully masculine" in the tobacco description along with the inclusion of dark kentuckey in the mixture.

The pouch aroma is very nice, the tobacco cut is typical of the BF line. There is quite a lot of brown and golden leaf mixed with the Black Cavendish.

But it bareluy tastes anything....

For experienced smokers, this is not suitable. Unless you have been smoking extremely mild blends all along.

This might be suitable for the beginner.

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

Update 17/07/2009

For some unexplained reason, I hanged on to this blend without knowing it. I just left it in my Coleman cooler for several weeks, having - frankly - forgotten about it. And didn't get rid of the other two unopened pouches either, which is unusual.

I found the opened pouch tonight and went "Hum, well,well." I loaded up and, considering it is a drugstore blend, was rather pleasantly surprised this time around.

As this is a deeply cased tobacco, it needs to be opened up several weeks in advance before being smoked. Once the casing has reasonnably resorbed, this mixture actually becomes acceptable. It needs less religths and the truffle flavor comes up more without being sweet. The chocolate and walnut flavours are dominant but I still detect some tobacco taste in there. There is a bit of a chemical taste during the original lighting but it goes away after a couple minutes.

Actually, it's not bad. The mixture is more to the mid/medium side than mild as it was at my first trial. I might rebuy, I'm not sure yet. Because the truffle and walnut taste are nice, I will definitevily finish the 3 pouches I have. For a drugstore blend, it's not bad as long as you let it air out for a while.

If you like truffle and walnut taste in your pipe, I recommend it as long as you're aware it's a drugstore blend and that you open it 4-5 weeks in advance before smoking. Sail black and Amphora black (Sail black is still available in Europe) are alternatives to this one.

If you want better quality, then McBarens Honey & Chocolate will make you very happy.

Original review 07/04/2009

Somehow this blend is very mild and lacks taste for one containing dark Kentucky.

On the other hand, being a "drugstore" blend, someone cannot display unrealistic expectations. I think I was a bit disappointed because this mixture sort of appealed to me because of the look of the pouch.

Despite not being very dark for a Black Cavendish mixture, it requires multiple relights that almost makes the smoking experience frustrating. But I think that is because I should have waited for the tobacco to dry up a bit. Mea Culpa.

Drugstore blends wise, Black Sail and Amphora black provided better smoking satisfaction than this one.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This tobacco was extremely dry in the pouch and this is a good thing for me because this is how I prefer aromatics, the flavor is indeed masculine and elegant, not sweet or syrupy, the tobacco tastes mainly burley, also the tobacco leaf was not black similar to some American black Cavendish, but there is some golden and yellow Virginia in the mix, the burning is a little harsh in the beginning of the bowl but this can easily be adjusted with slow puffing, the fruity aroma is something like red fruits with dark caramel but it is not too sweet like other heavy aromatics, it is just well balanced, the nicotine delivery is fair and satisfying.

Overall, this tobacco did not disappointed me at all as I was expecting it to do, but I was rather pleased with the good quality of tobacco and the low sugar casing, I did not try all blends from this manufacturer but I found this one was good enough to make me finish my pouch and I would buy another pouch in the future without any reserve.

If you ever buy a pouch of this tobacco try to enjoy it for what it is before reading the negative reviews below, or at least try to forget what you have read and make your own judgment.

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Mick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mick (10)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

For those out there that don't have an aversity to this brand (and it seems many do), this would be one of the best blends in the BR line up, that I have tried to date. I only have a couple of their blends left to try, and I don't imagine they will improve much on this one. I still have a preference for the Cherry Cavendish, but that is just pig headedness on my part. Give this one an honest try, if you like aromatics, you should like this one.

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Harpua0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harpua0077 (31)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

I have some fond memories of this tobacco. When I was 18 I tried a pipe and my first tobacco ever was Borkum Riff Black Cavendish. Now at the time I must say I didn't know how to smoke a pipe at all. It obviously wasn't good enough to keep me smoking a pipe. I think half the pouch went out with the garbage.

Now advance 13 years later, I bought a pouch to see what I think now. Well It burned well albeit hot, even when smoked slow. It was chock full of pipe juice, and left an acrid taste in my mouth. However maybe in some sadistic way I like the blend. I just can't smoke more than half a bowl at a time. My Personal notes give a 4.2 in future years based on availability it may again be in my pipe, but for the memories not its quality.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I mixed this with a somewhat bland but strong tobacco, and the resultant half-and-half mixture was not too bad. On its own, few would like it.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

I picked this one up by mistake-I was after the BR Bourbon Whiskey which has gotten good reviews. Having tried a few bowls I find myself wishing for a five star system to stick this one in the middle of the range. I think that it is a bit better than some of the one and two star reviews indicate. There are sweet and nutty flavors and moments of seemingly toppingless burley....but I understand the negative comments. You nee dto find the right pace with this tobacco. Not surprisingly for a black cavendish based blend it can take a few relights to get going. Stop puffing and it goes out. Puff too fast and it will bite. Push it wrong and the flavor gets sort of sour and ashey....but when the cadence is right there are lots of pleasant flavors combined with a cool, pleasant smelling smoke. I'm giving it a weak 3 stars.

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

black cavendish and thats the end of the story,,would be a lie if i said more,,burn well with few dottles left overs, constant lighting is required,,cheep tobacco yet there are better black cavendish offerings for a lower price!

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bearzerker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearzerker (17)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

A new tobacco shop opened up in my town recently and I stopped in there today to see if they had any decent pipe tobaccos. We have 2 smoke shops in the area now and they only carry drugstore brands so I usually buy my tobacco online. The new store had the basic drugstore brands. I'm a fan of Borkum Riff Bourbon Whiskey, they had that and this brand as well. None of the other stores here carry the Black Cavendish so I thought I'd give it a shot. The pouch I purchased was fresh and the stuff inside was still a little damp so I took some out to dry. The aroma in the pouch was pleasant not overwhelming. I had about an hour till I had to go to work so I only loaded half a pipe load. When I lit it up and took the first puff I made the mistake of inhaling a little bit and coughed a bit. I wasn't dizzy or feeling ill which is a good thing I guess. I didn't notice any hints of chocolate, nuts or nougat and but I noticed tongue bite and I drank a liter of water cause it dried my mouth out. I also noticed as I puffed away the smoke was a brownish color and it burned hot. I got to tell you I got a good nicotine rush from this stuff. I probably won't rush out and buy another pouch of this anytime soon. I'll stick to the Bourbon blend.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Kind of bland tasting! For a burley and Kentucky blend where's the kick? No nicotine punch whatsoever!

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I can't define the flavor of this tobacco, it doesn't taste like anything I know, but I don't like it. Too much tongue bite, moist, and chemicals.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Rather plain and boring, not awful but it turned bitter halfway through the bowl, as some cheap aromatics sometimes do. There are so many good and decent aromatics out there do not limit yourself to this.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

scotty815 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scotty815 (12)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have smoked this on a few occasions, but not recently. Next time I see it i will give a better or worse rating based on my next expierience, going by my last one This rating should come out to 2 or 3 stars. I once heard that colonial troops ran out of tobacco and smoked dried horse poo.

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Sousa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sousa (4)
★☆☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium Extra Strong

Well, the first time I saw this tobacco I wanted to try it, but at the time I saw it on store, I had a previous recomendation, so I didn't buy this blend for 4 months (totaly forgot) a few days ago however, to my surprize, I found this blend, and so, my expectations were high indeed. From reading the Title description I was expecting to feel a real tobacco and the aroma, it was self intitled as black, so a serious tobacco. The nougat, truffle and the nuts made me think of a Nordic tobacco, heavy and full of flavour, I was mistaken, this tobacco is packing away with nicotine, making it almost poison (3 bowls and you pass out), about the flavour, the doping on the tobacco produced a very unpleasent flavour, (some may enjoy it), and about the smoke it was a tongue torture, if you light it well , you'll have your tongue itching and soaring in no time. Still have the tobacco, smoked about 40 g of it, an experience I don't advise anyone to.

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Dougster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dougster (31)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I snagged a pouch of this mostly out of curiosity and because it looked better than anything else there on the shelf at the store I was in.

Suprisingly, its not too bad. My pouch seemed pretty dry upon opening, which to me indicates that it wasn't soaked in PG. Visually, its nice looking, a nice mixture of light and dark ribbons. The pouch has a nice sweet natural tobacco aroma.

Upon firing it up, I noticed somewhat of a chocolate type flavor, but this dissipated rapidly. The smoke got a bit bitey initially, but this too subsided. The smoke settled down into a sort of neutral roasty type flavor which reminds me vaguely of Royal Yacht, which I like. So overall, its better than I expected it to be. The description at the top claims that its heavily cased, but if so I'm not tasting it much, maybe my pouch is really old or something. Whatever, I find the flavor pretty good and I won't have any problems finishing the pouch.

Its a good blend, and certainly better than most drugstore blends. I think it rates three stars, albeit a low three stars. Its fairly expensive for a drugstore blend, though, and you could do a lot better than this in a real tobacco store.

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Pipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipey (17)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This was the first pipe tobacco that I tried, and it was OK... I guess that it did everything it was supposed to do, but was quite bitey. There are also a few erratics in the leaf that could cause bad burning, so its definately worth de-stalking (as I call it) the pouch first.

As far as drugstore aromatics go, this isnt too bad, it has a nice enough flavour, but I feel it benefits by mixing it with Borkum Ultra Light, as this makes it stop biting just long enough for you to actually taste it!

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Skilling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skilling (80)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Several Months ago:

I bought this blend several months ago due to being without!! I normally grab Skandinavik Regular(Brown) when this occurs but the supermarket didn't have any!!

Pouch aroma was "that Borkum Riff smell". That's the best I can do. Not as soury smelling as their Whiskey blend though. Texture of tobacco: A little on the moist side, but not bad. I did have to relight a couple times.

Of the couple bowls that I smoked, I could definitly taste the burleys. Heavy nutty taste. It got me thru the evening.

This Week:

Found the pouch laying about and decided to give it another go. The package aroma was still the same but it had maybe gained the "that BR smell" a little. Texture now dry after a couple months.

Tasted strong burley when not being bombarded by the nuts, nougats and truffle. The N,N and T kept coming in and out regularly. In fact, at times, I sensed cloves!

Final:

The Borkum Riff Black Cav got me thru the night and out of a jam. It could be a tobacco for one who is working around the house and not wanting to give his smoke full attention.

The nuts, nougats and truffle "do" come out to play.

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Mitrich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mitrich (4)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The taste of tobacco is rather mild and sweet, but it is a lot of nicotine in this tobacco. The flavor is weak but pleasant, does not require focusing. The tobacco burns evenly, does not overheat a pipe. Unless the huge amount of nicotine prevents to smoke this tobacco and to be engaged in habitual matters.

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