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Originally known in Gaelic as 'usquebaugh', 'water of life', 'aqua vitae' or whisky, as it becomes known, was first distilled in Fife by Friar John Cor during the 15th Century. Drawing from its rich heritage, Borkum Riff Highland Malt Whisky is a robust, full-bodied but mellow, naturally subtle blend of Virginia and Burley tobacco flavoured with a fine mature malt from the Scottish Highlands.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended BySwedish Match
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
Packaging50g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

havent changed my mind a bit,,ill give it one last shot but it wont be today i assure,,i dnt know where tht malt whisky went but its aint ind=side the tin,,burly is dominant virginia sweetness cn be felt but the heavy casing spoil the whole combination,,burn well thu and gives a decent burn to the old tongue comparing to other borkum blends,,wont be on my list

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Islay whiskies and Latakia are a match made in heaven - as long as the former are in the glass and the latter in the pipe. Apart from Cognac in Pembroke and rum in some mixtures, alcohol and tobacco do not really combine well. If any one does want to taste tobacco flavoured with whisky, I would suggest Davidoff`s Scottish Mixture and not this Borkum Riff attempt.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (958)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Borkum Riff - Malt Whisky.

Note: This review is from a pouch purchased in Portugal named Mixture Recipe Malt Whisky. The pouch lists the ingredients as 50% Black Cavendish, 50% Virginia, and Whisky.

The pouch smells clearly of whisky, a little stronger than the smoke tastes. The flavour's good, there's just enough whisky to liven it up, but it doesn't take over: medium at the most. The tobacco's are nice on the palate: the taste is very soft with some vanilla from the Black Cavendish. I don't really get much citrus/grass from the Virginia, I'm guessing any natural sharpness is being made a touch unclear by the added sharpness from the whisky. The smoke has a nice velvety texture to it, and it's quite thick.

The nicotine's about the same weight as the added flavour: medium at the most, and the room-note's nice, but it does create a lot of smoke.

I like this more than I thought I would. It's nothing particularly special or inimitable, but it's a pleasant and relaxing smoke.


Pipe Used: Fred Tranter Poker

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Portugal

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Wallenberg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wallenberg (7)
Medium to Strong Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

Please read the other reviews.

This tobacco is sharp, synthetic and completely fails its nomination.

This is why people start pipe smoking and end it in shame and disappointment.

It burns very hot, continues to burn tongues; tastes acidic and whiskey-like at most. The room note is tolerable.

Pipe Used: briar

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: I do not want to blame anyone

Similar Blends: Many other Borkum Riff blends.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (122)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

This tastes of no whisky that I have ever experienced. It's hot, unsubtly cased and artificial-tasting. Imagine inhaling steam slightly laced with the kind of chemicals they use to flavour cheap sweets with. I can't think of anything good to say for it. Definitely not recommended.

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viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Not outstanding. Did not feel any malt on it. Aroma in pouch reminds a bit of milk chocolate for me. Burns okay. Not too much taste here either.

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