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60% black cavendish from philippines and africa mixed with 40% virginia from brazil, india and africa. Flavor of: Chocolate, prune with fruity notes.

Notes: Renamed due to tobacco naming laws in some countries, but no change to the blend or flavours.

The flagship of the Borkum Riff Mixtures. Introduced in 1982.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco GroupTG Orlik favtory
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Fruit / Citrus, Plum
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging7-ounce tub or in 1.5-ounce pouches
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Mild to Medium
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Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (20)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Just tried this mixture for the first time. On opening the packet, you'll find that you can't disagree with the 'programme notes' - it is exactly as it says, namely 'chocolate, prune and fruity notes.' For me, the fruity notes include apricot.

The tobacco was not too dry and not too moist, in fact it was in the Goldilocks zone.

Lights well, smokes evenly, pleasant aroma. Doesn't need all that much re-lighting. However, you will probably be surprised to find that your bowlful lasts a little less long than you expected. Very fine ash residue.

I can recommend this as an excellent smoke, in fact one not to be missed, but I'll need to have smoked quite a few more packets to get a deeper and wider perspective on this one. First experience has been very pleasant, anyhow.

9 people found this review helpful.

thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (39)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I tried this a few years ago in its old package and although i got along with it it was something i wouldnt miss if it dissapeared.

However i tried the BR bourbon and was impressed enough to give the original another try and it has come along leaps and bounds. Firstly the flavours are a lot more improved and much less in your face. The chemical taste has dissapeared and the moisture content is a lot more desirable. Burn has also improved dramatically and is a lot more uniform.

The only reason i am giving this 3 stars instead of four are the flavours could be a touch stronger as could strength. But the positivity on these two factors is it could be a great all day smoke without becoming sickening if you enjoy aromatics.

A word of advice from me slow gentle puffing is advised and it is not a baccy for a quick smoke as it can have the potential to nip. But slow puffs and a gentle pace and you will have a richly rewarding all day smoke with good flavours and pleasant aroma which should please even the most ardent none smokers.

Pipe Used: falcon bent with plymouth bowl

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: a small smoke shop in crete

Similar Blends: Borkum riff special mixture no.8.

6 people found this review helpful.

ShadowFox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ShadowFox (8)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I tried this mixture a couple of times. When I open the packet, I first enjoy in the smell that comes out. It says that it has 'chocolate, prune and fruity notes.' And it really smells like there's chocolate and prunes in there. This tobacco has a good moisture and when I fill the pipe it lights well and it smokes nicely. I usually have to re-light it a couple of times, but it's more of my fault, because I tend to wander away with my thoughts. I would prefer it if it had a bit stronger taste, but it's also not to strong, so if you are just starting to smoke, or if you're looking for something light to smoke throughout the day, this is a good choice.

1 person found this review helpful.

Nwpipesmker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nwpipesmker (23)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

From past experience with Brorkum Riff in the past was very reluctant to buy this, but this was the only blend left at local tobacco store going out of business. After opening this vacuum packed pouch the note was of prune and almost a rum note? It was like a crumble cake. Packed well and it stayed lit was a great smoke cool. Zero bite i am now a fan of this blend.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local store

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JosephJames Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JosephJames (11)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is actually a very good aromatic. At its price point, I expect it is a competitor to Captain Black. It stands well above the Captain in my opinion.

The package notes about chocolate and fruits is pretty accurate. The room note is pleasant for bystanders.

This is one mixture with which I can actually taste the Virginias. That makes this a great experience for me, being able to taste the Virginias in the mixture.

I have found this tobacco can be harsh and will bite if pushed too much. By sipping. I get the most out of this tobacco. It reminds me of MacBaren products in this regard.

So, if you like aromatic tobaccos, this is a great choice for a drugstore type tobacco. I was very pleased and it exceeded the low expectations I had set for it.

Pipe Used: Corn cob, Nording

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Discount tobacconist shop

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