Borkum Riff Ruby

A highly aromatic blend. Kentucky, burley, and cavendish, sweetened with the luxurious flavour of cherries, and a touch of vanilla, producing a delicious smoke with a great aroma.
Notes: Known in the US as "Cherry Cavendish". The name was changed in Europe to "Ruby" due to EU regulations.


Brand Borkum Riff
Blended By Swedish Match
Manufactured By Skandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Cherry, Vanilla
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams pouch
Country Sweden
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Medium to Strong
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.22 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 26, 2019 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant
Borkum Riff, Cherry Cavendish! (now called ruby). Opening that pouch and smelling that sweet amazing cherry aroma - is just the best!

Tastewise: Creamy cherry deliciousnesss, with just a small splash of vanilla mixed in there for added benefit and uniqueness. No bite, No bitterness, No fuss. Lights well every time, always delivers that pleasurable no-frills smoke when you need to wind down and puff away. This is what I want in my pipe bowl during a lazy summers afternoon, THIS is the stuff i would stash away a metric ton of, inside an secure underground bunker when the world was coming to an end. After a while of testing different styles and blends early in my pipe hobby, this became the staple, go-to, golden standard on my shelf.

The other borkum riffs i don't care for at all, they are ranging from just ok to flat out hideous. This one howewer is a true gem worthy of the name ruby.

Also: Getting compliments from people on the lovely smell as you are smoking, is an added benefit.

Price point: Cheap As of writing this 165:- SEK in Sweden (17 USD) by online stores.

Fun fact: Borkum Riff is named after a reef located in the north sea.
Pipe Used: Unnamed briars, meerschaums and corncob
PurchasedFrom: Sweden
Age When Smoked: straight from pouch up to several months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 12, 2019 Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong
The pouch note when you open this is a thing of beauty, rich tobacco, fresh cherries and a hint of vanilla, it made my mouth water! Given that, I just had to pack and light my pipe as I walked to work, the taste was that of cherries, vanilla and a deepness from the Kentucky and Cavendish! I was hooked! The flavour was consistent throughout the bowl, it leaves a little moisture in the bowl and only required a single relight. The added bonus was the truly lovely room note it gives off, to the point that a random passerby complimented it. Given I'm only three bowls into this having never tried it before my opinion may change and if so, I'll update this accordingly, but at the time of writing this has become one of my favourites and I'd reccomend it to anyone who appreciates a good aromatic.
Pipe Used: Falcon AN7 with a Meerschaum bowl
PurchasedFrom: Cigs n Papers, Exchange Street, Norwich
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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