Borkum Riff Limited Edition 22 Mixture Fruit and Vanilla

A heady mixture, this limited-edition tobacco blend contains a formula of 65% Brazilian and African burley and Virginia, 27% African black cavendish, and 8% Argentinian red Virginia, topped with exotic tropical fruit and vanilla flavors.


Brand Borkum Riff
Blended By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured By Skandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 100 grams tin
Country Denmark


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

Average Rating

3.43 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 29, 2013 Mild to Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant
Was hoping to find a tin of this for the Holiday Season. There are some online still. Maybe because it had been out for a year, but moisture is perfect. Crack the beautiful tin to a great exotic fruit, vanilla nose (Captain Morganesque).
Packed an inaugural pipe on Thanksgiving as an after dinner treat.
Took a few lights to catch the rhythm of this beauty. Best flavor notes come through at the half bowl point; dried apricot with high quality vanilla and some light warm spice. All mild notes and complimentary to each other, not competing. Room Note a total crowd pleaser.
It goes to show that a company like BR with it's less than scintillating reputation can produce a masterpiece if they want to. I dare say even non-aromatic pipers will enjoy.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 12, 2013 Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant
Grab a tin of this while you can! This is one fabulous tobacco offering from a name not usually associated with superior quality. In fact, one would never know this was a BR tobacco if smoked on a blind tasting. I hope that the blenders Scandinavian Tobacco Group take a cue from this remarkable creation and start producing blends of this quality regularly. Anyway, on to the review.

The presentation is beautiful. From the classy looking golden can with a lighthouse relief on the snap lid to the subtle nautical theme on the label, this blend already prepares you for "the glow of discovery" before you even crack it open. Upon opening, you're greeted by an intoxicating fragrance of spices and rich fruits. I can't quite place what it is but it smells vaguely of cloves and cinnamon. Either way, just smelling the tin for few minutes is worth the price of the tobacco. No drying out necessary as the tobacco is just right. A nice assortment of ribbon and leaf cuts, golden and black.

Lights up nicely after the initial false light and stays burning until the end of the bowl. The spice and fruit flavors come on strong and stay pretty consistent throughout the smoke. Not overly sweet but leaves a nice taste of vanilla and clove in the back of my throat. Burns down to a white ash with no dottle or wetness at the bottom of the bowl by the end.

Overall, a delicious offering from BR that really stands far beyond its less than favorable reputation. I was right to buy two cans to store. Regardless of what you may think of BR, do yourself a favor and try LE 22 while it's still available.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 25, 2012 Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant
With this new offering, Borkum Riff becomes the equal of superior aromatics of the likes of WO Larsen in terms of quality, good taste and burning qualities. This tobacco is beautiful, presenting various cuts - loose, ribbon, coarse and broken flakes - and colors range from golden to black. In the tin, a remarkable aroma of dried fruits and vanilla which is delicious. The tobacco is ready to smoke as it is on the dry side with minimum humidity. SE no 22 is an excellent aromatic tobacco that combines good taste of the casing and great burning qualities. It will not bite unless you push it. It has the merit of being much richer in taste and nicotine than tobaccos like Larsen and I can percieve some pure tobacco taste here and there. No 22 smokes to a gray ash, burns dry and leaves a nice fruit & vanilla smell in the bowl. You might want to dedicate one pipe to it to avoid the cross over problem.

Truly, a remarkable offering from Borkum Riff. I believe that ST Group managed to bring back from disgrace (due to ill advised previous owners) some of our favorite aromatic classics by making them high quality products.

Cheers and do not fear the name Borkum Riff on the label, gents. just try it!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 30, 2017 Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant
Not long ago I received multiple tins of the Borkum Riff limited edition blends to review and sell on my private website from a friend up in Arkansas. It took awhile to get to them because, frankly, most Borkum Riff blends and my palate get sideways with each other. These limited production blends, however, were a cut above their standard fare.

Although this one has a wicked name that will cause many to stay away due to it being an unabashed aromatic mixture (I almost did the same), when I finally tried it I was impressed by the strength and bottom of the Burley and Virginia. Not sure what fruit sauce was used but strong hints of Vanilla came through with every puff. Certainly at the upper tier of the Borkum Riff lineup.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 05, 2013 Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant
To be upfront, I'm not a huge Aro fan, but I did take a chance to buy a tin of this Riff in a green can last spring. Got it at a nice price too.

Nothing spectacular here, but I defy anyone to call this bad tobacco. Gentle, and non-chemical. If I ever had any other BR it made little impression on me; yes I know all about this company's rep as yucky drug store weed. I've thought about adding a little Perique to snazz it up, but I've yet to get round to it, and I probably won't.
I did however mix it with some MacBaren H&H Highland Blend which had been scorching my tongue and it was not only dealable but interesting.

Last summer when wanting something a little mellow for a hot evening, this
tobacco provided. You won't go wrong here- the worst you might ever call this would be "a little bland". If you have blitzed out your tongue but still want to smoke something, this could be just the antidote! Worse come to worst, you can use it for blending something too harsh. I think there's a new BR in a yellow can now that's rum flavored. I won't hesitate to grab a can of that in the future.
PurchasedFrom: Cigars Int'l
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 21, 2013 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
Taking the recommendations of fellow pipe smokers here and elsewhere, I bought a tin of the LE 22 Fruit and Vanilla.

Right out of the tin, there's a definite fruity-vanilla aroma, not particularly chemical either, which was nice.

I'm enjoying it often for its taste and room note, but I'm having a hard time keeping the tongue bite at bay, even in a calabash. Perhaps it tastes so good that I'm puffing too much . . . .

I'm hopeful Borkum Riff will come out with more limited edition blends to peruse, having had only one prior experience from a drugstore a decade ago that I vowed not to repeat.

I'd like to repeat this one.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 17, 2013 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
This tobacco was something I found on Yes the addictive CB is now offering pipes and pipe tobacco. As for LE 22; this is a marvelous blend. I was very surprised as BK has a rep as a very nasty drugstore tongue scorcher. The description of LE 22 though intrigued me and I picked some up on a bid. What a pleasant surprise! This is not a heavily doused, goupy aromatic. the taste is that of a round Burley, enhanced with natural acidic sweetness of a bit of tingly Virginia, flavored with a mild, creamy topping. I don't know if a discern the taste of "exotic tropical fruit" at all, but the topping or casing is very nice and not at all overpowering. I experienced no tongue bite, but I understand that one shouldn't chug away but should sip a tobacco like this. The room note is very pleasant and echos the pleasing initial opening tin note. If you enjoy quality tobacco at the heart of a mild aromatic pick up some of this while you can. Highly recommended.
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