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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.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended BySwedish Match
Manufactured BySkandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Cherry, Vanilla
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (201)
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Strong

This blend was my last try from B all other blends this was no good thing.the smell of tobacco was feeling the taste while tobacco taste for me with lots tongue biting and a very bad aftertaste.nocotime level was almost medium and room note very tense to others.this blend has no balance.burns very hot and it is a filter destroyer due to moisture and dumbness.not recommended for consuption

Age When Smoked: When opened

11 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2082)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Borkum Riff - Ruby.

This is the last out of a selection of blends I bought whilst on holiday in Portugal.

The flavour's good, the cherries don't, as they often do, bully everything else out of the way. The vanilla gives the blend a good creaminess, and this is heightened by the Black Cavendish. Even though it says there's alcohol included, I detect none of it. The Burley and Kentucky have a notable flavour and give the smoke a fuller feel. It doesn't bite any, and the smoke's pleasingly cool; perfectly relaxing! It burns exceptionally well, leaving no dottle, and gives off a VERY thick and palpable smoke. The nicotine's mild, and the room-note's good; cherry vanilla!

I think many smokers would find this a bit of a bore; one of many cherry vanilla blends! I on the other hand enjoy it:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Mastro Geppetto

Age When Smoked: Two weeks

Purchased From: Portugal

8 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3050)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Has a pleasant cherry topping that does sublimate the tobaccos a bit. The Virginia is grassy with a touch of citrus as the base of the blend. The burley is lightly nutty earthy, and woody in a secondary role. The black cavendish is a little sugary, and is just above being a condiment. The Kentucky is a little earthy and woody as a condiment. The strength is just short of the center of mild to medium. The taste is a step past that center. Has a very mild nic-hit. Burns too warm and fast, but at least it doesn't have the chemical taste I noticed in BR's other cherry blend. I recommend this one over the other. Sip it, and you'll avoid tongue bite. Has a very consistent flavor from start to finish, along with a lightly lingering, pleasant after taste and room note. An all day smoke.


6 people found this review helpful.

North State Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
North State (72)
Mild to Medium Very Strong Medium Very Pleasant

"The cherry is strong in this one."

Not being a huge fan of heavily topped aromatics, I got this pretty much by accident - needed some pipe tobacco as I was running out and could not easily replenish, the only place that had any and was still open was a gas station near Stockholm, and the only brand they had left was this. Only knowing the basic Borkum Riff line (the "bronze" as it's now called, and the "sungold" I'm not touching) I already guessed by the "Ruby" denominator that I was taking a bit of a risk and that I would probably be treated to some cherry flavour, and I wasn't wrong. The cherry is there and boy, is it there - already opening the pouch is like cutting into a big fresh steaming cherry pie made of dark, somewhat over-ripe cherries, and that promise is not failed by the taste! Even the room note probably smells a few hundred feet upwind of a large vat of cherry jam being boiled.

Unfortunately, like all heavily laced aromatics where an otherwise nondescript mix of cheap tobacco is made to smell and taste in a certain way by the liberal use of spices and chemicals rather than careful selection of quality tobaccoes complementing each other and then spiced just that little bit necessary, the taste never quite achieves complete wholesomeness, and always remains feeling just that little bit fake.

Not a regular smoke for me by any means but funnily enough, the overall experience is not that bad once you get used to it - if I ever feel the urge (and sooner or later, I probably will) to treat myself to some cherried pipe tobacco this is the brand I'll go for.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch

Purchased From: Gas station

5 people found this review helpful.

Thorbacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thorbacco (6)
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

Age When Smoked: straight from pouch up to several months

Purchased From: Sweden

4 people found this review helpful.

Tucane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tucane (31)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Smells strongly of cherries from the pouch, so you know what to expect. Smokewise it's fine for being one of the most available brands here in sweden, more on that later. It tastes cherries, together with mild vanilla and it does have some body to it, so it's better than many aromatics out there simply due to that.

This also serves a special purpose for me, it's my panic button... once in a while i run out of tobacco or don't have it at hand.

=Emergency schedule=

- Enter any store - Buy pouch - Run outside - Stuff pipe - Fire!

Even in a rush it's fine and most importantly it gets the job done! Three stars for being a lifesaver!

3 people found this review helpful.

PipeDragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeDragon (44)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've been a pipe smoker for more than a decade and I've smoked tens of blends on my journey even before I've started doing reviews. Then, one day, I was in a tobacco shop and I saw a selection of Borkum Riffs, which I've always avoided. Then I've decided "What the heck?". Let's try one and see if it's as bad as people say. I always give tobaccos a chance.

Upon opening the pouch I had my first alarm signal. I've smoked cheap tobaccos before, even gas station blends, but never have I had one that smelled like this. Very sweet and cherry, that's true, and very pungent, but too chemically enhanced. It smells like candy or car air freshener. Not a good sign...

With some trepidation I've loaded the pipe and lit it up. Not a minute in and already I was starting to regret my choice. It started to burn like the fires of Hades and began to feel a scorch on my tongue. I immediately took the pipe apart and put a filter (which I HIGHLY recommend for this one; your tongue will thank you for it). That made it a bit more bearable.

As for the smoke, the pouch note pretty much translates to the taste itself (which isn't saying much, considering how uncomfortable I was with the pouch note). After a while it started to make me gag, feel uneasy and somewhat sickly, but what was started must be finished. A strong "cherry" note that tastes more like lipstick, cotton candy or chewing gum. I like aromatics and sweet blends, but this is WAY outside my comfort zone. It's not even worth talking about tobacco taste, because there isn't much. A truly horrifying experience indeed.

After letting it breathe for a week in the pouch and then letting it dry on a paper towel for almost 90 minutes, I've decided to try it again, give it a second chance. The result is bearable, but not by much. It doesn't burn quite as hot and that sickly sweet topping has toned down a little. I still find the taste bad and I have to put it down quite often as it coats my mouth with a pretty unpleasant, sickly sweet taste that's clearly not tobacco.

After two unhappy experiences, I can say that this is clearly not for me, though I can understand why others might like it. And I do believe that it's overpriced. I've smoked cheaper tobaccos that tasted better than this and that I would even revisit sometime, which is definitely not something that I will do with this one (or any other Borkum Riff, for that matter). Still, I've survived and now I can scratch this brand with a very thick line off my list.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

2 people found this review helpful.

Antonius Blok Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Antonius Blok (192)
Mild to Medium Strong Overwhelming Pleasant

One of the first pipe tobaccos I tried. Luckily, it didn't take long for me to realize that if I wanted something similar to orange, I should eat an orange and that if I wanted something with a flavor similar to Borkum Riff Cherry (Ruby), I should buy myself a gum.

2 people found this review helpful.

Scottaylor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scottaylor (13)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I have chosen this as my first cherry aro and i have to say that I have mixed feelings.

Up on opening the pouch I was greeted with a warm, natural cherry scent, the tobacco in side is of a perfect moisture level to just pack and light. With my first proper draw I get a most agreeable sweet, strong cherry flavour that while enjoyable takes total control of the experience. Yes I also get a smattering of creamy vanilla and if I concentrate I can detect the underlying tobacco but both are thrust to one side by the overbearing cherry. It's a nice cherry don't get me wrong but it left me feeling as though the whole offering is slightly unbalanced. Maybe this is the way of the cherry aro, maybe I'm missing the point.

Past the half way point and the sweetness is joined by a slight sour edge that helps to avoid the whole experience becoming too sickly and stay this way to the bottom of the bowl.

Will I be finishing the pouch? Most definitely, though I will be sticking to a small bowl as I think for me a large bowl may become too sickly. On the upside a friend of mine has told me how agreeable the room note is.

Pipe Used: Small bowl briar

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

LtCdrStabbington Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LtCdrStabbington (11)
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

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Cigs n Papers, Exchange Street, Norwich

Similar Blends: Xclusive Black Cherry.

2 people found this review helpful.

Theocharis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theocharis (38)
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

I was quite surprised by this one. Very nice tin and room note as expected. Primarely cherry but with a hint of vanilla too. And although the flavoring is rather strong, the overall taste is pretty clean snd consistent. Very good when you want something mild in the nic department and satisfies the sweet cravings too.Give it a try aromatic lovers, this is a good one.

Pipe Used: Briar

2 people found this review helpful.

Granny Smith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Granny Smith (29)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I ordered this tobacco by mistake - I meant to order Borkum Riff's Highland Malt - but I figured I may as well smoke it. Firstly the room note is very very good and the taste is not too overpowering. I would say it is every bit the equal of Cletic Talisman which is the only cherry tobacco I can tolerate. It burns well and provides a consistent flavour right down to the bottom of the bowl. The chief taste is cherry but the sweet vanilla does linger in the mouth after a few puffs. I'm not really an aromatic smoker but this makes a nice change of pace and if it's an aromatic you are after then I can recommend this one highly.

Pipe Used: James Barber

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Black Swan Tobacco

Similar Blends: Celtic Talisman, Lane's Very Cherry.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lindsberg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lindsberg (10)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Got a pack from an ex-piper friend, so although it was a bit dry, it has been aged for 4 month! So maybe this review won't help much but I'll do it anyway.

The smell is a little chemical, but definitely cherry and some vanilla (with little fantasy) can be smelled. A bit afraid of the chemical taste I light it, and after the initial lighting I find it very pleasant, the chem taste is minimal, and the vanilla is finally there, with the light sweetness of Virginia, making a somewhat harmonic mix with the intense cherry and rum taste. Requires some experiencing, as the taste is better when smoked fast, but it tends to bite pretty strong. Consuming from medium to bigger pipes, the chem taste, along with most added aroma disappears when reaching the last 1/3 of the bowl, after that it becomes a nice lighter Cavendish blend, although if you are at least half into the bowl and the flame dies out, do not relight as it will be absolutely terrible.

Because it's medium-at-most quality, it requires the situation of not thirsting for a quality blend. Roadtrips, porches of summer houses, wildcamping, Dorm parties, etc. are situations in which Ruby can shine (but that also goes for most Borkums), paired up with a drink not too strong.

Pipe Used: Szabó pipes

Age When Smoked: 4 month in a jar

1 person found this review helpful.

JesusJS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JesusJS (2)
Medium to Strong Very Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Se trata del típico tabaco para pipa de los últimos años de Borkum Riff. Una mezcla que podría llegar a ser correcta si no tuviese un topping puramente químico que hace que la fumada llegue incluso a ser desagradable. El olor en frío es marcadamente químico, con un dominio predominante de olor alcohólico aderezado con lo que se supone que es "cereza". Humedad bastante adecuada para fumar desde la bolsa, encendido fácil, y mantiene bastante la brasa. El problema es que seguramente debido al topping tan agresivo y químico que lleva, se convierte en un tabaco bastante picante tanto en boca como en nariz, además de tender a sobrecalentarse, lo que hace que haya que fumarlo muy muy despacio. En definitiva un tabaco totalmente prescindible para los fumadores habituales, y totalmente desaconsejado para la gente que se inicie. No me cabe duda que Borkum Riff es uno de los causantes de que muchos iniciados acaben abandonando la pipa debido a que en sitios no especializados se suele recomendar de inicio. Novatos, huid de este tabaco;)

Pipe Used: Bruken 4103

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Spain

Similar Blends: Borkum Riff.

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widepluto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
widepluto (5)
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

It certainly tastes like cherry and is very sweet. At first, this might actually be enticing, but after smoking it several times I got tired of it pretty quickly. When you open the pouch it smells a little like a candy store. What I don't like about it is that the flavoring tastes a bit artificial. I still think it might be a good aromatic for beginners as they may find the sweet candy-like note appealing. Room note is definitely very nice though, your better half will love it

Pipe Used: Vauen

Age When Smoked: Bought new

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Modestos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Modestos (5)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Strong

This is my first try from the Borkum Riff's tobaccos. Didn't try others although I want to. It leaves a very pleasant smell in a room. Everybody liked it (I mean the smell). The nice thing is that is not that strong and as a result your mouth doesn't smell after. Very light and not everything is perfect rather than the smell. One time thing.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Savinelli, Deluxe

Age When Smoked: 21

Purchased From: Tobacco Shop in Cyprus

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Marksuu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marksuu (2)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild Strong

It's smell like a cherry marzipan/almond and has a kind of chemical aroma, the flavoring for me and a people around me a little bit strong. In the taste that kind of strong smell doesen't feel. This tobacco likes bite my tongue so i recommend to realy slow smoke.

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