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Borkum Riff Special Mixture No. 8 is a blend of more than ten exceptional tobaccos that make for a product with a good range of colours. The rich and satisfying smoking experience is further underscored by its agreeable bouquet and complex aroma with distinct vanilla notes.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended BySwedish Match
Manufactured BySkandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

This i a tobacco that someone needs to start with.
Easy to smoke, to light up and to fills up the pipe satisfactory.
At the start gives you a nice cool smoke without a tongue bite.
Properly taste balance in the middle of smoking sweet vanilla with a dark chocolate.
I smoke it with filter and without. Without the filter leaves your tongue sweet with a pleasant sensation. Allthough sometimes gets also boring the taste.
At the end it gives you a burnt aroma which destroys all the flavors.

I recommend it for Rookie with a corncob pipes as well for a daytime tobacco. An easy choice to find.

Pipe Used: 5

Similar Blends: Scandinavik Mixture , Mac Baren 7 Seas Gold.

9 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was recently gifted to me by a mate (many thanks) after he introduced me to BR, once again a nice reminder that he's got taste and I'm lucky with who I know. I wasn't sure what to expect but I half anticipated being in for a treat.

I found the packet aroma to have hints of honey, a very pleasant surprise. Packing and lighting are super easy. The smoke itself continues with the honey motif with hints of vanilla, I also found the odd hint of nuttiness. It's quite sweet but not overpoweringly so, it probably helps that I have a bit of a sweet. It can be prone to a waft of bite but it's no problem to ease back and take it slowly.

This is a cracking smoke and continues where Bourbon Whiskey left off. That latter is probably my personal preference but this is certainly a good brother to it. Cracking stuff.

Pipe Used: Finlay's Laureate Knobby

Purchased From: Gifted

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8 people found this review helpful.

thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (79)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Another fine addition to the borkum range. Very loose in the pack with just the right moisture content to load straight into your pipe. Aromas from the pack include a nutty sweetness tinged with a whisper of vanilla. Smoking this lovely tobaccobis a gift. Light fresh and sweet. It is never cloying sweet and not a hint of tongue bite. I will say this is best to sipped as i think it does have the potential to bite. Room note is one of the best i have smelled. It has a lovely fresh fruity fragrance which is sure to please even the most ardent of none smokers. Nicotine is very mild but there is just enought to refresh and revitalise. Only bad point is this blend is not available in the uk so once my pack is gone its gone.

Pipe Used: alco with apple bowl

Age When Smoked: three months

Purchased From: a small shop in heraklion centre

6 people found this review helpful.

JohnLawitzke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnLawitzke (3)
Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Pleasant

I received a pouch of this as part of a raffle lot that I won at the 2015 NASPC show in Columbus. I am glad that I did not spend money on it.

The description of this tobacco at the top of the page is completely different than what is printed on the pouch. The pouch description is: "The Special No. 8 recipe consists of 40% Black Cavendish from Africa and Argentina which is mixed with 60% Virginia from Brazil and Europe. Flavour: Hints of nuts and vanilla."

This blend is absolutely horrid and I would not make my worst enemy smoke this stuff. The pouch aroma smells nothing of vanilla. All you get is a very sweet smell. Honey-like, but sweeter. Upon lighting, all you get is sweet. As I smoked it, all I could taste was extreme sweetness. There was no flavor to describe, just the intense taste sensation of sweet Imagine a taste even more intensely sweet than putting a teaspoon of sugar on your tongue. Absolutely no tobacco taste could be detected. I tried to cleanse my mouth of the sweetness with mouthwash and a strong Latakia blend with no success. This blend could contain cat feces and you would not be able to tell.

Pipe Used: Cob

Purchased From: 2015 NASPC show raffle prize

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Well, this one was a real surprise. I inherited this as part of a friend's estate along with many other pouches which I have never tried. I invariably smoke flakes but the pack looked nice so I thought I'd give it a go. The aroma on opening is fantastic, vanilla with clear notes of burley and Kentucky. It burns well, the flavour carrying through the whole smoke leaving a very pleasing room note. I just hope I can find some more.

5 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (201)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Tolerable to Strong

Not an exception to B.Riff style.same bad as all other blends i tried from this brand.chemical smell and flavour,no tobacco taste,lots of tongue bite,moisture and dumbness at the end of the bowl.burns so hot i couldn't touch my pipe.the nicotine level is low.the room note was something between cheap aroma and burning grass.another disappointment forr me.NOT RECOMMENDED!

Age When Smoked: When opened

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Easily the best blend of Borkum Riff I've tried (and I've tried them all). Of the drug store blends, I think Special No.8 stands out as a nice go-to tobacco if you're in the mood for something simple and sweet with a delightful aroma. Reminds me a bit of Captain Black White and 1Q in having that classic "pipe" smell I remember from the days of my youth visiting my uncle's home.

Upon opening the pouch you're greeted by the scents of a nutty, vanilla concoction. Nicely cut ribbon strands of assorted black and gold. Lights up well on the first match and burns all the way down without a relight. This was quite surprising because I usually find heavily cased blends of the drug store variety to turn into a sticky mess after smoking. This one burned nice and dry, no goop or stickiness in my bowl upon finishing.

The flavor is definitely sweet but not cloyingly so. I tend to like aromatics so there may be a little bias in my review but this stuff smells amazing! Not a complex smoke by any means, just pleasant and sweet when you want to kick back and fill your surroundings with the scent of a musty bookshop. Easy all day smoke as the vitamin N level is almost non-existent. Also, no tongue bite after chugging away at it.

A definite winner from BR (finally...) on par with the ilk of CB White if you like the easy going aromatics on occasion.

3 people found this review helpful.

The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Not so readily available in the UK, I actually got a sample 3g sachet of No.8 as an unexpected freebie with a tin of Japanese Asuka. A bit of a one-shot taster, for sure, but I just about managed to stretch it to two pipes for reviewing purposes.

The contents list reads like a dream-team of tobaccos and although visually comparable with a bog-standard cavendish, the aroma is deep and sensually alive. It makes for an interesting marriage of cherry stones, vanilla, and seasoned, dried apples - and yet it remains delicately smoky. I have to say that it's pretty evocative of seasonal niche tobaccos, and as such, reminds me of Peterson's Christmas 2009 mixture.

Much like Peterson's offering, the taste of No.8 fell way, way short of expectation: light on flavour; airy; papery - all rather insipid, really. It certainly would be a crime to cough up £8.50 of hard-earned English Sterling for a full tin. Even the Queen would appear extra-miserable on the front of the £10 note you'd have to hand over.

That said, It did scrape back kudos with a pleasing side stream of baked fruit and vanilla, but it was at messy odds with that horrendously bland taste. By the mid-bowl, it was smoking dry, with a toasty finish. And by 'dry' I don't mean dry as in the moisture content, but dry like a wine, which was an interesting positive to take from the experience. However, there was still time for a touch of chemically-induced tongue bite, which made things a little too prickly for comfort. When it came to my second pipe, things faired a little better - leading to my recommendation that you smoke this in nothing bigger than a medium sized bowl.

If 2 stars are my median, Borkum Riff Special Reserve No.8 is definitely a sub-par tobacco. It is neither delightful, nor offensive. It just is; propping up the blander end of the commercial market.

1.7 stars

3 people found this review helpful.

Sunday Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sunday (27)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is by far the nicest Borkum Riff mix I have tried, definitely a thumbs up for pouch tobacco aromatics. Easy to light, easy on the palate, think I will definitely buy this again for a quick go-to work around the garage, go fishing everyday smoke.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Smoking Boardgamer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Smoking Boardgamer (2)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

YouTube Video A basic otc (over the counter) blend. Local pharmacy or specialty gas stations most likely will carry this aromatic pouch under 10 bones. Leaves a bit of an after taste, but otherwise pleasant and easy to get!

1 person found this review helpful.

CarlC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CarlC (18)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Very good for what it is.Good for a change of pace.I usually smoke full-on Virginias,burleys,kentuckys,and English.flavor is there,but light.Humidity out of the pouch is perfect.Casing is there,but not too heavy,and disappears half way through the bowl,or at least it did for me.No problem.If you smoke Gawith twist constantly,and hope for the same performance here,you will be disappointed,and may not give this a fair evaluation.Good also for beginners.

Pipe Used: Charatan Special,Jody Davis

Purchased From: Local smoke shop in Virginia Beach

1 person found this review helpful.

Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (52)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

I find this tobacco too sweet for me. I have to mix it with bitter tobaccos to really enjoy it. Maybe it's because I don't eat so much sugar...

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable


This might be too sweet for most, but when you crave a sweet hit, this is a cheap and easy option.

It is readily available and cheap where I live. It packs easily, lights easily, burns evenly, and you don't need sugar in your coffee if you smoke this. Effortless smoking.

I find myself comparing this blend with Erinmore Mixture every time I smoke either. Erinmore Mixture is more subtle, whereas this has a more even and consistent burn. Room note is pleasant, but it can linger.

This is one of Borkum Riff's better blends, perhaps their best. This might be the ideal choice for the pipe noob: cheap, easy to pack, light and smoke, with enough "feedback" to discourage fast puffing. Stay away if you are not a confirmed sweet-tooth.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I find the tobacco of this blend of good quality, this is a complex mixture of DFK and burley in ribbon cut, the top flavoring is mild and discrete, there is no vanilla I could detect but some floral aroma, the smoke is dry and tasty, with no bite if smoked properly, it is slightly sweet, with nice room note.

Update: the top flavoring is not vanilla, its something that I dont like, this blend is to try if you dont have any better choice.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I dont care much about Borkum Riff blends but this one stands out of the ordinary BR blends. Paired with Mac Baren Vanilla Cream, this blend provides a nice and satisfying aromatic smoke.Soft and mellow, easy to pack, does not burn hot and delivers an outstnding room note. The pouch aroma is also marvelous, maybe the best interpretation to what vanilla smells thus far. Very good if you like a mellow aromatic smoke now and then. Does not leave the pipe gooopy. Good job BR on this one.

1 person found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (83)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Tolerable

Long ago and far away, I lived in a place with almost no access to pipe tobaccos other than this one and Borkum Riff Classic (which is worse than this). There was a time when this concoction used to be my everyday staple. So I know it well.

I'm struggling to find anything good to convey regarding this old friend of mine, in company of which I wasted so much precious moments of my youth.

Well, it's quite an uncommon iteration of the Dutch-Style-Tobaccos. It's said, somewhere in the murky depths of this mixture Marylands marry Dark Kentuckies, which is a rare combination. If that wouldn't have been printed on the pouch I'd never have guessed this mess contains any Marylands or Kentuckies.

This blend is generously sprinkled with some high-octane synthetic essence of an extraordinary lingering ability. Some of my older less smoked pipes still bear faint ghosting of it, occasionally recalling sad memories of old.

Sorry, Swedish Match, I can't wholeheartedly recommend your Mixture N8 to other people. It's only because of sentimental value I put two stars instead of the well-deserved one.

Pipe Used: MM Corncobs

Age When Smoked: 5

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Strichetto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Strichetto (21)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Bought in 2014 in a gas station drugstore in Switzerland, at cheap average price for common drugstore tobaccoes. At opening the scent was very good (in the aro way), but the bad news were that was not correctly sealed (tobacco everywhere in the seal means NOT sealed at all!) and so totally dry. Unsmokable. After some days wetting to save the pouch, I tryed it.

Aroma: an aro tobacco, but not really too much, pleasant sweet and nut notes, with only a very little bit of vanilla.

Taste: not really good, especially at the end of the bowl. Some biting too.

Room note: the best of this tobacco, pleasant, delicate and discrete.

Burning: at first too dry, after maybe too wet, finally ok, but it burns not well at any time...

Briars: surely not the EM dedicated, even if it does not leave a real ghost scent.

Well, this is not a fully affordable review, this tobacco, as I buyed, deserves less than 1star, but I can imagine it could be only better (a lot) if well packed and preserved... room note is pretty good, and so I'll give him one star and half, but I think I'll never buy again... Sorry.

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: drugstore, Switzerland

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