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"Quality Virginia and Burley Tobaccos from South Carolina and Kentucky are combined with the finest Highland Malt Whisky in a coarse cut that ensures an even burn and provides a distinctly aromatic smoking monent."

Notes: Notes: Known in the US as "Highland Malt Whisky". The name was changed in Europe to "Copper" due to EU regulations.


Originally known in Gaelic as 'usquebaugh', 'water of life', 'aqua vitae' or whisky, as it becomes known, was first distilled in Fife by Friar John Cor during the 15th Century. Drawing from its rich heritage, Borkum Riff Highland Malt Whisky is a robust, full-bodied but mellow, naturally subtle blend of Virginia and burley tobacco flavoured with a fine mature malt from the Scottish Highlands.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Wallenberg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wallenberg (11)
Medium to Strong Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

Please read the other reviews.

This tobacco is sharp, synthetic and completely fails its nomination.

This is why people start pipe smoking and end it in shame and disappointment.

It burns very hot, continues to burn tongues; tastes acidic and whiskey-like at most. The room note is tolerable.

Pipe Used: briar

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: I do not want to blame anyone

Similar Blends: Many other Borkum Riff blends.

3 people found this review helpful.

Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (120)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

havent changed my mind a bit,,ill give it one last shot but it wont be today i assure,,i dnt know where tht malt whisky went but its aint ind=side the tin,,burly is dominant virginia sweetness cn be felt but the heavy casing spoil the whole combination,,burn well thu and gives a decent burn to the old tongue comparing to other borkum blends,,wont be on my list

3 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (84)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

I feel sorry for putting a low mark to this old friend of my youth, with which I shared so many beautiful moments (oblivious at the time of better choices in tobaccos as well as in many other aspects of life). Nevertheless, I can't offer a verdict other than "Not Recommended".

I won't be unjust. Highland Whisky wasn't even the worst of the Riffs. Sometimes, on several special and still memorable occasions, I even managed to extract some pleasant flavours from it - by the dear price of painfully scalding the young sinner's tongue.

I put one star to discourage the new generation of pipesters from starting​ their journey to the wonderful World of Pipedom from this wrong starting point. I know, they won't listen. After all, it's normal that each generation must fully experience their own share of wrong choices and scalded mouths.

The only thing I really wish them, is not to start any lower than this. There's still a bottom below this bottom. It's called "Clan". I won't tell more.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Islay whiskies and Latakia are a match made in heaven - as long as the former are in the glass and the latter in the pipe. Apart from Cognac in Pembroke and rum in some mixtures, alcohol and tobacco do not really combine well. If any one does want to taste tobacco flavoured with whisky, I would suggest Davidoff`s Scottish Mixture and not this Borkum Riff attempt.

2 people found this review helpful.

FilipPruncu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FilipPruncu (80)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This review is for the Copper pouch, so the EU pouch of Highland Malt Whisky. I got it from a friend so... glad I didn’t pay for it.

Relatively small ribbons, predominantly black and brown with a few gold leaves. Pouch note is sweet, fruity, but has nothing to do with whiskey. Cavendish is clearly there, virginia probably just for the burn.

Lights up easily, burns cool, doesn’t bite.

Soft, cloudy, creamy, buttery taste. Has some liquor notes, but doesn’t take me to any whisky taste. It’s more like vanilla and liquor, and curiously, by the end of the bowl has some lemon hints as well. Not too much casing, it has a bit of nutty flavor and it has a bit of tobacco flavor. It’s good that the flavoring is mild. Reading the other reviews makes me think that we either have completely different senses, or that this blend is just not the same in every pouch. Mine is mild in strength, flavoring, taste. So, using a filter would make this completely tasteless. If you think this has too much casing and too much chemical taste, I dare you to try Rattray’s Union Jack.

I find it to be a decent smoke. I don’t know why it has such a bad note on TobaccoReviews, since I clearly smoked worse aromatics that felt like soap in my mouth. Does it taste like whisky? No. Does it taste bad? No. Is it great? No. Just a simple, all day, easy going mild blend.

Oh, and the room note is quite pleasant!

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

Not really much different than many other Whiskey flavored Cavendish blends except maybe this one tried to go elegant with some steamed up Virginia that would't bite even if it had teeth. I smoked two bowls from a pouch of this at a pipe show a couple of years ago while looking at pipes in, believe it or not, an Irishman's hotel room. Light and no bite.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Borkum Riff - Malt Whisky.

Note: This review is from a pouch purchased in Portugal named Mixture Recipe Malt Whisky. The pouch lists the ingredients as 50% Black Cavendish, 50% Virginia, and Whisky.

The pouch smells clearly of whisky, a little stronger than the smoke tastes. The flavour's good, there's just enough whisky to liven it up, but it doesn't take over: medium at the most. The tobacco's are nice on the palate: the taste is very soft with some vanilla from the Black Cavendish. I don't really get much citrus/grass from the Virginia, I'm guessing any natural sharpness is being made a touch unclear by the added sharpness from the whisky. The smoke has a nice velvety texture to it, and it's quite thick.

The nicotine's about the same weight as the added flavour: medium at the most, and the room-note's nice, but it does create a lot of smoke.

I like this more than I thought I would. It's nothing particularly special or inimitable, but it's a pleasant and relaxing smoke.


Pipe Used: Fred Tranter Poker

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Portugal

1 person found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (148)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

This tastes of no whisky that I have ever experienced. It's hot, unsubtly cased and artificial-tasting. Imagine inhaling steam slightly laced with the kind of chemicals they use to flavour cheap sweets with. I can't think of anything good to say for it. Definitely not recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Not outstanding. Did not feel any malt on it. Aroma in pouch reminds a bit of milk chocolate for me. Burns okay. Not too much taste here either.

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