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The cherry cavendish recipe consists of 50% black cavendish from Africa and the Philippines mixed with 50% Virginia from Brazil, Argentina and India. On top of that sweet cherry taste is added.

Notes: As other Blends from Borkum Riff, this was produced originally by Swedish Match, Sweden, and now is branded by Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Denmark.

BrandBorkum Riff
Blended BySwedish Match
Manufactured BySkandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Cherry is the star flavor and it has a nice taste, though it does diminish just a little toward the finish. The unsweetened black cavendish is kind of typical for its kind. I do get an occasional taste of some grass and a hint of earth from the Virginia, more so near the finish as the cherry flashes off a little. There's a very slight toastiness present. Has little nicotine. Needs to be sipped or it can bite. Burns very warm even though the tobacco is a little moist when you open the pouch. Needs few relights. Has a decent after taste and a good room note.


6 people found this review helpful.

oldcodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldcodger (74)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Years ago I smoked Borkum Riff Cherry Cavendish (which has numerous reviews on this board under that title) and did not care for it at all. The only plus I could give it was that it was better than its sibling Borkum Riff Cherry Liqueur. Both had a pleasant room note, but overwhelming artificial cherry taste (plus a hefty note of vanilla), the Cherry Liqueur version obviously having some alcohol, and both smoked wet and goopy.

Noting that Cherry Cavendish is now labeled as Mixture with Cherry Cavendish, and spotting it in a discount tobacco shop, I decided to give it another try. The new version proved significantly better. The tobacco is different. The old Cherry Cavendish was dark fired Kentucky and burley. Mixture with Cherry Cavendish is 50% black cavendish and 50% Virginia. The cherry vanilla flavoring is toned down immensely. The goop factor proved notably less. The room note retained a pleasant nature.

Opening the pouch, the cherry aroma was nice but not overwhelming. As a 50% black cavendish mixture, the tobacco in the pouch is dark. The ribbon cut is similar to that found with all Borkum Riff blends. The moisture level was just slightly too high. The mixture lit easily, with charring light, real light, and only one relight it my first bowl. For the remainder of the pouch the results proved similar.

I used a variety of pipes I reserve for aromatic mixtures, the best proving to be a modestly priced Roma.

I am not a big fan of cherry flavored tobaccos, and thus I have rated this with only two stars. Those who really enjoy cherry flavored mixtures probably need an extra star added to the rating. For me, it was a perfectly satisfying over the counter pouch. I will probably not buy it again soon, but it is certainly not on my avoid list.

Those who avoid aromatics obviously need not try this. For others who include or dote on aromatics in their smoking preferences, it is worth a try. In particular, those who, like me, tried Cherry Cavendish in the past and gave it a thumbs down should see if the pouches which now read Mixture with Cherry Cavendish provide a better smoke for them as well.

3 people found this review helpful.

Bram Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bram (4)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

This was my first Borkum experience amd second with Danish aromatic blends. The pouch smells of fresh cherries and a subtle hint of sour cherries, and the smoke almost meets the expectations raised by the pouch note.The cherry is very noticeable throughout the first two-thirds of the bowl, giving the smoke a sour and fruity character. My students love it when I smoke this in the yard and have praised the note on various occasions. I do tend to leave the last one-third unsmoked since it turns rather smokey and bitter. All in all, a once-in-a-whiler for me.

Pipe Used: Angelo briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch

3 people found this review helpful.

Assassin1999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Assassin1999 (3)
Medium Strong Full Very Pleasant

Can't believe how disappointed I am in this. Aroma is great. Love the flavor. But, this stuff is so wet it's sticky. Burns hot or not at all, forcing me to puff away and get tongue bite. The few times I got a decent draw, it was delicious, but requires too much brain power and concentration to dance along the thin line of too hot vs going out. Going to let it dry out a bit and see if that helps. Performed better in my meerschaum than the briar. Used to such good smokes from my meerschaum, but still had to work too hard with little payoff. Had such high hopes....

Pipe Used: Briar, Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New from pouch

Purchased From: local tobacconist

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokingHawk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokingHawk (54)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I smoke this once in awhile and whenever I go out to the park I sit outside bench and smoke it people tend to like the pleasant cherry smell although it diminishes half way through bowl. Again slow sipping win the game otherwise it bites and tends to burn very hot.

Age When Smoked: New from the pouch

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Borkum Riff- Mixture With Cherry Cavendish. When I first lit this I thought "I'll have to disagree with popular opinion, it's worth a high score as it's a good aromatic". That lasted all but ten puffs. After that the tongue bite kicked in. It's a belligerent son of a b**.

The cherry addition comes over well, not overly strong but very easy to taste. It doesn't have too much of a false note to it which I find many cherry blends have. The cherry is at the perfect weight.

Sadly that's any praise for this harsh blend over with.

I find any decent tobacco flavours are completely redundant. Any sweetness from the Black Cavendish can't compete with the sweet taste from cherries and the Virginia only gives the smoke some body and a touch of N.

Another low point is the temperature. It burns far too hot. This seems to contribute to the fact the bowl is over in a flash.

The room note is alright but sadly that isn't anywhere near enough to redeem this monstrosity from the lowest depths.

Not recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kapp Royal 03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This was my first cherry flavoured tobacco. After you open the pouch a sweet cherry smell comes out instantly. The smell is very pleasant. The tobacco is amixture of black cavendish and virginia. It burns slowly and cold. I first smoked the tobacco in a Vauen Classic full bent pipe. Also there is no tongue bit instead. The smoke has a pleasant sweet cherry note. Nothing I Like in this tobacco

1 person found this review helpful.

Baki Oztepe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Baki Oztepe (11)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

A pretty decent aromatic. As a new pipe smoker, I was recommended aromatics for starters, as usual. And this is one of the first I have ever tried. At the time, I was having trouble smoking this as it has a relatively strong smoke and prone to go out, thus the easy to get a tongue bite. But as soon as I learned how to properly pack and smoke it, this became one of my favorite aromatics. The reason being, this is nicely blended and the aroma is not very artificial. When you open the pack it does not smell like perfume but natural cherry flavors. Compared to other cherry blends, I definitely prefer this one. Will definitely buy again.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Standing 606

1 person found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (322)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Package note of Cherry, mild sweet fruit and rich earth. Tobacco is ribbon cut and mostly reddish-brown with a tiny amount of black and tan. Moisture content is a little high, drying may be needed. Burns fast with few relights. The strength is mild and nic is mild. Flavoring is medium, with notes of sweet and mild cherries. Taste is medium and somewhat consistent, with notes of sugar sweet, wood, toasted bread, hay, dry earth, mildly spicy, a mild lemon grass background note, and a moderately peppery retro. Cavendish is leading with Virginias supporting. Flavoring assist more in the beginning than in the end. Room note is very pleasant, and aftertaste is ok.

Pipe Used: 2015 XXX Ashton Brindle Author

Age When Smoked: 3 years

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (629)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I rather liked this blend. Most Cavendish based aromatics taste like hot air to me and cause me to start over puffing for something that never comes, resulting in a nasty bite. I believe the addition of the Kentucky ameliorates this tendency for me adding body to this blend while not overtaking it. To me it is a great balance and should be done with more cavendish aromatics.

I was able to maintain a nice cadence with this and it was quite enjoyable. My pouch was 6 and a half years old and I do believe some of the topping may have flashed based on what other reviewers have said about the topping being the primary flavor. While I certainly tasted Cherry, it was subdued. With that said, the underlying leaf was never screaming out.

This is not the greatest cherry aromatic I have ever tasted, but it was enjoyable to my palate. I enjoyed smoking this one on the golf course as it was easy smoking and did nothing to distract me from my game or the respective socializing that comes with it. It is also mild enough to ensure several bowls while doing the same.

Three stars.

Age When Smoked: 6 yrs 6 mths

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Rajsekar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rajsekar (1)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Been a pipe smoker for the past 18 yrs, enjoying my smoke & currently being disatisfied with your mixer/quality. l need to write in personnaly .....please provide me the direct mailing addres. TQ

Pipe Used: Bigben

Age When Smoked: 60

Purchased From: Kamelia-Malaysia

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Nwpipesmker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nwpipesmker (27)
Extremely Mild Medium Very Full Very Pleasant

Finally found a place that sells this blend. Bought it and it's light on cherry sent. Big on cherry taste! Burns easy smoke it slow loses flavor around end. Will i buy it again? Yes because it's hard to find a cherry tobacco that doesn't taste like chemicals. This is one that got it right.

Pipe Used: MM country gentleman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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ChrisGR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChrisGR (4)
Medium Mild Very Mild Tolerable

I don't know how to rate this blend. And that because I don't find this one to be a true aromatic. It doesn't smell such one when you smoke it. Also it hasn't any taste worth talking about! It is like blowing hot air from a tobacco that I find medium(to strong). Of course on the pouch it says "with hints of cherry" but when I bought it they said that is full of cherry flavor and aroma which I never found, except the very first time I smoke a bowl where I tasted some hints of cherry and I was left with a very light nice aftertaste.

It came wet as it should be for a nice smoke and it tends to get dry fast in the pouch in contrast to other classic aromatics.

I still dont know how to rate this blend but for sure it isn't the cherry aromatic someone whould expect it to be. There are a lot better aromatics with cherry flavor out there at the same or even lower price tag.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: New

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