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The World Awaits

Captain Black Original vs. Borkum Riff Original

P&C's Battle of the Blends pits two tobaccos against each other, and you get to vote on your favorite. Best of all, you get both tobaccos at a bargain price. We'll tabulate the votes and announce the winner at a later time.

In this entry on the fight card called The World Awaits, we have two heavyweights facing off. Captain Black Original vs. Borkum Riff Original takes two of the most popular aromatics in the US and squares them off against each other. Who will win - the warm, creamy flavor of Captain Black, or the mellow, smooth taste of Borkum Riff? Only you can decide!

The World Awaits Bout includes:

(1) 1.5 oz pouch of Captain Black Original

(1) 1.5 oz pouch of Borkum Rif Original


Blend
Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Pipe Tobacco Sampler In Stock $11.99
Borkum Riff Original Shipping Constraints
1.5 Ounce Pouch In Stock $9.50
save $2.8530% off
$6.65
Borkum Riff Medium Manufactured Pipe only $20.00!
For a limited time, receive a Manufactured Pipe (worth $80.00) for only $20.00 more with every qualifying purchase.
Borkum Riff Original + $20 UPGRADE Manufactured Pipe Shipping Constraints
1.5 Ounce Pouch + Manufactured Pipe In Stock $89.50
save $62.8570% off
$26.65
Captain Black Original (Regular) Shipping Constraints
1.5 Ounce Pouch In Stock $8.85
save $2.1524% off
$6.70
Shipping Constraints:
  • These items cannot be shipped to a Washington state address.
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Overall Rating 4.43 out of 5 Based on 94 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “The World Awaits”

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5 out of 5
Captain black
Have been using it for a very long time
5 out of 5
Great Service
I ordered online from Pipes & Cigars for the first time. Being the responsible company that they are, they ensured I was of legal age and then my order was shipped without delay. It was received a few days later at my home. Their prices are by far the best I have seen and they are now my go to place. Thank you for exceeding my expectations.
5 out of 5
PIPE TOBACCO
I HAVE ORDERED TWICE FROM YOUR WEBSITE AND BOTH TIMES THE RESPONSE WAS GREAT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
4 out of 5
An old timer still a kickin!
Borkum Riff original blend was one of the very first pipe tobaccos that I can remember smoking. It was a decent pipe tobacco and which I actually preferred over their later Whiskey flavored blend.Although Borkum Riff is one of those OTC tobaccos it has stood the test of time well and is still quite popular. I will still smoke it and aill always keep some on hand. It's after pipe smoking off and on for 52 years my tastes in pipe tobaccos have changed markedly in 5 decades. Some of my all time favorites are sadly gone!
5 out of 5
enjoyable smoke
enjoyable smoke
5 out of 5
Love the taste...
The very first aro I bought. Tried others.... Keep coming back to it. I like the taste and smell and my spouse loves the room note....
4 out of 5
Not bad
It was a little more moist that what I would have liked but letting it sit out for 20-30 minuted prior to smoking helped tremendously in preventing tongue bite. It is a good starting tobacco and I enjoyed it. I thought it would have had a more distinct vanilla smell and flavor but it was still enjoyable.
4 out of 5
Borkum Riff
Borkum Riff is good
5 out of 5
Trip down memory lane, to Borkum Riff.
Perfumy, a suggestion of the medicinal, lingers in the pipe, not a ready mixer.
5 out of 5
good delivery
good delivery
5 out of 5
captain black original
This is my favorite pipe tobacco...thank you
5 out of 5
great pipe & pipe tobacco
great pipe & pipe tobacco place, the best
4 out of 5
Capt. Bk. Reg.
Good for change from my reg. Smoke Sir Walter Airomatic
5 out of 5
I smoked this brand many
I smoked this brand many years ago it isstill the best
5 out of 5
Captain Black edges out Borkum Riff in the final round for the win!
The World awaits battle begun. I smoked both the Captain Black Original and the Borkum Riff with two other friends. It was nice competition between the two; especially since they both come from the Scandinavian Tobacco Co. However, the battle was very close, but Captain Black Originally edged out Borkum Riff in the final round with a smoother finish. My winner is The Captain.
4 out of 5
Nice smoke
Smooth. Cool smoking. Mild. Not much flavor, or aroma. But pleasant.
5 out of 5
Awesome Smoke!
As good as I remember! Great blend!
5 out of 5
I have been smoking this
I have been smoking this for years and you hav the best price.
5 out of 5
Just as I emember it years ago
Smooth and even burning and the aroma is wonderful!
5 out of 5
Captain Black original
Good everyday smoke
5 out of 5
Captain Black Regular
Excellent aroma. Very smooth smoking with great taste.
3 out of 5
PREFER THE DARK
PREFER THE DARK
5 out of 5
Borkum riff
Very good smoke will buy again
5 out of 5
Its great
Its great
5 out of 5
My Old Standby
I always keep a supply of it around.
4 out of 5
Still as remembered
My husband started smoking a pipe while at KMCAS, Kaneohe, HI in 1967. The first blend was Flying Dutchman then he found Borkum Riff Bourbon. He prefers the Bourbon blend, but still great tobacco.
5 out of 5
Best of all, the White Original
After trying nearly ALL of Captain Black Blends, I found the Original (White) to be the very best. The Copper/Bronze second.
5 out of 5
i have been smocking this brand since 1973 and always enjoyed it!
you cant beat the aroma the smooth smoke and the great price.
3 out of 5
It's okay.
Good quality, just didn't appeal to my taste preferences.
5 out of 5
Great stuff!!!
Thank u for being there. Can't get this beautiful blend here ... anywhere! Plus u are affordable and very convenient. Thank you!
5 out of 5
Best around
Been smoking this exclusively for the past 30+ years. Nothing comes close. I won't say what a pouch cost back then !!
5 out of 5
A Smooth Classic
I'm new to pipe smoking but this is the tobacco I always enjoyed the smell of as a kid growing up. It is smooth, smokes well and tastes great.
4 out of 5
Decent smoke
Decent smoke
5 out of 5
Prompt service
Quick response when ordering. Keeps me up to date on status of my order
4 out of 5
Very nice readily avalible pipe tobacco.
I'm fairly new to pipe smoking and have tried to do my research. Capt Black was one of those recommended for new pipe smokers. I found it to be very nice, smooth with good flavor and aroma. Very little tongue bite. It is a good all day tobacco. I smoked it this with an MM corncob. Very happy with it and will most likely have some around. You can buy this almost anywhere.
5 out of 5
My favorite
Been smoking it for years,and tried them all
5 out of 5
Great Smoke!
Great all round smoking tobacco!
5 out of 5
Close race.
Borkum Riff is just a bit smoother. Very close to Captain Black
2 out of 5
Not so much
Acrid/offensive room note. I much prefer Captain Black Regular over the Borkum Original.
4 out of 5
Captain Black has great taste!
Captain Black Original has a better taste, slow burn and not as hot, and aroma. Those around me prefer this smoke for the aroma I bring to the room.
4 out of 5
Same as it ever was. Wonderful.
Long time favorite. Can only afford it once in a while so I got it with a bundle for a great price. Thanks Pipes and Tobacco.
4 out of 5
A good solid black cavendish.
Basic Captain. It isn't my favorite Captain's blend (I prefer Gold), but the mix of black Cavendish and Burley with a good top dressing is a good smoke, and always receives favorable comments for the room note. This is currently my "toss in back pocket smoke".
5 out of 5
Classic American pipe tobacco
Classic American pipe tobacco. It takes me back to the 1960s and 1970s. Everybody's Father and Grandfather had a pouch of Captain Black on hand because it was good, and it still is.
5 out of 5
Good products, good prices, quick service
Captain Black Regular is my favorite everyday tobacco. Pipes and Cigars delivers what they offer with quick turnaround time, and their prices are about the best I've found.
4 out of 5
Yes Please!
I withhold a 5 star mark because I'm so new to pipe smoking but this blend is something I believe I will fall back on regularly. From the first light I felt like..."yea...this is what good tobacco is supposed to be!" It settles nicely and gives me a feeling that I was searching for when I started smoking a pipe. I've read reviews of this product and "drugstore tobacco" is a label given. If this is what "drugstore tobacco" is....then call me a "drugstore tobacco fan!"
2 out of 5
fifteen yrs of captain black
smooth smoke
5 out of 5
Borkum Original
Been smoking Original for 20 plus years. Was having trouble finding it in the tobacco shop and found Pipes etc. Couldn't be happier with Pipes Etc. and my favorite tobacco. Smooth cool burning and everyone loves the aroma.
5 out of 5
Excellent Service
Pipes and Cigars provides excellent service. My tobacco, Captain Black was delivered quickly and was fresh.
2 out of 5
Nice Smell, Not So Much Flavor or Punch.
An aromatic blend with a wonderful tin note that once smoked leaves you wondering where the flavor went. This tobacco doesn't dry out, ever. I got my only pouch at the drug store within the first 2 weeks of pipe smoking, and though it was a step up from what I had been burning, it only piqued my interest in searching out blends with even better outcomes. Likely a good starter tobacco, it didn't have the nic punch I needed as a former cig smoker learning the pipe.
5 out of 5
Same as I remember
I have smoked a pipe, on and off, for roughly forty-five years. The tobacco that I started with was Borkum Riff. This tobacco is just as satisfying today as it was years ago. Thank you for NOT changing your product.
5 out of 5
best tobacco
since I have to write a review, I need some free samples of captain black, best tobacco on market.
5 out of 5
Smooth transaction!
Fast shipping for this, fast becoming hard to find, product!
5 out of 5
Excellent Service
This tobacco was excellent. There was a problem with the rest of my order and they took care of it immediately. Great customer service. Will recommend them to anyone who smokes pipes and cigars.
5 out of 5
Great pipe tobacco
I've smoked it for years, very good taste
5 out of 5
Nuff Said!
First time buying a product of this type, meaning not out of a local shop, yes I feel "dirty", but it is so good! Flavor with no bite and not "wet" or hard to keep lit. Nuff said!
5 out of 5
Borkum Riff
Been using this for years +...always good.
3 out of 5
Good to have in the rotation
This is a straight forward smoke. A little more depth than other tobaccos I have tried so far. As a fan of Captain Black Royal, I can appreciate this best after a hard days work. Now and again it's nice on an early cool morning with dark coffee.
5 out of 5
Borkum Riff Original
I've smoked Borkum Riff for about twenty years. Until they took it out of production, I smoked BR Light. The Original is as close to the Light that I have found. Although, the Special No. 8 was also an excellent tobacco. Sadly, you no longer carry it. Of course, I'm saddened to see the recent, somewhat drastic, increase in price to the Borkum Riff line of tobacco.
5 out of 5
a good bowl of black
the best Cavendish out there, smokes great, and a great taste with it with no burn. my favorite so far.
5 out of 5
THE BEST!
The best pipe tobacco!
2 out of 5
Okay...I guess
I recently tried Captain Black Regular because I had seen some very positive reviews. My initial light wasn't that great, however. It tasted overtly medicinal for the first couple of draws. The next re-light was much better, though--a nice, subtle sweetness with a mix of the tobacco taste. But that, too, soon gave way to just a very bland tobacco. I tried another bowl about a week later with the same results--medicinal at first light, very bland finish. I tried a couple of different pipes and the results were consistently blasé. The only positives to Captain Black Regular for me was the mellowness of the blend, no tongue bite, and no scorched mouth the next morning. I don't think I would recommend this. I mean, it might do in a pinch, but I'd be inclined to purchase a different pouch of Captain Black...say, Copper, for example. Now that's a great little tobacco!
3 out of 5
Very nice...
A great all-around smoke: not to harsh, not too fruity, not too mild. My wife likes it, so that is a positive! I will keep a a pouch handy as this is good for any time of day.
3 out of 5
Not bad
Smooth and mild. But not much flavor.
5 out of 5
Old standby.
I occasionally branch out and buy "more sophisticated" blends, but I always come back to "the Riff." Easy to pack and light, stays lit, no bite, and I can smoke it all day. Nice room note (even my wife likes it) and nice, mild flavor. I'm almost never disappointed.
5 out of 5
Quality Tobacco
Borkum Riff has maintained there quality over the years. A reliable smoke !
5 out of 5
Best Flavored Pipe Tobacco I've Tried
I knew I liked it so why not save a few bucks by buying bulk? Definitely worth it!!!
5 out of 5
Love that brand
Smooth great tasting tabacco
2 out of 5
Captain Black Rebiew
I purchased this with the intent of trying an aromatic blend. This is not for me.....I wont try aromatics again.
5 out of 5
CB white
Good stuff, no bite, burns well. Can see how it's so popular.
5 out of 5
Captain Black Regular
I always enjoy this superb tobacco. I have smoked Captain Black for years and it always offers a smooth satisfying taste.
5 out of 5
Old favorite is new favorite
I really like Captain Black regular. Tastes great, doesn't bite and I can smoke two bowls in a row if I want. P&S beat my local smoke shop by $30 on one canister so I like that as well!
5 out of 5
Nice for a beginner.
I just started smoking a pipe. I found the Regular to be a mellow strength and room appealing tobacco. I plan on smoking this tobacco for a long time.
5 out of 5
A pleasurable constant
I keep coming back. I'm finding this is a good "go-to" smoke for anytime. When I first tried it I thought it had too much tongue bite. And it did. Since then and a variety of taste bud stretches later I've discovered my smoking techniques affect the experience as well as blend and additives. Thus, I'm a bit more 'take-it-easy' on each bowl. Low and behold, Captain Black centered right up in my palate range. I'll still stretch about into more exotic blends, but I'm glad to have Captain Black Regular in my Go-To cellar when I just want a pleasurable smoke.
1 out of 5
Very disappointed
Everything but the Tin I purchased was Dry ... un-smokable
3 out of 5
Not impressed
I found it disappointing. The flavor is ok. I've smoked it in four different pipes, slow, fast and in all instances the one certainty is tongue bite.
5 out of 5
MY MISTAKE!!
MY MISTAKE!!
4 out of 5
Good choice, great price
A great go to tobacco. Easy to smoke, with a nice room note. Doesn't seem to smoke "hot," and has a decent flavour that doesn't bite.
5 out of 5
I have been smoking Captain
I have been smoking Captain Black Regular for 30 years and am still very happy with the flavor, taste and quality of this product.
4 out of 5
Capt Black pipe tobacco Regular
While the taste and flavor of CBR remains mild and good, the texture of the blend has become a little courser than the past. I have smoked CBR for over 25 years and this is the first time I've spent time picking out the stems before I used the Can I purchase before the 5 pouches. I returned to the pouches in hopes this issue would nor reoccur. Will see.
5 out of 5
Fast efficient service - Thanks!!!
Fast efficient service - Thanks!!!
5 out of 5
poor quality too mild
poor quality too mild
5 out of 5
Happy with promptness
Delivered on time, as always.
4 out of 5
Tastey
I like this stuff, I wish the pouch sealed or I had an empty tin to pour it in so I could keep some for down the road. I don't think it's anything special and I'm giving it a very low 4 - maybe even a high-3. To me it has a nice taste and "snork" (6th sense; puff out through nose). I think if it were cheaper, I would buy some occasionally but I just feel it's similar to another blend I get from local tobacconist but not quite as good and same price. Note that it's not fine-cut and stays wet so it will not burn well in a deep/narrow pipe unless you pack light and half-bowl. Do not try to dry it, the flavor is in the moisture. It exhausted a large brand new CAO block meerschaum pipe in about 10 bowls. Pretty wild. The reason for 4-stars is that in comparison to a similar-tasting blend I get from a local tobacconist, the taste is bit too mild and gets bitter too soon towards the end of the bowl. If you like this blend you should also try Town Topic.
4 out of 5
A fine pouch tobacco
Pleasantly surprised. A naturally sweet flavor, but mild. I'll be ordering this again.
5 out of 5
Deployed Veteran
I wanted to say thanks for my recent purchase with you. Being so limited on choices here in Afghanistan is a big disappointment. Especially, when you smoke a pipe. I received my purchase quicker than I receive packages from my family n friends. Lol. Thanks again.
3 out of 5
Middle of the road pipe tobacco, just plain average...
More like 2 1/2 stars from me. One of my tests of OTC blends, as I seek what works best for me for my second attempt at pipe smoking. I read the reviews here and elsewhere, and they leaned towards this blend being fine but nothing special. And that is exactly how I review Borkum Riff Original; okay but nothing special. It burns fine and has little if any bite, but everything else about this tobacco is just plain average. I would rather load a bowl of Carter Hall, Prince Albert, Velvet, SWR than Borkum Riff Original. I will not purchase this blend again.
1 out of 5
Captain Black: The McDonald's of the Pipe Tobacco World.
For years, this was the only pipe tobacco I had ever tried -- only because this was the only tobacco local stores sold. Man, did I not know what I was missing. I gave up the pipe for ten years because of this wet, gooey mixture. A while back I decided to give it another try, buying one of these and a tin of Dunhill Nightcap. The Captain ended up in the garbage tin and I have since enjoyed the pipe more than I could have ever imagined.
5 out of 5
Everything arrived as expected...
Everything arrived as expected...
5 out of 5
Borkum Riff Original Burley, Virginia Blend
Mild, Easy Smoking Tobacco with very little if any bite, Big tobacco taste, easy to light and stays lit. Part of a Sampler, nice addition.
5 out of 5
My review
Exceptional taste
5 out of 5
Good job
I have been a customer for over a year and always had prompt service . Pipes and cigars keeps me up to date on specials and things iI may be interested in viewing . The service is always great and if a delay is sent quickly without inconvenience,David
4 out of 5
Captain Black
A fine aromatic! Smooth flavor, notes of vanilla.
5 out of 5
Great!
Great products, price, and customer service. Very fast shipping!
5 out of 5
5 Star
Always a pleasure to do business with!
Borkum Riff Medium Deal

Manufactured Pipe only $20.00!

For a limited time, receive a Manufactured Pipe (worth $80.00) for only $20.00 more with every qualifying purchase.

Borkum Riff has released a beautiful Natural Pipes that is a great addition to this classic brand. Since this a limited release, each pipe will vary. So you may not receive one that looks exactly like the one pictured. But each pipe will showcase the fantastic natural smooth finish with a black stem with Borkum Riff stamped on the side. You will not be disappointed in this magnificent pipe!  





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