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Rope-A-Dope

Battle of the Blends pits two black Cavendish's against each other and we are leaving it up to you to tell us who deserves the hand raise. Rope-A-Dope's battle consists of Borkum Riff and Amphora's Black Cavendish. So get your scorecards and light up with both of these pouches. 
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1.75 Ounce PouchIn Stock$9.50
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Borkum Riff Black Cavendish Shipping Constraints
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Overall Rating4.29 out of 5 Based on 82 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Rope-A-Dope”

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5 out of 5
I remember the time in
I remember the time in early 90s when suddenly my favorite Borkum Riff Black Cavendish disappeared at all. I was in despair and with great difficulties found a pair of packs in Prague (existed at that time such a country as Czechoslovakia). Thank God, finally it reappeared again. For me it's important as an additive to the Captain Black Gold, and for smoking it separately is too strong. Among other Borkum Riffs it's the only one made by "Cavendish cut" which I consider to be the most pleasant for smoking. I wish this product will return to it's first primary look as it came to the market: Black was in a black nice pouch and recognizable at once!
5 out of 5
Fast service
Fast service
5 out of 5
Smooth tobacco.
I enjoy smoking this tobacco, it’s cool burning and stays lit.
5 out of 5
old reliable !
the borkum riff tobacco is a pleasure to smoke and i enjoy all the borkum riff tobaccos for over 30 years. and still a great value.
4 out of 5
not bad
This does not appear to be pure black cavendish, but a blend of black cavendish and something else. Pretty good smoke, though.
4 out of 5
Good taste profile and good
Good taste profile and good aromatics
5 out of 5
Amphora black Cavendish
Very smooth and flavorful blend. Burns well,no bite.full and rich.
5 out of 5
wonderfull
wonderfull
4 out of 5
Amphora red full aroma
Its slightly different (worst) compare what it was before, five years ago.
5 out of 5
Smooth and flavorable smoke.
This blend smooth and aromatic. Burns clean with a great room note.
5 out of 5
Please add cigarette rolling tobacco
I use this tobacco to mix with other pipe tobacco, to roll cigarettes. This is the THIRD time I have suggested that cigarette rolling tobacco be included in your lineup of various tobacco. Please ask the Tobacco King to include these tobaccos as well. How about an answer from the CEO .
4 out of 5
Bodkum Riff Black Cavendish
Not really a true cavendish. Not really black. Looks like some Virginia, something brown, no black! Not that it's bad, but it smokes a bit harsh. Closer to smokers pride than, say, Lane Ltd BCA. Worth a try but I wouldn't buy it bulk!
5 out of 5
Really loving this
Tried this one and the Full Aroma. I go back and forth about which I like better. Really nice change of pace Cavendish. Definitely going into my rotation.
4 out of 5
Like !
Like .
5 out of 5
Great smoke
I enjoyed the Amphora Black very much. Will be buying again, real soon.
4 out of 5
Enjoyable Blend
I don't think I ever smoked any Amphora in the old days. When I saw it had been re-introduced, I decided to try some. My favorite blend which came from McClelland is no more, since they went out of business. So, I am on the hunt for some new blends. I have also decided no one blend works all the time. I don't eat Texas Chili for breakfast, Monday through Friday. (Only on Saturday). I bought some of the original and the Black Cavendish. I have smoked two bowls of the Black Cavendish, and found it a good solid blend. I didn't get tired of the taste. It wasn't overbearing or harsh. It wasn't too sweet. I didn't get a nicotine hit, which I don't like anyway. I have had some blends that, though I liked it while I was smoking it, when I woke up the next morning, my mouth tasted like an army of rats had marched through in the night. I think the Amphora Black Cavendish will be in my rotation. I think I would actually rate it 4 1/2 stars, but since I could not, I gave it four. Nothing is perfect...but, almost, especially for a over the counter blend.
5 out of 5
Great driving smoke! Ladie friendly
Nice out and about smoke. good for the car.
5 out of 5
A good balance of sweet and spice
A perfect fall blend that would go well with hot apple cider. As you sip your pipe, the tastes of cinnamon and prune come through. It reminds me of the traditional Christmas puddings served in Ireland.
5 out of 5
great service at time of order and prompt delivery.
I've used the Borkum Riff Bl. Cavendish with the Original blend as my own blend for years. It's a great combination
3 out of 5
Amphora
I love Black Cavendish, but this tobacco was too wet to light.
5 out of 5
great
Very good smoke mild and smells great. nice pipe also.....
4 out of 5
Rekindling an old flame
My first go to when I first started smoking a pipe almost 40 years ago. I enjoyed all the Amphora products, although this was my favorite of the three. I don't remember seeing the yellow pouch back then. Amphora stopped being available in the states in the early 80's. It was fun to bump into and get reacquainted with "an old flame". Nutty flavor from the burley, and spicy and tangy. I wouldn't call this my everyday smoke now, but it's still enjoyable to go old school once in a while.
2 out of 5
I really wanted to love this one
I had high hopes for this one because I have sweet memories of loving the smell of my friends dads Amphora pouch when I was a kid in the mid 60’s. I couldn’t wait to try it. I found it very bity on the tongue. I basically smoke quality bulk blends and tins and found Amphora Black Cavendish to be reminiscent of very mediocre “drug store” blends that I avoid. It smells and looks wonderful in the pouch but burns hot and bites. I’ve tried several bowls with the same result. I’ll stick with my tried and true blends.
5 out of 5
Borkum Riff Black Cavendish - Excellent
This tobacco has been a favorite for a long time......by itself, or as a blend mix. My favorite blend is mixing it with Sir Walter Raliegh Aromatic....pleasant to the taste, very little bite, and non-smokers often comment on how pleasing the aroma of the smoke ls to them........try it..........
2 out of 5
Aweful
I have tried over 20 different types of tobacco in my pipes. Hated this mixture, Better off smoking something else, anything but this. Save your money and buy something better like Lane BCA if you like Black Cavendish.
5 out of 5
borkum riff
Got this for my son and he lives in Ireland and is used to many Petersen's blends. He loved it and was very pleased with this gift!
2 out of 5
Borkum Riff vs Amphoria
I prefer the Amphora as it has a better flavor. Borkum is too dry and burns hotter and faster.
5 out of 5
Great Service
Fast & timely shipment. Great service and very affordable.
2 out of 5
Captain Black Dark beats Borkum Riff BC
Not sure what went wrong as my opinion of this does not agree with many others: I found Borkum Riff BC to have a lot of tongue bite, seemed to burn pretty hot if you keep puffing, but would not burn well at all if you take your time with it. I bought this as part of "The Black Knight" duel, and found the Captain Black Dark to be way better than the Borkum Riff.
5 out of 5
Glad its back
I am so glad this came back. It is my favorite of all time. I was sad when it dissappeared. I just love the sweet mid aroma. Sort of like English. American and Danish all blended nicely together. Very complex.
4 out of 5
Pretty good
I really enjoy Borkum blends, they always deliver a satisfying smoke for me and I'm able to get the base tobacco taste despite the flavoring. This one was no exception. I did notice that the pouch made no mention of Dark Fired Kentucky and the label looks slightly different. Wonder if its been tweaked. Tho I still prefer the Whiskey blend the most, the Black Cavendish was similar enough to hit the spot. It tended to burn hot and was definitely better the more it dried. I suggest leaving the opened pouch sitting around for a week or two for maximum results. The taste varied between raisin/plum to dry red wine. A sipping smoke that did not burn me but I am used to Borkum and have learned how to draw it without bite. I recommend trying it and would not discount this blend just because it comes in a pouch. Better than a lot of tinned tobaccos I've tried.
2 out of 5
Seemed right up my alley, but...
This was a blend I thought I would enjoy, and I did, until something went off the rails. I liked the cut, the aroma in the pouch was very nice, it smoked cool and produced nice thick smoke. Everything was fine until about half way through the bowl. The nice nutty plummy flavor suddenly turned to a harsh chemical taste. It was sharp and kinda sour and stung my nose. It wasn't burning hot and there was no bite but the pleasant rather mellow flavor became harsh and acrid. I thought that maybe it was a reaction with my personal chemistry but my wife asked me if I was still smoking the same stuff I had been because now it really stinks. So it wasn't me. It was the tobacco. I was getting a thumbs up for aroma and it suddenly went wrong. I tried it again the next day in a different pipe with the same result. It's a shame too because from the first light to about the halfway point I thought it was enjoyable.
5 out of 5
Wonderful
Husband went back to pipe smoking and really enjoys the Borkum riff
5 out of 5
Everything I thought it would
Everything I thought it would be!
4 out of 5
Big island has no selection
Ordering borkum riff is wonderful
3 out of 5
Try something better instead of smoking it again
Harsh! CB Dark is amazingly good, but BR BC is pretty rough. I like to let the smoke linger in my nostrils and sinuses to get a great sense of the flavor and aroma, but this one just won't let me. It burns well, but there are other tobaccos to try before going back to it.
4 out of 5
My favorite is still the
My favorite is still the BR Whiskey
3 out of 5
Good
Good but not great. Drugstore brand widely available. Lane 1q is better but costs more. Try Capt Black or super value black cavendish. Nobody has matched Flying Dutchman. Nobody.
3 out of 5
all the smokers think it stinks.
I'm sorry to say though I like the aroma no cigarette smoker does. You have to really take care of your pipe and clean it after each use. I thought it smelled robust and the tongue got a little hot.
5 out of 5
Good tobacco.
I am new to pipe smoking and my view on this tobacco comes from very limited experience with tobaccos. I purchased it to try - this is it. I like it but again, I have nothing to compare it to or have a firm view on this tobacco. I probably will buy it a few more times to be able to form some rational view and compare to other tobaccos I plan to try.
4 out of 5
Good tobacco.
I am new to pipe smoking and my on this tobacco comes from very limited experience with tobaccos. I purchased it to try - this is it. I like it but again, I have nothing to compare it to or have a firm view on this tobacco. I probably will buy it a few more times to be able to form some rational view and compare to other tobaccos I plan to try.
5 out of 5
awesome
Wow, this stuff is awesome. Smokes like a unique flavorful dream from top to bottom of the bowl. Highly recommended from this seasoned Pipester.
5 out of 5
Amphora has been my favorite tobacco
The Black Cavendish is new to me, but just as enjoyable as the other Amphora blends. I have tried a number of different brands in same price range, but always come back to Amphora.
5 out of 5
Used as a mixer
I blend this with the Amphora brown on a 1/1 ratio- it adds back some of the original blends taste. The combination is pretty good.
3 out of 5
BR Black Cavendish
Mild enough with excellent flavor- a good all-dayer, a fine outside tabak. Dependable, not as rich as I'd hoped, but you won't be disappointed if you're a Cavendish man.
3 out of 5
Not as good as I thought it would be
I just tried this and the original blend. I was disappointed in both. The pouch note was nice and it lit easily and stayed lit. The flavor to me was bland. I could not finish the full bowl. I usually smoke a English blend or Carter Hall or Velvet. This did not do it for me.
5 out of 5
Borkum Riff
The best!
5 out of 5
Thanks for bringing back Amphora
Five Star
5 out of 5
Pleasantly surprised. Good quality, smokes
Pleasantly surprised. Good quality, smokes great.
1 out of 5
Not great at all
Terrible!!!
2 out of 5
Great pouch and room note on this but the taste doesn't hold up
I wasn't a big fan of this blend, but did appreciate what it did bring to the table. The pouch note on this was wonderful! Molasses sweetness right out in front with a spiciness almost of red pepper flakes and subtle undertones of plum. I would have liked to taste all of that, but mostly noted the less sweet/un-sweet Cavendish with a very small hit of dark fruit but not quite plum. Medium strength, but a very pleasant room not. Great pouch and room note on this but the taste doesn't hold up
5 out of 5
Excellent!
I still need to try the other two but am looking forward to it.
5 out of 5
Very engoyable
Very engoyable
5 out of 5
Thanks
Thanks
4 out of 5
Great Cavendish
Smooth, cool burning, no bite. Nice taste and room note
4 out of 5
Good!
I thought this was good, different from other cavendishes. It is a tastey change.
5 out of 5
Best Tobacco I have ever smoked.
I smoked Amphora from 1962 until 1980. It suddenly stopped being available. I asked all of my retailers why they could not be obtained any more but they couldn't tell me why. I even drove to different cities like Riverside, San Bernardino and Azusa to no avail. So after 1980 until now I looked for and tried other sources for tobaccos similar to or like Amphora. I even asked my son to bring me some Amphora from Europe where it was still sold. He always seemed to forget. Why? Because Amphora was and is the smoothest and most pleasantly aromatic tobacco ever made. I never found any other tobacco cut like Amphora. It is like a thick, "Cigarette" cut. I am overjoyed to see it back again. I will say that I have never smoked any other tobacco that garners the positive compliments that Amphora does--no matter if its the full flavor or the full aromatic. I have never experienced any bite from the tobacco, which ever Amphora I have smoked.
5 out of 5
Black Cavendish
One of my go to blends. Mild, smooth and with no bite. Always satisfies.
5 out of 5
Heavenly
When God takes His afternoon tea, I'm sure this is what's in His pipe. The smell, taste, and aroma is simply divine. I'm not an experienced enough smoker to describe this to describe these flakes from heaven in the proper technical jargon, but I'm trying all the different categories of tobacco. This was the Cavendish trial, which I'm reading is not a "traditional" Cavendish, but not knowing what that is may be a food thing as I'm simply enjoying this in its own merits. I suppose it has a fruity top note and it pairs perfectly for an afternoon smoke break with a cup of PG Tips tea. I wouldn't want this after dinner because I tend to like a rich Burley then, but for the right occasion, I will have this around quite often. Looking forward to trying all the Amphora blends.
5 out of 5
STARTED SMOKING THIS IN COLLEGE
STARTED SMOKING THIS IN COLLEGE 52 YEARS AGO. GREAT!
2 out of 5
Plain Black
Not much flavor, nothing stands out.just average
4 out of 5
Continued confidence
I've smoked Borkum Riff for years. I've been happy with the Black Cavendish.
5 out of 5
Very good. Don't go in with preconceptions.
This is not a BCA style black Cavendish, nor is it a Captain Black clone. It's something different. Less chocolate bar than Captain Black, less pure Cavendish than BCA. I enjoyed this tobacco very much. It is a black Cavendish but with what appears to be some Virginia in the mix. It makes for a nice smoke.
4 out of 5
Aromatic daily smoke
Pleasant, rich smoke, if a tad hotter than expected. Nicely aromatic. Really quickly shipped too!
5 out of 5
This goes into the rotation
Usually I prefer to wait until I have tried something (even if I don't like it) three times before I review it. This one won't wait that long. Amphora Black Cavendish has a very deep dark robust flavor from start to finish that will not disappoint. The aroma is wonderful, and it smokes very smooth. I like a very dark coffee. I like a very dark beer. This is a great dark pipe tobacco. Packed into my favorite Peterson Churchwarden pipe the experience is what pipe smoking is all about.
5 out of 5
User from Foreign Shores
Outstanding! This was my favorite tobacco in the late 70s and 80s; I'm delighted to see it back on the market.
4 out of 5
Best Amphora blend
IMHO this is the best Amphora blend, aromatic, but not cloingly sweet.
2 out of 5
Oldie but Not so much a goodie
Used to smoke this blend in the 80's. I guess my taste buds have changed - don't care for it now. Will not be re-ordering this one
5 out of 5
Another Good Cavendish
Enjoyed the Borkum Riff Black Cavendishand will buy it again.
5 out of 5
Cannot be found anywhere else.
We have been searching for it long time; thanks for adding it to your stock.
5 out of 5
Good
Good smoke but very strong.
5 out of 5
Great Blend
Love this blend! It has great flavor, wonderful room note, and has a great burn in more than one of my pipes.
5 out of 5
The best of the Amphora blends
I'm a fan of all three of the recently US-rereleased Amphora blends. But the Black Cavendish is the best of the breed. It's silky, smooth, sweet without being cloying, complex, and fascinating. Must be all the component tobaccos that go into this blend. It's definitely not your typical, one-note black cavendish you're used to seeing on the American market. This is something special: a true all-day smoke that will never bore or fatigue your tastebuds, will not bite unless pushed above and beyond the brink of all reason, and will leave a pleasant and spouse-friendly room note!
5 out of 5
R W Saw
I tried the Amphora Black Cavendish. A little to aromatic for me. However the Amphora original blend was as close to the Amphora I used to buy. Both a little expensive but happy the Amphora came back.
3 out of 5
Not worth the money
Unfortunately i did not enjoy this blend. Not much taste or sweetness you would expect from a black cavendish. I stick with Captain Black Dark and save the money.
5 out of 5
amphora black cavendish
good smoke
5 out of 5
Borkum Riff Black Cavendish
They were pretty dry. I mixed them with vanilla cavendish to compensate for the dryness. Other than that: they were good but not great.
5 out of 5
Blk Cav Outstanding
Tried all 3. Black Cav is my favorite. Taste,aroma,and burn are fantastic. Hope they make a 14 ounce tin or bulk soon.
5 out of 5
It's a Winner
Tried all 3 and by far BC is the best. Great taste,aroma,and burn. Not as aromatic as BCA,but very pleasant. I'm burley lover and this is a smooth transition into to lite aromatics. Will definitely buy again. As a side note, the pouch has got to be the best pouch for keeping the tobacco fresh.
5 out of 5
GREAT TOBACCO BLEND AT A REASONABLE PRICE!
I recently purchased this Black Cavendish for my tobacco rotation, and I have,to say that I love the smooth sweet flavor. This one is a keeper!
5 out of 5
On time; excellent products
My first order of a pipe and some tobacco samples can on time. The quality of the pipe met my expectations--it was excellent.
5 out of 5
borkum riff
this brand has become unavailable in my area recently.thanx for offering it
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