Samuel Gawith: Squadron Leader 250g

Product Number: 003-059-0048

Squadron Leader from Samuel Gawith is a classic, quintessential English blend named in honor of the Royal Air Force pilots who flew Gloster Gladiator biplanes in the early days of the second World War. Bright and Dark Virginias are blended with Latakia and Turkish tobaccos to offer a medium strength smoke that's well-suited to casual puffing or an all day smoke.

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Customer Reviews (44 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.03 out of 5 stars
Bombs away!!!
December 05, 2017
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
On the contrary. This is not a Latakia Bomb. Although the Latakia is very present. It is very smooth. This is a all day smoke for sure. Very balanced and a great introduction for someone starting into English. A Beauty of a mix.
The BEST English blend
May 27, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 250g
Nothing else to say. And I’m sure other pipesmokers partners will agree with me. This one is THE english blend. Like all the S. Gawith tins, it’s moist moist moist, you’ll need to dry it out gradually one or two weeks. This 250gr pounch is another... Read More
250g Worth It.
February 28, 2017
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 250g
Buying 250g of SG is somewhat risky because it's not in a vacuum sealed tin. Even the larger 100g tins are not vacuum sealed. This is a thin cardboard SG box (as pictured) wrapped in cellophane. Inside, the tobacco is in a ziplock baggy. I hadn't... Read More
Wet and smooth
May 31, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
A little wet out of the tin but once dried what a smooth flavorful smoke. I am stocking up on SQUADRON LEADER.
A british 'best in class'
July 06, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
A fantastic blend, too often maligned for its semplice. To me SL is very nearly identical to skiff mixture, the latter having just a bit more of the wonderful component that set this one apart from its peers: The fantastic turkish! More than a rep... Read More
An all day smoke
July 02, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
A little bit wet? Not a problem. Just dry them out. Smokes mellow with just the right amount of latakia sipping in the background. Excellent and an enjoyable smoke. SL is my permanent english blend. A must try for every newbie. I started off pipesmok... Read More
Nice and Mellow
February 21, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
The first time I tried this, my impression was 'Meh.' On the second try, I decided that I liked it. I now think it is a very nice, mellow smoke, for those times I feel like it. So, I now have it in my collection for just those times.
Quintessential MOTR
July 31, 2019
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
To me this is the quintessential Middle of the road English tobacco. Not to strong but has enough flavor to go all day.
Smoking Ace
June 29, 2019
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
This was hard to find, but worth the wait. Forum members have recommended this blend for quite some time and it’s no wonder. This is truly amazing tobacco. It’s very flavorful, yet not overpowering. The Latakia flavor does not drown out the nuttiness... Read More
Solid
June 25, 2019
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
This is a solid light/medium English. The ingredients are blended so well together that it is a very smooth pleasant smoke without one component tobacco being too overpowering over another. Very moist out of the tin and requires drying time. I cou... Read More
My Favorite!!
January 29, 2019
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
I can smoke this all day long. First bought a tin, then went bulk!!
Very enjoyable
January 15, 2019
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
This is one of my favorite blends. It is smooth and flavorful. Needs some drying time out of the tin.
First Tobacco
November 27, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
This is my first tobacco and I smoked it in a Cob now broke in my first briar and now in the top 5 and will probably be there for a while.
My go to English
October 22, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
Simply put, my go to english mixture. It packs a nice amount of latakia, but in any way is that overwhelming nor predominant. Balanced and smooth. An all day smoke.
Outstanding!
August 02, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
Great blend. Could smoke this stuff every day and not get bored. Will definitely buy more.
Just what it says it is
July 13, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
Excellent English blend that is not overly strong like Nightcap but still has a distinct flavor. Would be a nice intro to English blends. For me it is a great all day smoke with good flavor and extremely high quality tobacco. Made using the original ... Read More
Just an alright, baseline English
June 27, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
Enjoyable to smoke but won't blow you away in any manner. Easy smoke. Note that it is very easily to overpack this, it is deceiving. Also needs to be quite dry for it to stay lit and avoid tongue bite. I would say this is the OTC American burle... Read More
“The” pipe tobacco
May 17, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 250g
In my opinion this is the quintessential pipe tobacco
Perfect
May 04, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 250g
This is my go-to tobacco. It's mellow, no tongue bite, and not too strong. perfect for all day smoke
Satisfying medium English
March 04, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
I like how the Turks ride above the Latakia current with the undercurrent of the Virginies. Overall a satisfying middling English blend. Still search for the replacement of my ancient middling fave: Sullivan's 00.
Solid English blend
February 17, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
If you want a dependable, smoky and delicious English blend, then this is for you. I actually prefer this over dunhill 965 in terms of flavor. I would like to recommend this to smokers with a bit of experience.
Tasty English
January 09, 2018
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
When someone refers to an English tobacco, this is probably the best example of that genre. It is smoky a little sour and a little spicy and the taste is spot on. My only problem with it is that for some reason it doesn’t agree with my body chemistry... Read More
classic
December 25, 2017
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 250g
burns consistently, cool, dry, perfect moisture out of the bag. quiet, smooth flavors, perfect for sipping and relaxation, only downside is price and availability.
Not a favourite
December 12, 2017
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
To begin with, this blend smelled great in the tin. It presented me with the classic (to my experience) English nose: dried meats and a hint of starch, but with a clear finish of dried fruit, primarily fig and currant. However, it did not live up... Read More
Switching to English Blend
August 28, 2017
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
As my first English blend, it was a pleasure and very tasty. I got a bit of a nicotine high (I'm a bit of a lightweight), which was thoroughly pleasurable. For me, it is best smoked on a full stomach--after dinner is my time for a bowl. I highly reco... Read More
Gold Standard
October 25, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
This is my gold standard for English blends.
Contents variable
September 21, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
I started off liking Squadron Leader very much. Then I had a tin that was completely different - wispy, thin, difficult to smoke. Since then I've had some tins that were 'good' and some tins that were 'bad'. I appreciate that tobacco is a natural ... Read More
Not the Original
September 02, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
They need to go back to their original blend with Perique. This one is lacking because they don't include this anymore.
Very nice
July 26, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
My opinion apes Anthony R.'s in most respects as I did not much care for it the first time I tried it but now enjoy it quite a bit. Not terribly strong but strong enough with a pleasing aroma. Burns down to a fine white ash with an occasional need to... Read More
The let-down squadron.
January 24, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
I like the tin label, since I am a pilot myself. Too moist out of tin, even for me. Had to let it dry considerably. Smoking conditions are unsatisfying. SQL is a light, faint English Mixture. The body of Virginias is obvious. A little scrumptious ... Read More
mmmmm
January 24, 2016
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
Es la primera vez que pruebo una mezcla inglesa, bueno, esta en particular a mi no me agrado tanto. Buscare alguna otra de este tipo a ver como me va...
Smooth English
June 11, 2015
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
This was the first English blend I tried when I started smoking and it's stayed in my collection. Squadron Leader is extremely mild, smooth and no bite . You have to smoke it slow to really pull all the flavor out. It's nutty, sweet and mildly robust... Read More
This might be the ONE
March 20, 2015
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
I've tried many of the English tobaccos but I keep coming back to this one. I started out with Night Cap, along with several others, but Squadron Leader is my new favorite. It's very tame. Never bites the tongue. Has just the right mixture of Virg... Read More
Trying To Be Something It Isn't
November 08, 2014
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
One of the first English blends I tried, and I really did try to give it a chance. I'm a fan of mild blends and go to more powerful English blends from time to time but this one left me feeling like something was conspicuously missing. Not very com... Read More
As they say....classic
September 29, 2014
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
My favorite English blend....I can and have smoked it all day and enjoyed it greatly. Unfortunately my family just plain hate the room smell so it is an outdoor smoke around here. When talk of an English mix is about this is the one I lean on for con... Read More
Classic!
April 02, 2014
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
A well balanced blend with Turkish and Virginia leading the way and Latakia in the background. Comfort is indeed the right word for this stuff. Its a classic medium English with a permanent place in my rotation!
More mild than medium
November 23, 2013
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
When it comes to medium english tobaccos this one is over rated. its more of a generic mild english. There's a reason why they call it classic, its the standard for plain and basic old school medium english tobaccos.
Sodden sop of a good tin o' baccy
October 28, 2013
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
I like this blend. It's a great medium English and one I'd like to keep around. Unfortunately, though, not unless I've a separate container to stow it in. It's, say... very generously moistened, which aside from needing a bit of drying, can rust the ... Read More
CFAF
September 20, 2013
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
A really nice light english for my taste. Not heavy on the body with full-blown latakia, but has some good spice to it. Very nice and will be new addition to my "cellar."
Comfort in a tin
August 09, 2013
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
To me this is an English mixture to be enjoyed by all. Or if you have not tried an ENGLISH blend then this is a good place to start. It won't knock your socks of flavor or nic wise, but it provides great comfort with a consistent flavor that never so... Read More
A MUST in my cellar!!
August 02, 2013
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
Great, mild and flavorful smoke! It has the best orientals i've tried so far, which are the starring tobaccos on this blend.
Cool, all-day smoker
January 07, 2013
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
I tried this "sight-unseen" meaning I'd heard good things and that's about it. My first impression was how cool and light the smoke was. The flavor is very subtle and I tasted a very faint chestnut/hazelnut flavor. Very classy smoke and ... Read More
Go-to English
November 29, 2012
Product: Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader 50g
This is a great go-to, light to medium English blend. There's more Turkish up front than anything else.
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