Captain Black - Dark 1.5oz
Bought as a mix-in but...
I had purchased some Squadron Leader because I wanted to branch out into English blends plus I really like the tin. Well I found the tin note as well as the porch note (I'm only allowed to smoke outside) to be something akin to the South end of a northbound mule. The taste was not any better . So I decided to buy the Captain Black Dark and add it to the Squadron Leader and see if the straight Cavendish could mask the assness. I smoke a pipefull of the Captain before mixing and WOW! Great plumes of billowy, white, cool, tasty, fragrant, smooth smoke. One relight took it all the way down to light powdery ash. I tugged away at it daring it to bite my tongue but it wouldn't. It was simply brilliant tobacco. No way was I adding this stuff to the barnyard. I cellared the Squadron Leader hoping it would get better or my palate would improve making me appreciate a fine English blend that SL truly is. I ended up blending the Dark with some Cult Blood Red Moon. Holy Cow what a blend. I'll but then together going forward. And yes, I'm an unashamed lover of aromatics.
Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader Special Edition with Perique 50g
Quality tobacco but...
I'm an unapologetic lover of aromatic pipe tobacco but wanted to broaden my horizons. I decided to try to get into English blends and the reviews for Squadron Leader made it seem like a good candidate for my first foray. Plus, I think the tin art is cool. Well, Squadron Leader is REALLY difficult to find. When this limited edition blend came available, I jumped and was lucky enough to get tin # 563 of 4500. I think it sold out in like 24 hours! I popped the top and the tin note was like a barn yard. Not unpleasant but very grassy and hay like. I really like the cut and moisture content of the tobacco. It was packed tight but came away in nice shaggy ribbons. It was a bit moist so I filled my pipe and let it sit for a few hours as is my habit. The tobacco lit with one match and burned very nicely with light tamping and no re-lights needed. I thought the smoke seemed a bit thin and the taste was sort of underwhelming. A bit too cigarette-ish for me. I did get a subtle peppery sweetness toward the middle of the bowl probably from the added Perique. I do think this is quality tobacco but the taste is not for me. I will cellar this tin and revisit as my tastes change and mature. Back to the Cult Blood Red Moon lol.