Squadron Leader from Samuel Gawith is a classic English blend named in honor of the men who flew in the two World Wars. Bright and Dark Virginias are blended with Latakias and Turkish to offer a medium strength smoke with a subtle nutty flavor mixing with those of the Orient make this a cool smoke suited to casual puffing or an all day smoke.
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.
The let-down squadron.
January 24, 2016
By: Patrick E.
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 MoreLatakia is there, but it is under-represented. The Turkish leaf adds some spiciness, which turns quite peppery, cigaretty and acrid in the second half of the bowl. Some guarded topping there, even if they claim there isn’t. This blend is really weak. No depth, no richness, no bouquet. At this point it is a big disappointment for me. I was expecting at least a little power and personality; I thought the name implies this. SQL might not even be an advisable entry to approach English blends. In my opinion this mixture is highly overrated and the occasional fuss about it is not justified. Credit, where credit is due. Not here, I’m afraid.
By the way: You may have heard that there also exists a green labelled Squadron Leader SPECIAL EDITION of 2000 tins only. According to the producer it is the same mixture like the regular SQL, with an addition of Perique. I have made the experiment myself, adding different amounts of pure Perique into the regular SQL. The best result is an upgraded SQL to 2 stars. Read Less
January 24, 2016
By: Hilario r.
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...
June 11, 2015
By: Jeffrey H.
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 in a sense and makes an excellent breakfast, morning smoke with a good cup of coffee. You just have to try a tin you won't be disappointed I promise. 👍👍👊 Read Less
This might be the ONE
March 20, 2015
By: Thomas S.
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 Moreinias and Latakia- I love its gentle sweetness. This is the one I sit on the front porch with to ponder life. Read Less
Trying To Be Something It Isn't
November 08, 2014
By: Thomas M.
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 Moreplex, not much flavour, inconsistent in the bowl, generally unsatisfying. I thought I might have received a bad tin somehow so I tried it again and found, again, it isn't for me. Read Less
As they say....classic
September 29, 2014
By: John R.
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 Moresistency and a mild but rich flavor without the Latakia taking front stage. Read Less
April 02, 2014
By: Steve A.
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!
Fast becoming a favourite
December 24, 2013
By: Adam O.
What a charmed life one must lead to consider this fine tobacco generic, plain or basic.
The Latikia is creamy and smooth, the Turkish meaty and the Virginia exuberant and flavourful. It is a mild blend perfect for contemplating or for smoking all d... Read Moreay long. What an amazing smoke. Read Less
More mild than medium
November 23, 2013
By: Jeremy L.
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
By: Theodore B.
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 Moretin and impart a foulness to the remaining supply. I certainly recommend SL, but transfer it if you plan on taking your time with it. Read Less
September 20, 2013
By: Chris F.
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
By: Benjamin S.
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 Moreurs at any point. My only complaint is that I find it very difficult to keep lit. Read Less
A MUST in my cellar!!
August 02, 2013
By: Fabian C.
Great, mild and flavorful smoke! It has the best orientals i've tried so far, which are the starring tobaccos on this blend.
February 03, 2013
By: David c.
first review, not an expert, but i like this.it satisfies,just enough nic to make me feel guilty. smooth, creamy, va don't come thru till last half. turkish is definatly there.wife likes room note okay enough. fmc was my favorite untill now, sorry fr... Read Moreog. i can't wait to try more sg tins now. Read Less
Cool, all-day smoker
January 07, 2013
By: Daniel B.
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 MoreI will be back for more. Read Less
November 29, 2012
By: Kevin B.
This is a great go-to, light to medium English blend. There's more Turkish up front than anything else.
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