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Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader Pipe Tobacco

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**Manufacture Change: Lightly Vacuum Sealed with Plastic Seal On Tin**

Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader is one of those almost-perfect tobacco blends that every fan of English blends should keep a stock of. It’s medium-bodied, smooth and easy to smoke, while still giving enough strength to satisfy. This blend won’t knock you out, but it will knock your socks off -- the perfect balance in our humble opinion.

Brand: Samuel Gawith

Blended By: Samuel Gawith

Model: Squadron Leader

Tobacco Type: Virginia, Turkish and Latakia

Cut: Ribbon

Blend Type: English 

Strength: 2 of 5

Taste: Medium

Room Note: Tolerable 

Flavoring: None


  • 50 g. / 1.75 oz.
  • 8 oz.

Country: United Kingdom

Samuel Gawith
Room Note:

44 Reviews

  • 4

    Posted by Derry Hennings on 17th Feb 2024

    a little too weak flavored for my taste, but I'm a Nightcap kind of guy, I see why some would like it

  • 5
    Arrived wet. Needs aging.worth it

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Sep 2023

    Upon opening too wet to smoke.. also needs a couple months aging..after that one of the best

  • 5

    Posted by Dave N Texas on 2nd Apr 2023

    Only four months into my pipe journey at this time, I really enjoy the opportunities to sample different regions of the world through pipe tobacco. A bit of reading and watching a few video reviews led me to conclude, this is a fairly mild and basic English blend. Squadron Leader seemed the perfect choice to begin exploration of "English." At this point, I have tried some of the "Codgers" and several aromatics. This tobacco is so wonderfully different than anything I have tried so far. While I am not yet able to break down what I am tasting and smelling, I do enjoy this tobacco and, for me, it does compliment a cup of coffee. In retrospect, this wasn't much of a review but, an encouragement to try something new.

  • 3
    Happy AND disappointed!

    Posted by Verified Buyer on 11th Feb 2023

    No more metal tins?!? My life revolves around aviation, so this was an obvious sign from above to sample this pipe tobacco. The smoke is fair, and now it’s just in a small plastic bag for 8 oz and above .

  • 4
    Squadron leader

    Posted by GM on 1st Feb 2023

    Great English tobacco, smokes cool and burns evenly with few relights.

  • 5
    A perfect English! Virginias and Latakia perfectly balanced.

    Posted by Mark Shaw on 22nd Nov 2022

    I call this a baby bear tobacco. Not too much... not too little. But juuuuust right.

  • 5
    Still the quintessential English for me

    Posted by Richard Gress on 29th Oct 2022

    In the early 2000s I tried all the Samuel Gawith tins. Of those, Squadron Leader was, well, the leader. It still tastes the same after a two-decade pipe hiatus. As for others, for me it is still the best example of an English blend.

  • 4
    As expected

    Posted by Verified Customer on 22nd Oct 2022

    I don’t write many reviews but I did read reviews on squadron leader. The flavor profile was as expected and quite a pleasant smoke. I expect that I’ll be ordering more as the temps continue to dip into autumn.

  • 4
    Very pleasant

    Posted by Verified Buyer on 9th Oct 2022

    Smells great in the tin. A very mild smooth smoke. Not Latakia heavy but has a very pleasing taste. When I opened my tin the tobacco was so wet I had to dry it out for at least 8 hours before I smoked it. Not sure if that is normal. This is a great English tobacco blend.