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Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader Pipe Tobacco

$15.00 - $44.63
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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:

39 Reviews

  • 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 Unknown 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.

  • 5
    Favorite English

    Posted by Jack g on 7th Oct 2022

    Decided to pick some of this stuff up recently and it instantly became my favorite English. I’m not the best at picking out note but something about it make this blend smooth and creamy. One issue I had was that there was no vacuum on the tin at all so I’m not sure about long term storage for these.

  • 5
    Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader

    Posted by Ken on 7th Jul 2022

    Was not a fan of this when i first tried this blend, came back to it a year later and its now my favorite light english blend. An all day worthy english.

  • 2
    I want to like it, but...

    Posted by Alex on 3rd May 2022

    Just doesn't work for me. Tastes soapy and bites. Tossing out the tin to make way for something better.

  • 3
    Squadron Leader

    Posted by Bill Huff on 10th Feb 2022

    Very bland and tasteless compared to what it used to be.

  • 5
    Perfectly balanced

    Posted by Jared on 27th Jan 2022

    It can't be said enough how balanced this blend is. From the top of the bowl to the bottom nothing took center stage, just a great even flavor throughout. It seemed too moist upon opening the tin but to my surprise it gave off a pleasurable, heavy and dry smoke. Very little moisture in the bowl. One of my new favorites from the very first bowl.