Nothing like starting your day with a hot cup of Lapsang…
I have to say, out of all the Firefly blends I have this one definitely seems like the most accurate to the character. And I just love that the blender, Amy Zen, didn’t take the cliched route of adding Gunpowder green tea to the manly/“soldier” type character. Woot! But the description and what she did use seem super on point. And the apple pieces this is accented with were such a nice touch! I really feel like this one was the most thought out in regard to the character.
Jayne was a favourite of mine from episode one, but largely because of my already existing love for the actor who plays him – Adam Baldwin. I’m very happy to be able to say though that I really did find a connection with the character. Jaynestown was one of my favourite episodes, if not my favourite episode. I adore that he stayed gruff, and I think him turning on the team and ratting out Simon/River was such major character development because the act itself was such a Jayne thing to do but then how he reacted to it showed some major growth.
Plus, he was such a cutie in his silly orange wool hat!
I’m not the biggest Lapsang fan though, which is probably the sole reason I put this off for so long. It definitely was strong; but I think the cocoa helped a bit to sweeten it up so I was able to finish the cup and it was pretty palatable. I got fleeting apple notes and fruitiness, but nothing strong or consistent – so I guess that matches the character too. I’m rather sad because I would have liked to have gotten mint or candy from this but I found those flavours completely absent from my cup.
Overall, I have to rate this high just because of how solidly this matches the character – but I also want to rate it fairly high because, for a blend with Lapsang in it, I thought it was really good too. I would be tempted to pick up the full 3 oz. of this – but I already have The Woman and that blend also includes Lapsang; and I definitely DO NOT need two Lapsang heavy blends around when it’s a flavour that I do not largely crave. And overall I think The Woman did taste better…
Flavors: Apple, Ash, Cocoa, Roasted, Smoke, Tobacco