Salted Caramel Lebkuchen

Tea type
Black Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Apple Pieces, Cardamom, Ceylon Black Tea, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Natural Flavours, Orange Peel, Rose Hips
Flavors
Butter, Caramel, Clove, Ginger, Spices, Sweet, Malt, Tannic, Cookie, Cake, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Nutmeg, Salty, Smoke
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Bulk, Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 336 ml

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  • “Sipdown! So I overleafed this one this time to get a bit more oomph out of the base. But as I suspected, the spices are a bit too strong and drown everything else out. The ginger especially is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The first day of the Bird and Blend Advent Calendar for 2020 was a wonderful start indeed with this one – my only regret is that I put what was likely too much water for how much tea there was in...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “Day 2 of AJRimmer Advent Today is the day for teas based on things I don’t think I’ve ever tried! LOL! I’m not sure what lebkuchen is. I’m getting a light caramel flavor, but I don’t get the salt...” Read full tasting note
  • “Bird & Blend Advent Day 1 (1-December 2020) This is a delightful holiday spice tea! I’m not sure I get any salted caramel and I’ve never had lebkuchen, so I can’t speak to that. There is a...” Read full tasting note

From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Pronounced Leb-kuch-chen, these little bites of heaven are a German Christmas tradition; a bit like gingerbread but softer & often in the cutest of shapes! We’ve taken this favourite treat one taste level further (obviously!) & blended with notes of salted caramel… pure Christmas bliss!

Ingredients
Sri Lankan black tea, ginger, apple pieces, cinnamon, rosehip, cardamom, cloves, orange peel, natural flavouring.

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23 Tasting Notes

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2041 tasting notes

Sipdown!

So I overleafed this one this time to get a bit more oomph out of the base. But as I suspected, the spices are a bit too strong and drown everything else out. The ginger especially is very strong.

I wish they had added just a bit less of the dried spices here, as I really like the idea of this one. But I want more caramel goodness!

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Clove, Ginger, Malt, Spices, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

It’s shame it is such a letdown for you. My first pouch was indeed salt caramel-y a lot, including well procesessed Lebkuchen taste.

tea-sipper

oh no, I hope this one that I just ordered tastes just like the old sample I had! I don’t want only ginger. :/

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The first day of the Bird and Blend Advent Calendar for 2020 was a wonderful start indeed with this one – my only regret is that I put what was likely too much water for how much tea there was in the pouch and how long I steeped it. (I steeped according to the steep time suggested on the package, but without a water volume recommendation I hoped “more would be more”. It turned out far more likely that less would have been more – or a longer steep time! Lesson learned! I’ve been steeping the other teas in this release for about 7 minutes for 16 oz of water with much improved results!) Because of my fumble here, I found this a little “thin” (especially as I added a splash of milk) and not as potent as I believe it would have normally been – but I can see the potential in a more informed steep, and I believe my rating would have gone up to 90-95 if I had taken the proper care.

I’ve always been a little on the fence about Lebkuchen as a dessert – I like it, but I don’t love it. I’d more likely reach for a ginger molasses cookie when given the choice between them, but I enjoy them if they are available – it’s likely I wouldn’t head to the shops for them, however. But this tea really reminded me of them – enough that I wasn’t actually sure what Lebkuchen was – and guessed correctly what it was once I’d tasted the tea! (I’d had them, but never mentally hung on to what they were called.) I want to say I’d have loved it more if it’d been a touch more robust, but again, that likely came down to my steeping choices. I’d absolutely love to try this tea again, and wouldn’t scoff at adding it to my collection whatsoever. The flavour was so spot-on that I could picture the texture of Lebkuchen perfectly, and those sweet “caramelly” notes fit in perfectly.

I haven’t had Bird and Blend tea before, and I should add that I felt that there was more to experience in this tea – the tip of my tongue and the back of it had very different experiences, which was a delight of riches to encounter. I love a flavoured tea – I’m not much of one for classic, traditional, straight teas, so I thought I’d experienced a wealth of of what was on offer with regards to the flavoured variety. But this one really made me take a step back and think, “Maybe I have been misunderstanding what’s possible with flavoured teas.” The depth of flavours really was much more broad than my favourites at, say, Davids Tea have been. Nothing against them – I still love them, but I felt like Bird and Blend really might have some exciting treats in store for me that I hadn’t even thought to imagine. As of recording this tasting note, I’m now on Day 5 of their Advent calendar and I have to say I haven’t been disappointed once.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1427 tasting notes

Day 2 of AJRimmer Advent

Today is the day for teas based on things I don’t think I’ve ever tried! LOL! I’m not sure what lebkuchen is. I’m getting a light caramel flavor, but I don’t get the salt part. There might be a hint of clove and cinnamon mingled with some fruit. Orange in the finish. The flavor is pretty light and I’m wondering if I should have over leafed it. Is that the trick with B&B that I’m missing?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

Lebkuchen is kind of gingerbread, but usually softer and more cake-like :)
Source: I study in a city famous for gingerbread.

Cameron B.

I don’t think I overleaf theirs more than anyone else, but maybe I just overleaf in general? I usually use ~2 tsp of leaf for 12 ounces of water.

Mastress Alita

I’ve never been a “teaspoon” sort of person, I need more control in my life, so I weigh my tea. I use the ratios at https://octea.ndim.space/#/ which always end up spot on for my preferences.

White Antlers

Wow! I thought I knew what it was (a cookie) but I decided to go down the Wiki Rabbit Hole.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebkuchen

Dustin

After looking at the cookies on that wikipage, I think I have tried them before! We get the UniversalYums subscription box and I think we may have had one of these in a box.
I usually use one of the “perfect teaspoons” to measure my tea. I think it’s 1.5tsp in a David’s mug that I’m not sure of the oz on, so maybe I should make it a heaping spoonful each time.
I’ve never tried weighting my tea per serving! I might look into that. I’m a little wary of developing the need to have a tiny scale in my tea traveling kit!
Martin, that sounds awesome! Do you get sick of gingerbread when it’s all around you all the time or does your appreciation only grow?

Martin Bednář

Truth is, that I don’t eat that often. I don’t know why, but probably just becasue the store-bought aren’t that great and hand-made ones are expensive!

Mastress Alita

If I’m traveling (out of town) I just pack teabags. :-P But I don’t have kettle access at work (everyone at work are coffee drinkers) so I always brew at home and take my (already brewed) tea around with me in travel thermoses.

Shae

Oh, I love this one! Very jealous now that Martin lives in a gingerbread city. Feeling the need to make some ginger cookies very soon (or maybe just a cup of this tea). ’Tis the season!

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Bird & Blend Advent Day 1 (1-December 2020)

This is a delightful holiday spice tea! I’m not sure I get any salted caramel and I’ve never had lebkuchen, so I can’t speak to that. There is a lovely buttery hint behind the spices that adds a decadence as well. Almost like a gingerbread cookie with hints of butter. An enjoyable cuppa for the first day of our first tea advent ever!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Yummmm, I haven’t tried this one but it sounds delicious.

Courtney

I almost threw this one in my initial order with B&B, then when I saw someone had tasted a hint of smoke I didn’t haha. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to try it this way!

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6 tasting notes

An extremely gingery tea. Fine for use in a latte but for brewing on it’s own loses all subtlety and just gives you a punch of ginger.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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3245 tasting notes

additional notes: I didn’t buy any advents this year, but I’m getting B&B’s advent e-mails anyway.   Since I probably already own most of the advent teas from B&B anyway, I thought I might try to follow along with the advent tea for each day.  If I don’t have it, that’s fine – I have plenty of other holiday type teas to have on the days I’m missing!   I had wanted to sipdown this at some point this month anyway.  B&B has plenty of Christmas teas (they just released the VIP teas today) but I’m sad that Figgy Pud isn’t one of them! Their dreaded Eggnog tea though? meh.  I DO like this blend and I wouldn’t mind having a bit more of it around.  I wouldn’t call it anything salted caramel though.  It’s somehow a unique comforting flavor profile.
2020 Sipdowns: 95

Cameron B.

CHRISTMAS CAKE, GAAAAAH!

tea-sipper

haha, yep, Christmas Cake is one of my faves

Cameron B.

I ordered Christmas Cake and Jack Frost. I wanted to stay in the cheapest shipping bracket and I figured anything else can wait for the sale. :P

Mastress Alita

Those are my two favorites of the bunch too, Cameron.

Agreed, tea-sipper, I am shocked and appalled there are apparently enough people out there that liked that citrus-flavored “Eggnog” tea to warrent its return!

tea-sipper

Maybe these apparent people have never actually TRIED B&B’s eggnog tea and are imagining it differently. ha

Martin Bednář

And I need to break the bank to have money for all the teas I want to order I guess.

AJRimmer

Ha maybe I’m the only one who liked the eggnog tea, but I’m happy to see it return!

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12032 tasting notes

glad to get a taste of this one since everything about it is something that would make me buy it myself. this was alright. i think the base tea isn’t something i like because there was an element underlying the flavours that seemed out of place. It was a nice cup to have – caramel black tea..yes please, but that odd note made it not be exactly what i’d want.

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1236 tasting notes

This came to me in the TTB 2019/2020 box. I didn’t have a full cup then, but my brother did so I was able to try a sip. I loved it so much that I immediately went online and bought myself a bag. I was a little worried I would like it as much as I remembered, but I really really do. It’s like the perfect gingersnap. Chewy and sweet with the perfect amount of ginger.

Flavors: Cookie, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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916 tasting notes

This brewed up lighter than I expected. The main flavor comes from the spices. It’s not spicy, but desserty in its spicedness. It doesn’t need milk at all. The flavors come together quite well, and the only thing that could make it better is if it had some bready quality to it since that would seem to be what its name suggests. And the salted caramel is also missing. So this is a nice desserty chai, but it doesn’t really match its name.

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1 tasting notes

A great masala chai-style tea! Wish I’d gotten more!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Shae

Oh I love this one! It’s like a chewy gingerbread cookie.

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