When Doves Cry

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
Apricot Pieces, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan), Vanilla Bean, White Tea
Flavors
Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Stems, Sugarcane, Sweet, Tea, Vegetal, Creamy, Smooth, Vanilla
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Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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  • “It’s hard to believe that the FIFA World Cup is here again when I remember the last one like it was yesterday, hanging out in my West Coast apartment watching match after match while sipping on...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Finally got around to trying this one today. As far as first impressions go, the dry leaf is in itself a pretty amazing thing. There are whole sugared violets (which are huge!), cubes of dried...” Read full tasting note
  • “Beautiful combination of a delicate vegetal tea, warm sugared violets, and fruity apricot. 52Teas has outdone themselves on this one. I wouldn’t say this is floral in a perfume sort of way, more of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown (219) Kittenna was kind enough to share some of this blend for me to try and it is really quite nice. Soft apricot notes with a touch of creamy vanilla. The flavors are subtle, but there....” Read full tasting note
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From 52teas

A Tea Inspired by Prince – a Tribute to his Art

When Doves Cry is the first of a planned series of Prince Tribute Teas. It is a white tea (a fluffy Bai Mu Dan) flavored with the essence of apricot and vanilla, blended with dried apricots and vanilla beans and crystallized (sugared) violet petals to create an “ocean of violets in bloom.”

The violets add a very slight floral flavor that melds beautifully with the apricot and vanilla. It is light, refreshing, sweet and beautiful.

ingredients: organic white tea, dried apricots, organic vanilla bean, crystallized violet petals and organic natural flavors.

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1765 tasting notes

It’s hard to believe that the FIFA World Cup is here again when I remember the last one like it was yesterday, hanging out in my West Coast apartment watching match after match while sipping on excellent tea. Work has been such a drag, facing endless passive-aggressive task dumping while coworkers stand around and do nothing but play on their phones, being subtly pressured into giving up my volunteering job/only day I’m unavailable if I want to continue getting more hours (while others with much worse availability get around the same hours), etc. Lather, rinse, repeat. So more so than ever, I’ve really been yearning for peace and quiet with a cup of tea.

This tea! I was so stoked about the apricot, vanilla, and candied violet combination. Violet! Always a pleasure having in my teacup. But I couldn’t taste any? I think my taster pouch had like 2-3 pieces of candied violet in total, so that could be why. They can be potent little things though, as I have a little tin of candied violet that I randomly treat myself to every once in a while and they pack a punch in terms of flavour.

Here, I am mostly getting very subdued apricot, maybe a hint of vanilla. I’ll admit that I was hoping for apricot à la ATR’s Tangier (RIP). Ok, maybe not that intense, but definitely more pronounced. I can taste the base more than anything, actually. I guess that isn’t a bad thing either, because after all, aren’t we all here for the actual tea and not the mix-ins?

gmathis

Sorry about the work woes, and may great peace find you!

Fjellrev

Aww thanks, gmathis!

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Finally got around to trying this one today. As far as first impressions go, the dry leaf is in itself a pretty amazing thing. There are whole sugared violets (which are huge!), cubes of dried apricot, and a base of bai mu dan , which is impressive both for the size and length of its leaves, and the predominance of silver tips. It’s also still fairly green, unlike some white teas I’ve tried in the past! I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup (measuring was a challenge…), and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to 175 degrees.

The small surprise is the blue/purple colour of the liquor once brewed. I guess I should have expected it, with the violet in there, but somehow I didn’t. As a Prince tribute, it’s a nice touch. To taste, the initial flavour is sweet violet – reminiscent, to me, of parma violets only slightly less perfumey. The mid-sip is almost exclusively apricot, also sweet, but not overpoweringly so. It’s refreshingly fruity after the initial hit of floral violet. The end of the sip combines the two flavours in a gradual fade out. They’re both fairly delicate to begin with, but clearly identifiable. It is possible to taste the base tea underneath the flavouring just at the end of the sip, and that, too, is delicate and mildly floral, with the “sugar water” vibe that white tea can often have, although I suspect this may have been helped a little by the dissolved sugared violet. It’s definitely not a blend that would require additional sugar, unless you like your tea super, super sweet.

I’m enjoying this one as much as I hoped I would back when it was first announced. It’s a fitting tribute, and tasty to boot!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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2449 tasting notes

Beautiful combination of a delicate vegetal tea, warm sugared violets, and fruity apricot. 52Teas has outdone themselves on this one.

I wouldn’t say this is floral in a perfume sort of way, more of in a vegetal, eating the flower part of way. I mean, while there are floral tones, it is the same flavour you get from putting some flowers in a salad. It tastes like plant, but also has some flowery flavour. The apricot and sugar are really the perfect combination. It is like drinking classical music. There are so many undertones but they are orchestrated so well it flows as a whole.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Stems, Sugarcane, Sweet, Tea, Vegetal

VariaTEA

I had this earlier as well :)

Fjellrev

Sounds like a wonderful combination of flavours.

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Sipdown (219)

Kittenna was kind enough to share some of this blend for me to try and it is really quite nice. Soft apricot notes with a touch of creamy vanilla. The flavors are subtle, but there. And if nothing else, the crystallized violet petal contributed a cool blueish-purple ring of tea that hung out at the bottom of the mug. When I got to that part of the mug, I got sugar and floral notes as well so in hindsight I probably should have stirred this before drinking. Still, it was pleasant and that made for a nice pop of flavor at the end.

Thank you Kittenna for the sample as it satisfied my curiosity and left me happy. I don’t think I need anymore of this but I am grateful to have gotten the taste :).

Sil

yay for trying new teas

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What rubbish timing my body has! The last week I have felt increasingly worse, headache that won’t quit, increasing body aches, but then the coughing and fever started and all I could do was go ‘well crap!’ Every Autumn since I was a kid I get a chest infection, either sparked off by allergies or as a secondary infection from a cold or flu, and I am thinking since Ben has been snuffly that it is the latter. Stupid weak lungs, it is getting in the way of me setting up my tea room! Luckily baby Advil (because silly stomach hates pain killers) Robitussin, hot steams, and copious ginger and garlic have helped take the edge off, but I am still rather angry about it.

Today I am looking at a tea that has nothing to do with being ill, which is good, though I do admit when I am feeling really awful I tend to favor a giant mug of tea over gongfucha, and this tea is perfect mug tea. 52Teas’ When Doves Cry, yes, it is a Prince tribute tea, I love Prince and his passing was a punch to the gut, so drinking a tea created in his honor while listening to his music seemed like a great tribute. Though honestly, even if this were not a tribute to one of my favorite musicians I would want it, it is made from White Tea, vanilla bean, dried apricots, and Candied violets…many of those things are favorites of mine and the combination sounded awesome. The tea smells good, with notes of vanilla and honey, apricots, a delicate violet note, and a finish of hay. Just the right amount of sweetness, not cloying but certainly not mild.

Steeping the tea really allows the base white tea to shine, with notes of lettuce, honey, melon, and hay. There are also notes of apricot and vanilla with a gentle sugar cane note at the finish. The incredibly colorful liquid (kinda blue, kinda green, violets turn things fun colors) is sweet and crisp, notes of honey and apricot dance with a distinct lettuce and broken hay note, I am glad the white tea is really standing out, a LOT of blends I have had with white tea just drown it out.

So, it is very fitting that a Prince tribute tea be unique, and this tea certainly is that. The first thing I thought was that it tasted like vanilla ice cream with a topping of apricot jam, it is sweet and rich, doubly so with the candied violets adding sugary sweetness to the mix. After the initial burst of creamy fruity dessert the white tea steps in to say hello with notes of melon and hay with a crisp lettuce note. The end has a wonderful lingering wildflower and vanilla note, the vanilla lingers for quite a while. Usually I don’t like my tea sweet, I only add sugar to Masala Chai, Ostfriesen Tea, and the occasional sour herbal, but clearly I liked this one since I tore through my sample super quickly, because sometimes it is good to step out of my ‘norm’ and have a little fun.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/10/52teas-when-doves-cry-tea-review.html

Daylon R Thomas

His death hit me hard too.

“How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world that’s so cold? (So cold)
Maybe I’m just too demanding
Maybe I’m just like my father too bold
Maybe you’re just like my mother
She’s never satisfied (She’s never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry”

52Teas

His death was truly the most difficult celebrity death for me. I feel like part of me died when I heard the news. I cried for days and I still get weepy when I think about it.

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3336 tasting notes

I admit… I’m not a Prince fan and really only wanted this tea because it sounded really tasty. :D

Before steeping, I did try a candied violet straight – it was interesting, for sure, but as I’m not a person who likes to eat flowers, it wasn’t amazing for me. I did make sure there was also one in my infuser, as I felt that the tea would not taste as intended without one.

Anyways, the tea – I’m just drinking the second (or third) infusion now, and unfortunately, the flavour is enough different from the first cup that I’m not sure I can adequately write about it. The first cup was sweet (from the sugared violet), had a nice base, and was creamy from the vanilla bean – I believe there was some apricot, but maybe not as much as I would have liked. I recall liking it, though I am not liking this infusion quite so much.

Looks like I will have to write more details in the future! Generally, though, I found this tea enjoyable.

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I’m actually taking time to sit down and drink the tea while I write about it! I’ve tasted this tea several times in the last two weeks, but I didn’t take the time to sit down and record my thoughts on the tea until now.

I love the flavor combination of Bai Mu Dan and apricot. These two flavors work together really well. The vanilla adds a creamy element that plays to the natural creamy notes of the white tea nicely. The violet adds a very slight floral note to the cup – it’s not a strong or prevalent flavor and it’s most noticeable while the tea is hot. As the tea cools, I find that the floral note softens as the vanilla and apricot emerge a little more.

I definitely prefer this one hot because I like those floral notes (Note: you probably won’t taste the floral notes if you don’t make sure that there’s a violet in the brewing vessel when you steep this tea because I didn’t actually flavor the tea with violet essence – I just added the crystallized violets to the blend)

Here’s my blog post about this tea that I just published: http://52teas.com/blog/taste-test-when-doves-cry-a-tribute-to-prince-and-his-art/

_For those of you who are looking for brewing parameters, I do make some suggestions on the blog post. If you weigh your tea when you measure it out, I suggest weighing it without the dried apricots and crystallized violets on the scale as they will throw off the weight (both are rather heavy). _

There’s still some of this tea left – there’s only one of the large (maybe 2) and a few of the taster size – it’s going fast!

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