Finally, Thai Iced Tea with NO artificial flavors or colors!
Thai Tea (also known as Thai Iced Tea) is a popular iced drink hailing from Thailand, commonly found in Thai restaurants across the US. Our Organic and Fair Trade Certified Thai Iced Tea is a traditional blend of strong black tea, vanilla bean, cardamom and anise. It can be enjoyed hot or cold with a twist of lime as a self drinker (without milk). Or it can be brewed to create a traditional, restaurant-style Thai Iced Tea when combined with ice, milk and sugar!
To recreate a restaurant-style Thai Iced Tea, we recommend steeping a double strength cup of tea. Then sweeten the hot brew with sugar, and serve over ice. Glasses of Thai Iced Tea are usually topped with dairy, such as sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, half and half, or coconut milk (this last one, of course, is not actually dairy). The final addition of dairy usually rests on top of the ice cubes creating a beautiful layered effect in the glass!
For illustrated step-by-step instructions, check out our guide How to Make Thai Iced Tea and/or see our how to video below. Please note: our Thai Iced Tea will not turn orange when dairy is added, but will appear a natural light brown color.
NO artificial colors or flavors! Did you know that the deep orange color of Thai Iced Tea served in restaurants is usually attributed to artificial coloring? Well, no longer! We’ve developed an organic tea blend that includes no artificial colors or flavors. As a result, when dairy is added to this iced tea it will not turn orange, but a beautiful, natural light brown!
Ingredients: organic black tea, organic cardamom, organic anise seeds, organic vanilla extract, and natural vanilla flavor.
Serving Size: two teaspoons (one teaspoon if not adding dairy) per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: The combination of spices used in this blend makes it popular with our Masala Chai Black Tea fans! As I like to say: “Thai is the new Chai” (TM)! : )
Jeremy Says: I’ve always loved Thai Iced Tea when visiting my favorite Thai restaurant, but didn’t enjoy the artificial coloring. After a failed search to find a traditional Thai Iced Tea sold in the US without artificial colors or flavors, we decided to make our own!
Sarah Says: The combination of tea, dairy (I prefer half & half) and sugar make Thai Iced Tea a perfect complement to spicy food.
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Posted by Esther on 21st Apr 2016
This tea is what originally brought me to Arbor Teas, when looking for a natural Thai tea, which I love to drink clear and unsweetened. While this tea doesn't have the exact flavor of the Pantai blend that I used to enjoy, this tea makes a wonderful, flavorful tea, both iced or hot. The cardamom notes are dominant when iced, but then when I tried it warm, I noticed that the vanilla becomes the dominant flavor. Very wonderful and it's like 2 teas in 1.
Posted by Liz S. on 20th Apr 2016
I'm surprised there are so many negative reviews! Perhaps this is not the exact flavor of restaurant Thai Iced Tea, but I much prefer drinking organic tea with known ingredients rather than pesticide-laden tea containing sweetened condensed milk, which probably contains GMO sugar and milk from cows injected with rBST. Plus I think this is quite tasty and am ordering more!
Posted by D on 27th Mar 2016
Being born and raised in Taiwan, I'm very familiar with all specialty teas across Asia. Chai, Thai, Teh tarik, etc., I've come across all kinds. To be fair, the only Thai tea I've not tried is Thai tea from Thailand since I've not traveled there yet.
I've got really high hopes for this one, for it being organic and having no artificial coloring added. It was only to my deep disappointment that the spices were blended disproportional. The spices were so strong that my infuser had absorbed the smell that wouldn't go away even if I left it soaked in water for 2 days. Ever since, all other teas I make taste like this with said infuser. I'm now merely trying to use it all up just to not be wasteful.
The tea itself is fine at best, but it's really hard to judge the true quality because the spices overpower any flavor that it could offer. Be advised not to purchase this blend if you want what the usual Thai Tea that you are used to getting in the restaurants (and how they are supposed to taste like anyway). Arborteas is a fine company and the packaging and everything is thoughtful and recommendable, but unless they change the recipe, this particular blend is definitely NOT worth buying, even just for the tea itself.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Dec 2015
Like other reviewers have stated, it tastes somewhat like chai tea. I'm actually not a fan of chai but very much a fan of thai tea like those at the restaurants. I'm guessing it's like what another reviewer said, too much cardamom or anise that makes this more like chai tea. Had it been more like thai, I'd be a customer for life. =/
Posted by Kate on 8th Oct 2015
If you're looking for an organic Thai tea that tastes like the artificially colored orange tea you'd get in a Thai restaurant, this isn't it. If they made something like that, I would love to buy it...but I would still buy this tea as well. Even though it wasn't the Thai tea flavor I expected, I really loved it, especially as iced tea with a splash of vanilla soy milk.
Posted by Mark on 7th Aug 2015
Your products & service are excellent. Every thing about this was wonderful. This just wasn't the flavor of Cha Yen found in Thailand. :(
I very much want an alternative to Number One Brand because it contains artifical colors.
If the flavor was correct I would definitely be a regular customer.
Posted by Bella on 13th May 2015
I've been trying different and healthier variation of Thai Tea for a while and I continue to come back to this one. I can mix it with the Pantai Brand Tea for that restaurant style Thai Tea or I can drink it by itself for a uniquely different flavor. I only wish that I could see how much caffeine there is in this tea blend! Despite this, I will be purchasing more of this when my bag runs out!
Posted by Melissa on 18th Apr 2015
Never had thai iced tea before and decided to try this out. I followed the recipe that is posted on the youtube chanel, and it was pretty good. Definitely a unique flavor profile.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Mar 2015
I am Asian. The best available Thai tea in a bottle brand from the oriental store around here is Pantai. As I became a more natural ingredients consumer, I read every ingredient before buying products. I don't do food coloring, artificial flavoring, and preservatives. I love drinking Thai tea as it is the only sweet tea to quench my thirst when water alone does not work. When I saw that all Thai tea from the stores here have artificial ingredients including the dried Thai tea, I started looking for only the main ingredients, such as real tea leaves, real spices, real vanilla flavoring, with no added food coloring (I don't care about looks/color as the taste matter more). I found out that Arbor Teas have exactly what I wanted and it tastes so delicious.
I saw some bad reviews here that this is not what they are looking for and the taste is not Thai tea. Here's my trick:
1 & 1/4 Cup Cold Water
1 Tablespoon Sugar in Mug Set Aside
1/4 Cup choice of Creamer
1 Tablespoon Arbor Teas Organic Thai Iced Tea
In a sauce pot, put in the Arbor Teas Organic Thai Iced Tea and pour the cold water in it and set heat on medium-high. When it comes to a boil, let it boil for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes of boiling, pour the hot tea through a strainer into the mug with sugar. Slowly pour and stir at the same time the creamer into the mug of sweet hot tea. Add more sweetener to desire taste. Enjoy hot or pour over ice.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Jan 2015
I ended up steeping the leaves for a longtime (20+minutes) to try to get the strong Thai Tea flavor. It was good but for me it was still a little more gentle version of Thai Tea. Just as a normally prepared tea (steeped a couple of minutes in hot water with nothing else added) it is a lovely gentle, sweet, and well rounded. A good morning tea or high tea tea!
Posted by Lisa on 26th Dec 2014
This is a really nice blend. It has a lovely flavor and smells so good! I can see it being a regular in my tea rotation. It's also a big bonus that there's no coloring dyes like regular cha-yen.
However, if you buy this thinking it's going to allow you to closely replicate the same flavor and style of restaurant-quality Thai tea/iced tea, you'll probably be disappointed because this is not a match. Think of the two as relatives, not twins. If you want something closer, try something like Pantainorasingh.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Dec 2014
I love it. Best Thai tea I've ever had.
Posted by Ellie Lynne on 28th Jul 2014
Whenever I go out for Thai food I have to order an iced tea to go with it, so I was very excited when I found an organic fair trade option I could brew at home. The aroma of this tea is very indicative of its flavor. I was surprised at how finely ground this tea is, so be prepared to use an infuser that is screened and not with bigger holes. The flavor is a lot more bold than the teas I am used to ordering out, the cardamom is very prominent as is the anise. After a little trial and error, I found that for my palate personally, steeping 1 teaspoon per 9oz of water for 5-7 minutes is perfect. Some simple syrup mixed in and poured over ice makes this a wonderful summertime tea, I like to use a vanilla soy milk to top it off for a smooth milk tea. Half and Half is also good if you prefer dairy. Just don't be surprised when this tea doesn't contain the bright orange color that is the trademark of Thai tea ordered out! This contains no dyes, so it's a slightly reddish brown before adding milk. Overall I definitely recommend this tea, I ordered the sample size to try it out, but now have ordered the regular size bag so I can enjoy Thai iced tea at home.
Posted by Sara on 27th Jul 2014
I ordered this because I wanted to re-create a healthier version of the restaurant style thai iced tea at home--less sweet and minus the extra food color. I liked that this one was organic and made with the same spices as the authentic version, so I bought it. I was really excited because I saw the good reviews, and when the tea arrived I made it right away.
Not what I expected at all, it was so acidic and bitter that I could hardly drink it. I was so disappointed and thought that maybe I had prepared it incorrectly, so I tried again. I followed all the instructions--the right water, the right temperature, the right measurement, steeping time, everything--and it still came out the same. I looked up online how to get rid of bitter taste in tea, and came across the idea to add a little baking soda. I tried that, but as it was steeping the smell was so nauseating that I didn't even bother to try it. No amount of sugar could have made it taste better, the bitterness was just so strong. It almost smelled and tasted like it was expired.
I've been a tea drinker my whole life. I make a lot of tea and I am very careful to prepare it correctly, so this honestly was either a bad batch or it is just not good tea. I would have returned it, but my husband put it in a jar immediately after it arrived to make sure it stayed fresh, and then got rid of the original bag that it came in. Oh well. :(
Posted by Unknown on 19th Jul 2014
This is very good tea. The aroma is amazing. The only thing is, this is more of a Chai than Thai. That being said, I will be buying more of this in the future but I'll need to get a different infuser because the tea is very fine.
Posted by Janet Binion on 22nd Apr 2014
I have always loved Thai iced tea in restaurants and didn't realize that it contains artificial yellow dye. So I was delighted to find this organic version made by Arbor Teas last summer. Several guests have raved about it served the way I love it--without dairy or sugar. I'm looking forward to enjoying the packages I ordered today in the warm months to come.
Posted by Susan on 23rd Dec 2013
I've always enjoyed getting a Thai iced tea at several local restaurants. I was excited to try this one with no dyes. While the flavor is pleasant, I was disappointed that it didn't taste like a campfire like the ones I've had at local restaurants. It reminds me more of a chai tea. Also it is a very fine tea and I've been getting tons of grinds in my cup even using the super fine infuser I purchased from Arbour Teas.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Dec 2013
I have always loved Thai Iced Tea, but it took me years of searching to finally find some organic tea without artificial food dye. Tried this tea and it is extremely high quality. My entire family tried and loved it.
Posted by Julie Daly on 22nd Nov 2013
One of my favorite drinks is Thai Iced Tea at one of the local Thai restaurants. I have tried several ways to make this at home, but it never tasted right, or if it did, it was just obviously full of chemicals/colors. I'm so delighted that I found this tea because now I can make Thai iced tea at home whenever I want, and better yet, it has no artificial dyes or sweeteners. The spices in the tea are just the right mix.
I make it by the glass, add sugar while it's still hot, then refrigerate it. Then when I'm ready to drink it, I'll add a little sweetened, condensed milk and ice and it's ready to go. Better than any restaurant! Oh, and it does taste great alone without anything if that is your preference.
I think the only way this could possibly be any better is if there were a decaf version, so I could drink it before bed. :-) Thank you Arbor Teas!
Posted by Tammy on 21st Oct 2013
I am so grateful I found this tea. I have been trying all types of Chai to make one of my favorite drinks - Thai Iced Tea. I gave this a try and brewed a nice big pitcher. I let the leaves steep about 30 min. as I love my tea strong - it is the most flavorful, full bodied tasting tea. I do not use sweetener, instead I use a little (about 2 TBSP) Flavored Coffee Creamer. I never have to wait again for a Thai Restaurant.
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Our Thai Iced Tea blend is traditionally used to make Thai Iced Tea. For step by step instructions, visit our guide on How to Make Thai Iced Tea. Below, please find additional helpful brewing tips.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: two teaspoons (one teaspoon if not adding dairy) per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Tip #3: Our Thai Iced Tea blend is traditionally used to make Thai Iced Tea. For step by step instructions, visit our guide on How to Make Thai Iced Tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make Thai Iced Tea. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
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