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.
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.
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Jun 2013
I am trying to reduce my sugar intake and this tea has such good flavor, it hardly needs any sweetener. I add a little stevia when brewing and then put it in the refrigerator. I like to add a little coconut milk also. This has gotten me out of my way-over sweetened-Starbucks iced coffee habit!
Love this iced tea so much that I will probably keep drinking it during the winter!
Posted by Daniel P. on 21st Apr 2013
This is a good tea but I would only give it an average rating. It is flavorful but not substantially so. It takes way too much of it to get a decent amount of flavor and if brewed even slightly too long a bitterness quickly begins to creep into the tea.
Posted by Madalyn Gregory on 20th Sep 2012
This is a really nice chai. It’s odd but I like it simply sweetened, no creaminess needed. The vanilla is the dominant flavor but the spices hold their own.
Posted by J.J. on 4th Sep 2012
I've had Thai tea at several Thai restaurants, I've bought Thai tea and brewed it at home, and now I've ordered the Thai tea here at Arbor Teas. They all taste slightly different, even from restaurant to restaurant, and... WOW The Thai tea here at Arbor teas tastes the best. It's so flaverful and I can taste the other spices and herbs they put in as well. It's also alot more potent than any other Thai tea I've brewed; I use less A.T. Thai tea leaves than other Thai tea brands to brew of the same strength.
I don't know what I like more; the tea, or the hand-written thank you note. Thanks, guys!
Posted by Laura on 1st Aug 2012
Fell in love with this tea and then promptly became pregnant. Now am craving a decaf version. Is there one in the works? Hope soon! It is a delicious blend, and very refreshing in the summertime. Love that I can choose a milk that works best for me (goat milk) and a sugar that won't raise my blood sugar (coconut crystals.). If there were a decaf version, it would be just about perfect!
Posted by Jeff on 20th Jul 2012
This is much better than ordering a Thai Iced tea in a Thai restaurant since you can regulate the amounts of certain ingredients. I haven't tried it with sweetened condensed milk like they do in the restaurants, but skim milk tastes just fine. It has a really nice fragrance to it. It's all natural and organic.
Posted by AmazonV on 24th Jun 2012
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 8oz at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: approximately 3 and a half minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: cardamom, spice
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey black tea
Additives: 2 tsp sugar, ice, 4 tbl sweetened condensed milk
Flavor: heavily spiced black tea
Aftertaste: sweet, astringent
Liquor: nearly opaque dark brown to a cloudy light brown
Delicious! Very much like the many thai teas I have had while dining out. I zipped through this sample in the hot weather and was sad to find I had no more *sniff*
I tried the next batch hot and cold, both were good
(4 tsp 500ml at 212°F – 3 minutes, 2 cups 1 tsp sugar each, 4 tbl milk each 2 hot and 2 cold)
I even did a resteep, and it worked out fine
Note: breville had lots of grit in cups / teapot – suggest using tsac method
Posted by Dunrie on 16th Jun 2012
I had tried making my own Thai iced tea from scratch using the Arborteas blog recipe, but this blend is both easier and better tasting.
The tea makes a rich brown-red brew, and when blended with dairy is not the bright orange seen in Thai restaurants but lovely in its own right. And leaving aside the artificial colorant for an organic blend is an easy choice when the flavor is right.
I experimented with proportions of tea, ice, and dairy this morning. I have to say nothing beats sweetened condensed milk in this tea. Watch out world I'm on a caffeine sugar high today!
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.
In order to create thai boba tea, all you need to do is follow a regular thai iced tea recipe, with one extra step! It's all about knowing WHEN to add the boba. Check here to view the full recipe for Thai Boba Tea!
Inspired by Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar, Olivia created a Thai Tea Parfait that has a creamy gelatin base, with a cloud-like mix of Thai tea, dulce de leche and tamarind, which is layered with fresh coconut curd and a crispy almond topping. Check here to view the full recipe for Thai Tea Parfait!