Organic Thai Iced Tea

Cardamom, anise and vanilla bean take center stage over bold black tea

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Organic Thai Iced Tea
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Organic Thai Iced Tea

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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.

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 and Fair Trade Certified black tea, organic cardamom, organic anise seeds, and organic vanilla flavor

What are Flavored Teas?

rganic Tea with Vanilla & Anise Flavor

Our delicious flavored teas use the same top-quality organic tea that we offer in our unflavored varieties, but are blended with pieces of real fruit, spices, flowers, and 100% natural flavors. When blending our teas, our goal is to create a cup that balances the taste of the tea with the flavors of the additional ingredients so that neither one overpowers. All of the natural flavors we use are either extracts taken directly from the botanical ingredient, or extracted using 100% GMO-free grain alcohol as a solvent. You can rest assured that none of the flavors used in our blends are synthetically or artificially derived, and do not use artificial preservatives.

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend black teas to be steeped for 3 to 5 minutes in water heated to a full, rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Sarah

    "The combination of tea, dairy (I prefer half & half) and sugar make Thai Iced Tea a perfect complement to spicy food."

  • Jeremy

    "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!"

  • Aubrey

    "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)! : )"

Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Tea

Like all true tea, black tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Black tea specifically has been found to regulate blood sugar in diabetics better than other types of tea, according to a study done by the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more information about the health benefits of black tea and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thai Iced Tea

Traditional Thai Iced Tea

Tea has been drunk and even eaten in Thailand for a very long time, but tea cultivation is relatively new to the country. Only since the 1980s has tea been grown for production in Thailand. Thai iced tea, known as “cha yen" in Thailand, is a popular street drink. It’s usually a mixture of a black tea (usually not sourced from Thailand) and spices such as vanilla, cardamon, star anise, tamarind, and orange blossom water. It is often topped off with a heaping dollop of sweetened condensed milk. Although it’s grown in popularity in the US, Thai iced tea isn’t largely traditional or important in Thailand - it’s more of a treat. Thai chefs started adding copious amounts of sugar and food coloring to appeal to Americans, and thus the Thai iced tea we know was born. The drink has become ubiquitous in Thai restaurants throughout the US. In Thailand, Thai tea is consumed warm in the morning, and only served iced in the afternoon - always with crushed ice, never cubed. Rarely prepared in the home, Thai iced tea is usually purchased from stands on the street where it is often served in a plastic bag with a straw stuck into it.

For even more information about this and other traditions, visit our Tea Traditions Page!

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  • 1
    Not Quite

    Posted by Morgan on 1st Jul 2024

    Unfortunately this isn't reminiscent of the classic Thai tea I was craving, even preparing it in similar fashions. It could be enjoyable if you were looking for a unique black tea, but it just doesn't hit the spot when I'm craving thai tea.

  • 1
    Far from Thai tea flavor

    Posted by Lara on 27th Oct 2023

    We agree with the reviewers who found this tea extremely disappointing. Hoping to find a Thai tea without food dye, we were excited to try this, but found it to have a distinct and off-putting artificial smell and flavor, and tastes Nothing like the Thai tea in shops or made at home with the dyed Thai tea. Unfortunately, this was a waste of money and will end up in the compost bin. While this seems like a good company, I strongly encourage Arbor Tea to rename this tea..

  • 5
    Amazing flavor without the yellow food dye

    Posted by Crystal Mann on 16th May 2023

    I absolutely love this tea. Ever since I tried my first sip of Thai Iced Tea in a Thai restaurant, I've been hooked on it. This is a much healthier version without the yellow food dye. Thank you so much for making this tea!

  • 2
    strange aftertaste

    Posted by Skye on 16th May 2023

    I was so excited for an all natural Thai Iced Tea but this tasted really weird to me. Had a strange aftertaste.

  • 5
    Organic Thai Iced Tea

    Posted by Sara on 24th Feb 2023

    I love this tea, it smells and taste just like Thai tea that you buy from restaurants without the artificial orange color. My only complain is that it is expensive.

  • 5
    Absolutely love!

    Posted by Anya on 16th Sep 2021

    I really love this tea! I haven't been able to find any other brand that makes Thai iced tea without any weird stuff! This one is a little more subtle than the restaurant stuff, but I enjoy it so much more! Tastes amazing! (by the way, homemade coconut Thai iced tea ice cream with maple syrup is out of this world!)

  • 3
    not bad !!

    Posted by emily on 18th Jun 2021

    i was excited to get a sample of this thai tea because arbor teas is one of the only places i could find that sold it without the artificial coloring (AND i loved that this company is so environmentally friendly). since the blend is organic and lacks yellow dye, the flavor IS different from that of artificially flavored thai tea mixes, but still very enjoyable. i only give this blend a 3 because the flavor is a bit odd— maybe it's the presence of vanilla (which isn't in other thai tea mixes, i don't think), the missing clove, and/ or the way i brewed it (by boiling and leaving to cool) but there was a bit of a strange aftertaste. again, though, i still enjoyed it and would encourage everyone reading to try a sample, too. thank you arbor teas, i look forward to trying more of your teas in the future!

  • 5
    A Baked Good in a Cup

    Posted by Catherine Kleimeier on 28th May 2021

    I've never had "restaurant" Thai iced tea, so I'm not comparing this tea to anything. I got it because the listed ingredients sounded like a good blend, and they are! This tea is full of flavor, but still very strongly *tea*. It reminds me a bit of a "cool" chai, or a spiced (but not spicy) baked good. I don't find the vanilla to be overpowering, but a pleasant counterpoint to the brightness of the anise. The tea itself is nicely astringent, which adds a bitter note to complement the smooth vanilla and bright spices. The overall effect is a well-balanced, very flavorful tea. I like this black or lightly sweetened, as I didn't find that it stood up as well to soymilk. I can steep the leaves twice before they lose flavor. Overall, I greatly enjoy this tea! It's an absolute treat.

  • 5
    Not like the artificial flavored & artificially colored kind

    Posted by Kai G. on 4th Apr 2021

    It isn't exactly like the artificially flavored thai tea which can good or bad thing. It tastes amazing and my family and I really enjoyed this tea! I made brown sugar tapioca boba to have it with and it tasted great! Definitely recommend

  • 1
    Thai Tea

    Posted by Keilah on 3rd Apr 2021

    It smells great but when brewed tastes nothing like the smell and left the worst after taste in my mouth.

  • 5
    Thai iced Tea

    Posted by Tharani on 8th Feb 2021

    This is the best thai iced tea i have ever heard. It doesn't have artificial flavors or colors which is usually served in restaurants. It tastes so good with condensed milk!!! I will be glad if you can come up with the decaf version too:)!!!

  • 3
    Not traditional Restauraunt Flavor

    Posted by JUDITH MEINHARDT on 11th Jan 2021

    I love the smell of the unbrewed tea; however when made according to the directions and recipe suggestions the tea does not have the same flavor and mouth feel as a restaurant tea. The added spices don't seem balanced and the brew is very astringent. I feel like it would be better if the product was just the tea leaves and vanilla.

  • 5
    Love it!

    Posted by Sophiarox on 2nd Dec 2020

    I love this blend!! I love that they don’t have dyes!! I’ve had a lot of Thai tea in restaurants before I learned that it was full of dye and way too much sugar. I think this blend tastes better than the restaurants

  • 3
    Doesn't really taste like Thai Iced Tea.

    Posted by Siana on 21st Aug 2020

    I ordered this tea because I wanted Thai Iced Tea without the yellow dye. This is a good, flavorful tea, however, it doesn't taste really anything like the Thai Iced Tea I've come to know and love. I think the vanilla flavor is just about right, but either the tea leaves used are not the same kind that is typically used in Thai Iced Tea or there's something going on with the spices that just isn't quite right.

  • 5
    love this!

    Posted by Amanda Blaisdell on 28th Jul 2020

    Ooh, I was so excited to try this, and I loved it. It does taste a little different than what you get at restaurants, but I think that's a good thing. I enjoy it with some homemade coconut milk and a little sweetener, and followed the cold-brew directions on the back of the package. Definitely a favorite for summer.

  • 4
    Pretty Good

    Posted by Willie on 28th Jun 2020

    It's not going to taste like the artificial stuff, but it's pretty good.

  • 1
    Not good

    Posted by Jana on 28th Jun 2020

    This is not the authentic thai iced tea. There is something too strong in this thai tea; I believe it is the cardamom. The thai tea smell and taste is way off from the thai tea that is served at restaurant. I am aware that this tea does not have the orange dye that is seen in the restaurant style thai tea. However, I followed the arbors thai tea restaurant style recipe posted on the website and it still did not taste thai tea.

  • 5

    Posted by Denise Berger on 15th Aug 2019

    This tea is excellent. We discovered it one of our favorite restaurants and asked them what brand it was. I have been ordering this tea from Arbor Tea ever since then.

  • 5

    Posted by Raina on 8th Apr 2019

    This is an authentic tasting, delicious tea. Easy to make at home and enjoy.

  • 5
    Thai Tea

    Posted by Alexandra on 2nd Apr 2019

    love at first sip... no, it does not taste like the chemical ridden restaurant version that is served all over U.S but it's very good combination of tea with spices and pretty darn close in flavor, not going back to the restaurant version again. Always order a sample to see if that's literally your cup o'tea :-)

  • 5
    Thai Tea

    Posted by LaVonne Larson on 8th Feb 2019

    I love the flavors of this tea! I was buying Thai tea leaves from my local Asian market but the food coloring was bothering me. I drink this tea hot. I also froth milk (also Premier protein) in my cup with some sweetener and pour my steeped tea into it. It is a little luxury of flavors! I had my sisters try it one morning when we were together and they loved the combination of the smells and flavors. Thank you for the organic side of this tea. I tried many different ways to steep my tea and now I buy tea bags to put the tea in. It is so nice not to have any loose tea hanging out in my cup.

  • 4
    Not Thai Tea but still good herbal tea

    Posted by XLN on 9th Jan 2019

    was really hoping to find a healthier alternative to the thai tea you would normally get at restaurant but it does not taste anything like thai tea. WITH THAT BEING SAID, the more I drink it the more I like it. I treat it as a herbal tea and add a little honey with half-half. So i recommend to give this tea a try.

  • 1
    Thai Tea

    Posted by JM on 18th Jun 2018

    Simply not the thai tea flavor in restaurants that I was looking for. They should not call this thai tea. Ask for a sample before you order. Super nice customer service and they said they would exchange it.

  • 1
    Not Thai Tea

    Posted by Jessica on 17th May 2018

    I love Thai tea. I hate the artificial coloring, but I love the flavor. This tastes nothing, let me repeat, NOTHING, like Thai tea. It is much more like some of the "chais" other vendors market. I purchased a large bag of this tea with high expectations, and I will end up giving it away. I do not like anise, and it just over powers this tea - I can't even drink it. I am super disappointed. I love Arbor Tea and the green values it promotes, but they really need to change the name of this tea. I've never been to Thailand, so maybe there is tea with this flavor profile there, but this bears no similarity to US Thai tea. It is completely misleading.

  • 2
    Not Thai Iced Tea

    Posted by DW on 12th Nov 2017

    Thai iced tea is possibly my all-time favorite drink. I've had natural versions, unnatural versions, supernatural versions. This is the worst one. The flavor profile is completely off. It's missing clove and has too much anise. It's bland and lacking complexity. It's nothing like any other Thai iced tea I've ever had. In a bad way. The whole reason I ordered from Arbor Teas was because I really wanted to find an organic version of the Thai iced tea I love so much. I spend thousands on tea annually and thought this might be my new go-to place, but I'm disappointed with this blend and most of the others I ordered.

  • 5
    loved the taste, my favorite afternoon drink

    Posted by Alena Fresquet on 7th Nov 2017

    I I look forward every afternoon to coming home and having an iced cup of this Thai Tea version. It has a clean and healthy taste. I actually experimented with adding raw tumeric root, just a tiny bit enough to help change the color of the tea from red to orange , I loved the result. What a great healthy version of this delicious refreshing tea. I will reorder very soon.

  • 5
    very elegant taste

    Posted by artloft on 6th Nov 2017

    i love Thai tea but do not like drinking the commercial version for obvious reasons. I bought this tea and found it to have a beautiful hue, not as dark as the orange-red color of the commercial versions but still a beautiful ruby, deep reddish tint. I will try to deepen the color next time by using more tea. The taste is elegant, delicious. I used a combination of organic condensed milk with homemade almond milk to make an iced Thai tea, the outcome super delicious!!! I will continue to buy arbor teas organic Thai version it is just what i was looking for. If you are looking for a healthy version of this tea this is it.

  • 5
    Good "Thai" Tea

    Posted by Ben Rog-Wilhelm on 30th Mar 2017

    My wife and I have been looking for a solid thai iced tea, ideally one that isn't full of food coloring and nastiness. We've tried a few. We weren't happy with any of them. None of them tasted like thai iced tea. Then we tried this one, which doesn't taste like thai iced tea either. But there's something about it that fills the niche we were looking for. And it's close. We call it airquotes thai, as in: Hey, want some "thai" tea? Sure, that sounds good! After drinking a bunch, we happened to get free thai iced tea when we ordered thai delivery. So we drank it. And we agreed that we'd actually rather drink this stuff. We now think it's better than restaurant thai. So, thumbs up. If you're looking for something that's exactly like restaurant thai iced tea, then this isn't it . . . but try it anyway. You might be pleasantly surprised.

  • 5
    Tastes Like Thai Restaurant Iced Tea!

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Dec 2016

    I went to a Thai restaurant recently and loved their iced tea. At first I thought it was Chai tea but they said it was Thai. I had a hard time finding it online. All I could find was the Thai Iced Tea Mixes. But that's not what I wanted. This tea has a wonderful, spiceful taste to it. I make it in my iced tea maker using a coffee filter since it's loose leaf tea. I usually will add some Stevia to my glass but this tea is great even without any sweetener. And I love that it's all NATURAL flavors! I have already recommended this tea to others. What a great find!

  • 2
    Doesn't taste like restaurant Thai Iced Tea!

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Jul 2016

    Despite promises that this tea tastes just like the Thai Iced Tea served in restaurants, I did not find this to be the case and I was very disappointed. I prepared the iced tea exactly according to the instructions and found that it was bland, bitter, and had some unusual spices that typical Thai Iced Tea doesn't have. It tasted somewhat like a weak, bitter chai. I love both chai and Thai Iced Tea, but this particular tea is completely unsatisfactory as either one. I'm an avid tea enthusiast and have not often met a tea I didn't like, but this is definitely one I would not order, drink, or prepare again. I guess I will have to continue my search for the perfect Thai Iced Tea mix!

  • 5
    Wonderful tea iced or hot!!

    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.

  • 4
    Wonderful healthy alternative

    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!

  • 1
    Simply Not Thai Tea - Not recommended

    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.

  • 2
    Wanted a healthier version but this is not the Thai Tea I'm used to :(

    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. =/

  • 5
    Not like regular Thai tea, but delicious

    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.

  • 3
    Disappointed. Not the correct flavor.

    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.

  • 4
    Keep coming back for more

    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!

  • 4
    Not Bad

    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.

  • 5
    Better than Pantai Brand and Restaurant

    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.

  • 4
    Nice gentle tea

    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!

  • 3
    A good tea of its own merit, but not "restaurant" Thai 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.

  • 5
    Wonderful :)

    Posted by Unknown on 23rd Dec 2014

    I love it. Best Thai tea I've ever had.

  • 4
    I love Iced Thai Tea!

    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.

  • 1
    Not at all what I was expecting

    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. :(

  • 4
    Good but not quite the Thai tea I was expecting

    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.

  • 5
    Thai At Home

    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.

  • 3
    Doesn't remind me of a campfire

    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.

  • 5
    Found at Last!

    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.

  • 5
    Tastes just like restaurant Thai Iced Tea, but BETTER!

    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!

  • 5
    No More Waiting Until I Go to a Thai Restaraunt

    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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