A rich and creamy milk tea that has a delicate floral aroma. You can enjoy this famous Japanese tea both hot and iced.
Measurements for 2 servings (see note for 1 serving – not half)
1 1/2 tsp (heaping) Darjeeling tea leaves
1/2 tsp (heaping) Assam tea leaves
300 ml milk
100 ml water
honey, to taste
Measure the tea leaves into a very small bowl. Add in just enough boiling water to thoroughly cover the leaves. Let this sit to open up the leaves.
[Hot version: preheat tea cups by filling with hot water.]
Heat milk and water in a small pot over medium heat. Just before it begins to boil, add in the moistened tea leaves and turn off the heat. Stir with a spoon to mix.
Cover the pot and allow it to steep for 4 minutes (5 if you will drink it iced).
Give it another stir, then strain the milk tea into a bowl or measuring cup that has an easy pour spout. Sweeten the tea to your taste preference with honey.
Hot version: Empty hot water from tea cups and fill with prepared milk tea.
Cold version: Chill in fridge until cool enough to serve over ice.
Measurements for one serving: 1 1/2 tsp (heaping) black tea leaves (75% Darjeeling, 25% Assam) – 150 ml milk – 75 ml water
Keywords: Japanese tea, royal milk tea