HELLO ANON, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, I FEEL THIS IS RELEVANT TO OUR CURRENTLY CHILLY CLIMATE
ROYAL MILK TEA IS A FUCKING BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT AND IDEA THAT MANY WESTERNERS GET CONFUSED AS SHIT ABOUT WHEN INVESTIGATING JAPANESE TEA CULTURE
IT’S SOMEWHAT BASED OFF THE “ROYAL” ENGLISH TRADITION OF BLACK TEA BEING TAKEN WITH A LITTLE SUGAR AND SOME MILK — BUT IT’S QUITE UNLIKE THE WAY TEA IS SERVED IN BRITAIN. BECAUSE OF ITS ROYAL CONNOTATIONS IT’S OFTEN SEEN AS A NICE FANCY INDULGENCE. (IT CAN BE BRANDED AFTERNOON MILK TEA AS WELL, BECAUSE OF THE RELATION TO ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA)
WHILE TEA WITH MILK AND SUGAR IN PARTS OF THE WEST TENDS TO BE BREWED BLACK TEA WITH MAYBE A DAINTY DELICATE TEASPOONFUL OF SUGAR AND A CLOUD OF MILK, ROYAL MILK TEA IS VERY SWEET, AND OFTEN MUCH MILKIER THAN TEA-Y. IT’S OFTEN BROKEN ORANGE PEKOE BLACK TEA (OR BLACK TEA CONCENTRATE) THAT HAS BEEN SIMMERED IN OR ADDED TO SWEETENED MILK (EVAPORATED OR CONDENSED MILK) SO THAT THE LEAVES IMPART THEIR FLAVOUR DIRECTLY INTO THE SWEETENED MILK SO THERE’S LITTLE ROOM FOR WEAK TEA FLAVOUR. (FUCK YEAH, ALMOST A TEA LATTÉ!)
MUCH LIKE EUROPEAN OR AMERICAN “ICED TEAS” YOU CAN FIND ROYAL MILK TEA IN ALL KINDS OF SHOPS IN BOTTLED OR CANNED FORM (AND IT CAN INCLUDE TAPIOCA OR OTHER TOPPINGS IN OTHER PARTS OF ASIA). ALSO, MUCH LIKE ICED TEAS, YOU CAN HAVE ALL SORTS OF BRANDS — KIRIN AND PUNGENCY ARE A FEW. IT CAN EQUALLY BE DRUNK HOT OR COLD, ALTHOUGH YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER IT COLD, AS MANY TYPES OF WESTERN-TYPE BLACK TEA (SUCH AS EARL GREY) ARE SERVED COLD IN CAFÉS.
TL;DR IT’S A TYPE OF BEVERAGE, LIKE ICED COFFEE OR ICED TEA, WITH A SPECIFIALLY PERFUMED, SWEET, AND VERY MILKY TASTE THAT CAN BE REFRESHINGLY SWEET ON A HOT DAY OR DELICIOUSLY WARMING ON A COLD DAY.
ROYAL MILK TEA’S POPULARITY MEANS — FUCKING A WHEN YOU NEED A KICK — INSTANT ROYAL MILK TEABAGS AND POWDER EXIST! IT’S POWDERED SUGAR, MILK, AND BLACK TEA THAT ONLY NEEDS WATER FOR A BREW. IT’S ALSO POSSIBLE TO FIND BLACK TEA THAT IS DESIGNED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING ROYAL MILK TEA, E.G. VERY STRONG BLACK BREAKFAST TEAS, AND SOME OF THE MORE COMMON BLENDS USED MIX TOGETHER DARJEELING AND UVA SRI LANKA (CEYLON) TEA 50/50.
GIVE ROYAL MILK TEA A FUCKING TRY.
- GET YOU SOME MILK (HALF OR FULL-FAT, OR MAYBE EVAPORATED MILK, FOR A MORE AUTHENTIC TASTE), LESS THAN HALF OF THE SIZE OF THE CUP YOU’RE USING, PREFERABLY CHILLED
- SOME CEYLON TEA, BREAKFAST BLEND THAT INCLUDES CEYLON, OR CEYLON/DARJEELING MIX — ONE TEABAG PER CUP OR A LARGE TEASPOONFUL OF LOOSE LEAVES
- SOME SUGAR (IF YOU’RE NOT ALREADY USING SWEETENED MILK) — 2 TO 4 TEASPOONFULS, DEPENDING ON YOUR TASTES
- WATER — 3/4 OF THE SIZE OF THE CUP YOU’RE USING
- BRING THE WATER TO A CONSISTENT BOIL — USING A SAUCEPAN IS BEST, OR ANY APPLIANCE THAT WILL KEEP THE TEA BOILING CONSISTENTLY. WHEN IT’S BOILING, ADD THE TEA, AND CONTINUE BOILING FOR 2~3 MINUTES. ADD THE SUGAR (ERR ON THE SIDE OF MORE SUGAR IF YOU’RE DRINKING IT COLD)
- IF YOU WANT COLD MILK TEA, ADD ICE CUBES TO THE MILK, AND REMOVE THE TEABAGS/STRAIN THE TEA AND POUR OVER THE MILK. ENJOY YOUR MILKY CHILLER LIKE AN ICE QUEEN
- IF YOU WANT HOT MILK TEA, ADD THE MILK TO THE ALREADY-BOILING TEA (!!!!!), TURN DOWN THE HEAT SO AS NOT TO SCALD THE MILK, AND SIMMER THEM TOGETHER GENTLY FOR A FURTHER MINUTE, STIRRING ALL THE WHILE. REMOVE TEABAGS/STRAIN THE TEALEAVES (REMEMBER: DON’T COMPOST TEA MATTER THAT HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH MILK), POUR INTO YOUR BEAUTIFUL DRINKING VESSEL OF CHOICE, AND DRINK LIKE ROYALTY.
- TIP: A LITTLE SPRINKLE OF CINNAMON OR COCOA POWDER ON TOP IS LOVELY ON BOTH HOT OR COLD ROYAL MILK TEA!
I HOPE THIS CLEARS UP ANY CONFUSION. GO OUT AND BREACH THE WORLD OF SWEET, SWEET, MILK TEA!
I LEARNED SOMETHING NEW TODAY AND THEN I MADE IT 10/10
This would make for some pretty terrible tea in a lot of cases. The doctor sure is living on the wild side.
This looks like a perfect single serving tea steeper. Just make sure to heat the water to the ideal temperature for the type of tea you are making first so as to get the best tea possible.
The level in the cup never rises.
The pot is never empty, its angle never changes.
I have seen forever.
there are two kinds of people
- Dean [hazelnut, spiced mate, tiger eye, marigold flowers] You could say I had to ‘hunt’ down the appropriate ingredients for Dean’s strong, resilient blend. But in the end it was easy as pie.
- Castiel [almond oolong, snowbud, rooibos vanilla chai, orange peels] Calming and ethereal, this blend is hiding a strengthening boost of energy sure to grip you tight and raise you from…uh. Exhaustion.
- Destiel [oriental spice, assam melody, tiger eye, cinnamon, cocoa nibs] Yup. This happened.
or you can just get Dean and Cas bags because
Also no, seriously these are probably going to be the only SPN teas I make. I wont PROMISE that, but I don’t really see any others happening anytime soon.
These all sound great but I think I want to try Castiel the most! My tea wishlist is getting silly long. If only I could ask for this stuff for Christmas.
YOU GUYS ARE TOO SMART AND GUESSED WHAT I WAS UP TO.
Ten [guanabana, chocolate, irish breakfast with chocolate chips, marigold flowers] A rich, sweet, and bright blend, full of quirks (and just a touch bananas). A tea you’ll find yourself constantly reaching for.
I WANT THEM ALL THREE OF THEM GIVE THEM TO MEEEE
AW MAN NO MORE TEA OMIGOSH;;;
I don’t need more. I gotta drink what I got first u_u!!
LOOK MORE TEAS.
- Mollomar (Martin Crieff/Molly Hooper) [vanilla, dewy cherry, rooibos lemon cloud with hibiscus] Sweetest OTEAP ever, to be honest.
- Mind Palace [ceylon sonata, blood orange, vanilla with marigold flowers] An incredibly brisk, invigorating blend intended to wake you up and get you thinking. Intended to be sweet, so don’t be shy with the sugar (after checking it’s not drugged).
- I.O.U. a Brew [apple, ginger, spiced apple chai with apple pieces, aniseed, ginger] Tart, cloyingly sweet apple, with a strong, fiery finish. Deceptive and puzzling, with a riddle at the center. Please don’t drink near high ledges.
- D.I. Dimmock [ceylon sonata, cream, gunpowder with orange peels] Outwardly plain and maybe a little dull, but all the same appealing in it’s own way. A hard working, straight forward blend that gets the job done.
- Henry Knight [irish breakfast, blueberry, vanilla] A soothing black tea to calm your frazzled nerves, with just an edge of sweetness. Go ahead and add two sugars, you deserve it. Have a nap while you’re at it. Maybe travel. Get away from those moors for a while, really.
Man, there are just too many great fandom teas. I think IOU a Brew sounds amazing but all of them sound great in their own ways. My giant tea wishlist continues to grow.