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What Is Tea with Milk Called?

What Is Tea with Milk Called

Tea is a very popular and delicious drink.

It can be served both hot or cold, and various things can be added to it to change or improve the flavor.

The addition of milk to tea is a favorite pastime in many countries around the world, so today I will explain what do you call tea with milk.

What is tea and milk called?

Tea with milk name is  milk tea, Hokkaido milk, royal milk tea, Thai tea, masala chai, and Taiwanese Milk Tea (boba milk tea). Tea and milk name can vary. 

But, in general, everyday speech in English is simply called a cup of tea.

Whether it has milk or not doesn’t change the name.

Generally, if you’re having tea at a cafe they will ask if you would like milk, or provide you with a small jug of milk.

The same is true if you have tea with friends or family.

However, internationally tea with milk can be called different things so below I will cover what tea with milk is called around the world.

I’ll also cover why milk is added to tea around the world, and whether adding milk to tea makes it healthier or not, or even good for you.

What Is a Black tea and Milk called?

What Is a Black Tea with Milk Called

There are different kinds of milk tea that are made as a mix of hot tea with a bit of milk.

Tea is well known for being popular in Britain, but milk tea is not purely a British thing, and black tea with milk can be found around the world.

Here’s a list of what black tea with milk is called.

As a general rule, black tea with milk is called tea with milk.

It doesn’t have any particularly special name in English.

However, international black tea with milk can be called masala chai, Hokkaido milk tea, Okinawa milk tea, boba (bubble tea), Hong Kong milk tea, Thai tea, and milk Oolong.


The type of tea used produces different flavors.

And changes the name of what the black tea is.

Examples are oolong tea and white tea.

But, interestingly they are all derived from the same plant – Camellia Sinensis.

Although they’re all made from the leaves of the same plant when the tea leaves are picked produce these different kinds of tea.

Also, boba (bubble tea) is made with tapioca pearls.

This can also be named pearl milk tea, boba milk tea, or milk tea with pearl depending on the specific tea shop you get it from.

Regardless, a nice cup of tea has been enjoyed by people all over the world for a very long time.

Some people put large amounts of milk in their tea.

This is typically required more for bubble milk teas. Which are served cold.

Whereas, with hot tea, too much cold milk will make the tea turn cold.


The different types of tea that have milk added to them

There are what are called tea lattes, which are made in a similar way to a coffee.

Instead of a shot of coffee and mostly frothy steamed milk, they contain tea.

Another common type of tea used is ground green tea which is called matcha.

These have been termed matcha lattes.

But, for tea made using a teabag, generally, only a splash of milk is used.

And the tea with milk is mostly hot water,

Popular bubble tea is taro milk tea.

It has a light purple color.

It’s a somewhat unusual drink, especially to people outside of Asia and the pacific.

I explained what’s in it, in this article about how to make taro milk tea.

I’ve had a few times from bubble tea places, and I was surprised to find that it’s incredibly easy to make.

The best time to drink tea is typically in between meals, but in Britain, it was common for women to drink tea after dinner – more on this later.

Afternoon tea time and morning tea time are named as such because typically tea would be consumed at this time.

A little milk could be added, which would make it easy to drink.

Because the heat of the tea would be reduced.

Strong tea is made by adding more loose leaf tea, or more tea bags.

But, how strong you make it does depend on the kind of tea, and making it too strong can often make it also too bitter.

Therefore, it’s a matter of finding the right balance between:

  • The amount of milk
  • The amount of sugar if you add it
  • The strength of the tea

To create a perfect cup that’s just right for you.

In coffee shops, they generally give you a tea bag, and a cup of boiling water, however, some specialist ones will make tea with loose tea leaves in a pot.

Why Do British Drink Tea with Milk?

Why Do British Drink Tea with Milk

It’s common in Britain to drink black tea with milk.

This can be common types of tea that are made from loose tea or tea bags such as English breakfast, Earl Gray, and Ceylon tea.

But, I was interested to know why adding tea to milk in Britain is common, so I had a look into what historians had to say, and here’s what I found.

Overall, it was likely adapted from tea drinking culture in the India and Tibet region.

According to historians, it’s generally believed that tea only began being consumed in Britain in the 1800s, whereas tea with milk was drunk in India since the year 800, and is a traditional Ayurvedic drink.

Drinking tea with milk is a common practice around the world, and is not limited to people in the United Kingdom.

How much milk is used in tea can differ.

For example, milky tea from Asia which is a type of iced tea typically uses far more milk than a typical hot cup of tea.

Or, what could be called British milk tea. Adding a little sugar to a cup of black tea with milk is also common in the UK.

But, also around the world, for example, Taiwanese tea.

Taiwanese tea can be bubble tea, or traditional black tea such as oolong, with added milk and sugar.

This tea can contain white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, or even simple syrup.

As you may know, simple syrup is a mixture of sugar, and water that is boiled down to produce a thickened syrup which can be added to many things to sweeten them.

It’s far easier to add simple syrup to beverages because you don’t need to mix them as much as regular sugar.

English breakfast tea and Earl Grey tea are traditional English tea.

Earl Grey tea has a unique flavor, and it’s my personal favorite.

It was named after the British Prime Minister – Charles the 2nd Earl Grey.

Here’s a video from a lady from the UK, where she shows how to make tea the British way:

Herbal tea typically doesn’t go well with milk, especially fruit-based herbal teas.

These can cause the milk to curdle.

Especially herbal teas made from citrus fruits.

One type of tea like this is orange peel tea.

It’s very delicious, especially with added sugar.

I explained how you can make this kind of yourself in this article about how to dry orange peels for tea .

But, others such as green tea can be fine with milk.

A tea connoisseur will likely know that green tea is in fact a type of black tea.

And is made by not allowing the tea leaves to cure and dry.

But, whether you add milk or not is a matter of personal taste.

Some people can find that milk can give them a stomach ache.

The type of milk you use also affects the taste.

I find whole milk tastes far better than skim milk.

When it’s believed that milk was first added to tea and became common?

According to some sources, tea was drunk without milk in about the year 1600.

Due to massive duties on tea, it was very expensive, and only very rich people could afford to buy it.

It was drunk without milk.

The exact reasons why milk was added are unknown, but it’s likely someone tried it and found that it tasted very good, and it soon spread.

Situations changed, and milk and sugar started to be added to it.

Its overall cost became much cheaper and virtually everyone could afford it, not just the upper class.

Also, in 18th century Great Britain, women would usually prepare tea, and after dinner, women would also drink tea.

While men would drink alcoholic beverages.

As someone of English heritage to me, there is no English version of tea.

And tea is just tea.

I assume this is also the case for British people/English people.

Does Putting Milk in Tea Kill the Antioxidants?

Does Putting Milk in Tea Kill the Antioxidants

Tea is well known for having a high amount of antioxidants that are beneficial to the body.

But, I was curious about whether adding milk can change the chemical composition of tea and if it’s possible that it will stop antioxidants from being absorbed as easily.

I looked into what medical experts had to say and here’s a summary of if this happens or not.

Overall, the evidence is inconclusive whether milk in tea kills antioxidants according to medical professionals.

Multiple studies have been conducted on this phenomenon.

Some found that milk does block antioxidants, whereas, in others, milk did not block antioxidants.

Therefore, at this stage, they don’t make a strict recommendation about whether adding milk to tea is bad.

Putting milk in tea has the added benefit of giving you the nutrients in tea AND the nutrients in milk.

Tea drinkers are very much aware of the benefits of a hot cup of tea.

Black coffee is also very popular.

But, black coffee has more caffeine than black tea, 1 cup of coffee contains twice the caffeine than tea does.

Because of this fact you need to drink 2 cups of tea to get the caffeine of 1 cup of coffee.

A strong black tea, generally will give you an energy boost like that of a cup of coffee.

Boba tea is tea made with tapioca balls.

It’s likely you’ve come across this type of tea and special Bubble tea shops.

Is Adding Milk to Tea Unhealthy?

Is Adding Milk to Tea Unhealthy

Tea with milk is a popular way to serve black tea.. It also makes it much more delicious without sugar.

However, various food combinations and types of foods can be unhealthy so here’s a summary of whether adding milk to tea is unhealthy.

Adding milk to tea is not unhealthy.

Medical experts have stated that both milk and tea are beneficial when consumed separately and if combined there aren’t any known negative effects.

There has been some concern that milk blocks the antioxidants in tea, but, so far the results are inconclusive.

Consuming too much sugar can affect your blood vessels and heart health.

This can restrict your blood flow, and cause a range of other side effects.

A better way is to monitor how much sugar you’re consuming, and ensure you’re under the recommended daily intake.

For adults, this is around less than 6 teaspoons of sugar total per day.

Tea with or without sugar has a range of health benefits.

But, there is limited research into whether adding milk to tea is in fact.

The reason is the current studies conflict, so more trials, and data is required to say accurately whether it does or not.

But, overall tea is considered a healthy drink.

However, it’s clear that adding too much sugar to a cup of milk tea is bad for weight loss overall.

And you should aim to strictly monitor your calorie intake or use sugar-free sweeteners such as those made from stevia that contains zero calories and zero carbs.

So hopefully that’s helped answer the question of what Is Tea with Milk Called, and how it differs around the world.

Before you go why not check out the other articles in my Tea Section here