Royal Milk Tea vs Milk Tea: Japanese Tea Beverages

A tea beverage called “Milk Tea” can be seen in various forms in various countries, and in Japan, the product can be bought in every corner of the city, for example, at convenience stores, and from vending machines outside.

As you may know, Japanese “Milk Tea” is black tea with milk added, but do you know how the regular tea with milk differs from Japan-originated milk tea “Royal Milk Tea”?

Royal Milk Tea (ロイヤルミルクティー)

Royal Milk Tea

First invented by the tea company Lipton in 1965 as part of its “Royal” recipe series, Royal Milk Tea has now become a popular tea beverage in Japan.

Royal Milk Tea vs. Milk Tea

As for the difference between ordinary Milk Tea and Royal Milk Tea, while the former is usually prepared by adding milk to water brewed black tea, Royal Milk Tea is made by steeping tea leaves in hot water mixed milk.

Basic Recipe

Specifically, based on the article “ミルクティー” on Japanese Wikipedia and the recipe by Lipton Japan, the basic way of making Royal Milk Tea (for one serving) is as follows. 

  1. Prepare in a small bowl twice the tea leaves compared to when you normally make a cup of black tea 
  2. To let the tea leaves open beforehand, soak them in a small amount of boiling water
  3. Heat a 1:1 ratio of milk and water in a milk pan, and right before it starts to bubble, turn off the heat
  4. Add the prepared tea leaves and their extract together to the milk pan, put a lid on it, and let the tea leaves steep for 3 minutes or so 
  5. Strain the tea through a tea strainer and pour into a cup 
  6. If desired, add some granulated sugar or honey and enjoy!


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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