Milk tea is tea with a small amount of milk or syrup. Any kind of tea can be used as the tea base – black teas, herbal teas, green teas, and the mixture can be any kind of milk, fruit syrup, coffee and/or vallina. Milk tea tastes hot, creamy, tea fragrant, or with extra flavor such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns, coffee, chocolate, fruit,roasted brown rice etc.

Hong Kong-style milk tea is black tea sweetened with evaporated milk or cream, while tea latte is simply a milk tea with stronger tea taste. Bubble milk tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea is a Taiwanese tea beverage containing a black tea base mixed with fresh fruit, fruit syrup and/or milk, plus small chewy tapioca balls called "pearls" or "boba". Chai originally from India is a milk tea with various spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns.