Add the cardamom pods, star anise and 4 cups water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the tea. Turn off the heat, then cover and let steep for 2 minutes.
Fold a piece of cheesecloth in half and lay it in a mesh sieve. Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth into a small bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla and stir until dissolved. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice. Pour the tea over the ice.
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