From an OAK ASH FERMENTED DARK to an elegantly balanced BLACK TEA and a HIGH MOUNTAIN GREEN, consider Bhutanese leaves for your next Gong Fu Tea session.
Home to the highest unclimbed mountain in the world (Gangkhar Puensum) and 19 peaks that tower over 7000m above sea level, the stunning Kingdom of Bhutan had been in our team’s bucket list for many years.
Known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan stands out for many reasons:
- No stoplights. Thimpu is the only capital city (that we know of) that has not one single stoplight. With a population of just over 100,000, Thimpu’s happy citizens have little trouble commuting without electronic traffic signals. They do, however, make road stops when happy cows block a road - which happens fairly often.
- Gross National Happiness:. this is the 1972 brainchild of HM Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the 4th King of Bhutan. He recognized that well-being is composed of many factors beyond (but including) economic development.
- The Divine Madman and Phallic Paintings: Drukpa Kunley was a 15th century Buddhist monk, poet and saint of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage. He was known to tame the wildest demons and guide people to enlightenment with arguably unorthodox methods. Drukpa Kunley is particularly famous for using his penis (referred to as ‘the Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom) during his saintly duties; you will find paintings and statues depicting Drukpa Kunley’s member all over Bhutan.
- A mesmerizing, probably millenary tea tradition that is barely known outside of Bhutan. Usually served blended with butter and a pinch of salt (as ‘Suja’), but also brewed in water (as ‘Ja Tang’), this stunning tea is reminiscent of a rustic, very soothing-yet-rich cooked pu er. Expect notes of aged wood and ripe dates.
Pop by our tea bar to try an OAK ASH FERMENTED buttered tea, ZANGJA (black tea མུན་ཇ) or NGOJA (green tea སྔོ་ཇ ).