Bitter Journey

Ambrosial Liqueurs

Bitter Journey's mission is to capture the nostalgia of heroes who have dedicated their lives to growth, empathy and our shared humanity. Our flavors are bold, adventurous, and represent true terroir. 




Tibetan Botanical Liqueur

Named after the birthplace of the Dalai Lama, Taktser incorporates flavors inspired by his life in Tibet. Taktser bottles the nostalgia of the untamed forests, the holy monasteries, and the spirit of the Tibetan people. From the first scent, we hope that you can feel your spirit journey to a place where the air is thin, the wind is loud and the breath is present and mindful.

Region: Tibet

Hero: Lhamo Thondup, the 14th Dalai Lama

Journey: Taktser; Lhasa; Dharamshala

Flavor Profile: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Eucalyptus, Rose, Spruce, Cardamom, Bergamot, Ginseng, Anise, Clove, Limeleaf





Bing Zhou



Northern Chinese Rhubarb Amaro

Named after the birthplace of Wu Zetian, the only female monarch in the history of China, Bing Zhou incorporates flavors inspired by her life as an imperial concubine and her rise to power during the Tang Dynasty. Bing Zhou bottles the nostalgia of the fertile plains, the rainbow mountains, and the spirit of an ever changing woman. With each sip, we hope you can taste the complexity of an ambitious woman's work in establishing the golden age of Chinese civilization - art, religion, war and peace.

Region: Hexi Corridor and North Chinese Plains

Hero: Wu Zhao, Wu Zetian, Empress Regnant 690 AD - 705 AD

Journey: Bingzhou; Chang'an

Flavor Profile: Rhubarb, Chocolate, Chrysanthemum, Wheatgrass, Bergamot, Plum, Coriander, Saffron



Handcrafted and Small Batches

Our obsession is with understanding the essence of our ingredients and the stories that they tell. 

Buddhist Monks with Umbrellas


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