Wang Huimin was David’s first encounter with the vast world of tea. David recounts first meeting Wang Huimin in the tea markets of Qingdao, and being invited to sit and sip Tieguanyin, or Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong. When David and Wang Huimin discovered that they had the same taste in oolong, she offered to train him formally in tasting tea. What followed was a long journey to distinguish the finest Tieguanyin in the world by picking date, time, weather, and even altitude based on taste alone.
David also recounts Wang Huimin’s commitment to Chinese tea ceremony and the guiding principle of being a good host and being humble.