Wang Huimin – Taste Training

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.

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  1. Bonnie

    Love this format. I enjoy the story of how you began your tea journey and education. Thank you for sharing with us in such a candid way. I especially found the quantity of tea you consumed in a week while learning amazing…but again that is how we learn best sometimes.

    • David Duckler

      Thank you so much Bonnie. You would be surprised how much tea a person can drink in a day! Even now, I will be working and realize that I have refilled my 4 liter water boiler 3 times. Still, I can’t recommend enough the act of trying a few similar teas in one sitting to compare. It really makes it easier to understand and taste the differences.

      We are shooting the next video on Tuesday. Thanks for your support and encouragement. I hope to keep these videos coming for a long time.

  2. Eva

    Cool video! It’s interesting to see how tea tastings in China contrast to the way we drink tea here in America. Thanks for posting, love the new site.

  3. Sandra Uri

    Very interesting & intriguing intro, David! I love the entire format of your new website and look forward to learning more from you through many future videos to come. Can’t wait to try some of these teas that you have now described! Thank you.

  4. Ash-Lee (DaisyChubb)

    Wonderful video, thank you so much for sharing your journey, it’s fascinating!
    I placed my first order yesterday and truly can’t wait to discover all the nuances mentioned in the description of the tea.
    Of all online tea vendors I’ve frequented, I know I can come to yours and really learn about the tea instead of just purchasing it. Thank you again.

    • David Duckler

      How exciting,
      I hope that you truly enjoy every tea and have a wonderful time discovering new flavors. Your compliment that Verdant is a place to come and learn about tea is about the highest praise I could ask for. Sharing the culture is my whole goal and purpose of running the business. I am grateful for your comment here,
      David

  5. Marcy

    Just watched your Wang Huiming – Taste Training video, found it very interesting and learned that Chadah (Spelling?) is the same as Chado, which is the way of tea in Japanese… cool.
    I’ve been dreaming of going to China for decades now, to delve into the way of tea there, to continue studying Chen Tai Qui and to learn Mandarin… it’s so exiting to hear you speak of your experiences, makes me want to get up and go today!

    • David Duckler

      Thanks Marcy-
      Chadao and Chado are exactly the same characters. Both ceremonies grew out of Song Dynasty brewing, but clearly branched off in different directions. Going to China is absolutely worthwhile. It has obviously changed my life. If you do go, I would be happy to provide some contacts depending on the cities you visit.

      • Marcy

        That would be great David, I’d be most grateful though I’ll most likely be avoiding most cities and heading to the country side. I’d like to stay in the Chen village in the Henan province for most of my stay as I’d really like to continue with my Chen Tai Qui practice, have you been there?

      • David Duckler

        Dear Marcy,
        Avoiding the big cities is a good plan. The cities and countryside are entirely different worlds. I have certainly fallen in love with the culture of the tea growing countryside. I have not been to Henan yet, but it would certainly be a wonderfully remote area for the sort of meditative mindset needed. I have spent more time in Yunnan, Sichuan, and Shandong.

  6. Marina P

    David, are you going to 2012 World Tea Expo? I would love to meet you in person and hear more what you have to share. We can learn so much from your experience. You just got one more follower! Thank you so much for sharing. Peace.

    • David Duckler

      Dear Marina,
      Thank you so much for your kindness. I am glad that you are enjoying these tea experiences I am working to share. I would love to attend the expo, but right now we work with such small growers, that I am afraid our volume wouldn’t meet the demand created from such a thing quite yet. My next trip to China will include meetings with several other families, so by 2013, I hope to be working with enough dedicated farmers to make an expo appearance.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  7. Sylvana Levesque

    You are a True Blessing and a gem that makes tea blossom beyond the tea bush. Lu Yu would have loved to share a cup of this divine elixir with you. Hope I will one day too.