My name is Rist Van de Weyer and I'm a 19 year old guy from Belgium, and to be even more specific: from the Flemish speaking part. Currently I'm a second year college student in biotechnology.
I've always been interested in taste( and music), it started with a love for beer. As a Belgian I always considered quality beer for granted, been drinking it since I was born. The big chance into really appreciating the art of beercrafting came from my dad who introduced me to geuze.... later on I discovered microbreweries and whisky but the big problem was that I didn't like to drink alcohol every day so that's how I ended up with a big passion for tea. My first introduction too real,quality tea was in Taiwan when visiting my back then girlfriend's family. At first I didn't like oolong tea at all, tasted like soap! But then her dad took me to a gong fu cha session and I was amazed by its complexity and concentration towards the tea. After this experience we drove to some teafields a couple of times, they bought me a beginners set and told me to practise every single day and so I did.
Some people might now me from my blog (risttea.blogspot.com) but I think for most people here I'm new. I signed up here because I'm eager to learn, mainly about Taiwanese oolong and yixing clay but lately I've also started to develop an interest in Japanese pottery and greens.
Apologies for the long introduction.
Wish you all the best for the New Year!
Rist Van de Weyer