Hi, I've tried many many green teas over the years and so far, Dragon Well (Longjing) is my favorite. Though I've been drinking Dragon Well for years, I've only begun trying it from different sources a few months ago. I've tried Dragon Well from Teavana, Pa Dutch Tea & Spice Company, my local Wegmans, and Teavivre.
I enjoyed them all and I don't intend on putting down any companies or anything, because I still enjoy shopping at these places but:
Teavana's Dragon Well seems to be hit or miss, that vary in quality.
Pa Dutch Tea & Spice Company's tastes like it was enhanced with or sprayed with floral additives.
Wegmans' is bargain Dragon Well, and it's slightly weak.
Teavivre's 2014 Super fine DW is very fresh tasting and is a great high quality tea, but lacks that chestnutty aroma and throat that I love in the Dragon Well that Teavana has sometimes.
So, I'm basically looking for a good consistent source for the most authentic Dragon Well that has that roasted chestnuts aroma and flavor with a really strong throat, ("throat" meaning that aroma that rises from the back of your throat after taking a sip.) assuming that real DW is even supposed to have a nutty taste to it.
I prefer a seller that provides the region info, date, flush, and as much other info about their teas as possible. Price is not too much of a concern to me unless it's too outrageous.
Dragon Well is made all over China, but I prefer it to come from the area it started in. Preferably the West Lake area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Thanks!