I'd like to build my daily tea drinking around Dragonwell. It's fresh, light, easy to make, and has all the health benefits that loose-leaf greens can have (unless I'm missing something.)
I had planned originally to build my daily tea intake around Matcha, but its preparation and cost is rather uneconomical compared to loose-leaf, especially when one can use the leaves multiple times in a sitting via more infusions.
Alas, I doubt there are any decent Dragonwell sellers in the Toronto area - save for perhaps House of Tea, so online ordering seems to be the best way to go.
I need two sources for Dragonwell:
1) A good-quality source I can buy a great deal from at reasonable cost, for everyday drinking. Perhaps not "authentic" West Lake Dragonwell (but maybe I can get it at reasonable cost, too?), but something quite a bit better than the broken leaves, sticks and stems of Teaopia's low-to-average grade Dragonwell.
2) A source that offers the finest Dragonwell available online - hopefully West Lake quality. That is, if you had a good bit more money to spend for special occasions and you were looking for a real treat. Short of going to China in person and or/paying someone off.
For example, someone has mentioned the Imperial Tea Court
is quite good. I've also heard mention of Yunnan Sourcing
(are they on eBay or do they have a website?)
If this sort of information has already been posted, I apologize, but I'm quite new at this and would appreciate some direction and education - especially in terms of which sources to avoid. Online ordering is still a risky proposition, especially when it comes to food items.