I picked up a couple ounces of this Long Jing while at The Steeping Room today. What is The Steeping Room? A local tea shop that sells high quality teas and tea ware. (Ive talked about them before) I was there replenishing my Houjicha supply and I always get something I wasn't planning on buying when I go there. The price? Very reasonable at $5.00 an oz. Ive been craving a good cup of Long Jing lately but wanted to wait until this years teas were on the market but I scored a couple oz. of this anyways. The dry leaf looks good and smells really fresh despite the tea being a year old now. I always look for the little brown spots on the leaf which to me is an indication of pan roasting (the traditional method) The leaf is very thin, flat and light weight. While this isnt the best Long Jing Ive ever had it,s still very good and worth the money. Ive always heard that even though you can find tea labeled as Dragon Well just about anywhere, few people in the west have actually had the real thing. Seven Cups is the company I go to for "the real thing" But it costs ya dearly. The Long Jing they have is about $420.00 a lb. And that's the sale price. So, back to what I bought. I used 5 gms of leaf, 180 degree water and a 2 minute infusion time for the first pot and Ive got myself a good cup of Long Jing at a pretty good price. I only re steep the leaves one time, a third pot is kinda boring. For some teas like Long Jing I sorta feel like I have an obligation to use traditional brewing equipment, hence the Gaiwan. I,m not that into em, I make a mess every time I do. The market is flooded with imitation Dragon Well Tea but I have to admit some of these wannabe,s really are pretty good. The real thing is very rich tasting, nutty, veggie and sublime. The tea I,m blogging about here I wouldn't consider the real thing but something that,s pretty close and a good quality imitation.