With my journey still young, any favourites I have should be considered favourites-to-date. I'm almost certain I'll discover another wonderful leaf... soon. Though, Jasmine Dragon Pearls have long been out front. In the past few months I have been enjoying Lung Ching Dragonwell.
My strongest recommendation would be to sample, sample often and keep an open mind. The latter could take you far. I often make it a point to revisit teas that didn't move me at a later date, if I'm on the fence about them. Many a moon have came and went since I tried Dragonwell years ago. I didn't much care for it. Decided to revisit the tea again last November and it knocked my socks off! Admittedly, I'm a different person now in a different place, so keeping an open mind paid off and now I've got new inventory.
Some stores sell samplers and will include samples with other purchases. Can't wait to hear what you try!
I seen you talk about different pots. does that have a big effect on the tea itself? I used to know an instrument maker in Galway (mainly harps) and he was into his tea in a big way. Unfortunately at the time I didn't give it the appreciation it deserved so i don't know what i drank with him.