This 250g (when first sold) brick is from the same old school dealer as the Xiaguan 8653 brick I carry here at TeaLife. This brick was carefully aged to perfection and is a great example of dry storage done right! I don't know the exact storage history behind this tea, but I believe it was aged in Guangdong for several years before it made it to Hong Kong.
There is no mold on the surface of the brick, which to me indicates this tea was brought to Guangdong after 2003 or so, when a dry storage experiment in Hong Kong changed the pu erh world forever! The brick does, however, have date/plum notes that are commensurate with lengthy storage, and the brick also has a light hint of camphor aroma to it. The camphor does not carry over into the cup, so if you are averse to camphor, not to worry!
As would be expected with brick tea, there is a lot of chopped leaf here. A hint of terroir that reminds me of Jingmai tea remains. The storage was light and well executed and this tea is really a pleasure to drink today! There is a light aroma of humid storage to the wet leaves.
In the cup, I detect black tea and citrus notes, which are often found in teas that have been through Southern Chinese dry storage, including my own home storage here in Hong Kong. Just a touch of bitterness remains. I believe this brick would have been bitter and undrinkable when new. The tea is now wonderful to drink and I highly recommend trying this tea out if you want to see what mild dry storage in this part of the world can do for sheng pu erh!