These 2006 tuos are from a dealer in Guangdong who specializes in dry storage pu erh. These tuos were made with early spring material back in 2006. The material used for these tuos is surprisingly good and the proof is in the pot--the leaves have lots to give over time and have aged beautifully. The tuo shows browning from age, but lighter than I'd expect from my own home storage. There is still origin character here, including wildflower notes and even honey, which I love, along with a little bitterness and astringency, but at a very tolerable level as long as you don't let your infusions overbrew!
I found pleasant aged pu erh notes that remind me of shou (shou tries to replicate aged Southern Chinese storage pu erh) and also black tea and baby powder notes that I find in my own dry storage here in Hong Kong. In this case the black tea notes remind me of good dianhong, something I've never encountered in pu erh before! There is also a touch of camphor to the tea, but it is subtle, and the tea has lovely thick mouthfeel, commensurate with this age.
This tea is excellent value and I highly recommend you try these tuos. I feel the storage on this tea was just perfect. Liming was one of the factories that supplied CNNP before privatization, and I believe their tea is vastly underrated by pu erh connoisseurs! This means you get excellent tea that is quite different from Dayi or Xiaguan productions, but with similar roots and quality! I've found Liming tea to be more consistent than Haiwan's productions, yet Haiwan is better known.