These tuos were aged by a dealer in Guangdong who specializes in Hong Kong-style dry storage. This tea has been aged to perfection, in my opinion, and the tuos have an inviting sweet raisin/date aroma to them. These sweet, inviting aromas are what I hope for from dry storage shou.
Xiaguan export tuos were initially made for the Hong Kong market back in the 70s. From Hong Kong, these tuos initially went to France, before Hong Kong dealers started shipping them around Europe and then the rest of the world.
The conservative style of dry storage used by this dealer means there is still some light bitterness to this tea when pushed. Along with the sweet, dark fruit aromas that I am so fond of, there is also a hint of camphor. The liquor is smooth, thick and clean.
This tea also has surprising calming energy. This is an economically-priced tea and one that is suitable for drinking at any time. I find it to be perfect after a good meal.
I could only get a handful of these tuos before they were bought out by local buyers, so if you want to try this tea, don't hesitate!