Drax wrote:Hrm, I noticed this effect very strongly yesterday when I was enjoying a 2011 (yes, 2011) shu.
Not that surprising. I hate to be the mystical qi fog party pooper, but this effect is really dependent on two factors. 1) How dark the tea is (as the light colored steam stands out better against a dark background), and 2) how hot the tea/cup are (the hotter they are, the more steam). The age of the tea, its pedigree, or its value all have nothing to do with it.
This is not to say it isn't pretty though.