Tea is versatile. Depending on your tea choice, it can enliven social gatherings, water an intimate talk, or foster contemplative solitude.
I guess some can probably say the same for wine, except that tea–not wine–can also aromatically open the senses. It is thus conducive to heightened awareness and meditation.
The above looks like a traditional tea pot made of Yi Xing clay. This type of clay comes from Jiangsu Province, China. It is said that the clay absorbs the flavor of the tea to enhance subsequent brews. The enhanced flavoring maintains its balance only if you reserve your Yi Xing tea pot for a single tea of your choice.
Pu-erh tea is often drunk from Yi Xing pots.
Yi Xing tea pots are small. Traditional design dictates that the tops of the spout and the handle should be level with each other, for a graceful ergonomic pour.