Tea drunk alone is wonderful, but tea's most amazing property is that the very act of drinking tea creates a harmonious social occasion.
Here are some words from the "Book of Etiquette" that paint that picture:
There is something undeniably heartwarming and conversation-making in a cup of steaming hot tea .... It is an ideal prescription for banishing loneliness. Perhaps it is not so much the tea itself, as the circle of happy friends eager for a pleasant chat.