Stentor wrote:Hearing...? I love the sound of clay on clay, for instance, when you put the lid on a Tokoname kyusu (or remove it) and the lid slightly scrapes the surface of the teapot. It's such a special and unique sound that, for me, is firmly connected with making tea.
The other day, I watched a YouTube video of someone making Japanese tea and hearing that sound put me in a tea mood right away.
I very much agree. I will sometimes replace and remove the lid of my pot over and over again just to hear it. The kyusu-s I have sound very different than the yixing. I prefer the sound my modest yixings make. The kyusu-s are very high pitched and metallic. The yixings I own (admittedly not the best) are slightly duller and warmer sounding. I can hear it now!
Regarding the question at hand; I don't really know. Some kind of combination of the senses. I do not have a strict hierarchy of which sense is most important, but certainly, good tea will have a memorable effect on more than one of them.