Ep. 11 Tea Guru: There’s Something About Miriam

In This Episode

With us today is the lady who brought tea into mainstream culture in the US, owner of the T Salon and High Tea, Miriam Novalle.

She has a lot to teach about the quality of tea leaves, how they are farmed and the importance of fair trade.

Miriam and Neal discuss how tea flavors can be sullied by shortcuts in mass production, and the emotional story of how she created High Tea.

She also share some interesting tidbits about meeting Herb Alpert, having the first non-smoking restaurant in NYC, and serving tea to the first responders at ground zero on 9/11.

Topics Discussed

  • What tea means to her
  • quality/ fair trade
  • Opening 1st nonsmoking restaurant in NYC
  • Cupping
  • Creaming the tea
  • Creating High Tea
  • Selling out to big corporations (Big Tea, haha)
  • Grades of tea
  • Manufacturing regulations
  • Harvesting
  • Meeting Herb Alpert
  • Tea bath soaks
  • Being at ground zero

All About Miriam Novalle

Founded in 1992 by CEO Miriam Novalle, the T Salon has created an awareness in the tea drinking community which has spread throughout our culture by introducing the traditional rituals of tea drinking to the American market.

Dubbed a “Tea Guru” by The New York Times, Novalle has used her experience as an entrepreneur and a self-taught nose to create hundreds of harmonious natural blends under her company.

Prior to her contributions in the world of tea, Miriam Novalle had been a part of other successful business ventures including the launch of world-famous fragrance “Listen”, for the Herb Alpert company.

T Salon has revolutionized the tea industry with its continuous growing vision of eco-friendly business practices embracing the “green way” of life. This has been done through culturally aware business practices as well as the use of sustainable packaging.

In 2016 Miriam’s creativity lead to the development of “High Tea”, a new line of wellness teas blended with organic hemp. The hemp in High Tea is Phyto Cannabinoid rich, but contains no psychoactive THC.

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Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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