Girl Scout cookie season is the sort of thing you don't realize you miss until that last Thin Mint is gone. You thought that by squirreling the green box away in the freezer so cleverly you'd make those cookies last until late summer, but boom — it's mid-April, your supply has vanished, your niece/neighbor/coworker's daughter has no more boxes to sell you, and next February seems just so, so far away.
The good news: It's Girl Scout cookie season right now! The better news: Since we're all tea lovers around here, we thought that this would be the perfect time to tell you what tea you can pair with those cookies. Either look at what boxes you've already bought and pair accordingly, or (and we think this is super clever), use this list to find your favorite tea and then buy its perfect Girl Scout cookie companion. Here we go:
Thin Mints: We've been known to scarf a sleeve (or two, if you must know) in one sitting, because these thin, chocolate-mint crispy delights are addictive. And their flavor is so big we need a tea that won't shrink into the background. We're talking something big and bold and powerful like a cuppa' Organic Assam Breakfast, or a Paisley Organic English Breakfast. Hey, you're a grown-up. We won't tell your mom if you have Thin Mints for breakfast.
Samoas: Oh temples of coconut, caramel and fudge-covered bliss, your vibe is sweet and sultry. We don't want to overwhelm the flavor of a delicate tea (like a white or a green), so we think we should capitalize on your toothsome ways and pair you up with something fun and fruity, like Alpine Berry. This pairing is most like a chocolate-covered strawberry, and about as irresistible.
Tagalongs: Peanut butter on the inside, chocolate on the outside? Sign us up. But we think those big, sweet ingredients need to bounce off a bit of a palate cleanser — in other words, something with an astringent bite on the end, like our Organic Darjeeling. A nibble of cookie, a sip of Darjeeling, a nibble, a sip ... now that's how you make a box of Girl Scout cookies last a long time.
Do-Si-Dos: These are those peanut butter sandwich cookies that seem so folksy and innocent until you're alone with the box. We did a little research and discovered a popular Chinese dessert: Peanut butter sticky rice balls in green tea. Wait! Don't judge yet until you try a Do-Si-Do with a cuppa your favorite green tea, be it Organic Gen Mai Cha or Organic Tamayokucha. These nutty, rich cookies pair beautifully with the fresh, vegetal mouthfeel of green tea ... especially if you wait a few extra seconds between your bite of cookie and your sip of tea. (Alternate suggestion: try a rich berry tea like our Paisley Organic Tart Berry and pretend you're having a PB&J. Reflect on simpler times.)
Savannah Smiles: You lemon lovers have met your match. These light and flakey lemon cookies are named after the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, and honestly, we think plenty of tea would pair with these little lovelies. But if you're one of those people who can't get enough lemon flavor, we'd really recommend steeping a cuppa' Paisley Organic Tart Meyer Lemon with these. The warm, tart flavor can really benefit from these little sweet cookies. Alternatively, consider these cookies like a squeeze of lemon in your black tea, and go with an Organic Assam.
Toffee-tastics: On a whim, we have paired these crunchy cookies baked with bits of toffee and the utterly British staple, Earl Grey tea, and found them to go hand in hand. That traditional bergamot citrus flavor in our Organic Earl Grey gives this black tea its edge is smoothed out (in a good way) by the deep toffee flavor, and we don't think these cookies would look out of place at high tea.
Trefoils: You say tree-foils, I say treh-foils, let's just brew a pot of tea and enjoy these simple shortbread cookies together. Their buttery, rich flavor works with any tea, in our opinion, but because they're an understated cookie, we see them as the perfect compliment to a soft, subtle tea! Pair Trefoils with a white tea like Organic Bai Mu Dan, and you'll be able to savor both of these delicate flavors together.
Enjoy a delicious Girl Scout cookie season, tea lovers. May we recommend you buy more than you think you'll "need", and keep us informed of your own successful pairings. It certainly doesn't hurt that you'll be supporting an organization that formed just over a century ago and has been helping to empower girls and women ever since. Cheers!