Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Tuesday Tasting: Irish Cream
Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we sample some Irish cream liqueurs.
The current issue of DRAFT magazine has a roundup article I did on different types of cream liqueurs. Doing the tasting notes for the story gave me a chance to taste several Irish cream brands side by side. There were more differences than I expected between the brands.
Baileys Irish Cream: This 34 proof liqueur the original and sets the standard for the category. Baileys is thick and rich. The cream base coats your glass. Nice cocoa notes.
Baileys Coffee: This drink takes the traditional Baileys Irish Cream to your local coffee shop. The coffee is subdued, but clearly present. A nice balance and slightly less sweet. A nice twist.
Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur: This 34 proof is slightly lighter and has a more nutty flavor than the other Irish creams tasted. Hint of vanilla in the finish.
O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream: At 27.8 proof this Irish cream is smooth and flavorful. Clear vanilla and almond notes, on the light side.