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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.


Anonymous said...

when my dad first tried baileys, he said, "this will be my coffee every morning now..."

Unknown said...

this is straight, but i mixed it with some henny

Anonymous said...

country cream sounds really good and sounds more my style. i'll have to try it.

Anonymous said...

bailey's is the best in coffee!

MaryFran said...

Have you ever tasted a homemade version along side the purchased Irish Cream that you get at the liquor store? I personally think it tastes more fresh and natural. You can check out the recipe that I use. How to make your own Irish Cream | eHow.com