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I had my first tipple of this a good few years ago, although I have never been a whisky lover, you can't beat an Irish coffee. I used to love watching the older generation get the blend of coffee, whiskey and sugar right, so they could float the cream on top, brilliant memories. I do not understand the chemistry of it all so will not try to bore you with that, all I know is its always been a Christmas and New Year drink and its loved by all our family. That was until one year when a bottle of Sheridans was produced from the drinks cabinet and after a quick magic pour, a Guinness like glass of beauty was produced, all without arguments!! Genius!!!
The bottle is a heavy glass bottle with an old bustle like bump on one side; the bottle is split into two sections, one cream side and one coffee liquor side. After unscrewing the round lid, you are faced with two spider eye like holes with which to pour the drink out of. There are instructions on the back of the label showing the best way to pour the drink, you have to tilt the glass against the holes so each drink is distributed evenly or you can end up with either a glass full of cream and no coffee, or if you tip too quickly them mix together and you do not end up with the distinct separation.
I love this drink, unfortunately for my fiancé; he doesn't like this so I have to endure the whole bottle to myself (such a shame!). Although the coffee side is bigger, you are only meant to have a small layer of cream sitting on top. I do find that when you get to the bottle of the bottle, you are left with more coffee than cream, that last glass is always a good one. I do not know the calories contained in this, nor do I want to, this is a treat once a year and I will not have that spoilt by knowing how many calories I am enjoying. The bottle costs around £16.00 and I am fine with that, I don't like to share this drink I am happy just Sheridan, myself and a glass.
WHAT IS IT?
A bottle of liqueur that is separated into two, one is a creamy vanilla liqueur and the other is a coffee liqueur. You need to pour it at an angle so that the vanilla liqueur layers on top of the coffee, this is easy to do but if you pour it into your glass too quick it will mix slightly where the two drinks touch.
Sheridans has got quite a strong flavour but it is very smooth. The vanilla liqueur is creamy but I can never taste very much vanilla, I like the rich flavour of the coffee liqueur and how it warms my tummy as I swallow it like a glass of whisky. The two flavours go nice together but while you're drinking you'll find you drink the white layer and then end up with just the dark coffee flavoured liqueur.
WHAT I THINK
I have always got a bottle of Sheridans in because my husband and I often have a glass of it after our supper. It is not my favourite liqueur but I very much like the appearance in a small glass. Sheridans is an unusual drink and even though it has been available for twenty years not many people drink it, I like to offer it to guests as something different and a lot of people buy it after drinking it in my home.
Once you have evolved the knack you will be able to pour it smoothly and easily to separate the layers properly but they often mix slightly as you drink anyway so it is not a problem if you are a bit too heavy handed. The bottle has a pouring cap and this works very well so that you are not left with a lot of the coffee liqueur and none of the vanilla even though there is only about half the amount of white liqueur than the black. I think the vanilla part has got a bit of a greasy feeling in my mouth and prefer the clear coffee part.
Sheridans contains 15.5% alcohol but does not taste that strong because it is very easy to drink. It costs about £15 for a 50cl bottle so that's quite expensive but I think it's worth the money because it's such a nice and unusual drink.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I think Sheridans is a great liquer thats good for an occasional after dinner drink or nightcap.
Sheridans is a a bottle containing two different liquers. Firstly a strong, dark coloured coffee tasting drink with a thick sticky consistency. The second liquer is a cream coloured, sweet, almost vanilla tasting drink.
The bottle is seperated into two compartments so that both liquids stay seperate. The cap of the bottle is also divided into two allowing you to pour the two liquids seperatly. Bottles are available in 50cl and 70cl bottles costing approx £8.99 and £10.99 depending on store purchased from. The bottle is sturdy and allows the drink to be easily dispensed. It is also attractive and somewhat different from normal bottles of alcohol. I think it makes a nice gift.
The drink is ideally consumed as two thirds dark liquer to one third cream liquer. To prepare you pour the dark liquid into a glass and then pour the cream liquid on top. The drink stay seperate in the glass and it is not until you have a drink that they begin to mix.
I love the taste, firstly you taste a strong coffee flavoured alcohol and then a sweet creamy taste.
If you like coffe this is a great treat, if not maybe give it a miss.
Anyone know how to make a coffee liqueur? You know, the kind of coffees which have the cream sitting on the top and the coffee underneath (like a pint of Guinness)? No-one? OK let give you a master-class in coffee liqueur making!
Firstly, a little organic chemistry! Fats and carbohydrates don't mix too well. At the first opportunity they can take they will separate (like oil and water) They are called "immiscible liquids". It is this prinicple which coffee liqueurs are based. To make the perfect coffee liqueur you need to put enough coffee in the glass (has to be a glass otherwise the effect is pointless) to fill it until there is about 2 cm from the top. Then put in the spirit of your choice (more later!), this will take the gap to 1 cm. Now put about 2 spoonfuls of brown sugar (has to be brown!) and give the whole thing a stir. Make sure none of the sugar remains and the whole mixture is homogenised. Now the cream! Take about 50 ml of double cream and give it a light whisk. Now here's the tricky bit! Place a teaspoon upside down on the surface of coffee, so the convex bit of the spoon is still exposed and not in the coffee but the tip of the spoon is touching the coffee. Now pour the cream onto the convex bit of the spoon, gently! The cream will slide off the spoon and gently settle on the surface of the coffee. This is why the sugar is vital. Without the carbohydrate from the sugar, the fat of the cream will blend into the coffee! Et Volia! One coffee liqueur!
If done correctly, this process should take about 20 minutes. But let's say you haven't got time, then what? Enter Sheridan's!
This drink (to my knowledge) entered the market recently (if somebody knows better, please feel free to correct me). It was highly unusual, yet stunning simple. How many other spirit or liqueurs on the market, have the bottle separated into 2 pieces? Not many! This made it stand out from the rest.
I bought a bottle and decided to give it a whirl. Around the neck of the bottle there is a short course in how to pour the perfect Sheridan's. Ice, tilt the glass and pour gently. Tilting is extremely important. Just like the spoon, mentioned earlier, it will roll off the side of the glass and separate neatly. This is why people should pour Guinnesses with tilting the glass; this will make sure the head isn't too big and take shorter to settle.
Taste wise, Sheridan's is certainly a cut above the rest. The cream has a hint of vanilla and the coffee had a distinctive kick to it. It was a bit bitter for my liking (as I have a sweet-tooth!) but a taste for it can be acquired easily. Top marks!
The back of the bottle is a bit unhelpful. From reading the back of the bottle I know that this drink should be consumed with 6 months of opening, should be stored between 5 - 25oC and I learnt how to write the ingredients of this drink in Greek, Italian and Portuguese! This is where the drink starts to lose marks. Not much information of the history of this drink or what the alcoholic spirit in the black coffee liqueur is (Whiskey, Gin, petrol, what is it? I don't know!). Need more information.
Price wise Sheridan's falls flat on its face! Yes, this is a nice drink and yes it is unusual. £12 for a bottle?! No, no, no, no, bloody no! Each bottle holds 500ml. Enough for 5 reasonable sized shots. This works out to be £2.40 a drink! This would probably explain why it is rare to find this drink in a pub or club. It must be difficult to serve a reasonable sized drink but without incurring a huge price. More marks lost.
Don't expect this drink to be found everywhere. Despite the good range of choice in your local supermarket, they seem to be a bit hesitant to embrace this one. Maybe due to the price or maybe that it doesn't sell well. I don't know. Just be aware. You'd be surprised how many people are unaware of this drink. This strikes me as the product is badly marketed. This could be a contender in the liqueurs market but it need to pay closer attention to its marketing and its market. However, because little people know about this drink, you could use it a good ice-breaker! "Where did you get that drink?!"...
Overall, I cannot fault Sheridan's as a drink. It tastes nice, smells nice and will be popular among females! However, unless they get the price right and market this drink correctly, I think it is unlikely that it will topple Bailey's. Good effort, but maybe back to the drawing board...?
P.S. In coffee liqueurs, the name of the drink depends on what spirit you put in it. Here are a few examples:-
Irish coffee: Irish Whiskey
Highland coffee: Scottish Whiskey
British coffee: Gin
Parisenne coffee: French Brandy
Calypso coffee: Tia Maria
Cuban coffee: Bacardi
Russian/Polish Coffee: Vodka
I picked up two bottles of Sheridan"s while we were in St. Marrteen a few weeks ago and we are really fond of the taste.We live in Georgia and I have searched all over the internet and no luck finding a source for it.Can someone tell me where to buy it in the US ?
Have you ever seen that bottle in the off licence which is split in half vertically with half of the contents black and the other half white? Well, thats Sheridans.
The bottle has a rather clever cap which has two holes enabling you to pour from the bottle (well, bottles to be more exact as this is actually two bottles joined down the middle) and if you get the angle of your glass and the bottle right youll end up with a very pretty black and white drink which is reminiscent in looks of an Irish Coffee.
OK, back track a little. When I first opened the bottle I was overwhelmed by the aroma of coffee, Sheridans has a very distinctive smell which Ive never before encountered from an alcoholic drink. It smells sweet in a sugary way and theres a definite smell of chocolate emanating from the bottle, the coffee smell dissipates after a minute or two of the lid being unscrewed allowing the other aromas to come though.
Pouring is easy. Once youve sussed a comfortable way to hold the rather awkwardly shaped bottle then youll soon be pouring perfect glasses of Sheridans.
So youve got your glass of Sheridans in front of you. Youre looking at a glass which should be around three quarters full of a luxurious looking black liquid topped with a creamy white liquid. Its like a miniature (and much nicer smelling) glass of Guinness. Go on, have a sip.
The first mouthful from a glass of Sheridans always makes me think two things. One, how can a company make such a delicious drink from such a revolting base as alcohol? And two, if all booze tasted this good Id be an alcoholic. End of story.
Wow, it tastes gorgeous. From the very first sip youll realise that youre drinking a quality beverage, the overall sensation is velvety and ultra smooth with a decent alcoholic kick as you swallow. The taste of coffee is very robust and quite overwhelming for the first glass, but as I got used to the flavour I could start picking out individual tastes within the drink. Other than coffee, I can also detect a pretty distinct chocolate flavour which is sweet and very rich. Im obviously not talking about the same chocolate taste as youd get from scoffing a Dairy Milk, this is the kind of chocolate flavour which comes with alcohol similar to the vague chocolatey sensation you get when drinking a glass of Baileys.
Theres also a delicious creamy vanilla flavour which acts as a kind of undertone in a glass of Sheridans, this also makes up most of the aftertaste of this drink. Talking of the aftertaste, let me tell you what to expect. As soon as you swallow your mouthful of Sheridans youll get a gorgeous flush travelling down your throat, its very subtle in that you dont get the burn I usually associate with alcoholic drinks (such as brandy and even the cheaper cream liqueurs) but its definitely *there*.
The consistency from start to finish is fantastic. Its not as thick as Baileys, theres more of a milky texture than anything but creamier than milk. In short, I didnt feel like I was drinking something semi solid as I sometimes do when drinking Baileys or Dooleys.
As this (as Ive always thought) is a posh drink, use your very best glasses while drinking and this will add to the whole ambience of the Sheridans drinking experience. Also, try to use a thin glass as the chunky brandy tumblers I have at home dont seem to allow the Sheridans to separate properly and youll end up with a brown/grey drink rather than the gorgeous black and white which youre aiming for. Anyway, itll taste the same however it looks so dont worry too much.
Ive used Sheridans with moderate success in coffee. It doesnt give the delicious Irish Coffee effect I was hoping for, the flavours being too subtle to really make themselves apparent over the rich coffee Id used. The visual effect is also lost when using in coffee, even when pouring at the correct angle (awkward with a glass, near impossible with a steaming cup of coffee). Both parts of the Sheridans will mix beautifully in the hot coffee but youll get a very dark drink, not as lightened as using a dash of Baileys. Doesnt taste as delicious either to be honest, but a tasty twist on Irish Coffee.
Weighing in at 18.5%, Sheridans isnt a lightweight liqueur. If you drink a whole bottle, which you probably wont as it starts feeling very sweet after a while, then be prepared for the mother of all hangovers. Headaches, grumpy guts, the works. Youve been warned.
One thing Ive noticed about Sheridans is that the bottles have shrunk. I went through a phase of drinking Sheridans about eight years ago and I distinctly remember the bottles being 70cl for about £15. Now the prices have come down to about nine quid, but the bottles have also gone down to 50cl. My maths isnt good enough to work out whether were being ripped off here but a smaller bottle doesnt bode well. Its also worth buying your (smaller) bottles of Sheridans at smaller, independent Off Licences as they are invariably pricing them at £7.99 or thereabouts while supermarkets are charging around £9.50 for the same size bottle.
The summary of this review is a classic (in my opinion) quote I found on lastorders.com - made me smile anyway!
If there's one thing I like about this time of year, it's the communal joy that comes from sharing..erm...drink. Well, it IS a social thing, after all and eeeeeespecially with New Year's Eve upon us. Of course, I never descend to hammering loads of lager and the like, what with being more refined than that (ahem). Aaaaaaaaanyway, for those of us wiv a touch of class (pronounced clarse, don'tcha know?) then read on McDuff. There really is nothing better in this world than a nice Irish coffee. It rounds off a meal a treat and within the liqueurs of the world, Irish coffee does it for me every time. Of course, if you are looking at chilling out whilst listening to your favourite gangster rap...erm...I mean, Bing Crosby on the old radiogram <<confused looks>> then a wee drop of Sheridans in the bizzo. ***The packaging*** Ordinarily, you wouldn't want to bang on about packaging too much but a bottle of Sheridans is distinctive. The bottle looks like an elaborate brandy tumbler but is, in fact, two separate bottles stuck together. On one side is a dark liquid being the liqueur, while the other holds a white liquid. Herein lies the rub as the plastic cap at the top with two pierced holes holds the secret to forming your drink with a dark body and white head. ***The smell*** Well, the overriding smell is of coffee and alcohol but it's most pleasant. This combination blends beautifully to tantalise the drinker's snozzel with an adorable mix of coffee bean and vanilla essence that can drive a lesser mortal into a frenzy of drinking (well almost) ***The pour*** A classy notion of tipping the bottle at the right angle will do away with all the clever dicks who get their spoons out every Yuletide to show the proles (sorry, reading 1984 at the mo) how to pour a proper Irish coffee. I suppose their will be an optimum angle to get it just right but I suppose the best thing to do is
try it. If you get it right, the 2 bottles will empty separately and the drink will divide into a lower dark half of liqueur with a white, creamy top of cream giving it that majestic look. I found the best result comes from tipping the bottle side on as opposed to flush, full on if that makes sense although it does take a wee bit of manipulation to eek out the remaining dregs to get that perfect drink towards the end of the bottle. You may end up pouring separately as experience suggests that the respective contents don't reduce at the same rate (for some strange reason!) I suppose the best description of this is that it does look distinctly like Guiness when poured although there endeth the similarities as I don't like Guinness at all and this is a lot better if you ask me! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ --------------------------- ***Brief interlude*** There was an English man, Irish man and a one-legged prostitute... At this point, I would have included a gag but I was threatened with litigation if I did so I can't (he he) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ --------------------------- ***The taste*** . I did say that I adore Irish coffee and this is THE best. I guess if you are going to concentrate then you will clearly discern the two separate tastes. The alcohol is within the darker substance but the overriding taste is of coffee with a thick, syrup-like substance (not too thick, mind). The white, creamy aspect has a hint of vanilla and off-sets the coffee perfectly to give that creamy feel in the mouth. All mixed together, the hint of alcohol is mild like most liqueurs so wouldn't really satisfy those going in for a bigger kick. ABV is 18.5% which isn't too and for best results, this drink should be sipped. We tend to serve it up in smaller glasses e.g. sherry or anything more sui
table. Anything bigger and you'll find the bottle won't last too long. Come to think of it, my boss bought me my last bottle just before Christmas and it lasted...erm...2 days *blush*. Of course, there will be all sorts of strange connotations re mixing Sheridans with other drinks but I can't see it my self and would suggest it's a stand alone experience (a bit like the stand alone experience I get if I get too drunk *sigh*) I would suggest that room is the ideal for a liqueur like this but you will have the option of slipping ice in if you wish. Personally, I'm not sure about this but then it might be a hot day and you may want something a tad more refreshing. Of course, an ice-cold beer might be better under these circumstances. ***Competition & Price*** A quick scan of the drinks shelf at Tesco reveals substantial competition among similar drinks. There are definitely cheaper options than Sheridans but as to whether the quality holds up is another matter. A 50cl bottle costs around £7.78 at Tesco at the mo but there does seem to be a large variance in price depending on where you go. Like I say, there is a lot of competition around and you will find cheaper alternatives so you may have a lot of fun testing them out. As for me and my good lady, we've been fans of Sheridans for a while now! To summarise, if you hate or are allergic to either coffee or vanilla, then trying this may put you in hospital (If you are allergic). If you like coffee, creamy substances or liqueurs in general then I'll bet you'll love this so why not try it just before you launch into your 10 pints of beer on New Year's Eve? Happy New Year to you all and don't do anything I wouldn't do tonight. Marandina
Sheridans is one of my all time favourite alcoholic drinks, it is a little on the expensive side priced at around £14.99 a bottle but it is well worth the money. The bottle is split into two sections, one filled with a dark coffee liquer and the other filled with a white cream liquer. The taste is heavenly, if you like coffee then this is the stuff to buy. it is strong with the alcohol being about 20% in strenth. It does burn your throat slightly though when you have a tipple. I thouroughly reccomend Sheridans to anyone. Thanks for reading my reveiw.
I was cruising through the products options the other day and I found this, so I?d like to tell you about one of my favourite drinks. Sheridens coffee liqueur. Despite a rather unusual ad campaign last year, it?s still the Cinderella of Irish coffee liqueurs. Packaging. Straight off you notice how different this is, with its two-tone lop-sided bottle. It?s actually two separate bottles stuck together. One side holds a dark, almost black liquid, while the other holds a pale, almost white liquid. Most unusual! The top is a single affair of black plastic, though on removing the cap you will see two spouts, leading from the separate bottles. The label is black and white, the bottom two thirds being black and the top third white, representing the proportions of the poured drink. Smell. Together the aroma is of creamy coffee, cold of course. Strong coffee with the promise of alcohol. Separately the white side is vanilla. It?s not strong, but it is there. The black side, which is really a dark brown, is again, strong coffee. Pouring the drink. This is where the strange bottle comes into play. You tilt the bottle over a glass at about thirty degrees to start with, building up to forty five or so. This isn?t necessarily what?s recommended, but it?s what I?ve found works best. The drink should then settle into the glass with the bottom two thirds being dark, and the top portion being the light ?cream?. Life being what it is however, the light part always goes down the bottle faster and some manual manipulation i.e. blocking off the white spout with a thumb, is always required. In the ?bad old days? this drink had two tops, which were used to measure each part separately. It was more accurate, but also messier and more time consuming. Such is life. Taste. Heavenly, but as I think rather more detail is required here, I will elaborate. Whatever anyone tells you about ice, drink this at room temperature to get the full effect
of the flavours. The dark portion is coffee (of course), with a good alcoholic kick to it, and a very subtle hint of chocolate. So subtle in fact, that if you didn?t know what it was, it would take a while for you to work out exactly what it reminded you of. The light half is creamy vanilla and makes me think of good quality ice-cream, if ice-cream was a smooth liquid that is. Although it does contain alcohol, it?s barely noticeable. Together, the cool sweetness of the top part complements the bitter coffee and alcohol warmth of the lower portion to make a drink which is not sickly or sticky. I will try to explain what I mean by sticky. The dark part, so that it settles below the white part, has a very ?un- syrupy? consistency, so that, although the white part is thick and creamy, together, they make a thinner (runnier) drink. I rarely drink liqueurs which cannot be ?watered down? in some way because of this. If I wanted to drink something this thick, then I?d have a milkshake. Normally I?d drink Vodka and I?m very partial to a Black Russian or two, but with Sheridens there?s no need to add anything other than the contents of the bottles provided. Thus, there is no lowering of alcohol percentage, which is 18.5%. Not bad for a liqueur, making it a drink that is best sipped, made to last, and savoured for as long as possible. Like Irish coffee, the idea is to draw the ?coffee? part up through the ?cream? part. Price. Savouring the flavour and making it last is important for another reason. The price! At our local convenience store, which is very competitive on drink prices, it?s £10.63. Don?t ask me why? This seems very reasonable until you take into account the size of the bottle, which is only 50cl. Compared to the usual bottle size of 70cl it?s actually nearer the top end of the liqueur price range. Shame! All in all, if you don?t like coffee or vanilla, then you?re not going to like this. If you love chocolate, you?re not going to ge
t a ?fix? from this either, because although you can taste chocolate in there somewhere, it really is a background flavour. It is different though and if a certain Irish cream liqueur isn?t your thing, it doesn?t necessarily mean you won?t like this. Despite the price and a rather ?naff? bottle, this is still one of my all-time favourite drinks. I have to knock a star off for the uneven pour ratio though. Happy drinking.
Not long ago I wrote an opinion on a new alcoholic beverage called Tia Lusso which I wildly enjoyed, in the comments section I was told about a similar type of drink called Sheridan’s. So, me being me, I just had to sample this new delight. Here are my findings: ~~~~~~PRODUCT PACKAGING~~~~~~ Hmm? Odd one this, Sheridan’s comes in a double barrelled 500ml glass bottle, what I mean by double barrelled is that the bottle is really two bottles glued side by side next to each other. On the left hand side is a slim half bottle and on the right hand side is a rather plump half that sort of resembles somebody’s fat arse. In the slim half is some white milky liquid and on the right side is some deep brown (Tar looking) liquid. These two bottles are then supported by a band style black and white label with Sheridan’s original written across it. The same label but this time oval shaped is stuck on the front of the fused bottles. The cap is a large black plastic umbrella shape with a round twist off lid on the front of it. Once you remove this you are greeted by two large holes that look like some kind of cannon staring you right in the mush just waiting to blast your nostrils off. Oh, it does tell you on the bottle that this is a coffee layered liqueur and it is a whopping 18.5% in the alcohol content. ~~~~~~WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS WEIRD BOTTLE?~~~~~~ Well, you are supposed to tilt your glass when you pour the drink and from one side of the now pouring bottle, you have some brown stuff oozing out and right next to it there is some weird milky looking stuff hitting your glass as well. Once your glass is full, you are then supposed to leave your drink to settle and you are left with something that resembles a well poured measure of Guinness, dark brown at the bottom of your glass with a creamy white head. And seeing as this is an Irish drink, it kind of figures that it would resemble Guinness, you tell me
an Irishman who doesn’t like Guinness? ~~~~~~WHAT DOES IT TASTE AND SMELL LIKE?~~~~~~ <<Deep inhaling sniff>> Ahhh! Try to imagine if you will, the deepest smell of rich coffee that you can, add to that a sweet creamy smell arising from the white head at the top of the glass and your eyes are left rolling with delight. Right I am now convinced that this stuff is safe to drink, so down the hatch goes half of the glass and <<COUGH! COUGH! CHOKE!>> Jesus bloody Christ! Next time I sample an alcoholic drink I have never tried before, I think I’ll drink it a tad more sparingly. Ahem! Okay, it does taste like coffee, very, very, strong coffee at that, imagine your morning cup of Nescafe with the kick of ten cans of Red Bull. Yes it really does make your eyes water but in a pleasant kind of way. The cream on the top as far as I could tell was exactly that, cream, there doesn’t seem to be any alcohol in it whatsoever. As you get further down the glass though you do start to realise that the dark brown coffee liquid is heavily laced with plenty of alcohol. This is why my eyes bulged and by lungs nearly fell out when I gazumped a gob full of the stuff George Best would have been proud of. After scouring the back of the label though, I was shocked to find the ‘described’ vanilla cream liqueur contains 17% alcohol and the brown stuff is actually described as coffee chocolate liqueur and is 19.4% alcohol 18.5% overall. I had no idea there was anything to do with chocolate in the drink whatsoever, any flavour is simply drowned out by the strong coffee taste. Anyway, the whole taste experience resembles a cold cup of expensive sweet cream coffee mixed with a drab of best whiskey. If you are into that sort of thing (and I am) then it is absolutely lovely stuff, but if you simply don’t like coffee in general then you definitely won’t like it. ~
~~~~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~~~~~ Well our bottle of Sheridan’s cost us £10.99 from our local off licence but they did only have one bottle in stock. It is a fairly hard drink to get your hands on, unless you’re in a large supermarket where you should find a bottle quite easily. Most corner shops just don’t stock it because it is such an acquired taste that there isn’t much point as it doesn’t sell too well. ~~~~~~MY FINAL THOUGHTS~~~~~~ Overall I was quite pleased with my Sheridan’s experience, my other half didn’t like it much but I thought it was lovely jubbly. It is definitely a strong alcoholic drink and weighing in at 18.5% who could argue? I do have to say though that I prefer Tia Lusso anyday, as Sherridan’s does tend to leave behind a pretty bitter aftertaste, which is really the drinks only downfall. It does go quite nicely with a meat packed meal as well, drool! Whoever dreamed up this dodgy bottle design though needs some psychiatric help, it is definitely the most surreal looking thing I have seen in quite a while. Maybe the designer is related to Piccaso, an interesting thought I suppose. I’d have to recommend this stuff to all coffee lovers out there but if you do prefer something similar but a little on the milder side, then Tia Lusso is a better option. Thanks for the read. DEANO!
(Please ignore the facetious title. It all started with a film that cost theediscerning 18p to see - he asked for six readers as compensation and got them. It's a handy way for him to tell you all how much things cost, as long as you know your three times tables. Plus, "Ebony and Ivory, side by side on my drinks cabinet" wouldn't fit without being abbreviated.) Witness the scene. A sober, unwitting, upstanding chap like theediscerning is in a local supermarket (no advert, but its name is akin to a seasonal meadow), when some female comes up to him and offers him alcohol. Trouble doesn't always start with a T, if you get the drift. With a taster in the shop guzzled down, and a competition entry and £1 voucher in hand, theediscerning has just bought himself a Christmas present. The question is, would it last until Christmas? For those who don't frequent the booze selection of their high street stores, then let theediscerning elaborate a little on what he is describing here. There is a great tradition, it seems, of liqueurs and drinks of that ilk coming from Ireland, that involve cream, whiskey (hope the Irish use the 'e' - theediscerning will be in trouble else, and be accused of putting too many 'e's in everything, just as he still does regarding his name) and something like a coffee flavour. Sheridan's (and here let's all scoff at dooyoo for leaving out the apostrophe - have they been using ciao's headline writer?!) is the fanciest-looking of these on the shelves, because instead of being a brown cream inside a brown or green bottle, it comes as a dark brown and a white part, in two smaller and very see-through bottles undyingly linked in alcoholic matrimony. And so, in imitation of the Irish coffee experience (albeit a cold version thereof), which layers coffee flavours with alcoholic sections, you have two halves to Sheridan's, and are intended to
pour them carefully onto the side of a tilted glass, so the vanilla cream bit floats atop the coffee chocolate bit. That is the intention, at least. Take the bottle home, and quite forget about ever winning the competition (£100 in high street vouchers - surely that's only enough to get you a kerb-stone or two...), and break the seal. What you find under the lid is a pair of nozzles, in a plastic that is much less posh than it tries to have you believe. (Underneath this - and it was removed in the hope of glass and only glass being put in the recycling bin - is a more slender pair of teats, clamped very securely to the tops of the bottles.) The bottles themselves are stuck together with little gobbets of glue, which only become evident when the drinking starts. And so, what about the drinking? Well, the packaging, the various mentions it gets from google (no maker's homepage or anything to report to you, so no emailing anyone for samples) and the lass in the shop say to pour it onto ice. Piffle. As all good topers know, a diluted drink is only good for the ladies... (Theediscerning ducks, and returns to his keyboard...) In truth, the problem with pouring Sheridan's out is not what angle gets it into the glass best, or what temperature to have it at, but of getting a decent mix of brown and white. Y'see, they come in unequal quantities - 333ml dark, 167ml white (or 2 to 1). And what does theediscerning find when he pours at his best level-bottled angle? He finds the white third of his supplies disappearing at far too fast a rate, so much so that soon the level in the bottle(s) is much lower. He then has to experiment on how to get black to pour out quicker, the result of which is actually to pour it on its side, with the black half on top. But still the white level is lower, and so theediscerning has to plug that side with his thumb, and pour black out to compensate, and reattain
an even keel. And if you're doing that, then hey - you hardly need a glass, do you? The Sheridan nipples both fit into the mouth at once... No, slow guzzle here and quick drop there mean that the Christmas-present-to-be is nothing of the kind. Which is why theediscerning is hereby appealing for people to help fund his rash purchase, which of course he can now pretend was purely for market *hic* research... In honour of you all for funding this so rashly, let thee' give you more information. The white side is 17% alcohol, the coffee chocolate 19%4. Who knows why they split like that - anyone care, either? Combined, it's 18.5%. BUT, for some reason, an American website from 1993 claims the chocolate side is 26%! Is this the American way of expressing alcohol - take the number and double it, or are the Yanks getting a far more potent brew? Was ours that way, but has been toned down now we're all addicted? We should be told... Speaking of which, will anyone get addicted to Sheridan's? Well, quite possibly, as people do get stuck on lots of different things, it has to be said. The combined flavour is very reasonable, and although not exactly like an Irish coffee, is a decent enough liqueur of this type. Successfully merged they do have strongly separate flavours, the cream with a decent hint of something, provided by the vanilla, and the chocoffee side of things very enjoyable. (But for those interested, the best by far is to stop the cream teat and just neck the brown side - very nice, and in all honesty, how the whole thing should taste.) To compare it to others on the market - Bailey's, Carrolan's, etc - it is not too sickly sweet, is not too creamy, and certainly isn't as cloying or as gommy as others that could be named here. Those qualities have been known to put people off drinking this type of booze, and perhaps they should wait around Somer- oops, no adverts, remember? - for a tri
al. But really, is that worth it? The bottle theediscerning tried was something like £8.23, which was after the £1 voucher, and on special offer, with a decent reduction off the normal price, or the VAT-for-free or some such offer. And in a world where one can pick up a decent bottle of cream liqueur from Aldi, for example, for under a fiver, theediscerning tried the whole bottle and never was once convinced the doubling of that cost was worth it. Therefore theediscerning has to summarise that he liked the product and gives it a correspondingly high mark, but cannot actually recommend it. If you have an aesthetic interest in your drinks trolley, then by all means emulate Wonder and McCartney, and have (near-)black next to white. If you want to give a sparkling present that shows great expense over value for money, then this must be ranked alongside the Harrod's Christmas Cracker, or some such seasonal frippery. If, however, next year you're tempted by a competition, voucher and free booze, then just take the latter, and pass the Sheridan's by on your way to the cheaper shelves.
For sweet-toothers who'd like to appear slightly more sophisticated than they do with Baileys. - Advantages: Tastes even more yummy than "proper" Irish Coffee., Isn't outrageously expensive., Widely available from most supermarkets. - Disadvantages: Rather sickly if you drink too much., Rather twiddly to pour correctly., Caffeine as well as alcohol!
I suppose it might be fair to compare a bottle of Sheridans to the famous concept of "the Force" from the sci-fi epic Star Wars. It has a dark, and a light side. The finished glassful, like the film, contains a good mix of both. Also, as in the film, the light comes out on top (if you pour it correctly!) However, I am forced to concede that here the similarity ends. Perhaps if Mr. Lucas produced a limited edition "Star Wars - Cappucino edition" then he would be closer to the mark. But even on its own merits, this liqueur comes out triumphant. It is smooth, sweet, creamy, coffee flavoured. It can produce beautiful layers in a shot glass, or an equally fetching marbled effect. In fact, it is very much akin to the layered cocktail made with Kahlua and Baileys touchingly known as a "mini-Guinness", and equally successful. And even better, your passion for it will never be tested by finding an irritating floppy-eared amphibious creature in the bottle.
I first tasted this little gem just before Christmas 2000, while visiting a friend of mine back home in Switzerland. It was my last night there, and as she was too tired to go out or even have any form of sensible conversation, she offered to open the bottle of Sheridan's she had got for her birthday. Although a few cups of this stuff later, we scrapped the idea of a conversation altogether, we didn't regret it a bit and in spite of the fact that I didn't get to enjoy the beautiful two-layered effect due to using coffee cups, it was definitely an experience I wanted to repeat some day. As both my boyfriend and I are avid fans of Babylon5, anything named 'Sheridan's' goes down well with him, so it was easy to convince him to share a bottle of this stuff, which is exactly what we did after our last weekly shopping at Tescos - and as if I hadn't known already, I wasn't in the slightest surprised that he loved the stuff! ~~~ What it is ~~~ Sheridan's Coffee Layered Liqueur is manufactured by 'Dublin & Best' and comes in a fancy bottle that is divided into two sections - in the 500 ml version, one side contains 333 ml of coffeebean-brown 'coffee chocolate liqueur', which has 19.4% vol alcohol, the other side contains 167 ml of milky white 'vanilla cream liqueur' coming in at 17% vol alcohol. The bottle has a rounded shape and comes with a rather fancy pouring mechanism, which features a screw cap and two exits - one each for the two types of liqueur. Thanks to the precise instructions on the label - featuring drawings - it is easy to pour this drink correctly even if you're already drunk when you start drinking Sheridan's (although I wouldn't recomment this!) - you open the cap, tilt your glass slightly and then simply pour the two layers into a clear glass tumbler, preferrably with lots of ice. If poured correctly, the two liqueurs will end up lay
ered, with the vanilla floating gently on top of the coffee liqueur and a few ice cubes sticking through the white vanilla like the fatal iceberg that sunk the Titanic... ~~~ How enjoyable is it? ~~~ Although Sheridan's has a slightly sickly smell to it (I guess it is because of the milky vanilla liqueur), the coffee taste of the prepared drink is very authentic and gorgeously sweet. Due to its sweetness, it doesn't exactly mix well with food but it does help to have something in your stomach before you start drinking this to make it less likely that the gorgeous drink ends up in your toilet bowl half an hour after its consumption ;-) It is very easy for two people to empty a whole bottle of this in one or two sittings (don't say I didn't warn you!), and thanks to its luxurious consistency it makes an ideal drink for a romantic evening :-) ~~~ Anything else to know? ~~~ You are supposed to store Sheridan's between 5 and 25° Celsius, and I feel it is best enjoyed straight out of the fridge. The label advises you to drink it within 6 months of opening the bottle - nothing is easier than that, as it is hard to resist finishing it off within 6 days (or hours if you're a hardcore drinker), let alone 6 weeks or months! ;-) It should be available from larger supermarkets (I think there are bigger bottles available than 500 ml), but also from specialised 'offies' and wine/spirit shops - it costs £9-99 at Tescos for 500 ml but you might be lucky and find it cheaper elsewhere, as I don't drink spirits often enough to know where you get them cheap. All in all, this is an excellent drink for a romantic evening/night in and is also great for people who generally don't like 'hard' spirits but have a bit of a sweet tooth - I wouldn't advise drinking it along with other alcoholic beverages though, as it can be quite *heavy* on the stomach! Due to
its consistency it isn't exactly ideal as a mixer, but if you pour a bit into your coffe, you'll be in for the yummiest Irish Coffee ever :-) Sheridan's is Irish Coffee at it's best, and the fancy bottle beats Bailey's any day - so go on, indulge yoursef to the most luxurious liaison between coffee and cream ever, if possible in the company of your 'significant other'! :-) Last but not least, a final word of warning - this stuff has CAFFEINE in it, so if you keep drinking this all night long, don't be surprised if you spend the rest of the night on a caffeine buzz, struggling to get to sleep! ;-)
I've never been one for traditional drinks, always preferring something more interesting and above all, sweet. In Sheridan's I have met my match. It is a fantastic combination of sultry coffee mixed with, on the other side of the bottle, creamy vanilla. I particularly like the way that the white part floats on top of the dark, giving off a mixed aroma of luxury indulgence. It's as though you're mixing the innocent with the wicked. But the drink is very sweet though and after a few, if you don't have a very sweet tooth, you may start to feel a bit sick. But it is definitely a drink that if you like sweet things, is easy to develop a taste for. I really like drinking it after a long day at work to wind down with and I must say, I'm becoming strangely addicted!
Coffee layered liqueur.