=Baileys Irish Cream Hazelnut Flavour=
I always think as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for and with Baileys there is never a truer word, there are alternative cream liqueurs, but they are never as good as the Original.
Over the years Baileys have introduced different flavours and these include
-Hint of Mint Chocolate
-Hint of Coffee
=Back to the Baileys Hazelnut=
This has the traditional element of the Baileys brand that we have come to love, from the velvet smooth texture to the rich taste, but with the added aroma and taste of hazelnut.
Ok I know that may sound daft, but my mother asked has it got lumps of nuts in it, the answer no it hasn't!!
Once you open the bottle you get a beautiful smell of hazelnuts, and when you taste it, it is like heaven, the taste reminds me of a praline chocolate, not over powering but a lovely smooth taste, with the hazelnut not being over powering, as with some flavoured drinks you get all the added flavour, but none of the original taste, but with this it is Baileys with added hazelnuts, they blend perfectly and complement each other.
This can be served on its own or over ice, which personally I prefer.
=Cold or Hot=
-Cold - It can be mixed into a milkshake, poured over ice cream.
-Hot- It can be added to a coffee, (instead of milk) added to a hot chocolate, then add whipped cream and marshmallows.
=Price and availability=
The bottles are available in 70cl and 1 litre bottles, the prices do vary, although come Christmas time you can buy a 1 litre bottle for around £9, compared to a 70cl bottle with a normal retail price of £15+
The drink itself is a 5/5. but for the price as the alcohol content is about 20%, the price is expensive for what is charged, so I tend to buy at Christmas and then when there drunk that is it until they come on offer again. Unfortunately the price reduces it by one star.
I'm a huge Baileys fan, and we always have 1 or 2 bottles of Baileys in the house. One of the flavours that we normally always have in is the Baileys Hazelnut.
Baileys now sell quite a few different flavoured versions in the Baileys range as well as the original Baileys Irish cream; they sell Baileys Hazelnut, Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate, Baileys with a hint of Coffee, Baileys Biscotti flavour, and the new Baileys with a hint of Orange Truffle flavour. I've yet to try the Baileys with a hint of Orange Truffle flavour, but it does sound delicious!
Baileys Hazelnut is definitely one of my favourite flavoured Baileys versions. It still has that velvety smooth and luxuriously rich classic Baileys taste, but it is blended with an aromatic and deep hazelnut flavour. You can smell the hazelnut in this as soon as you open the bottle and pour it into the glass. I actually don't like hazelnuts, or any nuts for that matter, however I do absolutely love this Baileys flavour. So I would say that even if you don't like nuts; as I don't, then you very well may just love baileys Hazelnut; as I do. This to me tastes just like rich praline chocolates blended with the original Baileys Irish Cream. I personally don't think that the hazelnut taste is too strong or overpowering, it isn't really a 'nutty taste' as such, to me it's more of a velvety smooth and rich 'nutty enhancement' - if that makes sense!
Baileys Hazelnut is absolutely delicious just served on its own, over lots of ice in a glass. It also works well in various cocktails. It's great in blended icy frappe style drinks. It's also absolutely perfect in a liqueur coffee, or in a latte or a cappuccino. I do think that it works especially well in coffee drinks as it just seems to enhance them and to give them a rich and smooth delicious flavour. It's the perfect after dinner drink or night cap. It makes a gorgeous addition to a luxurious alcoholic hot chocolate drink made with cream and then topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. It is fabulous when poured over ice cream. Need I go on! You can use Baileys hazelnut for lots of things, I think that it's actually a very versatile flavour.
I do buy the Baileys hazelnut flavour quite a lot, we do normally wait and buy it either on special offer in the supermarket or from the duty free though.
I'm a huge fan of Baileys Cream Liqueur and have been for years, it took me a while to try any of their flavoured versions simply because I didn't think they could ever improve on the original - but since quaffing a bottle of Coffee flavoured Baileys I realised I was missing something and since then have sampled all available flavours, with this Hazelnut being my absolute favourite.
The bottle is much as you'd expect from Baileys; dark and elegant with a golden beige swirl on the label that loops around itself to form a hazelnut shape, this is in keeping with the rest of the labels in the range where each is given a colour and the swirl is make to resemble the flavouring you can expect to find in your bottle. Obviously the flavour is worded on the bottle too, but being able to identify at a glance which bottle you're about to pour from is handy if (like me) you have several bottles of Baileys on the go at the same time.
Baileys Hazelnut has an ABV of 17% and has the power to get you very, very drunk if you sip it back to quickly - and this is entirely possible thanks to the delicious flavour and moreish qualities of the drink. I have been known to knock a bottle back within twenty-four hours, although this isn't something I'd recommend as I felt decidedly poorly the following day (and for several days afterwards to be honest).
The consistency is rich and creamy, it feels incredibly luxurious as I drink and in my opinion is the perfect winters drink as it's so warming and comforting. Like all Baileys varieties this is a thick drink, so thick in fact that a lot of people can't stand the consistency of it but to me it's pure luxury and a liqueur I can enjoy at any time. There's real cream included in the Baileys blend which adds to the feeling of drinking something 'special', of course this means you need to take care how you store the bottle once it has been opened as it can go 'off' if you keep it in warm conditions. I keep mine refrigerated to be on the safe side, but Baileys suggest a cool dark place is adequate to keep the drink in tip top condition.
I really, really love the flavour of Hazelnut Baileys. The traditional and original Baileys flavour is at the fore of the drink but the delightful nutty undertone gives it an almost praline-like flavour, I say nutty undertone simply because the richness of Baileys does cover the hazelnut somewhat despite the fact that the nut aspect is stronger than I imagined it would be. I can definitely distinguish the fact that it's hazelnut so I'm impressed with that, I thought the drink would be a nutty mish-mash but the hazelnut jumps out with each and every mouthful. My preferred way to drink this particular Baileys is without ice, but with the actual drink chilled from the fridge - this seems to draw the flavours out whereas the addition of ice tends to weaken the hazelnut taste while bringing the traditional flavour of Baileys out more, something which seems a bit silly to me after going to the effort of buying a flavoured variety in the first place.
I adore the alcoholic kick as I drink, Baileys is made with whiskey and this is hugely apparent right from the very first sip. The warming feeling as I swallow is wonderful and just one small glass can give me a feeling of inner calm even when my life seems to be going into free-fall; it's an amazingly relaxing drink which not only tastes good but also makes me feel good, and there aren't many drinks that can do that!
My only complaint about this Baileys is the calorie content, which although I have no idea on figures is going to be high. You can literally taste the calories as they slide down your throat, and as I'm currently on my pre-Christmas diet this isn't good! Moderation is the key I suppose, although frankly this tastes so bloomin' delicious that I'm not actually very good at moderating my consumption and my thighs won't thank me for this particular addiction!
==Baileys Irish Cream Hazelnut==
Generally around Christmas time all the big supermarkets like to have a price war on all the different types of liqueurs such as Baileys. This Hazelnut version of the popular Irish Cream whisky drink is a fairly new addition to the Baileys range and of course me being me couldn't resist giving it a try last Christmas.
I think I picked up this 70 cl bottle for bang on £10 which wasn't a bad price at the time (and there is only a little bit left in the bottle so I hope it comes on offer again this year). There is often all sorts of different offers on however and I think because I know how much I liked it I wouldn't mind buying more than one at a time if there offer were right.
The packaging of the liqueur is classic to Baileys and the only difference so that you know this isn't the original Baileys flavour is the fact that this bottle has a white coloured cap and a slightly different label on the front but this is ever so slightly I am sure a few people made the mistake of picking up the wrong flavour. The bottle is made of glass as you would expect and it is a dense brown colour which means you really can't see how much of the drink is left inside the bottle. I find because of the weight of the bottle it is difficult to work out how much is left and I will more often than not leave a mere drop in the bottle assuming that there is at least one small glass full! What a disappointment when this happens.
The drink inside the bottle is a lovely creamy looking colour and is has a slightly lighter colouring that then classic baileys flavour and as soon as the drink is poured out you can smell the richness of the liqueur and the hazelnut aroma is really quite strong and it reminds me of praline chocolate and smells really delicious. The Irish whisky gives the milky/creamy drink a bit of a kick and although not especially strong (when compared to drinking neat whisky) at 17% after a few glasses of this you will certainly feel all warm and fuzzy.
Last Christmas I did drink a fair amount of Irish Cream Liqueur including this baileys version but I did make the Jamie Oliver Irish cream and found the home made stuff to be super delicious though I do think I over did it a bit and by the end of the festive period I was glad to see the back of all the cream I had in the fridge and have stayed away from the stuff ever since.
The hazelnut version of the Baileys really is a very tasty option. I really like the original too and although this one is probably a little sweeter and I can't drink as much as the original one in a single sitting it is still something that I shall be buying again come this Christmas should it be on a special offer.
I think it has got to get the thumbs up from me and I will be happy to award top marks of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
WHAT IS IT?
Baileys Irish liqueur flavoured with hazelnut.
HOW DO YOU DRINK IT?
Neat, over ice, poured into coffee or mixed with other liqueurs to create a cocktail.
DOES IT TASTE NICE?
The consistency of this liqueur is very similar to other Baileys drinks as it is thick and creamy, this hazelnut flavoured one seems slightly thinner and easier to drink for those people who do not like the thickness of Baileys.
The taste is rich and full, the drink isn't as nutty tasting as I expected it to be and that was disappointing as I love the flavour of hazelnuts but you still have the wonderful taste of Baileys so cannot complain too much. It doesn't taste as creamy as plain Baileys but does have the rich flavour that this drink is famous for. I prefer to drink mine over lots of crushed ice as this brings the flavour of the drink out, you can also drink over large ice cubes but I personally think this invites you to add more ice than if you use crushed ice and that waters down the Baileys as it melts far more. You can taste the whiskey in this Baileys variety but it's not as harsh as in some of the other flavours I have tried such as the mint.
Baileys Hazelnut liqueur is 17% but like all Baileys it has such a delicious taste that it's easy to forget you're drinking strong alcohol. I drank some last night for the first time since I had my baby at the start of June and I got tipsy very quickly, I had quite a bad head this morning too which is something I don't remember as being a problem when I have drunk Baileys in the past but this is probably as I have completely abstained from alcohol for the last year. My 70cl bottle cost £11.
4 Dooyoo Stars, it would have been five had the hazelnut flavour been stronger.
I always tend to associate Baileys with Christmas. I have no idea why, but I do know that I don't drink Baileys all year and then Christmas time comes and I crack out the Baileys.....and the Advocaat.....and apparently, I'm not the only one. I really love Baileys, although it's a drink I find quite heavy and sickly and so this is probably why I don't drink it as often as I may drink other liquors, but I do enjoy it - and usually stick to the bog standard Baileys because I am a sucker for tradition. However, I have recently had the opportunity to try Hazlenut Baileys, and while I was a little dubious to begin with, I actually was pleasantly surprised. A 700ml bottle cost me £12.15 from my local off-licence, which seemed to be about what I normally pay for the standard Baileys and so I was happy with that price.
The Hazlenut Baileys comes in a glass bottle that looks almost identical to the original Baileys. It is nicely presented and looks sophisticated - particularly compared to a can of lager! The drink itself also looks and smells almost identical to the original Baileys.....looking to be a creamy, milky coffee colour and smelling sweet and creamy - although there is undeniably a hint of a nutty smell as you take a whiff of this. The aroma is unmistakingly Baileys - but just with a slight added something else.
The taste is creamy and milky and tastes to me like a mixture of almonds and hazlenut. The taste of the nuts was actually stronger than I thought it would be - although it's not overpowering, but definitely very identifiable as hazlenut. It is quite heavy and very rich and, like the original, I did find it also a little sickly and I certainly wouldn't want to be drinking more than a couple of these. I have also added it into coffee and I have to say I prefer the traditional Baileys for this period as the hazlenut doesn't seem to compliment the coffee particularly well in my opinion.
Overall, I would suggest that this is one for the drinks cabinet because it does add a little something different. But I don't think you'll be drinking it by the bucket-load!
Last weekend on Saturday afternoon, I popped round to mum and dad's house with a surprise bunch of 'Easter Flowers' for them. This was a first for me to do something like this, but I know that my Mum and Dad always get my wife and I a little Easter egg each Easter, and so I thought it was about time I gave a little something in return.
I have not been a huge fan of chocolate for many years now, not for any particular reason, but I'm just more of a savoury kind of person. Usually my wife would just devour my Easter egg, after polishing her's off.
This Easter however to my surprise, instead of a couple of little Easter eggs, my Mum and Dad had got us a bottle of Bailey's between us!! RESULT!!!
This particular bottle of Bailey's was the only flavour that I had not tried before, even though I had been meaning to for months and months! It was the Bailey's Hazelnut flavour!
Bailey's Hazelnut is based around the Original Baileys Irish liqueur, which is a creamy, smooth, coffee coloured, milky looking Alcoholic drink, which is almost always served with ice.
I went off Bailey's when I was a lot younger, after a bad experience from drinking too much of the stuff, however, my wife, (who is not a big drinker at all) does really like Baileys, and so for that reason I eventually tried it again a few years ago, one Christmas, and fell back in love with it!
At 17% alc / vol Bailey's is a lot weaker than most spirits, and when the ice is added, and has diluted it further, it is the sort of drink that shouldn't get you too drunk, if drank in moderation (and not mixed with Malibu and whiskey!!!).
The addition of the 'Hazelnut' to Bailey's is one that I really like, it gives it a nice nutty flavour which is not too overpowering, but makes the drink feel fresh and nutty, and almost kind of Savoury.
As I mentioned above, I had been meaning to try this flavour for a long time, but it does seem to be one of the hardest to get your hands on.
I had built up a kind of taste sensation in my mind, as to what it would taste like, and I was not disappointed. The 'Hint of mint' and 'Hint of caramel', and also the 'Hint of coffee' flavours, are just that - i.e. a hint of a flavour in the background, and so I kind of expected the Hazelnut to be similar. The Hazelnut flavour however is a bit more than just a 'hint', which makes it a great tasting drink. The nut flavour is quite obvious, and even more so once the drink has left the mouth, leaving quite a strong 'Hazelnut' aftertaste.
I like to store Bailey's in the fridge, so that it is already chilled, before adding the ice. By doing this, it is also my opinion that the shelf life will be increased slightly (although that's only my opinion), but the bottle is normally empty long before the best before date ;-)
~ Cost, flavours, other uses ~
Bailey's costs around £13 a bottle for a 700 ml bottle. There are other makes around for a cheaper price, such as County Crème, and supermarket own brands, which can be up to half the price of Baileys, but do not taste anywhere near as good in my opinion.
Bailey's is often available in supermarkets at a special offer price or BOGOF deal, such as 2 bottles for £22 or even better, 1 bottle for just £10!
Bailey's does come in a couple of alternative flavours now such as:
Bailey's with a hint of Caramel
Bailey's with a hint of coffee
Bailey's with a hint of mint
I do know a few folk who use Baileys for adding a kick to their cups of coffee, and as a flavouring when making ice cream, or other deserts such as Cheese cakes.
~ Nutritional info ~
A 25 ml serving of Baileys contains:
~ Conclusion ~
I think this Hazelnut flavour is now my favourite form the range. The nut flavour is really evident, and offers something different from any other drink that i have tried. Overall it is a great tasting drink, which compliments the Baileys range of flavours really well, and is definitely worth a try for anyone who loves Baileys.
Thanks for reading
© L500589 2011
I have always been a Baileys lover but have been a bit traditional and stuck to the original variety. However my eyes were opened this Christmas when my cousin bought a large 1 litre bottle round for us to all share! It didn't last very long.
The hazlenut Baileys still keeps the lovely flavour that keeps us coming back but adds a new dimension. When you first drink it you smell the hazlenut quite strongly and the first taste is definitely very hazlenutty - but not overpoweringly so. Then it fades to leave you with that good old Baileys taste. The hazlenut flavoour definitely adds to the luxuriousness for me. As soon as I tasted it I said that it would be brilliant to make an Irish coffee with, and a bit of experimenting after Boxing Day lunch proved me right. Add a tot to some nice rich coffee and pop a bit of whipped cream on top - not good for the waistline but a purely indulgent treat is called for every once in a while!
The drink comes in the usual Baileys shaped bottle and is the same colour and consistency as original Baileys, which is a light brown, quite thick, cream liqueur. The label is a bronze/orangey brown colour theme and says Hazlenut flavour across the bottom. It is 17% proof.
I really enjoyed this and went and bought a bottle when it was on offer at my local supermarket. It is the newest Baileys flavour and I do hope they keep it on.