“ Brand: Baileys / Manufacturer: Liqueur „
O k, I am about to review the Baileys Irish Cream with a hint of milk chocolate. But be warned, I have a glass in front of me now, and its my third this evening!
Morrison's recently had an offer on baileys 1 litre bottles, for £9 each (limited to 2 per customer) I got the original, and this mint one. They were supposed to be put away for Christmas, but having never tried this mint version before, it seemed rude to just shove it in a dark cupboard!
So three nights ago I cracked the top off the bottle, and was greeted with a lovely, but rather strong mint scent, similar to that you get upon unwrapping a mint aero! I must admitted, I wasn't prepared for such a strong scent, it certainly wasn't a "hint"!
As I poured myself a reasonably sized shot, I noticed that the texture was as smooth and creamy as its original counter part, and the colour only a tad darker. With a few cubes of ice also added, I was ready for my new adventure!
Now I love baileys, I have been drinking it since I turned 18 (no earlier, honest!) and we always have a bottle or two in over the festive period, and buy throughout the year when it is on offer (because it is generally rather expensive). I also like to end my evenings out with a double baileys when ever possible. However, as a lady who knows what she likes, this was my first venture from the original flavour. I was convinced by the promise of dark chocolate and mint - yummy!
In the glass, the mint aroma was still strong, and defiantly more noticeable than that of chocolate, or indeed the usual "alcoholic" smell of original baileys, certainly not a bad thing!
That first sip was very almost pure heaven, silky smooth and creamy, the taste of mint defiantly dominated, but it was not over powering, and the familiar warmth and taste of baileys was still comfortingly present.
Four or five sips later, and my glass was empty bar a few ice remnants. I find that's the only problem with baileys, it seems to "shrink" in the glass, making it disappear so quickly!
My throat and chest now warm from the smooth, creamy drink, and my senses awakened by the fresh mint and silky Irish cream chocolate, I poured myself another glass ... and so it began!
Three evenings later, I am now over half way down the bottle (thank goodness I work for myself!) and I am seriously tempted to just finish the lot over the weekend, after all, it isn't worth saving for Christmas now!
With its delicious mint taste, combined with the familiar warmth and after taste of classic baileys, I would definitely purchase Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Mint again, however, it will probably be on the same basis as the original, only when on offer. I would definitely recommend to friends, and in fact, my mother has already purchased herself a bottle on my recommendation and is, last time we spoke, a quarter way through hers!
After word - I am really not an alcoholic, in fact, this is the most I have drank at home all year, but Baileys has this wonderful way of disappearing before your very eyes - and it is my "comfort" drink, it reminds me of Christmas, of cold winter nights, and sitting by the fire with family and friends!
WHAT IS IT?
Baileys Irish cream liqueur that has been flavoured with mint chocolate.
Baileys Mint Chocolate has got a very nice flavour. It tastes just like Baileys but the way they have added the mint flavour is clever because it does not change the taste very much but changes the taste completely at the same time. I think it is beautiful because I like the taste of mint very much and think that it is a good mix for Baileys. A lot of people say that the mint is not strong enough but that is unfair because Baileys have said that the flavouring is mint chocolate so you should not expect for it to have a very strong mint taste, I think the drink tastes like After Eight chocolates but the flavour of the Baileys is nice and strong also.
WHAT I THINK
I have tried all of the Baileys flavours and this is one of the them that I like the best. It is creamy and satisfies me when I want to drink something that is a treat, it is a very thick liquer and sometimes it is too thick if I am not in a mood for Baileys. My husband does not like the thick texture of Baileys but I think it makes it feel like a luxury drink.
I drink the Mint Chocolate Baileys with ice but I think the flavour would make it very good to mix with other drinks for a cocktail. I have tried this in coffee and hot chocolate but do not think the mint is very good in hot drinks because I could not taste it in my hot chocolate and it gave my coffee a very funny taste. My sister pours it over ice cream and said that it is nicer like that for her than drinking it but I do not eat very much ice cream at home so have not tried that.
I like that I can taste whisky in my Mint Chocolate Baileys and I can in all of the Baileys flavours, it is not a strong taste like drinking a glass of whisky because of it being blended with cream but there is a sharp kick after I have swallowed every mouth full and that shows me that it is a strong alcoholic drink. Baileys Mint Chocolate has got 17% alcohol in it and that is quite strong because you do not mix it with anything and it is very addictive so you might drink many more small glasses than you meant to.
A bottle of Baileys Mint Chocolate costs about £15, that is for the normal size bottles and the big 1 litre bottles are even more expensive. It is not a cheap drink but I think it is worth the money because it is quality and is a treat to myself after I have been working hard all day.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Baileys Irish cream is a Liquer for me that is just timeless! I love having it on warm summer days in the garden on the rocks (not that I drink a lot of alcohol at home or anything!) or out in a pub with my friends as a compliment to hold in my hand :) It was actually my aunt who first showed me the ways of Baileys with a hint of mint chocolate and I haven't looked back since! When I was a teen I was absolutely addicted to mint aero so chocolate mint is always a happy past time of mine and this version of Baileys does this absolute justice.
It is smooth and creamy, and caramel in complexion although slightly lighter than the original Baileys. Upon opening the bottle it has that distinct Baileys aroma but with a yummy sweet chocolatey mint scent. It smells really sweet and inviting and so I often get carried away pouring it into a glass!
It's very light and so not too overpowering so as to supersede the original flavour but I think it strikes a perfect balance. It is quite rich so for me 2 double servings of these is my limit in one sitting. More than this I find it too sickly! I am not the best with dairy and as it is of course a milk based drink there is only so much I can take.
At 17% vol, it is a lot stronger than other alcoholic drinks I tend to have but somehow not matter how much I consume I do not get the slightest bit tipsy! A lot of my friends say the opposite though so this could just be because I have drank it so often my body is now immune to it!
For anyone out there wanting to be naughty like me and try something different, Baileys is also a lovely addition to a cup of hot chocolate. Not a lot of course as it will overpower your hot chocolate but a little tea spoon is a lovely surprise (especially in the minty chocolate flavour!) and if your suffering from a cold or bit sniffly drink it before bedtime and I have found it does wonders to combat my symptoms! result!
A bottle of this will set you back £15 - £20 so as a branded liquer it is more expensive but personally I love it and think it is worth the extra value. If you like Baileys and you like mint chocolate this really is a winning combination!
Other than the original version the Bailey's with a hint of mint chocolate is my favourite of all the different flavours. Mint just compliments the creaminess of the Bailey's perfectly without overpowering the original taste of the creamy liqueur.
I can smell the mint as soon as I pour a glass and it is really inviting alongside the sweet smell of the liqueur. My sister disagrees with me and says she can barely smell the mint but I think my sense of smell is obviously just better as this has a gorgeous aroma to it.
It looks just the same colour as the original Bailey's and is a really luxurious looking pale cream colour. The texture is lovely and thick and it all just combines to look and taste rich and creamy.
The taste of mint isn't a strong one but there is a slight hint of it when you have a drink but to be honest the majority of the mint flavour comes after you have swallowed and are left with a slight after eight flavour in your mouth.
The minty flavour really compliments the Bailey's and I think it is a really successful combination and one that I enjoy regularly especially in winter as it is such a warming drink.
You do need to make sure that you have this with ice however as it really does make the Bailey's taste better.
There is also something about the slight hint of mint that makes this a little bit less sickly than the other flavours and I can easily drink a few glasses of this without feeling sick.
It has an ABV of 17% but other than the slight burn when you first drink it you would be hard pressed to know that it had this amount of alcohol in it as the taste is really masked with the sweetness and it can be deceptive as a few glasses of this and you will be drunk.
This really isn't the drink to have though if you are on a diet as it is so rich that I absolutely dread to know how many calories might be in it. I do think it is worth it though as an occasional treat.
This costs around about £17 for a litre bottle and I would always try and buy the litre instead of a smaller bottle as I know how quickly this goes when it is in the house.
I am pretty partial to a glass of Baileys and especially around the Christmas period I will often treat myself to a glass. The bottle of Baileys that I have in my fridge currently is the hint of mint chocolate version of Baileys and this is my review of it.
The Baileys with a hint of mint chocolate comes presented in a black glass bottle much like the original Baileys and others in the range and so there is a good sense of brand identity with these and you will easily spot them on the shelf I think. The bottle is quite a chunky one with a thin neck which makes it really easy to hold when you want to pour yourself a drink too.
Baileys is made from Irish cream, spirits and Irish whiskey and this hint of mint chocolate version obviously has been infused with a mint taste. Whilst I am not a whiskey drinker by any means I do really enjoy a glass of Baileys and so far the mint chocolate one is by far my favourite and I have tried the original, caramel, hazelnut and biscotti flavours!
I always like to have my Baileys straight from the fridge and with plenty of ice because at 17% ABV it isn't a particularly weak drink and although I do drink spirits as a rule I will have a mixer with them which takes the edge off them. Just like with the other Baileys varieties this one is a creamy beige in colour and has quite a milky look to it I think. When I smell this I can't really detect the mintiness but it is quite a subtle flavour and is described as a hint of course. I have to sip this drink as I cannot take big gulps of it as I find it too strong that way but certainly as you swallow the drink there is a creamy mint chocolate flavour left in your mouth which is certainly very moreish and one that I really enjoy.
This drink is, as I said, pretty creamy and so a 25ml serving does give you 82kcal and 3g of fat and given that I just fill my small glass half way or more up I know each time I have one of these I am having much more than the 25ml serving. This said I don't drink Baileys all that often. It is not a drink that I will have before, or during a night out and I do tend to prefer to have one during a cosy night at home. For the purpose of this review I have of course poured myself a large glass (but it is 7.30pm!) and I am planning on relaxing in the bath with it just as soon as I have finished this review!
Another indulging treat I like to have is to pop a shot of this in my Whittards mint hot chocolate and it just really emphasises the mintiness even more and feels like a really nice warming treat!
A bottle of mint Baileys will cost around ten to twelve pounds for a 700ml bottle and they are normally more prominent around the run up to Christmas where they can often be bought on an offer. This is certainly my favourite Baileys and whilst I am dying to try the new orange variety I can see me returning to this one time and time again.
Thank you for reading my review!
Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur is one of my favourite drinks, and for a change I picked up the Mint flavour variety in the supermarket to see what it was like.
Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur is something I enjoy at home by myself, usually on a cold winter's evening.
Baileys comes in a standard black bottle which is more curved and rounded than most liqueur bottles. The Mint variety has a green coloured logo on the label to differentiate it from the other varieties.
Baileys is a mixture of Irish whiskey and cream and contains 17% alcohol. Because of the cream, it has a comparatively short shelf life of 30 months, but this is never a problem for me as I never have a bottle lying around for more than five or six months! The drink should be stored at a moderate temperature of between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius and does not contain preservatives as the alcohol content preserves the cream.
Mint flavour Baileys is a pale brown liquid that has a sweet alcoholic scent. It doesn't look as immediately appetising as some drinks I've seen, but long familiarity has made it very appealing to me! I couldn't immediately distinguish this mint variety from the standard one - the mint aroma was very faint.
This variety of Baileys was a slight disappointment to me. It had the same sweet, rich taste of standard Baileys and the same alcohol hit, but the mint was very faint. I could detect the flavour but only very faintly, and there wasn't much to distinguish it from the normal variety. When I drank it in hot chocolate or Horlicks, I couldn't taste the mint at all.
Baileys is full of calories, with 5.7g of fat and 144 calories per 43g (1.5oz) serving, but as I only have one or two glasses at a time (sometimes instead of a dessert, sometimes alone) this isn't too much of a problem for me. It's definitely a drink to be enjoyed in moderation, not something to be knocked back on a big night out!
***Price and Availability***
The original Baileys liqueur is widely available from shops, pubs and restaurants, but I've only seen other varieties such as Mint in the larger supermarkets. All varieties of Baileys are normally priced at around £13 for 70cl which is pretty much standard for branded liqueurs and spirits. Smaller and larger bottles are also available. The drink is often available on special offer in supermarkets, particularly around Christmas time.
I love Baileys Original, but I was disappointed in this mint flavour. It hardly seems worth buying it as the mint taste is very faint and doesn't really add much to the drink. You'd probably be better off adding mint essence to original Baileys! Three stars from me.
I'm a huge Baileys fan, and I've just recently bought two large bottles of Baileys on special offer in the duty free, one with biscotti and one with mint chocolate.
Baileys now do quite a few flavoured versions in the Baileys range as well as the original Baileys Irish cream; Baileys hazelnut, Baileys with a hint of mint chocolate, Baileys with a hint of coffee, and the new Baileys biscotti.
Baileys with a hint of mint chocolate is my favourite flavoured Baileys. It has fresh undertones of mint and hints of dark chocolate. You can smell the mint in this as soon as you open the bottle and pour it into the glass. I would say that the mint is the main flavour, not the chocolate. This has a fairly strong mint flavour, you can taste the mint and to a lesser degree the chocolate instantly. However it is not too strong that it is overpowering, you can still taste the velvety smooth and rich Baileys Irish cream underneath as well.
This is delicious on in its own, served over lots of ice in a glass. It makes a gorgeous addition to a luxurious alcoholic hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. It is fabulous when poured over ice cream. It works well in cocktails. It is great in blended icy frappe style drinks. You can use this for lots of things, I think that it's a very versatile flavour. The only thing that I wouldn't use it in is coffee, because the mint is the main taste in this I don't think that this particular Baileys makes for good liqueur coffees, a minty coffee?!?
I do buy the mint chocolate Baileys quite a lot, we do normally wait and buy it either on special offer in the supermarket or from the duty free though.
I have never really understood why Baileys is so popular; most people I speak to find it incredibly sickly and also rather expensive, even those people who do enjoy Baileys seem to be of the same opinion so I can only assume the taste or texture is somewhat addictive to certain people! I did, however, enjoy two glasses of a new variety last night with my sister and daughter, this new variety being Baileys Mint.
The basic drink is much the same as the original Baileys, the difference being that the mint flavouring lends it a less harsh and more flavoursome countenance. The taste is reminiscent of After Eight chocolates, although I would not personally say that the similarities are very pronounced due to the fact that the strong Baileys flavour rather detracts from this delightful addition.
The drink is extremely thick, it doesn't seem as hard to 'get down' as the original Baileys liqueur but with its almost milkshake like consistency I did find it a little too cloying for my tastes. I don't appreciate the creamy consistency as much as other women, and men, seem to and find it is sicklier with every mouthful rather than becoming accustomed to it.
This mint version of Baileys is slightly sweeter than the original and the mint adds a delightful depth to the flavour, it's unfortunate they haven't toned down the Baileys flavour to accommodate for what could have otherwise been an exceedingly fresh addition to the drink. The Baileys has less of a coffee sensation as I drink this one and I do think that with a slightly tweaked recipe this could have been a wonderful drink.
I appreciate the warming feel as I swallow, the sensation reminiscent of drinking a glass of whiskey and very welcome on a chilly November evening. I drank both small glasses I was poured and that was quite enough for me, Baileys makes me feel tired very quickly and this is no exception so after my second drink I decided to have a cup of tea. My daughter believes it is impossible to get drunk while drinking Baileys as it will make a person feel sick before they manage to drink enough, I believe her too as the cream lies extremely heavily on my stomach and I find this a rather unpleasant side effect to drinking Baileys.
I believe this Mint variety of Baileys is available in Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda - this bottle was purchased in Sainsburys by my sister for £10 while on promotion. Overall I would recommend it to anyone who is a Baileys drinker in the first place, the minty flavour rings the changes nicely although if you don't like the original Baileys the change may not be pronounced enough to persuade you to enjoy this one.
Baileys Irish Cream with a hint of mint is a coffee coloured, milky looking Alcoholic drink, which is almost always served with ice.
My first experience with Baileys was not a very good one!! I had been on a bit of a session with a few of the lads, and after feeling bloated on numerous pints of lager, one bright spark returned from his round with 4 large tumblers full of what looked like an enormous measure of baileys. It emerged that they were infact BMW's (Baileys, Malibu, and Whiskey), so we set about the task of polishing them off.
It did not taste too bad really, but as there were 4 of us, we then had to do another 3 rounds of the stuff!!
Shortly after this I was sick a few times, then had no idea where I was, and eventually woke up the next day, after (apparently) being carried home. For this reason I gave Baileys a wide berth for a few years.
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 last year at Christmas, and I now really like it!
At 17% alc / vol Baileys 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 'Hint of Mint' to Baileys is one that I really like, it gives it a nice mint flavour which is not too overpowering, but makes the drink feel fresh and cool.
I like to store Baileys 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 ~
Baileys 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 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 Hazelnut flavour
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 ~
A great tasting drink, which is enjoyed by almost everyone, it is worth trying some of the cheaper brands to form your own opinion.
Oh yeah...........Drink in moderation!! ;-)
Thanks for reading
© L500589 2011
I'm not a big drinker nowadays, not surprising really, as I've spent huge chunks of the last decade either pregnant or breastfeeding. One alcoholic drink that I've always really enjoyed and always get given for Christmas by relatives is good old Baileys. 'Normal' Baileys is a gorgeous combination of Irish Whisk(e)y and cream. I don't actually like whisky in any other guise but I love the rich creaminess of Baileys and the strong burning, warming sensation that it leaves you with. It's a drink that needs to be drunk in moderation, as it can be sickly if drunk to excess so it suits me, with my single glass on 'special occasions' down to the ground.
Surprisingly, considering how much I like Baileys, I've never tried any of the flavoured versions until recently. The 'hint of...' versions have actually been around for a couple of years but I keep receiving the original sort and couldn't really justify paying another £20 or so for a flavoured version. When I noticed that the entire range was on offer at Morrisons for just £9 for a 1 litre bottle, my time had come and I had to treat myself!
I bought the 'hint of mint chocolate' variety, supposedly for Christmas but I can't wait that long and had to crack this open at the weekend. I love chocolate (who doesn't), I love mint chocolate and I had visions of this tasting like a liquid version of after eight mints, combined with that classic warming, creaminess that only Baileys can produce.
What a disappointment!! The first mouthful I could taste that familiar Baileys flavour and waited for the mintiness to kick in....and waited.....and waited. I'm still waiting! Giving this stuff the benefit of the doubt, I thought my taste buds had been numbed a little because of the curry I'd eaten earlier. I have since tried drinking some on an 'empty palate' and still haven't experienced the lovely minty chocolatey taste that I'd been anticipating. Even now, I've got a glass here and, despite swooshing it about my mouth and rolling my tongue around and all sorts of facial contortions, I can't taste a 'hint' of mint chocolate anywhere. I'm so disappointed! I've even kept double checking the bottle to make sure I hadn't picked up the wrong sort by mistake.
Glancing across the other reviews here, I'm surprised to see that this stuff has achieved a five star rating! Perhaps I've got a dud bottle or something because, to me, this tastes identical to the Baileys I've been drinking for years! It looks the same, smells the same and completely tastes the same. Fair enough, this is called a 'hint' of mint chocolate rather than claiming to be mint chocolate flavoured but I can't detect the tiniest little mint or chocolate at all. Don't get me wrong - this isn't unpleasant at all- It has all the qualities of the drink that I enjoy but that's just the problem. This tastes identical to normal Baileys. I wouldn't be able to differentiate between them if my life depended on it.
For anybody that wants to take the taste test for themselves, the range is still on promotion at Morrisons (although now selling for £12 a bottle) so at least it won't cost you a fortune to discover that this is just the same as the old stuff!
I'm glad that I didn't wait until Christmas before trying this as I would have been really disappointed. I was tempted to try the caramel variety whilst this offer was on but I don't want any more disappointment!
** Baileys Irish Cream With a Hint of Mint Chocolate **
For the sum of a mere £12 I bought my girlfriend and I a 700ml bottle of Baileys Irish Cream With a Hint of Mint Chocolate from our local supermarket.
We both love Baileys Irish cream so it was natural for us to experiment with the new flavoured Baileys that have started apeearing on sale as Baileys popularity grows.
There was no real difference o the appearence of the Baileys Irish Cream With a Hint of Mint Chocolate when I poured out 2 glasses. Other manufacturers mint Irish creams are all green coloured. Not so the Baileys one. It looks almost the same as regular Baileys expet that it may be a timy bit darker in colour.
Taking my first sip of Baileys Irish Cream With a Hint of Mint Chocolate revealed a taste that was still 80% the orginal Baileys flavour that I knew -except that there was a subtle mintyness to it and the very merest hint of chocolate.
Other manufacturers mint Irish creams have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer when it comes to balancing flavours. I find they are more mint with a subtle hint of Irish cream than the other way around. Baileys have erred on the side of caution and good taste and because of their restraint it does in fact taste good!
I'm not sure I prefer Baileys Irish Cream With a Hint of Mint Chocolate to the original flavour but I do like it and will buy more bottles of it for when we're in a minty frame of mind.
** My verdict **
Baileys Irish Cream With a Hint of Mint Chocolate is by far and away the besat of all the mint Irish creams. The original is still my favourite but the mint variation is a close second. Can't wait to try the other variations now.
I'm not the hugest fan of Baileys in the world, but I don't mind the odd glass or three (*cough*). I find the actual drink far too sickly so if I drink it at home I add about the same amount of milk to it which makes it a little less cloggy (would add ice cubes but don't ice in my drinks for some reason).
Anyway, last year when I was still working my boss at the time gave me a bottle of the Baileys with Caramel for my birthday.. I thought it was lovely of her to remember but since found out it was a freebie from the brewery (I worked in a pub) and nobody else liked it! Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth I kindly accepted the gift and took it (hastily) home to try with it being my birthday and all, of course!
Now this particular one I had to admit I was not a fan of at all, and it put me off wanting to try the mint one as I thought it would be like drinking an after eight - yuk! Or so I thought..
We live 5 minutes from several shops and one of those is Netto, which was advertising recently the full size bottles (750ml) of the mint Baileys at just £5.99..for that price I decided it was worth trying!
Baileys is a thick, milky liqueur that contains irish cream and whiskey. It's a beige colour and has a very nice aftertaste. When I bought the Mint version I opened it expecting it to be green! Of course it still had the same reassuring baileys colour so it scored points there with me!There was no definite minty smell either which made me wonder if these bottles were on offer because of some defect- had someone forgot to actually add the mint?
The bottle itself is a stylish black glass, that is wide and plump at the bottom before becoming narrow near the neck. There is a green screw top which is quite easy to open and the bottle has the logo on the front printed on paper which wraps round the bottle.
What I thought~
Now it's all very well me prattling on about the shape of the bottle etc, but the main question here is what's it taste like?
On first drinking it I was apprehensive. But on the first sip I was surprised to find it tasted like normal baileys..that was until a few seconds of actually swallowing it - there is a really subtle minty aftertaste. It's not as strong as I thought it would be, and it still manages to have the baileys taste without the mint been overpowering. The bottle has recently been finished (no not in one day..I'm not that bad!) but I think it's a liqueur I will be buying in again, especially if at that bargain price!
The Hint of Mint version of Baileys does provide a subtle twist, personally you can do better than the original; love a glass of the stuff on the rocks, just makes the flavour perfect some of the drink is cold and a little bit still warm... the perfect blend.
Its an easy drinker, you don't need to strain to like it its just great all round, some other irish creams don't have as smooth taste as Baileys and many other cheaper alternatives do not do with other flavours like Mint and Caramel.
Don't even get me started on how good the Caramel Baileys is, this just reminded me of creme caramel from my visits to France, was a brilliant flavour.
Finally i would definatly recommend Baileys as a drink and these new infusions of flavour really do compliment the range, very popular over christmas i believe; and rightly so, a brilliant drink that i could drink day after day.
This was a great idea from the Baileys group, to add certain hints of flavour such as Mint to the well-known Baileys cream liqueur drink.
This really brought the drink back into popularity, especially at Christmas when everyone seemed to getting a bottle for someone.
I must admit that I initially thought that adding a flavour like mint would ruin the traditional taste of Baileys but I was very wrong. The mint is just as they say a hint and it just gives the creamy taste of the liqueur a cooling minty finish after every sip.
As I usually add an ice cube to the drink this makes the Mint version of baileys work even better.
R and A Bailey and Co make Baileys in Ireland of course in the city of Dublin. The drink is made up of fresh Irish cream and the finest spirits like Irish whiskey.
The drink is quite sweet and undoubtedly fattening due to the cream but it's a very luxurious drink that warms you inside as it goes down.
It's always best to drink Baileys on it's own and not to mix it with acidic drinks as the cream tends to curdle and once you see this, it really will put you off drinking anymore.
A bottle costs around £12. Some supermarkets have better offers on.
The alcohol level is at 17%.
Per 25ml serving
Baileys launched its "hint of creme caramel" and "hint of mint chocolate" flavours at Christmas only a couple of years ago. As someone who always tried to keep a bottle of Baileys in the cupboard, and loved mint chocolate I was quick to pick some up.
First be advised that when they say "a hint of" they really do mean a hint. The mint chocolate flavour is really terribly faint under the usual Bailey's flavour.
It is rather enjoyable though. You can drink it on its own, or dribble it over ice cream, or in my favourite way - warm up a cold winter night by adding a shot to hot chocolate. It's smooth and creamy and warming and just generally yummy.
As with normal Baileys it's very very sweet. People who don't like sweet drinks are going to want to sit this one out.
At £12.50 for a 70cl bottle, it's not particularly cheap. However, as it's also very strong - 17% alcohol - it tends to get drunk pretty slowly anyway, at least in my house, so that bottle tends to last a while.
Not particularly good for dieters - apparently just 25ml is 82 calories, so watch it if you're slimming!