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Particularly enjoyable during the winter months, Baileys is the go-to cream liqueur drink. Creamy, smooth and distinctive tasting - it is particularly enjoyable served over ice.

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      02.03.2014 09:24

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      One of my favourite drinks - give it a try

      I'm not very picky when it comes to alcohol, I drink pretty much anything. My dad has always been a fan of Baileys and always had a bottle in the cupboard. So when I turned 18 I was allowed to try the Baileys and I absolutely loved it, most defiantly one of my favourite drinks ever. I prefer to drink mine ice cold, keeping it in the fridge then filling a tumbler with ice cubes and then pouring in the drink. My mam and dad bought me a litre of this for Christmas just gone and put it this way it went a while back. I do think that with this drink once you take a sip the alcohol hits you straight away - VERY strong. The taste is so creamy and can be heavy on the stomach. I only tend to buy this when it is on offer as it can be quite expensive however Irish meadows which is very very similar is available to buy from Tesco for £5

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      30.04.2013 22:31
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      a good alternative to beer and wine

      Baileys has got to be my all time favorite drink it is gorgeous!! It has been around for years, a lot of people seem to drink it in the winter or around Christmas time but its so lovely it really can be drank at any time.

      Baileys isn't cheap it's normally around £15 for a bottle, you can sometimes be lucky and get it on offer so its worth stocking up when you see this! You can get Baileys at all the major supermarkets or drink stores.

      The drink is a liqueur and it has 17% alcohol in it so it is quite strong.

      I normally drink my Baileys with ice in a little glass. Me and my sister have made cocktails using it and they are gorgeous we mix it with milk and vanilla ice cream and make a big cocktail in a tall glass, sounds awful but try it and you wont be disappointed.

      The only problem with Baileys is that it has a lot of calories in it so it's not great if you are on a diet.

      I think the thing I like about it first is when you first swallow it it tastes amazing it just runs down your throat and it feels as if your chest is warming up and its delicious it has an unmistakable taste. I have tried some of the cheaper brands but they are rubbish compared to the real thing!

      I don't think you can ever tire of Baileys its gorgeous and lovely in summer or winter, I do tend to associate it more with winter but I think that just because of the warming feeling it gives you.

      There really is nothing better than sitting around a roaring log fire with a glass of Baileys in your hand - Heaven!

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        27.04.2013 02:29
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        The original is the best for me

        =Baileys Irish Cream=

        A little bit of luxury in a bottle is the best way that I can describe Baileys.

        As the bottle says it is an Irish cream liqueur and is a whisky and cream based drink.

        =Bottle=
        The bottles are sold in 70cl and 1 litre size, Baileys have recently brought out a new design in the 70cl bottle, instead of being a round bottle, it is a square bottle to be a fridge friendly design.

        =Price=
        Baileys does tend to hold its price during the year, but at Christmas time the retailers break free and you can purchase a litre bottle for around £12 when a standard 70cl bottle is around £16, even at Duty Free prices you can't get a good deal on Baileys.

        =Original=
        The Bailey's Irish Cream is the original flavour, although they have since introduced new flavours
        Mint
        Hint of Coffee
        Toffee
        orange Truffle
        Biscotti

        =Apr=
        The Apr for Baileys is 17%, which is quite strong for a liqueur.

        =Drink=
        Baileys is a drink that can be served neat or over ice, (which I prefer) as I find it can be a sweet drink. It goes equally as well in a coffee instead of milk and this gives the coffee a nice kick.
        I find it is a drink that you only need a couple of, not from the alcohol point of view, but from the sweet and the cream element, this can be a bit heavy on the stomach.

        =Cocktails=
        There are some recipes that use Baileys in the mix, but these can be an acquired taste.

        =Use-By=
        Baileys has a shelf life of 6 months, and it is recommended that once opened it is kept in a cool place.

        =Would I recommend=
        I would highly recommend this Baileys, personally I find the original is the best of the flavours, but the others are distinctive in their own rights, and it's a personal taste as to which you like or not.

        =Ice-Cream=
        I can highly suggest using Baileys as a topping for ice-cream, it adds the added luxury to any bowl of ice-cream.

        =My Verdict=
        A 10/10 for this Baileys, a bottle that I always make sure that I have in stock for Christmas.

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        28.02.2013 17:49
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        Great drink!

        Ooh Baileys, Irish cream liqueur.

        Why I wanted it.....
        I wanted this because I love my wine but wanted to try something much different. I love the feel and taste of cream, it's even better when it's mixed with alcohol.

        Packaging....
        Baileys comes in a dark glass bottle with a screw top. Looks quite attractive I like it.

        The senses......
        This smells beautiful! a very very strong smell though, you can sort of smell the cream in it, if you know what I mean!?
        It feels wonderful, it's very thick and especially when it has been in the fridge.
        Taste, the taste tops it off! Very creamy alcohol taste, I don't know how else to describe it to be honest. It's something you have to experience.
        I love the look of baileys, it's a light caramel brown colour and it just looks thick.

        Some of the ingredients....
        Irish cream, fresh.
        Irish whiskey.
        Cocoa.
        It has some other stuff in but I think these are the most important.
        Allergy: contains milk.

        Health info!!!
        Energy: 327kcal.
        Protein: 3g
        Carb: 25g
        Fat: 13g
        Percentage 17%

        Availability.......
        You can get this online as well as in alcohol shops, bars and what not and in supermarkets.

        Price....
        Depending on what size you want you can pick them up for about £10. The big bottles anyway. The smaller bottles you can get for around £8.

        My experience......
        I got this Christmas 2010 and I fell in love with it, as I said, I'm a lover of wine, but I do love this. I always have a tipple at Christmas and this has turned into a tradition. When I do drink it I drink it in a little tumbler with ice. It is recommended you don't drink it with acidic flavours.

        Advantages...
        I do love everything about Baileys.
        I like the price, but only when offers are on.
        It's a very nice treat.

        Disadvantages....
        The price can sometimes be a big big put off.

        Summary....
        Great drink to have with friends or on your own in front of a fire.

        Would I recommend.....
        Of course I would.

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          16.02.2013 23:40
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          The perfect way to round off a meal

          I am not usually a fan of after dinner liqueurs as I find them too strong however Baileys is a drink which I really enjoy. It is a whiskey liqueur which is very creamy in texture and would usually be taken neat over ice.

          The bottle is indulgent looking, black in colour with red label and rich looking swirls of baileys across the front. It is a quality looking product and as far as I am aware there is nothing else like it on the shelves. There are other flavours of Baileys available however I have yet to give these a try, I like the original and have a bottle to finish before I perhaps purchase the mint one.

          Drinking Baileys over ice gives a lovely warm glow. It is smooth in texture and has a little kick although at only 17% it is not going to knock you off your seat. I like the fact that it is not as strong as some other liqueurs. I have also tried Baileys in some cocktails however i tend to find it a bit too rich when mixed with other things and sometimes the creamy texture does not sit well. I will continue to enjoy a Baileys after a meal but would not drink this o. It's own over the course of a night.

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          14.02.2013 10:27
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          5 stars

          I don't drink very often but when it's Christmas or a special occasion I do like a little tipple. Bailey's is one of those drinks that I really like to have to treat myself, there is something about it that feels quite indulgent and rich, like a proper treat should!

          It is a whiskey and cream based liqueur. You can get it in a variety of different flavours- I tried mint once. But I think the original one is the nicest so just stick to buying this one now.

          It comes in a black bottle which is quite wide and it has a picture of what I presume is cream on the front.

          It is 17% so quite strong although not as strong as some of the other spirits and liqueurs out there.

          When I drink this I tend to drink it on it's own over ice. This may be too strong for some. I have friends who add this to their coffee at the end of a meal, it adds a really rich and warming taste to it as well as having that creamy edge. I like drinking it neat as I really like the taste. It is warming and sweet, very creamy and indulgent, you really do feel like you're treating yourself when you have one. I have had a shot in a hot chocolate before which was a bit too rich for me but maybe if yo have a really sweet tooth you'd like it.

          This is a drink I can't drink more than one measure of at a time as I find it's very rich it is too much to have any more. If you like cream and whisky then this is ideal and if you like sweet things then give it a go! It's indulgent and lovely.

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          13.02.2013 16:31
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          A lovely, year round tipple!

          I do love Baileys - it seems to be a drink which people only seem to think about and buy in at Christmas - but not in our house. We tend to get a bottle in whenever it is on offer. The price is quite high when you consider that a litre bottle of a knock off brand like Carolanns sells for around £5 a litre but Baileys itself is frequently around the £15 mark. I tend to snap it up when it is on offer at £10 a litre and consider that a fair price to pay.

          Baileys is available in a couple of varieties. The standard irish cream is coffee flavoured but there is also a mint and a hazelnut version (although I have only ever seen these on supermarket shelves at Christmas). You can also buy this in smaller bottles than the 1 litre version mentioned above, it comes in 75cl and 50cl bottles too.

          I like to drink this one of two ways, either straight over ice or in a latte coffee. It is possible to recreate a Baileys Latte (quite often seen on restaurant menus these days) by making a coffee and then replacing the milk with Baileys, because of the cream in it it will taste like a latte even with only a shot or a shot and a half of Baileys and it works quite well, lovely on a cold day.

          A Bailey's over ice, however, is a lovely drink even in the summer and I do think it is a shame that Baileys has tended to become known as a Christmas tipple in the main.

          The one thing you should be mindful of with Bailey's is that it is quite calorific because of the cream content, it is also quite sickly and sweet so it is not the kind of drink you would necessarily start a night out with (thought it makes a great nightcap at the end of one!).

          I also use Baileys in cooking and baking, it is lovely in cheesecake and easy to use in various recipes, plus the taste is quite distinct so you do not tend to need very much to get the effect. Overall, Baileys is a very tasty drink and suits more occassions than you might initially think!

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            12.02.2013 11:18
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            A delicious creamy drink which has a kick of whiskey to keep you warm and cozy

            I am not really one who likes the taste of alcohol and I tend to only drink for social reasons rather than the enjoyment of the taste! Along side cocktails and some wines, Baileys is one of those rare drinks that I actually enjoy, no wait, love drinking!

            About the drink
            The product is an Irish drink which is made using the milk from only Irish cows to make the cream that is within it. This Irish cream is then blended with whiskey using an entirely natural process within 36 hours of the cows being milked. It is then the whiskey which helps to preserve the cream. The drink has been around since 1974 so it is relatively new on the wider scale of things and it contains 17% alcohol. Obviously the drink contains cream and it will not be for those who are watching their weight which each 100ml serving containing 13 grams of fat.

            Flavours
            As well as the very lovely original, you can also now try the drink in other flavours. You can choose between coffee, hazelnut, orange truffle, caramel, mint and biscotti which is an italian biscuit. I've tried the biscotti version and although it is nice, I still prefer the original. You can also get Bailey flavoured ice cream and cakes, or you can use it in your own cooking.

            How do you drink it?
            The drink is obviously a strong one so you're not supposed to drink a lot of it. You pour a small amount of it into a glass and then add some ice cubes and you're good to go. It also tastes nice when you add a touch of it to coffee. As it contains cream, it's not really one that goes well with other drinks or mixers.

            Packaging and Price
            The product comes contained within a heavy dark glass bottle which you can't see through. On the front there is a lovely picture of some Irish fields and the bottle has a screw top lid which is easy to open and close. The back of the product gives some more information about the product. The bottle comes in three sizes with the sizes with the middle 70cl costing you around £14. It can be bought from supermarkets, off licenses and online websites. Obviously as it contains alcohol, you need to be over 18 to drink and consume it.

            My experience
            Although I drink more of this around Christmas time, I still do like to enjoy a glass now and again when I am having an evening in with friends or having a quiet night and need to relax. The drink itself is a coffee creamy colour and it has a consistency that is somewhere between milk and cream. It looks lovely. I has a nice smell which reminds me of happy memories and although you can smell the alcohol, it's not overly strong smelling. I only ever drink it with ice. It tastes incredibly creamy and as I love cream this is a good thing. If you don't like cream then there's no point trying this. It has a very smooth texture that feels more like drinking milk than like drink a liquid like water. I can taste the alcohol but it's not very strong so it doesn't bother me. It has a very creamy after taste which is my favourite bit. It can get sickly after a while and I very rarely drink more than one class of it. Although the alcohol percentage is strong, I don't drink enough of it for it have an effect.

            Conclusion
            This is an indulgent drink which should be consumed in moderation. The alcohol content and fat content makes this one that you won't want to go wild with. It has a delicious creamy taste with a small whiskey kick and will warm you right up on those cold winter nights. If you don't like cream, you won't like this but if you do then you will love it! I always recommend this drink and I always make sure I have a bottle of it in my cupboard.

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            06.02.2013 14:04
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            A lovely Irish Cream

            At Christmas I do find myself being in the festive spirit and I find that with this comes lots of food and drink! Now I am a sensible drinker, I never go out to get legless I am more than happy having a few drinks and leave with my mind in tact! One drink I love at Christmas and which also helps me feel even more festive is Baileys. I find that over plenty of ice it is a really nice drink (even better in a cocktail!). I do however prefer the original Baileys and although I have tried the other flavours nothing for me can quite compare to the original.

            == Baileys ==

            I think we all know what Baileys is whether you drink it or not. The liqueur which comes in that unmistaken dark brown/black bottle with the pale coloured swirls of the liquid inside. It is the world's no1 best selling liqueur which is drunk throughout the globe making it one of Ireland's best products considering it is all exported from the Emerald Isle.

            Baileys is of course an Irish brand no mistaking that! They use the best quality Irish dairy cream which of course only comes from "pasture fed" cows in Ireland. Irish whiskey is of course used and sourced in Ireland, it is the whiskey which preserves the cream making it last for 2 years in the bottle. According to Baileys Irish cows are the happiest around as being outside for majority of the year on good pastures and of course Irish Whiskey was first given licence to be distilled in Ireland so why not keep all the raw ingredients truly Irish.

            What else makes Baileys special? Baileys use sugar from Irish sugar cane and sugar beet (again keeping the Irish trait) and they use cocoa extract which gives helps give Baileys its unique taste and character. Baileys blend their liqueur in a 100% natural process which of course is what helps give that truly unique flavour that Baileys has regardless of which flavour you opt for.

            "Baileys is a natural marriage of fresh Irish cream, Irish whiskey and the finest of spirits."

            == Packaging ==

            There is no mistaking the black glass Bailey's bottle with its slim neck and rounded, almost globe style base. Other brands have tried to emulate this bottle but they don't really come close. The front label features the Baileys' logo together with the image of Baileys liquid in a swirled type design. On the back there is of course information about the drink, ingredients list and of course the usual warnings about drinking as well as contact information for Baileys if you should feel the need to get in touch.

            == The Drink ==

            Baileys is classed as a liqueur and as stated above it is made from Irish cream, Irish whiskey and other fine spirits which create such a lovely drink. You can serve it in a cold drink or in hot making it quite versatile. Ideal as an Irish Coffee on a cold winters day or my personal favourite is poured straight over plenty of ice in a short glass (a decent sized measure.

            The liqueur itself is a lovely pale coffee coloured liquid which is slightly marbled by the cream which is nice, it does look exactly like the colour of a milky latte except you don't get the coffee aroma instead you get a lovely soft, creamy whiskey hue which has very subtle and delicate hints of cocoa which round off the whiskey notes perfectly. It certainly has a lovely creaminess about it with adds a bit of luxury.

            To drink (which is obviously the best part!) regardless of how you have it (in a hot drink or served cold) you get a lovely warmth from it due to the whiskey which is certainly not over powering but you can definitely tell it is there. It is however, rounded off nicely by the cream and makes it incredibly easy to drink with a little warmth as an after taste it is incredibly pleasant whichever way you choose to drink it.

            I myself don't mind how I drink Baileys and will gladly drink it in a cocktail, coffee or just over ice. I do however, like the ice to melt a little before I drink Baileys and to make sure it is ice cold when I drink it as although it ever so slightly dilutes the liqueur I find it far more enjoyable to drink it this way although as long as it is chilled (if I don't have ice) I can easily drink it this way too! I like the warmth the whiskey leaves behind even from an ice cold drink.

            == Recipe ==

            Taken from the Baileys website I have tried and tested it on more than a few occasions and find it really is quite a moreish drink!

            A Baileys Martini

            Ice
            10ml of Smirnoff Vodka
            50ml of Baileys Irish Cream
            15ml of chocolate liqueur


            Method:

            Drop several ice cubes into a shaker
            Pour in the Baileys, Smirnoff Vodka chocolate liqueur
            Shake together
            Strain drink into a chilled cocktail glass and top with a crumbled flake

            == Useful Info ==

            Baileys has a shelf life of 2 years from when you open the bottle whether you store it in the fridge or in your cupboard. This is a Baileys guarantee. And why does it do this? Whiskey acts as a natural preservative for the cream and therefore can off this substantial guarantee. Although I've never managed to make a bottle last two years!!

            ABV: 17%

            Price: From £16.00 but look out for offers
            Availability: Supermarkets, off licences

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            28.01.2013 12:23
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            A smooth enjoyable alcoholic drink

            As I have a stock of this stuff following christmas I thought I would write a review of my own experience. Baileys is an irish whiskey and cream based liquer made by Gibeys in Ireland. Baileys is 17% strength first being introduced in 1974 and has now expanded to many other flavours including mint, orange truffel, coffee, hazelnut and biscotti.

            This is a drink I personally prefer over ice or in hot chocolates. I generally get bought at least a couple of bottles at christmas and buy some myself as it is very versatile and is used in some famous cocktails such as the A Bomb.

            I have tried the mint chocolate, original, hazlenut and orange truffel which I enjoyed. They come in bottles of 50ml, 250ml, 500ml, 750ml, 1ltre and 1.5ltre. The orange truffel flavour is very much like a choclate orange, the others are harder to describe but each drink is very smooth and silky on the mouth.

            I find that the 50ml serving is about right as it can get too sickly if too much is consumed due to the creamy nature of the drink. However, it is easy to enjoy and is a nice drink to sit by the fire with in winter (and often helps me to sleep).

            They all come in distinctive black glass bottle (except for the smaller ones which are plastic), with the famous white letters and red background of 'Baileys'. I have never stored Baileys in the fridge once open and have known it to last at least a month (how long the longest has been before being drunk).

            Nutritional values per 100ml: carbs 24g, protein 3g, calories 323kcal, fat 14g

            The cheapest was £10 for a 1litre bottle on offer at Morrisons.

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            27.12.2012 00:51
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            I always like to have a bottle in.

            Baileys is one of the few alcoholic drinks I will drink at home and as a result I always get at least a bottle and very often a few boxes of Baileys flavoured chocolates at Christmas. I have tried a few of the flavoured ones - mint and crème caramel and while they are nice for the odd drink, I still prefer the original.

            It is a drink that you can't drink too much of in one sitting as it can get a bit sickly, but one or two are really nice. I have had it on its own, just with ice and on one very drunken boat trip back from Hamburg with brandy.

            It does not really taste alcoholic so it can be surprising to realise that there is 17% alcohol in it. It is easy to drink a couple of glasses without realising that you have topped up the alcohol level but it is made very clear on the bottle.

            It is an Irish liqueur as the name suggests but I recently found out that there is not actually someone called Bailey who has this named after them. The name comes from the Baileys Hotel in London, and the signature that appears on each bottle is fake.

            Once opened the bottle lasts for quite a while and I have drunk the remainder of a bottle that has been open for well over 6 months. It is claimed that it is OK for up to two and a half years even if open but I must admit that I would not risk drinking a product that contains cream so long after it was opened. It also contains vegetable oil and I try not to think of this when I have a glass.

            The Irish manufacturers have been producing Baileys for more than 30 years and a few other flavours have been added - mint, cream caramel and hazelnut among others.
            The manufacturers provide this as their nutritional values:-

            Values per 100 ml Baileys:

            Carbohydrate 24g
            Protein 3g
            Energy 323 calories
            This may seem to be a lot but considering only a small amount is drunk at a time it is not that much of a problem.
            Fat content 14g

            Most supermarkets have an offer on Baileys around Christmas and at present Tesco are selling it for £16 for a litre bottle.

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              05.12.2012 17:18
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              Baileys Irish cream

              Wow, according to their website, "Over 2,300 glasses of Baileys are consumed every minute of every day." That is a lot of drinking but I can see why, Baileys is pure luxury in a glass and one of my favourite tipples. As we get nearer to Christmas I always think about a nice glass of Baileys again, I don't know what it is about this time of year, I think when I first tried it many years ago it was at a Christmas party and is always the nicest time for me to drink it and so I am looking forward to lots more after dinner glasses of Baileys.

              According to their website, "Baileys is a perfect marriage of fresh, premium quality Irish dairy cream, finest spirits, Irish whiskey and a proprietary recipe of chocolate flavours." Baileys is definitely wonderful and creamy and its almost like drinking a creamy dessert which is why I often like to have one after food. It has a creamy brown colour to it and is quite thick. I wouldn't really say that it has an overpowering chocolate taste, its definitely not like a hot chocolate drink or anything like that but you definitely get a lot of sweetness from the drink. You also get a very alcoholic taste from a Baileys too. It definitely has a kick to it, you have the first lovely creamy mouthful and then afterwards its like pow, a very strong whiskey alcohol aftertaste but it doesn't make you shiver, it sort of warms you up which is nice. Baileys is 17% alcohol by volume so thats why you get quick a kick from it.

              I think the best way to drink a Baileys is in a nice rounded glass with lots of ice so its nice and crisp and cold. Its not a drink that you can drink lots of at any one time and I think this is down to the creaminess but you can definitely drink a few in one sitting as they go down very easily.

              Baileys is definitely an Irish drink as its full name is Baileys Irish cream. According to their website, "over 75% of the raw ingredients and packaging used to make and present Baileys is sourced from the island of Ireland. The cream is fresh dairy cream that comes from pasture fed cows in Ireland. The whiskey is Irish whiskey supplied from a number of distilleries including The Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim. Apparently over 220 million litres of fresh Irish milk are required annually to produce the fresh cream used in the manufacture of Baileys." So you see its definitely a very Irish drink.

              I have always found Baileys to be an excellent quality alcoholic drink and one I love to enjoy at Christmas. Currently Sainsburys are selling a 1 litre bottle for £20.

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                A perfect tipple for a Christmas treat.

                Baileys for me is one of those comfort drinks that I think is perfect for Christmas time.
                This Irish cream liqueur is the number one best selling liqueur in the world. Coming from an Irish family even the smell of this evokes that warm Christmas cozy feeling of Christmases gone by. In fact this drink is actually made in the very part of Dublin that I spent most of my childhood, so the "Dublin 12 Ireland" on the neck of the bottle is really a nice thing to see every Christmas.

                Admittedly this isn't a drink for everyone. Millions love it and and equal amount either despise it or just prefer another drink instead. This also has a bigger female fan base than male. I think this is mainly dew to its creamy thick consistency. It goes against every other Alcoholic drink that men tend to consume, be it beer, larger whisky or any other stereotypical "MAN drink".

                With its lusciousness, this for me isn't a drink I could have glass after glass of. As I said, I think it's perfect for Christmas as its thick, warming and feels luxurious both in its texture and taste. And with its deceptive creaminess comes quite a punch in the alcohol department. This is actually 17% volume and as the glasses that this is supposed to be served in are like cereal bowls, it's unlikely you'll be served a small portion. Baileys themselves sell gift boxes of their liquor with two of these logo embossed glasses in the box which is handy if you don't own them already. Prices of these box sets and just the bottle alone, vary from store to store so it's a good idea to shop around.

                The blurb on the side of the bottle says
                "Baileys Irish cream is crafted with care from fresh Irish cream, the finest spirits and Irish whisky". So when you look at the ingredients in the blurb alone it's no wonder this is 17% vol.

                When it comes to THE most important thing, taste of course, Baileys is smooth, with a distinctive whisky like burn as you swallow, this isn't at all uncomfortable, in fact the total opposite, its a very comforting sensation. This is normally served over ice but I don't like it that way as it tends to get very watery within a few minutes as they ice begins to melt and mix with the drink. The result is quite repulsive (in my opinion) the once thick creamy brown liqueur ends up gray and thin. To avoid this from happening I have a handy trick. I find if you think the whole bottle will be consumed on the night (maybe you're having a party or some family members are joining you in a festive tipple) try putting the bottle in the fridge for a few hours before pouring, this way you get the cool drink with the warm burn and avoid the disgusting melted ice situation.
                 
                As you can imagine seeing there are lashings of full fat cream in this drink and it's rather sweet to taste, it's not one of the best choices if you are trying to watch your figure over Christmas (which I am not by the way) This has 227 kcal per 100ml and it tastes like it. Its ice cream like smoothness is quickly followed by a boozy adult taste, for me the perfect Christmas combination. With this in mind I am all for healthy living, but I think Christmas should be for enjoying yourself, most people spend the entire year watching what they eat and drink. I think you should give yourself these few days to let go (within reason) and reward yourself for all your hard work throughout the year, then when the new year comes around, return to, or begin a regime for a healthy new you. That's how I view Christmas anyway.

                Another thing worth mentioning is because of its sugar content once opened, poured and resealed the sugar crystallises around the ridges of the bottle head under the cap and if left untouched for a while this can make the top impossible to remove. So unless TNT is part of your Christmas wish list, simply give the top a wipe with a clean, dry cloth before putting away.

                This can of course be served at room temperature but I find most guests prefer the chilled version. When served warm this does taste very good, in fact the flavour is slightly stronger when not chilled and the creaminess is also somewhat enhanced, however it does call out to be chilled. Come to think of it, that voice only appears after I've had a few of these. 
                Note to self: once the bottle starts talking, it's time to stop ;)

                So, one thing I know for sure, is that a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur will be setting up home in my fridge for Christmas day and St Stephen's day (boxing day) and maybe even a couple of the nameless days that follow and with the Christmas tree twinkling in the darkness, wrapping paper everywhere and the kids happily playing with their toys, lazy old me will have his feet up by the fire with a nice cool glass of warming luxury in his hand.

                Thanks for reading :0) 2night.

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                  27.10.2012 21:17
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                  A lovely liquer

                  I've been a fan of Baileys for many years now, I was first introduced to it as an ingredient in a very lovely cocktail. I then progressed to trying it on it's own and find it suits a number of occasions, although the only time I tend to buy a bottle of Baileys to drink at home is at this time of year ready for Christmas.

                  Drinking Baileys
                  Baileys is a mix of spirits, Irish cream and Irish Whiskey which together leave you with a beautifully smooth creamy drink. I like to drink mine on ice although I find you need to drink it before the ice melts and waters it down. I find it enjoyable to drink outside on a hot summers evening but also in contrast it is perfect on a cold winters evening.
                  Most people I know like Baileys and it's the one drink that I know will be accepted by both family and friends, this is why I always buy a bottle for Christmas as it always gets drunk and I've never had to worry about it going off before the bottle is empty. The bottle recommends that it is consumed within 6 months of opening but there is no need to store it in the fridge once opened.
                  My favourite Indian restaurant frequently gives the ladies free Baileys at the end of meal. I find this is the perfect way to end a meal and evening. Even if I have drank wine with the meal having a Baileys doesn't make me feel any worse the day after.
                  Baileys has a 17% alcohol content so it is a lower option than drinking most spirits would be. As it tastes so delicious it is easy to poor and drink a larger measure if you are at home than you would get if you were buying it at a pub or restaurant.
                  In recent years the Baileys range has expanded and now includes
                  Mint Chocolate
                  Crème Caramel
                  Coffee
                  Hazelnut
                  Biscotti
                  Orange Truffle
                  I like the original and so have stuck with it and not tried any of the above.

                  Price and availability
                  Widely available from alcohol retailers it is currently (October 2012) £12 for a 1 litre bottle in Tesco full price is £20.

                  Would I recommend?
                  Yes, if you've never tried it make this the year you do. My Baileys glasses which I received as part of a gift set will be out again soon. Cheers!

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                    19.10.2012 17:55
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                    A nice smooth drink, Great on ice and in coffee

                    About Bailey's:
                    -It's 17% alcohol
                    -Consists mainly of whiskey and cream
                    -Is available in miniatures, 75cl and a litre bottle
                    -Is now available in mint, caramel and other flavours
                    -Is generally drunk neat, on ice, or in coffee for an Irish coffee

                    My thoughts on Bailey's:
                    Bailey's is one of my favourite drinks because I find it easy to drink because it is smooth, not too strong or bitter and has a pleasant after taste. I find it much easier to drink than spirits as it is a creamy liquer, however you must be careful when drinking it on its own or just on ice because you drink a lot of it without realising! It is not a drink that you would drink with a mixer, you only add it to coffee... which is also very nice but I tend not to drink it this way as I normally have it on a night out. Bailey's on ice is my perosnal favourite as it makes it taste more refreshing. It's made up of cream and whiskey and you can tell because the consistency is very similar to milkshake. You can get a litre bottle for around £13-£14 on offer and it is regularly on offer in supermarkets.

                    It's really tasty, easy to drink and not too strong (17% may sound like a lot but its half the percent of spirits such as vodka and rum). Great as a pre-drink before a night out!

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                • Product Details

                  Baileys is a natural marriage of fresh Irish cream, Irish Whiskey and the finest of spirits. The worlds No1 liqueur, best enjoyed in a large measure over ice. Baileys Irish Cream (the registered trade mark omits the apostrophe), is an Irish whiskey and cream based liqueur, made by R. A. Bailey & Co. of Dublin, Ireland. The trademark is currently owned by Diageo. It has a declared alcohol content of 17% alcohol by volume.