Product Type: Baileys Liqueur
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The Warmth Of The Irish - Bottled
Baileys Irish Cream
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Baileys Irish Cream
Date: 08/04/12, updated on 10/04/12 (85 review reads)
Advantages: The taste is superb, the packaging sublime, the image simply super!
Disadvantages: Price has its place when perfection is the platform!
Baileys was always one of those drinks I had an interest in as a child, watching my mum sip away over an evenings television viewing - especially at Christmas. I suppose it was the texture, colouring and occasional taste I was permitted to trial which grew the fascination - though I never really understood how anyone could like any alcohol of any sort at the time, orange squash seemed so much tastier. No, I think it was the bottle that I liked most - that deep black thick glass and thin metal lid which always seemed to get clogged up with remnants of the previous winters pouring. Yes, I think that's how I'd describe this tipsifying liquid, 'a winter beverage' - the late Christmas Eve indulgence.
Baileys is an Irish Cream most commonly drunk on its own, or with large chunks of clear ice - 'on the rocks'. Taking your first sip then reading the label, you may find it strange just how potent the white stuff is - a whopping 17% alcoholic content. To me it doesn't taste very alcoholic at all, its texture is so creamy and soft it seems to sliver down your throat without any effort at all, leaving a warm glowing sensation in the walls of your neck. You don't get the bitter bite you get from most alcohol, it's more a lingering heat.
*The Taste In General: When I take a sizeable gulp, the initial taste reminds me of a mix of coffee and nut in a creamy combination. Due to the cream, it definitely has an element of milkiness to the taste - a rich chocolatey milkiness which works alongside the coffee and nut you also sense to give a full-bodied feel. The after-taste is different though, the richness is lost and it almost feels tangy - and not in a good way - it's like after you've eaten a chocolate bar and you feel like you need to brush your teeth (maybe this is the drinks chocolatey element doing what it does in a bar). There is definitely a sickly element to the drinks taste due to the richness - you can't have too many glasses in one sitting.*
Beneficial to the company ('Baileys & Co.'), Baileys is bloody addictive. I can't help but take sip after sip after sip - whenever I drink this my hand, mouth and throat seem to flick onto auto-pilot without consulting my brain. Consequently, the drink disappears from the glass far quicker than I'd like.
Luckily, Baileys produce this marvelous produce in bottles 70cl and 1L in capacity (along with several small alternatives which are better suited as gifts, less as home stock). Unluckily, they cost a bomb. Commonly I've seen this substance in super-markets for about £15-18 per 70cl, however I've only ever bought it when it's been on offer (which it often is in Morrison's). On offer the drink can be bought for about £10-12 per litre which I thinks pretty acceptable for such an up-market product. But remember, the government have decided to lawfully stop shops doing deals on alcoholic drinks as of this year - so unless Baileys drop their normal price the drink will always be £15-18. The 70cl bottles seem to last me about a week if I have one healthy sized (wrong phrase) glass with ice each day - and sometimes that comes with an additional top-up.
You can tell they've spent a lot of time and money perfecting the product to the market group, with both the packaging and general taste / texture they've created. Equally so, they must make a huge profit on the stuff, due to its high retail price. The attention to detail goes right down to the smell, which plays an important role in creating the drinks aroma, its 'feel'. Apparently, 80-90% of what we taste is actually the substances smell (www.exploratorium.edu) which explains how the smell seems to mimic the taste in my view. It smells creamy, rich and full-flavored - incredible strong and potent, almost warm.
Other varieties also available:
- Baileys also produce some non-alcohol alternatives I haven't tried
- What I can tell you about the varieties above is that they don't beat the original - the originals best.
Cocktails can sometimes hit the floor when people are happy to spray their cash - though the drinks are exceptionally expensive at bars as they have to make profit on an already pricey substance. Here are some examples:
*Cement mixer - Baileys and lemon/ lime juice (acidic alcohols can replace the juice) which when mixed causes the Irish Cream to curdle and look disgusting. Also I have to warn you, it tastes disgusting - the texture and taste is ugly and makes me want to throw up whenever I smell it - why ruin a good drink?
*Baileys coffee - replace the milk with a shot or two of baileys (25ml or 50ml) and enjoy - a good way to mix the drink.
I think I've covered everything you need know about the produce. It's a wonderful evening drink which should be consumed in small volumes (if you're on a normal wage) - don't over do it, I hate to use the word sickly but after 3 or 4 glasses it will become just that. Moderation - I highly recommend it in this. 5/5
Summary: A marvelous drink with a marvelous taste!
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