Product Type: Baileys Liqueur
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It's a Mighty Mini...
Baileys Irish Cream
Member Name: chrisandmark
Baileys Irish Cream
Date: 12/09/03, updated on 12/09/03 (3404 review reads)
Advantages: Price if you don't fancy giving the off licence your last tenner!, Tastes like you're treating yourself
Disadvantages: omg, I put on a stone...
OK, Baileys Mini's are the business! A brilliant idea that really Baileys should have thought of years ago. They've put the wonderful drink that is Baileys into a little bottle, well, to be precise 4 little bottles and encased them in a cardboard 'wallet' which looks great. For those of you who don't know, Baileys is a coffee flavoured liqueur which is a blend of Irish cream, whiskey and the finest spirits (a unique 'blending method' is used to ensure a prefect mix of spirits and cream). Baileys is the 9th largest spirit in the world with a mega 1600 glasses of Baileys drunk every minute worldwide! Baileys can also boast that 'all Baileys is produced in Ireland with fresh dairy cream from 40000 cows.'
oOoOo IT LOOKS..... oOoOo
Trendy but sophisticated. A very minimalist cardboard outer container which is a beige/gold/yellow mix of colours with a black swirl going diagonally from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. Inside this swirl in gold and beige is the word BAILEYS and that apparently is all you need to know! It also advises there is 17% alc/vol and there will be 4 x 70ml servings inside. ;o) In red there's the familiar 'R.A.Bailey' signature. Well, it's familiar to me cos I love Baileys! lol The top of the box shows the Baileys logo followed by the word Minis and the tip that Bileys is best enjoyed chilled. The back of the box tells me that there are 1.19 UK units in the drink I have brought (although what isn't
clear is whether this is per bottle or for the full amount) and '18' in a big triangle (again, the reasoning behind this isn't clear although I reckon that's Baileys understated way of saying you must be 18 to purchase this drink!) The box is recyclable and it gives contact details and the legend 'Baileys is a registered trademark'.
To open the box looks easy enough but actually turns out to be a mission. I could easily have teared into it but I needed to preserve the box for this op! lol Upon closer inspection I see the bottles are being held in by 2 large flaps on either side of the box. You can see the bottom half of the bottles and with a quick turn of the wrist I flip open one of the flaps. Ha! Gotcha! Nope, the bottles are now fully showing but have been wedged into the box so snugly that it's impossible to get even a finger in to lever a bottle out. Try something else. I open the flap on the other side of the box and try pushing the bottles through. No chance. I got my bottles out by putting the box between my knees and sort of squeezing the bottle backwards and forwards until it levered out bit by bit. Once the first one was out the rest were easy to turn around and slipped out easily. As I was putting the box down I noticed in tiny letters on the BOTTOM of the box....... 'pull here to open' next to a wierd opening system that involves pulling the box apart at the seams! lol
The bottles are cute. That is definately the word for them. You get 4 gold coloured bottles which stand around 4ins high and are very similar in shape the the old glass milk bottles you used to get given at school, only on a smaller scale. The bottle has a gold coloured metal twist off cap which is surprisingly easy to open after the 'getting the bottle out of the box' fiasco!
oOoOo THE TRUE TASTE TEST! oOoOo
Despite the advice that Baileys is best served chilled, Baileys doesn't have to be stored in a
fridge. It will keep perfectly well at room temperature. And this was how I justified drinking my first bottle of Baileys Minis straight out of the bottle as soon as I walked in the door! :o) It really is a Baileys Mini - it's a mini version of a bottle of Baileys! lol
I'm sure you all know the taste of Baileys. Basically being a cream liqueur it's a creamy, warming drink which tastes to some degree of coffee (not Kahlua strong, but the flavour's strong enough) but the predominant taste is the whiskey, with the coffee flavour taking the 'kick' off the spirit and leaving a subtle aftertaste. Drunk at room temperate it can get sickly and leave a sticky sensation in your mouth but if you leave it in the fridge for an hour before drinking the Baileys seems to go smoother. The texture is hard to explain - think of a milkshake but made with single cream instead of milk and you've got an idea! Baileys is a gorgeous coffee/butterscotch colour and you can tell from the appearance and colour that this is a nice thick, rich drink.
The second bottle I poured into a glass after it had been chilling for a while. The Baileys tasted much better drunk properly rather than being swigged out of the bottle wino-style! I know Baileys over ice is a really popular drink but I don't add ice to liqueurs as it seems to take some of the creaminess away. Drunk out of the glass the true taste of Baileys came into play. The coffee and whiskey flavours settled down together to create a rich and sopisticated drink. You can follow the track of Baileys after you've swallowed it by the warmth that spreads down your throat. And of course you always get the taste of Baileys on your lips which you can't help but lick - kissing after Baileys is a sensation that has to be tried at least once in your life. ;o) I drank the third bottle in the same way - Mark's starting to think his luck's going to be in! lol
On the forth (and last) b
ottle I had a flash of inspiration! I made myself a cup of Gold Blend and used Baileys instead of milk, adding 2 generous spoons of sugar. WOW - why hadn't I tried this when I still had 2 bottles left??? It was gorgeous. I love anything coffee related - coffee minstrals, coffee roses, cappucino bars etc... - so I really enjoyed this drink.
oOoOo WHAT ELSE? oOoOo
I brought my Baileys Minis from Booze Buster for a special price of £4.49 but they will be going up next week to the normal price of £5.49. This works out a cheap way of drinking Baileys if you think that last night I paid £2.35 for a measure of Baileys in the pub and each of these bottles is equivalent to a double measure - you're only paying £1.38 for a double Baileys if you buy the Minis at full price. BONUS! You can probably buy them just about anywhere, but I've also seen them in Sainsburys and Tesco. You can also buy Baileys in a 1 litre bottle for around £14, a 700ml bottle for £11.99 and miniatures for £1.50 each.
The scary thing is that each of these bottles is a whopping 234 cals and 15% fat! So no good if you're watching your weight - drink the 4 of them and that's your daily cal intake off the rails! lol
I'd definately recommend Baileys if you're after a rich, 'treat yourself' drink and Baileys Minis are a cheaper (and probably healthier!) way of doing it.
You can contact Morgan Furze (the people who are responsible for Baileys) at Morgan Furze Ltd, 8 Henrietta Place, London, W1M 9AG or if you check their website at www.baileys.com you can join PS - the Pleasure Society and find out all about Baileys. Be warned though, this site only seems to be updated for advertising reasons and the content of the site rarely changes.
Thanks for reading. :o)
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