I like a glass of Baileys every now and then and it is a great after dinner drink but it is a little bit on the expensive side and due to its popularity, lots of imitations have appeared on the market. I have tried a few of them with varying success, but this Irish Meadow Cream Liqueur is one of the best alternatives I have found, especially considering the price tag.
The liqueur is a blend of fresh cream, white wine and Irish whiskey. It is 14.5% ABV, which is about the same as Baileys. The smell when you open the bottle is actually very nice and you don't get the overpowering whiff of alcohol that you sometimes get with other Irish creams liqueurs. It is very pale in colour but is quite a rich cream colour so it is not off putting. I was surprised at how creamy it was actually. It is fairly thick and I think I expected it to be much thinner so it was a nice surprise. When you are drinking it, it coats your mouth and throat quite nicely which means you get more of the flavour.
Taste wise, I actually think it is nicer than Baileys because it is a little bit sweeter and a little bit more creamy. I am not a big fan of overly sweet things, but this is just perfect for me especially as an after dinner drink. Neither the wine or the whiskey is overpowering and actually, it doesn't feel like you are drinking an alcoholic drink at all really, so you'll have to be careful. Having said that, it is fairly heavy and a bit too sweet to be drinking mass amounts of it in one sitting so I doubt very much that you'd get anything more than a little bit tipsy from drinking it.
I haven't seen this liqueur in a lot of places, however it is available in Tesco which is convenient. It is available in one litre and seventy centilitre bottles although I have only ever seen it in the smaller bottle. It costs £4.74 for the smaller bottle at the moment (and has done for a while), which means it is fantastic value for money. That is about a third of the price of the equivalent bottle of Baileys and I think it is absolutely worth that because it is a very, very good alternative to the branded version in my opinion. Definitely recommended.
WHAT IS IT?
Cream liqueur that is made in Ireland, it is supposed to be like Baileys but it is very cheap to buy and is not a very nice drink.
I do not like Halewood Irish Meadow and think that the flavour is not as good or distinct as Baileys. It is very thin and tastes a little bit like acidic when I swallow it, I do not like that it has got a strong aftertaste of white wine and I can not taste whiskey at all. When I drink Baileys I like that I can taste whiskey and every time I drink some I get burn in my throat, there is no burn when I drink Halewood Irish Meadow and that is because it is more like drinking thick wine than a liquer made with spirits. It tastes bitter and I do not care for the flavour at all because it is harsh and sickly.
WHAT I THINK
I bought this only because a lady I trust for good taste recommended it, I like to drink Baileys in the evening and pay £15 for a bottle but my lady said she drinks Halewood and it is very cheap. She told me it tastes very nice but it doesn't, it is a very poor version of Baileys but I could drink only one glass because it is very sickly.
The taste is very strong and I think the cream does not taste fresh like it does in Baileys, I had ice in my Halewood Irish Meadow and it did not improve the flavour. It is a very horrible taste and I think I would rather not drink at all than have this even though it is so cheap, I have got Baileys open and had a glass straight after trying Halewood and that way I could see the difference in the thick luxury texture and how thin and cheap Irish Meadow is.
A 70cl bottle costs only £3.49 and that is very cheap comparing to Baileys, I will not buy it again because I do not like the taste but if you do then you can save a lot of money.
1 Dooyoo Stars.
Irish Meadow is a blend of cream, white wine and Irish whiskey and is very similar to Baileys but about half the price. I bought two bottles of Irish Meadow from Tesco at Christmas although I was a bit dubious about the quality as it seemed so cheap. I don't normally drink very much at all so buying a cream liqueur was a real treat for me and buying two bottles was positively indulgent.
I opened the first bottle on Christmas Eve and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of Irish Meadow. To my untrained palette it tasted quite like Baileys. It was thick and creamy and quite sweet. I would say it wasn't quite as thick as Baileys but for a cheapo cream liqueur it was an excellent copy.
I did manage to drink a whole bottle during the Christmas week but when it came to opening the second bottle I faltered. To be honest the sweetness of the liqueur was becoming a bit sickly even for my taste and I have a sweet tooth.
One thing I did appreciate about Irish Meadow was that the alcohol content was a bit lower than Baileys. The label says that it contains 14.5% alcohol whereas Baileys has 17% alcohol by volume.
There is no unit or calorie information on the bottle but once opened you are supposed to keep this liqueur refrigerated. I failed to read this on the label and so I kept the first bottle with the rest of the Christmas drink in the living room with the heating going full blast. It was my husband who read the label on the empty bottle and pointed out that I should have put it in the fridge. It didn't do me any harm and I don't think I would have wanted to drink it chilled. This is a consideration though if you're buying this at Christmas or party times and your fridge is stuffed full.
I could only find one size of bottle for Irish Meadow and that was the 70cl size. It could be handy if there was a half size if you want to keep it in the fridge but I haven't seen one yet.
I didn't try this liqueur in coffee but if I buy it again at Christmas I probably will as other people say it's delicious. You could also drink it on ice but for me it's best on it's own in a small glass or two.
To sum up then this is a great buy. At the time of writing it costs £4.54 from Tesco and is well worth it if you want a treat.
I enjoy a glass of Baileys now and then and recently have acquired a taste for a drop of this well-known liqueur added to my coffee. But rest assured that I don't drink coffee very often and so this is a rare but delicious treat.
A few months ago I first tried Irish Meadow as a cheaper substitute for Baileys. I had been shopping in Tesco and saw this liqueur on the shelf and it was being sold at the very cheap price of £4.50.
I didn't think this would be as good a quality drink as the well-known Baileys as it was so much cheaper but I did think, at this price, it was worth trying. And so, off the shelf and into my trolley it went.
On tasting the Irish Meadow which I poured into a short glass with lots of ice already added, I would say that it is a nice drink and very similar to Baileys, but it doesn't taste quite the same to me. Yes, it is pleasant and I would say for its cheap price it is a good purchase but I don't think it is as good as the 'real McCoy.'
I would definitely say it's of good quality for the price even if not quite as good as Baileys and it's plenty good enough to add to coffee instead of milk; it makes a lovely coffee. I have had it suggested I might like this added to hot chocolate too and I most probably would!
I thought when it is served on its own it is noticeably thinner in texture than Baileys and I feel this is where the main difference lies. This can be seen when pouring and the thinner texture does spoil it a little as a smooth drink. However, served with coffee and also to add to food recipes, I think it's highly recommendable.
Now I don't like whiskey (E in whiskey is correct as we are talking Irish here!) at all but love this drink. I would say the whiskey can be tasted but it's subtle and warming. I love the smooth creaminess blended with the hint of something stronger. I don't know the ratio of cream, wine and whiskey but feel I can detect the whiskey more than I can the wine but this must be because the spirit has a stronger taste than white wine.
WHEN IS BEST?
Irish Meadow cream liqueur is a pleasant drink consumed on its own or it can be mixed with other drinks, although for me just ice is best. Irish Meadow and ice makes a pleasant drink for any time of the day (probably not before lunch!) but especially as a drink to sip at after dinner. I have drunk this as an aperitif.
Adding this to coffee I use just about a quarter teaspoon of sugar in the cup, which is a great reduction as I usually have a spoonful, a slightly larger than usual amount of coffee and after the boiling water has been poured over, the Irish meadow is replaced by my usual milk (or cream for some). I use the same amount as I would milk and judge if there's enough by the colour. I don't like my coffee dark so about two dessert spoons should suffice although really it is up to individual taste. If you're feeling particularly self-indulgent or generous to guests, then a little cream on top of the cup or coffee glass looks good. I usually just choose the coffee and Irish Meadow personally.
Irish Meadow Cream liqueur is manufactured by the company Halewood International Beverages (Ireland).
ABOUT THE COMPANY (http://www.halewood-int.com/)
"The business was founded in 1978 by the late John Halewood, whose entrepreneurial vision drove the business continually forward, and whose family are continuing in that tradition.
The Halewood International portfolio covers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Within alcoholic drinks the company produces a range that encompasses all the major categories, including Spirits, Beer, Wine, Cider, Ready-to-Drink and Fortified Wine.
The underlying philosophy of the business has always been one of 'Creative Independence'."
Irish Meadow is an original Irish blend of fresh cream with White Wine and Irish whiskey.
Once opened it should be kept refrigerated.
Alcoholic content 14.5%
I paid £4.50 in Tesco for a 70Cl sized bottle.
A little of this liqueur goes a long way.
-Why I bought -
I'm not really much of a drinker as I don't particularly enjoy the taste of alcohol. I do have the occasional drink at home in the evenings and I like to have a drink on special occasions but there aren't many alcoholic drinks I love. However, each year as winter approaches I am reminded that I do actually really enjoy a glass of Baileys. It is the perfect winter warmer. In November last year I bought a 1 Litre bottle of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur thinking that would see me through winter, even if I shared it with my husband. However, one week later the bottle was finished and I was buying another bottle at the supermarket. I would like to say I shared the bottle with other people, even one other person. I cannot lie; I had the whole bottle to myself. The amount of alcohol and calories consumed didn't bother me that much, after all it is only over the Christmas period (and by that I mean the three winter months) that I indulge in this way. It was the price I was more concerned about. A 1 Litre bottle of Baileys costs £20. Even on offer the best price is usually around £15. If I bought a bottle every week for the 12 or so weeks of winter that would add up to a cost of £180 plus. After splashing out twice on the Baileys I realised I was going to have to search for a cheaper alternative. The following week I spotted something called Halewood Irish Meadow next to the bottles of Baileys in Tesco. Although the description on the bottle sounded similar to Baileys 'fresh cream with white wine and Irish whiskey', I was sceptical because I had never tried anything other than the real thing. But after careful consideration I decided it was cheap enough to be worth a go. I figured if it was nice it would be a bargain at £4 for 700mls but if it was disgusting then £4 isn't much to lose.
- The Bottle -
The bottle is quite similar to that of Baileys. I would describe it as a short stumpy bottle made of thick dark glass. This makes it sturdy but it is impossible to see the contents and how much remains. The top of the bottle has a metal screw top that is light yellow in colour with dark green writing and a clover. The label on the bottle is the same light yellow with green and gold detail. There is a picture of what one can assume is an Irish meadow. The bottle overall looks fine but is nothing special, simply a cheaper version of the Baileys bottle. The label states that the drink is 'a smooth blend of Fresh Cream with White Wine and Irish Whiskey. Enjoy it straight or on the rocks'. As the liqueur contains cream it should be refrigerated once opened.
- Alcohol Content -
Irish Meadow has a declared alcohol content of 14.5%, compared to Baileys which is 17%. This doesn't bother me as I wouldn't drink it to get drunk but because I like the taste.
- The Taste -
Irish Meadow has the same coffee colour as Baileys. However, it was immediately obvious when I poured some onto a glass of ice that it has a much thinner consistency. This is also noticeable when you drink it. While it still tastes creamy, it is thinner and not quite as luxurious. I can't say I have noticed a difference with the alcohol strength and it has the same creamy, sweet whisky taste as Baileys but overall I would say it does taste like a cheaper alternative. But after all that is exactly what it is. I considered this when buying my next bottle the following week and decided I was prepared to have the not so luxurious drink at a cheaper price. Since then we have bought roughly one bottle a week. It occured to me that a lot of people use Baileys on icecream, in deserts and in cocktails and perhaps Irish Meadow would be a good substitute in these cases because the liqueur isn't the sole ingredient and the creaminess might not be so important. A downside of Irish Meadow is that it only comes in the one original flavour where as Baileys have the additional options of Mint Chocolate, Crème Caramel, Coffee, Hazelnut, Biscotti and Orange Truffle. While I think Irish Meadow is fine for me and my husband to drink at home alone in the evenings, if we were entertaining guests I would definitely splash out on the real deal.
- Price and Availability -
I have only ever seen Irish Meadow in Tesco where I paid £4 for a 700ml bottle which is currently selling for £4.50. For a quick comparison if you buy a bottle for £4.50 that works out at 64p per 100ml. Compare this to a 1 Litre bottle of Baileys for £15 (the best price I saw this winter) which works out at £1.50 per 100ml. A considerable difference.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend giving Irish Meadow a go if like me you like to drink Baileys at home but find the price to be high. Price per 100ml is better than half the price of Baileys, it tastes a lot like Baileys, and it is a lovely warming winter drink. Overall Baileys is the definite winner on taste and quality but this is certainly a good cheaper alternative.
I have always been a big lover of Baileys, but it's high price always puts me off buying it. A friend recommended I try Irish Meadow as an alternative. I was skeptical, but when I saw it in Tesco for £4.99 against the £16 Baileys, I thought I would give it a try.
I poured it into a small tumbler over ice, and with the first sip, I was really surprised at how similar to Baileys it was. The after taste was slightly different, but at that price you couldn't really complain! It also seems a little thinner than the real thing, but in my opinion, that just means it goes down a whole lot nicer!
The bottle looks sylish too, as does the label. I will definitely be buying it again (in actual fact I did buy it several times over the Christmas period).
I have tried to think of some negatives for this review, but the only one I can think of is that it is hard to just drink one glass!!
Both me and my mate like a nice drink especially at weekends and the other night when she came over she brought with her a selection of drinks! One of the bottles she bought round was this and she got it from our local Tesco store costing her about £4.00. This is the same type of drink as Baileys costing over double this did for the same size bottle and that's why she bought it!
This comes in dark brown glass bottle with a creamy coloured screw on/off lid to the top of it which has a small green clover leaf depicted on the top of it. On the front of the bottle there is a country scene shown an we are told that it is 'Original Irish Blend' Irish Meadow 'Fresh Cream With White Wine & Irish Whisky' and that it is made by a company called Halewood (Ireland) and is 70cl. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a little bit about the drink, that it contains 14.5% vol and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Informative enough bottle this is.
The drink itself is a rather thin creamy looking light brown drink. It is a flat drink...so no bubbles or anything are within it and as soon as you open it up a sweet whiskey aroma hits your nostrils that is really lovely.
Taste wise this is very sweet and a nice blend of wine, whiskey and cream. The first flavour I get is one of wine followed by a rich whiskey flavour and my mouth gets coating with a creamy flavour.
The only gripe with this is the thinness of it really. Unlike Baileys this is really, really runny and not so creamy as that however it is a nice drink this, very warming indeed, very sweet and highly intoxicating!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
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Irish Meadow is a liqueur made by Halewoods International Drinks Company, who are perhaps more commonly known for drinks such as Lambrini or Red Square.
Irish Meadow is a cream liqueur similar to those such as Baileys Irish Cream. In comparison to traditional cream liqueur it contains not just whiskey and cream but also wine, making it a far cheaper option. For me Irish Meadow is a cheap version of Baileys Irish Cream. You will find it in most supermarkets and local stores and it normally retails around £5.99. This is almost half the price of Baileys for, which I would normally pay around £12 a bottle.
Irish Meadow is a thin cream liqueur with a consistency maybe slightly thinner than that of single cream. On first taste I get the delicious creamy flavour with a strong kick of Whiskey, its not until I have swallowed that I get the more unusual taste of the wine. The wine aftertaste is not unpleasant, however, for me its just not as pleasant as one of just Whiskey.
I drink cream liqueurs on special occasions such as after dinner over the Christmas and New Year period. For this I would not purchase Irish Meadow as it just doesn't have the same luxurious effect as the ones without wine. I do however purchase Irish Meadow regularly for making cocktails at parties. As part of a cocktail or mixed short I simply cant taste the wine, just the creamy whiskey flavour. As a cocktail and short lover I think this is great value alternative as, mixed with other flavours you simply don't notice the wine aftertaste My favourite shot is a B52 consisting of Irish Meadow, Tia Maria and Sambuca.
Overall I think the drink is great value for money at around half the price of similar products, however for a treat I prefer cram liqueur without the wine.
One of the things that I really enjoy as an occasional evening treat, especially on a chilly dark night, is a glass of 'Baileys' and even better with a packet of ready salted crisps. As it is quite pricey it is not something that often finds its way into my shopping trolley, but my husband usually indulges me with a bottle for Christmas and birthdays. On holiday this year on a soggy and chilly day in wet Wales, I really fancied cosying down in our caravan with the heater on and a warming Irish cream, so on our trip to Tesco for our food shop I lingered at the alcohol aisle. The litre bottle of Baileys that was available was going to set me back £17 and I was dithering as to whether I could really justify buying it, especially as I had a bottle back at home already. That was when I spotted the bottle of Irish Meadow on the same shelf, priced at a mere £3.97 for 70cl. For that price I thought that it would probably taste disgusting, but also for that price I couldn't see that I had much to lose, so the bottle was duly placed safely into my trolley ready for an evening tasting session.
That night the seal on the bottle was broken and my husband and I sat down to place our verdict on this imposter, fully prepared to be berating it and wishing we'd not been so frugal. But no, we were so pleasantly surprised. It tasted really good and not a whole lot different to Baileys.
Back home I decided that I would make a proper comparison of the two versions of Irish cream. Firstly to looks. Irish Meadow is a pale caramel colour and looks a lot like the colour of a weak cup of tea. It is a fractionally lighter colour than Baileys and is also a slightly thinner consistency. The smell is slightly milkier and less intense but still really appealing. And all importantly the taste; it tastes just like Irish cream should, although I'm not really sure quite how you'd describe that. It is nice and creamy and tastes just like Baileys does when ice has been added, so I guess it's a more watered down and weaker consistency. It does leave a long lasting taste in the mouth which is quite rich and creamy.
The ultimate test came when I gave my husband a glass of each and asked him to identify them. On this blind test he got it wrong - fairly robust evidence I think that there really is not much in it and that given the significant price difference, Irish Meadow is a great buy.
It comes in a brown glass bottle with an attractive embossed clover leaf on the front. The screw top lid is cream with an olive green clover leaf on the top as well as the information that it is a product of the Republic of Ireland. The front label is rich and classy featuring a countryside photograph surrounded by gold, cream and green oval bands. It is stated as being an original Irish blend made from fresh cream, white wine and Irish whiskey. It contains 14.5% alcohol and is manufactured by Halewood International Beverages, Dublin.
Similar information is provided on the rear along with the suggestion that it will taste great on the rocks or straight. Personally it seems a shame to water down Irish creams and this does tend to make them taste milkier, so I'll always skip the ice. I have kept this in the fridge as recommended, something that I don't normally do with the baileys as that label doesn't recommend it. I would prefer to drink it at room temperature however. There is no sell by or use by date.
Given the fantastically cheap price and the fact that this tastes great and is so similar to Baileys I have to give Irish Meadow 5 stars. Off to the supermarket to buy some more now as I've just drained the last drops out of the bottle while writing this review - no need to wait until Christmas now - I can afford this!
To me, it seemed entirely logical at Christmas time to re-stock with one bottle of the expensive Baileys and one bottle of the cheaper stuff, which could have been any one of a number of cheaper brands but which ended up being this one.
My logic was clear. If you enjoy Baileys straight - have a Baileys. If you like a dash of something in your coffee, have an Irish Meadow which retails at around half the price. Simples!
My wife has a rather different stance on this and usually falls for most marketing ploys. I remember her seeing a massive display of Baileys in all its variants pre-Christmas and wanting to buy them all. Of course, Baileys doesn't last forever once it has been opened and I am sure that they love making money by people letting product go off and then re-stocking. Well, being a mean son of a bitch, that wasn't going to happen in our house!
So, the Irish Meadow was bought and tucked away at the back of the cupboard. We keep some spirits on display on the dresser but this wasn't allowed space as it was considered by my wife to be a down-market brand. Sigh!
Well, it was only at the weekend when I was looking for some cheap whisky to swill around my mouth to combat my toothache that I found this Irish Meadow that hadn't seen the light of day since being opened at Easter. There was half a bottle left but there was an unwelcoming crust which had formed around the neck of the screw top bottle. Opened it, smelled it, seemed OK and I decided in my own mind that it would be fine to go into my evening coffee. However on the evening in question it was rejected in favour of some Bells - much better for toothache than the sweeter Irish Meadow.
With toothache now gone, I set about polishing off this Irish Meadow over the last two nights and although it tasted fine in the coffee, I thought, for the purposes of this review that I should try some neat as I would drink Baileys. So I had two small nips last night - just by itself - at room temperature - and it tasted pleasantly sweet and was nice to sip at in that final hour before bed.
This morning I was half an hour later getting up and I slept very well, so it was an effective nightcap certainly.
We don't have any Baileys at present so I wasn't able to make an immediate comparison. Maybe my taste buds aren't that well developed or have been dulled through the passage of time, but if someone had given me this and told me it was Baileys, I don't believe I would know the difference. Maybe it wasn't quite as thick in terms of consistency and maybe it was slightly less creamy, but taste wise it was good. It might even have been better still because it really shouldn't be left opened and unquaffed for too long. The drinks cupboard is nice and cool but far better to keep it in the fridge and drink it within a couple of months of opening, I would say.
It is described on the bottle as being a smooth blend of fresh cream with white wine and Irish whiskey and is 14.5% alcohol by volume - not quite as strong as Baileys. However, this type of drink is never going to get me too tipsy as to have too much of the stuff would result in your feeling sick rather than drunk. Like Baileys, it is quite sweet.
Irish Meadow is a Halewood International brand. It isn't always stocked by the major supermarkets as it is considered by many to be a seasonal purchase and to be fair once this bottle is finished, we probably won't buy it again until Christmas. I think it was around a fiver when we bought it - around half the price of Baileys and offering very good value as far as I am concerned.
However, I think next year we'll buy a couple of bottles of this and decant it into a sterilised Bailey's bottle. No, maybe that is a bit mean - but it would save me from scrabbling about at the back of the cupboard because my wife would have it on display!
If you're a fan of Baileys, you probably have looked for cheaper alternatives, as have I. There are quite a few on the market and I've tried quite a few. Ahem. Cough. Yes indeed. Well, carrying on and making no judgements (about me! Haha). Some are better than others. A few are so sweet you feel your teeth melt, but Irish Meadow is not one of these.
Irish Meadow is a "smooth blend of fresh cream with white wine and Irish whiskey". You don't taste the white wine at all (or at least I can't detect it), but the whisky and cream, (which after all are what you are looking for with a Baileys-type liqueur), are definitely there. It's noticeably a thinner liquid than Baileys, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is still rich and luxurious in feel, with a lovely creaminess that remains on the palate.
Its colour and appearance in the glass is pretty much identical to that of Baileys - you wouldn't know by looking at it that it wasn't the famous brand.
The bottle on the shelf is not as well packaged as the Baileys, not as attractive & classy perhaps, but it is in a shapely brown bottle with a picture postcard Irish meadow scene on the label. You can expect to pay under a fiver for a 70cl bottle of it as opposed to at least twice as much for the "real thing". I usually buy from Spar, although I believe other supermarkets stock it.
It is less alcoholic by a couple of percent alcohol by volume (abv) - Irish Meadow is 14.5% abv, while Baileys is 17%. I wouldn't say that's necessarily a bad thing either! If you're drinking for pleasure rather than to get sozzled (not that the two are always mutually exclusive!), the difference in abv isn't going to make any difference.
Irish Meadow is very easy to drink - not cloying or too sweet. It manages what many cheap substitutes fail to do and gives Baileys a very good run for its money. I think I'd possibly even choose this over Baileys even if both were at the same price, because I do like the thinner consistency - it doesn't seem quite as heavy. The only thing that really makes it seem cheap is the packaging.
I knew my bottle of Baileys was running low so when I was in the off licence on Xmas Eve I brought a bottle of this much cheaper Irish Meadow just in case I ran out of my yummy creamy liqueur before the day was over.
I did run out, but wished I hadn't bothered buying Irish Meadow because I didn't like it at all and didn't drink much more than a small glass, and that was only because my mum insisted we all have a drink in our hands to raise a toast!!! lol
It's a lot thinner than Baileys and hasn't got such a creamy flavour, when you pour Irish Meadow out of the bottle you can see straight away that it's not Baileys and no way would you ever be able to convince someone that you was giving them proper Baileys and not this cheap drink. It's got a very pale colour and doesn't look luxurious like Baileys does when you pour it into your fave posh glass.
The flavour is proper weird, I'm having trouble putting it into words. Irish Meadow is made from whisky, cream and white wine but the only whisky I can taste is when I swallow the drink and that's mainly because it gives it a nice kick. The main taste in it for me is the wine..... and I HATE wine..... I don't know if it's because I hate wine so much that I can taste it, but the drink for me is more like a thick creamy wine than a liqueur.
You can sort of taste the coffee in it like Baileys, but it deffo tastes all watery and not very nice. I don't know if I'd have liked Irish Meadow more if I hadn't already been drinking proper Baileys, maybe it wouldn't have tasted so cheap and thin if this was all I had to start with. I dunno about that, but if you drink a luxurious glass of Baileys and follow it with this Irish Meadow like I did then I reckon you'll be disappointed.
A bottle costs about a fiver, so if you enjoy Irish Meadow then you're in luck because that's an alright saving compared to the normal price of Baileys.
It was a lovely evening yesterday so my neighbour and I decided to sit in the garden for a chat while soaking up the lovely dry weather. After a while we both realised we were hungry so while I set about putting a couple of steaks on the BBQ she went round to her house to prepare a quick salad. When she came back she also had a bottle of Irish Meadow Cream Liqueur, the drink that has long since been known as 'poor man's Baileys'.
This description is rather apt as the taste, smell and appearance of this puts me in mind of the infinitely more expensive and well known Baileys although in actual fact I tend to prefer Irish Meadow overall.
It's all down to the consistency of the drink. Irish Meadow is not as thick and gloopy as Baileys, it has the thickness of a good quality milkshake (not those extra thick ones!) and goes down an absolute treat without me heaving or gagging at the thickness as sometimes happens when I drink Baileys.
The flavour of Irish Meadow is rich and creamy, like most cream liqueurs of this type it has a distinct coffee flavour which is apparent as an underlying taste to my drink. It has a slight kick as I drink, but is not harsh in the slightest and has a wonderful sweetness that counteracts any heat in the drink completely.
I drank mine over ice and found the drink to be absolutely perfect. The thinner consistency goes so beautifully with the ice cubes and the chill they lent to the Irish Meadow made it seem a much more luxurious drink that it actually is. Later in the evening I made a coffee and we used Irish Meadow instead of milk to create a kind of hot toddy, the result was absolutely perfect leaving us with sweetened cups of coffee that had a wonderful kick after each mouthful. I could get addicted to those drinks!
The main ingredients in Irish Meadow are whisky (Irish, of course!), cream and white wine. They are all blended so very well that I can't exactly say 'oh, there's the wine' and 'here's the whisky' although the spirit is apparent from the heat inside the otherwise creamy and cooling drink.
The alcohol content in Irish Meadow is higher than you would suspect from the creamy flavour, at 14.5% it can get you tipsy rather quickly! Likewise it can make you rather sick if you rush it due to the heaviness of the drink itself, and also to some extent the high percentage of alcohol.
The best part is that a 70cl bottle costs just £4.29 in my local off licence, a big difference to the price of Baileys which can cost upwards of £13 for the same size bottle dependant on where you buy it from.
Although it's quite a girly drink, 'Baileys' is one of my top liqueurs, and I have spent many a relaxing hour knocking back shots of the tasty concoction with plenty of ice. However, as it's a rather expensive tipple (around £12 for the 700ml bottle), I don't buy it on a regular basis, and often resort to the cheaper mock-Baileys drinks which are available at a fraction of the cost. One such beverage is 'Irish Meadow', which retails at only £4 for the 700ml bottle.
Irish Meadow is basically a thinner version of Baileys - a cream, white wine and whiskey based liqueur with a pleasant flavour. The light golden brown concoction has a pleasant smell, in which the subtle aroma of coffee and whiskey can be detected, and once you get going with the drink, one glass will inevitably lead to another.
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The flavour of Irish Meadow is very tasty indeed, and here's the shocking part - I actually prefer this stuff to the drink which it's trying to replicate. Although the overall taste is not as creamy as Baileys, I find the blend of alcohol to be much more pleasant - which is great news for me considering the fact that it's eight whole pounds cheaper!
As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I enjoy the drink best on the rocks, and the addition of a few lumps of frozen water converts the traditional winter fire-side tipple into a summery and cooling spirit interlude.
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Even though it is less creamy and the consistency not as thick as Baileys, for me, Irish Meadow is a great tasting drink in it's own right - and it's a fraction of the cost of the old master. I would recommend giving this pleasing alcohol a go if you've yet to try it - and although i'm sure many will still consider Baileys to be the original and best, for only £4, this is surely worth a go.
I'm a very big fan of Baileys which is probably the best known Irish Cream Liqueur out there. It's very expensive though at over £10 for a standard bottle so I was pleased to notice in Tesco that there's an alternative available for much less money. This stuff costs £3.99 a bottle and my Mrs informs me that it's been around for a while, I've just never noticed it before now. I thought it had to be worth a go at that price.
This is basically a cheap version of Baileys. It's an Irish Cream Liqueur with a strong smell of whiskey and a really smooth creamy texture even if it was a tad on the thin side. I noticed instantly that this product differs from Baileys, my old favourite, but I have to say it doesn't differ anywhere near the amount of the price difference.
I found this was absolutely delicious as an evening drink served cold on the rocks and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this again in the future. I think it would be ideal for family functions infact due to the popularity of Baileys in our house usually and the fact that we always run out of it before the night is finished. At £3.99 a bottle, I can't see us running out of this stuff!
If you're a fan of Cream Liqueurs or a Baileys fan specifically, this stuff is well worth a try. It does taste slightly thinner and a little different to the premium equivilant but it's really not that far from it. Not nearly a tenner's worth different at least.
Irish Meadow is the leading wine based cream liqueur in the uk market with 10% market share. Irish Meadow sales have increased dramatically between 2002 - 2003 largely due to the launch of the new stylish icon bottle & the introduction of the miniatures 'tots'.