Product Type: Halewood International Beverages Liqueur
Newest Review: ... 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 t... more
A TASTE OF ERIN
Halewood Irish Meadow
Member Name: lak11
Halewood Irish Meadow
Advantages: Tastes nice, cheap, versatile.
Disadvantages: Not as nice as Baileys in my opinion.
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.
Summary: Worth buying