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
Halewood Irish Meadow
Member Name: dkm1981
Halewood Irish Meadow
Advantages: Lovely taste, very cheap
Disadvantages: Not widely available
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.
Summary: Very good alternative to Baileys
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