“ Brand: Irish Knights / Type: Liqueur „
Item: Irish Knights, Irish Country Cream
Bought in: Asda
What is this?
This is a lower priced version of Baileys. This is a cream alcoholic liqueur.
Packaging and design:
This is without a doubt in very similar packaging to Baileys. This bottle is made of dark brow/black glass that tapers towards the lid. Very similar to Baileys (and is sitting right next to Baileys on the shelves in Asda) so even without reading the label you know you are likely to be getting a creamy alcoholic drink. The label and the metal bottle neck are both cream coloured and tell you that this is "Irish Knights". The label also tells you that it is an "Irish country cream" and is a "product of Ireland" haha get it, this is from Ireland! There is also info to tell you that it is a mixture of creams and wines. (Sounds horrible but tastes nice). There are also details of the strength and quantity on there too. The design of the bottle is quite simple and elegant and is a good "mock up" of Baileys. However as I notice more and more these days on labels, the actual text is in a variety of fonts, colours and sizes so could be easier on the eye. But as the bottle is quite distinctive you almost already know what it is without reading it.
Yum!!! Creamy, sweet and thick. Mock Baileys are often quite bland and watery. But I find this one to have a really nice thick consistency and tastes almost of smoked toffee (well it des to me). It is a pale coffee/cream colour. I do not taste anything like cream mixed with wine so the details on the front of the bottle may be off putting if you hadn't had Irish cream before and had literally expected a mix of cream and wine.
What can you do with this?
I personally usually just have this poured over ice in a short chunky glass. But if you like coffee ( I don't), I know you can pour it in coffees instead of using cream. I have also used it in a "winter colada". We made these at Christmas and instead of adding pineapple juice to a pina colada we poured in a shot of this and an extra splash of milk to make a winter colada. Tasted so creamy and tasty. Could only manage a couple though as very rich.
Overall this is a great purchase if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Baileys (which we now tend to only buy when it is o the £10 1ltr bottle deal). It tastes as good as Baileys and costs nearly half the price. The bottle is inoffensive and I believe will last 3 months after first being opened, however it never lasts that long in our house.
I've been very wary in the past, trying Irish Cream's that weren't Bailey's, because they never seem to get it right. None of the 'alternatives' I've tried have lived up to the 'real thing', and this particular Irish Country Cream is no exception. There was good reason for my skepticism! Bailey's excels in taste, texture, smell, and bottle design; everything except price. To be honest, price is the only thing Irish Knights (and all the others) have up on beloved Bailey's, all else lacks. If you feel you can hack lesser quality and don't want to read on, here's the bottom line: Bailey's £20 per litre, Irish Knights £6.49 per litre (mysupermarket.co.uk price comparison). 1/3 of the price...
A basic black glass bottle with screw-top plastic lid and yellow label. They have tried to create a medieval theme (i think), but have failed miserably. The label seems tacky and unofficial - it looks like a design that could be easily counter-fitted (as many products like this are). They seem to be milking it a bit with the Irish thing (excuse the pun), as the words 'Ireland' and 'Irish' are plastered all over the bottle numerous times. All the relevant information is on the label. The quality of the bottle isn't good, but I suppose it does its job.
It just tastes cheap. It still retains the smooth quality of Bailey's, but the cream is sweet and sickly. The ABV is only 14.5% (when usually an Irish cream will range from 15-20%), so the drink doesn't taste particularly alcoholic. The usual glowing heat left simmering in the back of your throat by that alcohol (a positive thing) is, for some reason, lessened in Irish Knights. You can barely taste whiskey's influence, though there is definitely a hint of it in there. It's as though they have over-loaded the Irish cream with dairy, and smothered the alcoholic nature of the substance. The beverages after-taste has hints of the original taste, but is heavier and tangier than before - you feel like you need to brush your teeth. I find it tastes O.K. 'on the rocks', but using it instead of milk in coffee works just as well as with Bailey's for some reason - By the way, this is a great way to drink any Irish cream!
To conclude, I found Irish Knights a poor alternative to Bailey's. They are both Irish Creams, but despite the fact they both appear very similar, their taste is far different. The quality lacks in one, and thrives in another. There isn't enough whiskey and the after-taste is shocking. A disappointing drink, besides the price!
Another of the Baileys-type products that I have tried (see my review of Irish Meadow) is this one: Irish Country.
It's available at around a fiver from Sainsburys (and I daresay other supermarkets and retailers). It is usually sold in 70cl bottles and stored on the liqueur shelves of the alcohol department. The bottle I had was more expensive than some similar products, but this may be the fault of Sainsburys rather than its recommended retail price.
Unlike its rival, Irish Meadow, it is made up of only Irish whiskey and cream and is actually made in Northern Ireland. (The other contains white wine as well). It is clearly closer to the make-up of real Baileys as is the percentage of alcohol by volume: both Baileys and Irish Country share an abv of 17%.
Irish Country comes in an elegant dark brown glass bottle, with a simple but attractive celtic-style label. I'd say that it's far classier in appearance than Irish Meadow, although it doesn't quite match up to the famous brand of Baileys styling.
It's a pale cream liquid which issues from the bottle, closely resembling Baileys, and pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing. In the mouth, it's slightly thicker than Irish Meadow, but perhaps not quite the same consistency as Baileys. It leaves a rich creaminess in the taste-buds but its initial taste in the front of the mouth is somewhat harsher and stronger than both Baileys and Irish Meadow. This quickly subsides to give the warmth and comforting softness of the cream, but suggests perhaps the whiskey involved is cheaper.
But hey, the product is a whole lot cheaper.
I don't find the drink much sweeter or hard to consume in anyway, it's another good effort at a substitute for Baileys! I was quite surprised as I have tried some *awful* sickening imitations previously.
On the whole, I think I would recommend Irish Meadow over Irish Country, as it was that tiny bit cheaper and there's relatively little to choose between them. But if you like to taste the alcohol or if the thickness of Baileys is important to you, then this one might be closer for you.
I absolutely adore Baileys and so when me and my mate spotted this the other day in Asda and neither of us had seen it before we decided at £4.01 a bottle to give it a go. Usually when it comes to a Country Cream type of drink I wouldn't dream of looking at cheaper brands but seeing that a small amount of Baileys cost £10.00 and that wouldn't go far between two of us this seemed a mighty good idea to try!
Dark brown bottle with a dark green screw on/off lid/cap to the top of it. On the front of the bottle and around the neck on cream coloured labels I am told that it is Irish Knights and then on the main label I'm also told that it is Irish Country Cream 'A special blend of Fresh Cream and selected wine' and that it is 70cl, 14.5 Volume and that it is a product of Ireland. On the back of the label other information given includes being told a bit about the product and contact details for Irish Knights are given. It's a nice enough bottle though no size is stated but it is a rather large one to be fair to it!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
In the magical land of Ireland many years ago it is said that the Irish Knights offered sanctuary, food and drink to the weary traveler as they journeyed lifes road. Today this traditional Country Cream made with fresh Irish cream and fine wines offers a truly warming taste in the spirit of friendship and tradition of the Irish Knights.
The Drink Itself:
Both me and mate really liked this, so much so we went back to the store and treated ourselves to another couple of bottles to keep in storage for a later drink!
Pale brown and creamy looking this really is wonderfully warming. Sweet and creamy in flavour you can detect a little wine in there but for the most part it is just a very creamy and naturally tasting sweet drink!
It has a thickness to it though of course as it is liquid. Not only does it smell pleasant, look good it tastes it too though don't be fooled as it is an alcoholic drink though doesn't taste so much so type of thing and we got off our faces without even realising!
This can't be compared to Baileys however. Baileys is richer and stronger in taste and for that pleasure you of course pay more for that. This is simply a very tasty and rich drink and in my opinion more sweet and with an undertone of chocolate to it's flavour where as the original Bailleys in comparison does not!
Nice drink though and now a firm favourite of me and my buddies!
We purchased our bottles in Asda and it cost £4.01.
Brand: Irish Knights / Type: Liqueur