Product Type: Tesco Liqueur
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A not so cheap Tesco own brand festive drink
Tesco Finest Irish Cream Liqueur
Member Name: yackers1
Tesco Finest Irish Cream Liqueur
Advantages: Cheap - unless the original is on offer
Disadvantages: Watery, strong methanol smell, no where near as good as the genuine item
Christmas is the time of Baileys, although after hunting around for deals and not being able to find anything that good the local Tesco was selling its own version of the famous Irish cream for £9.99 per litre. After purchasing a 70cl bottle of the genuine stuff for £8.99 which was a deal from the Co-op I thought the price was quite good and dropped a bottle in the trolley.
The Tesco Finest Irish cream comes in a dark and tasteful bottle, a bit like the genuine article. Many Tesco own branded products come in garish packaging, even the finest range so it is usually easy to spot a Tesco branded item a mile off. This is not the case with this Irish cream.
This Irish Cream consists of water, double cream (25%), sugar, neutral spirit, milk proteins, Irish Whiskey (2%), flavouring (with caffeine), colourings and stabilisers.
I was surprised at the relatively low amount of whiskey, although I guess the high overall alcoholic content is down to the "neutral spirit". I have absolutely no idea what neutral spirit is but I am guessing it is this that gives this Irish Cream the strong ethanol smell.
Upon opening the bottle there is distinct Baileys' cocoa/chocolate aroma but it is not as strong as the real deal. Once Irish cream had been poured one thing I did notice was that if you inhaled the liquid the cocoa/chocolate smell soon dissipated and there was a strong alcoholic smell that was quite over whelming. I appreciate this happens with genuine Baileys but I think the cocoa/chocolate smell lasts much longer and when the methanol smell comes through it is not so powerful, making the drinking experience much more pleasant.
****The colour and consistency****
This Irish cream is brown in colour, which is like genuine Baileys as expected. That said, it is more washed out than Baileys and a little lighter. Think of the dregs of Baileys at the bottom of a glass with ice and that is what the Tesco's Irish cream looks like straight out of the bottle. It doesn't look unpleasant or nasty but it doesn't look rich, warm and inviting either.
With the washed out colour I was expecting a washed out consistency, and I wasn't wrong and it is much more watery than the genuine article. Once again, I can only liken it to the dregs of some genuine Baileys with ice.
The Tesco Irish cream does taste a bit like Baileys but it is not so flavoursome. The cocoa/chocolate taste is less but the methanol/pure alcohol taste is much stronger. If you quickly gulp the Irish cream down then it could be mistaken for the genuine thing, however, if you savour the taste and let it slide down your throat like Irish cream should do the methanol taste is clearly evident and it is not ever so pleasant.
I found that adding ice, and watering the Irish cream down even further actually made it taste nicer as the methanol taste is diluted.
We paid £9.99 for a litre of Tesco Finest Irish cream whilst it was on special offer. When it is not then you can expect to pay £16.99, which I consider to be quite expensive for an own brand drink, especially when you consider the many other offers on genuine Baileys at the festive time of year, where I have seen 70cl for £8.99 and even a litre for £9.99 in Morrisons, although we missed out on the original, and not being fans of the flavoured varieties we went without.
As detailed on the Tesco website a 100g serving of this Irish Cream provides 214Kcal, 3.7g of protein, 22.1g of carbohydrates, 21.2g of sugars, 12.3g of fat and 0.3g of salt.
The first question has to be what is the ml equivalent of 100g? I am guessing not that much. I think it is quite poor how Tesco doesn't state the nutritional values using ml, since that is the measure of liquids right? I think the figures would be absolutely horrendous and probably put a lot of people off (although this is my opinion that I cannot substantiate).
Looking at the nutritional information this drink is exceptionally bad for you and has high levels of everything therefore it should definitely be drunk in moderation. It's a good job Irish Cream is a drink I only consume over the festive period otherwise I would be in a right state.
The Tesco Irish cream is an inferior product to Baileys. It is less flavoursome, more watery, less rich and more methanol tasting than the genuine article, although it does become more drinkable if you add some ice.
If the genuine Baileys is on special offer then this is not worth buying, even if it is £9.99 for a whole litre. However, if the Baileys isn't on special or, you missed out like we did, then it is worth a punt if all you want is some Irish cream.
Summary: Worth a punt if the original isn't on offer and this is, otherwise go for the real deal
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