Looking for the best Irish cream liqueur to serve to guests this Christmas? Read on to find the results of our original Irish cream drinks taste test.
Irish cream liqueur combines cream with Irish whiskey. Traditionally Irish cream is served on the rocks or added to hot drinks for a boozy finish, for example boozy hot chocolate or Irish cream coffee, and it’s usually served around the festive period.
Why not make your own Irish cream with our super easy recipe? Click here for our simple homemade Irish cream, perfect for the festive period…
How the best Irish cream liqueur taste test worked
Five members of the olive team conducted a blind taste test to find the most flavoursome shop-bought original Irish cream.We tasted eight original Irish cream liqueurs from supermarkets and brands including Baileys. The group choose 1st and 2nd place winners with the rest coming in as overall worthy runners up.
The results for the best Irish cream liqueur
Joint winner: Marks & Spencer traditional Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Marks & Spencer make their Irish cream with triple distilled aged Irish whiskey and blend it with fresh dairy cream from the Ballyrashane creamery.
Comments: This winning Irish cream was thick, sweet and syrupy with a perfect hit of booze, the ideal combination. The price is mid-range and comes in a black bottle with a gold lid, perfect for gifting.
Price: £13.00/1L, marksandspencer.com
Joint winner: Deluxe Lidl Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Lidl Irish cream is made with fresh Irish cream, spirits, and Irish whiskey.
Comments: This winning Irish cream was super creamy and boozy with a strong sweet smell, it also had a lovely balance of light vanilla tones. This Irish cream is priced slightly cheaper and comes in a black bottle with Lidl deluxe branding.
Price: £6.99/700ml, lidl.co.uk
Irish cream liqueur runner up
Iceland Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Iceland’s Irish cream has a blend of fresh Irish cream and oak-aged Irish whiskey.
Comments: We thought this Irish cream was the lightest out of the bunch with a super smooth consistency. It also had a distinct caramel toffee taste, resembling Werther’s Originals. The Iceland Irish cream comes in a black bottle with orange and gold luxury Iceland packaging.
Price: £7.99/70cl, available from Iceland stores
Other Irish cream liqueurs that we tried
Baileys the Original Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Baileys Irish cream is made by Gilbeys of Ireland, a combination of cream and Irish whiskeys from various distilleries.
Comments: Baileys original Irish cream was pleasant enough to drink though it was a touch thinner than the winning bottles. It had a distinct smell and taste of toasted coconut. This came in a black bottle with original Baileys branding.
Price: £12.00/ 700ml, waitrose.com and ocado.com
Specially Selected Aldi Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Aldi’s luxurious and decadent Irish cream liqueur is made with fresh dairy cream and has distinct notes of Irish whiskey.
Comments: We thought this Irish cream had an aroma of chocolate and hazelnut. The consistency was slightly thin and perhaps too boozy, so if you like your drinks boozy than this Irish cream could be for you. Aldi’s Irish cream is slightly cheaper and comes in a black bottle with specially selected Aldi branding.
Price: £6.99/ 70cl, aldi.co.uk
Sainsbury’s taste the difference Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Sainsbury’s Irish cream liqueur is made with triple distilled Irish whiskey.
Comments: We thought this Irish cream was a bit too thick and had a very strong boozy aftertaste, though this may suit some people’s taste. This came in a slighter fatter black bottle with green and purple Sainsbury’s taste the difference branding.
Price: £10.00/ 1L, sainsburys.co.uk
Delaney’s (Co-op) Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Delaney’s smooth indulgent blend is made with alcohol and Irish cream.
Comments: We thought this Irish cream was a little watery and strong in alcohol but had pleasant hints of butterscotch.
Price: £5.99/ 70cl, available from Co-op stores
Causeway Coast (Asda) Irish cream liqueur
About the Irish cream: Causeway coast is made with single malt whiskey and fresh Irish cream with chocolate and vanilla flavours.
Comments: We felt this Irish cream was slightly thin and too boozy, and didn’t have as distinct a smell as others.
Price: £6.99/ 70cl, asda.co.uk
Looking for Irish cream recipes or alternative boozy bakes? Click here to see our best ever Irish cream recipes including Baileys chocolate tiffin and our best ever boozy bakes…