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, then check out our best Baileys Irish cream recipes.
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. The group choose 1st and 2nd place winners with the rest coming in as overall worthy runners up.
Baileys Irish cream is made by Gilbeys of Ireland, a combination of cream and Irish whiskeys from various distilleries.
The results for the best Irish cream liqueur
Marks & Spencer make their Irish cream with triple distilled aged Irish whiskey and blend it with fresh dairy cream from the Ballyrashane creamery. 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.
Lidl Irish cream is made with fresh Irish cream, spirits, and Irish whiskey. 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.
Irish cream liqueur runner up
Iceland’s Irish cream has a blend of fresh Irish cream and oak-aged Irish whiskey. 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.
Since we conducted this taste test, we found three other Irish creams to try here…
The clue’s in the name here – this is made with fresh cream sourced from five family-owned farms in County Cork. The end result is delicious, velvety smooth and luxuriously creamy, with inviting butterscotch and coffee notes, and a kick from Irish whisky. Sip in place of dessert after dinner.
Belgian chocolate, cream, cocoa and Madagascan vanilla go into this well-rounded, not-too-sweet liqueur that has a nice boozy edge. Essentially it tastes like alcoholic chocolate milk – what’s not to like?
As far as Irish creams go this is hard to beat. Made using single-malt three-year-old Irish whiskey this is an opulently creamy, buttery affair with a super-smooth finish.
Other Irish cream liqueurs we tried in the taste test
Aldi’s luxurious and decadent Irish cream liqueur is made with fresh dairy cream and has distinct notes of Irish whiskey, chocolate and hazelnut.
Sainsbury’s Irish cream liqueur is made with triple distilled Irish whiskey. It was a particularly boozy number.
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…