Baileys Irish Cream is a Christmas booze staple for many of us but there are a couple of purse friendly alternatives worth trying namely those from budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl but which of the three is nicest?
I invited 3 of my fellow Baileys loving friends round to taste test in my kitchen.
All were served over 3 cubes of ice and Mr Thrifty labelled them in such a way we couldn’t tell which was which. We wrote down our brief comments after a few sips of each glass, we had a small glass of water between each taste test.
Baileys Vs Aldi and Lidl Alternatives
Lidl Dundaglan Irish Country Cream £3.99 for 70cl
Friend A.) This is Baileys, no? Very rich.
Friend B.) It’s nice and thick in texture.
Friend C.) I like it but the colour looks a bit wish washy – did you wash your glasses?
Me.) Lovely and creamy
This tastes exactly like Baileys to me, if a tad thicker in texture but lighter in colour. It is creamy and has a lasting taste but doesn’t taste quite as boozy.
Baileys Irish Cream – price varies, currently £12 for 700ml in Tesco
Friend A.) Is this the Baileys?
Friend B.) Very creamy and subtle
Friend C.) Creamy and rich
Me.) Silky and rich
Good old, never fail Baileys a deliciously thick and rich creamy concoction perfect for Christmas eve.
Aldi Ballycastle Irish Country Cream 70cl £3.75
Friend A.) Ok, this is NOT Baileys
Friend B.) Why is it so thin?
Friend C.) I like it and it is close but it has a bit of a bitter taste.
Me.) It tastes a bit like the ice has melted and it has been left to sit in a warm room.
A little thinner than both of the competition but closer in colour than the Lidl alternative. A slight bitter and lingering after taste.
Out of the not very scientific and totally without a blindfold taste test, 3 of us preferred the Lidl and the 4th preferred the Baileys.
They all taste good but cutting it down to brass tacks for a review the Lidl alternative wins hands down. Even the friend who voted for Baileys said she will pick up a bottle of the Lidl because it tastes so similar and the price is drastically lower.
Which will you be slipping into your trolley this Christmas?