Baileys Vs Aldi and Lidl Alternatives

Baileys v aldi and lidl alternatives

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

aldi and lidl baileys

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

Mini Review
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

Mini review
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.

Mini review
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.

lidls dun dalgan irish country cream review

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?



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  1. This is such a coincidence as i was googling this the other day! and hated how i couldn’t get any actual prices anywhere. We bought the Lidl version last year and it was so hard to not just drink it like water. It’s an absolute winner in my eyes too, and so delicious. thank you for the post, as i did wonder about Aldi too! x

  2. Very helpful post, I’m a Bailey’s fan but will be trying the Lidl one now! Thanks!

  3. Not a Baileys fan BUT Aldi’s Chocolate Cream Liqueur is just as nice as the M &S version. Not sure how it fares price wise. However if you don’t live that close to an M & S food store its nice to have an alternative :)

  4. I LOVE the Lidl one. I only pop it in my coffee around Christmas time so no reason for me to pay more than just over £4. The Lidl twix style bars rare amazing too. about 80p for 5 bars

  5. Go Lidl! I hate baileys myself (sacrilege I know!) but I just stocked up on plenty of gin from Lidl

  6. I freaking love Baileys at Christmas, well … the whole of December! I’ve got one bottle already when it was discounted in Asda a month or so ago. But maybe I might wander along to Lidl too….

  7. Thanx for this review. Very helpful. I am going to buy Lidl’s version 2day. I personally luv gin but hve never tried Lidl’s. I Have only tried Bailey’s once but on a recent visit to the Isle of Arran I bought their Arran Gold & it is absolutely lush x

  8. I love the Lidl version! We’ve recently swapped to shopping there and have to say, generally so far, so good. Bailey’s is one of my favourite things at christmas, it is something that makes me feel really christmasy and like the holidays have begun. We tried the lidl version last week however and decided, that it was just as good…and why the hell not?! Asda do a cheap version as well that is also pretty damn good, but I think lidl tops it for the creaminess of it. x

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