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.
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.