Review: Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur

bradys irish cream liqueur

Brady’s isn’t the biggest name in Irish Cream liqueurs… but it sure sounds a lot like it.

Turns out it tastes a lot like it, too.

At $12 a bottle (sometimes as little as $10), Brady’s is an extremely credible and, possibly of more importance, inexpensive knockoff of Bailey’s, the most noteworthy of standby dessert drink ingredients.

The flavor is mild, with a gently creamy milk chocolate character plus a bit of vanilla and just a hint of whiskey (that’s what makes it Irish, folks). Maybe some malted milk in there, too. Not too sweet, but not terribly complex, either.

Fine on the rocks, fine with coffee, it’s a perfectly acceptable cream liqueur. The dude on the bicycle that’s pictured on the label may not create the effect you’re looking for when trying to romance your gal pal, but if you pour it into an old Bailey’s bottle and pass it off as the “real” stuff, well, we won’t tell anyone.

34 proof.

B+ / $12 / castlebrandsinc.com  [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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8 Responses

  1. George Brady January 7, 2010 / 1:54 pm

    My family in Ireland makes this product.Where can I purchase it in the states?

  2. Pete Johnson March 5, 2012 / 10:05 pm

    This is a sadly under-rated review of a superior product. Brady’s is amount the few Irish Cream left on the market that is 100% Irish Whiskey based (Single Malt Clontarf Irish Whiskey), last I checked, Bailey’s isn’t even 100% Irish Whiskey anymore. It’s 30-35% neutral grain distilled spirit (It’s cheap to put in some neutral grain to keep the alcohol content up, and Bailey’s still manages to jack the price every time they put a new commercial on TV) and what Whiskey they do manage to put in Bailey’s is a blend of whatever cheap whiskey they can get their hands on. Brady’s is FAR from an inexpensive “knockoff”, more like a better, not over-priced, true Irish Cream.

    The only thing I can say about Brady’s and use Bailey’s in the same sentence is: Brady’s is similar in taste to what Bailey’s USE to taste like before it went too corporate, cut financial corners to widen the profit margin, sacrifice taste & quality for $$$.

    In Minnesota, $12 for a bottle of Brady’s is a stretch. $7.99-$9.99 is the average.

  3. lerner August 6, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    How many calories

  4. Rob October 6, 2016 / 5:40 am

    I’ve been a long time fan of Saint Brendan’s Irish Crème but just found Brady’s and I a big fan now. My wife did a blind taste test for me between Brendan’s and Brady’s and I could not tell the difference. But I found that Brady’s is only 75 calories per ounce and Brendan’s is 117 calories per ounce. Brought a case of 6 yesterday for $10.99 a bottle!

  5. Rob October 6, 2016 / 5:44 am

    Also… that $10.99 a bottle is for a 1.75 liter vs. $19.99 for the same size bottle as Brendan’s. I can get almost two Brady’s for the price of 1 Brendan’s. I also like that Brady’s comes in a plastic bottle.

  6. Michael November 22, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Just tried this today for the first time. It’s been a while since I’ve had Bailey’s but this felt very close in flavor. Which might sound obvious, but not all Irish Creams taste the same–Carolan’s has a strong honey flavor, for example, while others have an unpleasant harshness. This was smooth, sweet, and creamy the way it should be. The label says they use only single malt Irish whiskey for the alcohol content, which is impressive. Overall the impression I got was that they are trying to make a quality product rather than just a cheap knockoff of the leading brand. I don’t drink Irish Cream often, but once in a while I get craving–usually around the holidays. I’ll be looking for Brady’s next time I do!

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