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Review: Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur

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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 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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Brady's Irish Cream Liqueur

$12
8.5

Rating

8.5/10
Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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16 Comments

  1. George Brady January 7, 2010

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

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    1. michael brady November 29, 2019

      Oh yah My family in America drinks this product.
      Michael Brady

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  2. Pete Johnson March 5, 2012

    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.

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  3. Christopher Null March 5, 2012

    Pete – In fairness we’ve never properly reviewed Bailey’s on the site. Just this — https://www.drinkhacker.com/2011/08/28/review-baileys-mudslide/

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  4. lerner August 6, 2016

    How many calories

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  5. Rob October 6, 2016

    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!

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  6. Rob October 6, 2016

    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.

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  7. Michael November 22, 2016

    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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  8. Richard portas May 8, 2018

    How to order case of %Bradyys and cost?

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  9. Barry Alexander July 27, 2019

    Brady’s tastes HORRIBLE and nothing like Bailey’s. I took one sip and had to throw out the bottle!

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  10. Will December 10, 2019

    I’ve tried many of the Irish Creams on the selves where I live. Brady’s is not Bailey’s by any stretch and not my fav by any stretch. It’s a little thin. But at $10/bottle it is hard to go wrong. I will buy it again. Good stuff.

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  11. jack May 19, 2020

    This is not remotely like baileys and has a strange artificial strawberry or raspberry undertaste.weird stuff

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  12. Jon August 10, 2020

    I’m withJack 5-19-20

    someone spilled a bottle of raspberries, or something fruity flavored
    into your small batch vat,
    Some ingredients has changed, been added omitted from the taste of
    your “old” more drinkable product ! Sorry to say it’s for the worse.

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  13. Mike Brady September 3, 2020

    Years ago it caught my eye b/c of the name, then I bought it for the price. Good stuff. On their website it says that the sugar content is 76g per 1.3 oz. Is that even possible?? Now wonder it tastes good.

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    1. Christopher Null September 3, 2020

      76 grams of sugar is 3/8 of a cup; that amount of sugar alone would weigh nearly 2.6 ounces on a scale; so no — that’s not even scientically possible. Baileys has 8 grams of sugar per serving, so my suspicion is that Brady’s is missing a decimal point on its website: It’s probably 7.6 grams of sugar in that 1.3 oz serving.

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