Review: Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream Liqueur

Review: Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream Liqueur


Saint Brendan was a 5th century Irish apostle (later a saint, of course) who was best known for a seven-year-long fantastical voyage that has gone down as a bit of high Catholic mythology. No telling if he was into Irish cream, but I have my doubts.

Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream (motto: “Simple by Design”) is another in a long line of lower-cost alternatives to Baileys. It’s Irish whiskey and cream, and that’s it. Pretty simple, indeed.

This Irish cream features a nice balance between the whiskeylike punch up front and the creamy, vanilla-and-marshmallow notes that build on the body. There’s a little heat on the back end, but overall it’s a quite gentle Irish cream, offering modest sweetness with a just a little bit of spice. Chocolate and chewy nougat notes hang around for a while on the finish.

Altogether it drinks quite well, but it could use a bit more power to separate it from what sometimes comes across like a glass of chocolate milk. Compare to Brady’s.

34 proof.

B+ / $12 /

Saint Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur




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


  1. Anonymous on September 6, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I just tried it for the first time and quite loved it. I used to favor Amarula from south Africa. I prefer saint brendan’s now and I think bailey’s is over priced.

  2. Rho F on October 19, 2019 at 7:17 am

    This stuff was delcious I will buy again !

  3. Pretty on October 20, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I’m a African American female who’s not a heavy drinker I tasted the Irish Cream when i was abt 18 years old just a taste and i must say it was pretty good When i started drinkin when i was 21 i didnt think about buyin this at all However that taste never left my memory Now that im 35 i started buyin Saint Brendans Irish Cream I even shared it with my followers Instagram i add 3 drops of E&J 2my

  4. Mikr on December 16, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Some people compare this to Baileys and it’s not even close, any person who has a real taste for alcohol will clearly see the better quality and flavor, and I’m a huge Baileys fan..

  5. Maria on March 18, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I have a bottle for quite a while now but I kept it in my refrigerator so the content is now solid but it smells very good. What can I do

  6. Tina on June 12, 2020 at 3:37 am

    I discovered this a few years ago. Was huge Bailey’s fan, I thought this was much better. No artificial taste like Bailey’s. I convinced my local liquor store to carry and told everyone about it. Maybe too many people, now the shelves are bare and the store manager said he doesn’t know when he will get more. Same at other stores. Does anyone know if there’s a distributor issue? I’m in Md.

  7. Tim on October 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I switched from Bailey’s to Brendan’s because of the cost. Brendan’s tastes just like Bailey’s for less than half the cost. Very good and very smooth. They claim to use all natural cream from grass fed dairy cattle.

  8. Steve on November 1, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    I was a big fan of Old Bushmill’s Irish Cream until it was bought out by the parent company that owns Bailey’s and they promptly discontinued :( Then I found Coole Swan and absolutely loved it until their price hit $50. Tried a few others and eventually settled on St Brendan’s and have been very happy with it, especially since it sells at such a bargain price!

  9. Anonymous on December 22, 2022 at 4:28 am

    love it taste better, and cheaper 5 stars out of 5

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