I'm a Baileys expert - I tried Tesco's alternative and there's one you should buy

Baileys (left) and Coole Swan (right)
-Credit: (Image: Narin Flanders)


Irish Cream liqueurs are a hit, with Baileys being the go-to choice for many. However, if you find Baileys a bit too much, there are other options out there that might tickle your fancy.

Our very own Narin Flanders, who considers herself a Baileys connoisseur, decided to give an award-winning Tesco alternative a whirl and was pleasantly surprised.

Coole Swan is an acclaimed Irish cream liqueur, crafted in Ireland in small batches. It's made using single malt Irish whiskey, Belgian white chocolate, Madagascan vanilla and fresh Irish cream.

The liqueur has bagged double gold at The San Francisco Wine and Spirits Awards and has even been crowned 'World's Best Liqueur'.

The makers of Coole Swan claim it to be 'the superior Irish cream' and they're ready to back up their words. If you purchase a bottle of Coole Swan from Tesco between now and June 21 and aren't impressed, you can claim a full refund, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Just keep your receipt, visit moneyback. cooleswan.com before August 3, and upload your details, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Narin shared her thoughts: "When you place the two glasses side by side, one of the key differences in ingredients is immediately apparent in the colour of these delightful drinks. Coole Swan's Belgian white chocolate base gives it a lighter hue than Baileys' rumoured milk chocolate blend. You'd think that Coole Swan, being white chocolate-based, would taste sweeter but, to my surprise and possibly due to the potency of the malt, it actually tasted more mellow, smoother and had less of an initial kick."

"While I love Baileys, for me the taste comes in stages - you have the initial sweet scent and then the first hit of warmth when you swallow and then it's eased by the cream that extinguishes the fire. Coole Swan has all of the same elements but somehow they blend in a way where you get them all simultaneously - there's no fiery undertone and no sweet hit, it's just all beautifully, perfectly balanced from the first sip."

Narin also shared: "Both drinks have a similar alcohol volume - Baileys is 17% while Coole Swan is 16% ABV - but Coole Swan feels less boozy, making it drinkable to the point of moreish. But for me, there's one thing that absolutely makes Coole Swan a next-level Irish cream choice and worth the slightly more expensive price tag."

"I am an Irish cream purist. I don't mind a fancy cocktail or a hot chocolate topped with Baileys but for me cold and simple is the best way to indulge - when you're drinking something so delicious why mask the flavour with anything else? With Baileys that means a giant ice cube which over time melts, inevitably diluting the drink if you savour it to drink slowly."

One notable difference is that Coole Swan requires refrigeration after opening, whereas Baileys can be stored in a cupboard. It seems Narin's loyalty to Baileys remains, yet she admits Coole Swan has earned its spot in her heart and fridge alike.

Coole Swan is now available for purchase in Tesco stores across the country and online. For details on the money-back guarantee, visit moneyback.