By Father John Rayls
At first glance, it struck me as peculiar that I would be the one chosen to review this particular product. While it’s true that I really enjoy a good Irish Whiskey, I do not consume mixed drinks or cocktails that often (my Irish Mule notwithstanding). Compounding things is that my wife drinks almost no alcohol at all, and yet she finds herself in the unusual position of now forbidding the presence of Kerrygold Irish Cream in our home, because it simply tastes too damn good!
This liqueur is made with chocolate, cream, and Irish whiskey, coming out at 34 proof (17% ABV, only slightly stronger than wine), and how could you go wrong with that winning combo? It was named World’s Best Cream Liqueur at the 2016 World Drink Awards, and I certainly can’t imagine anything better in this category.
I was initially skeptical about drinking this and wasn’t even sure where to start. So, I defaulted to starting as I start with a new whiskey.
At first, I noticed a similarity to chocolate milk in the glass. However, it looked thicker and similar to the upscale coffee shops attempts at hot chocolate made with real chocolate. It actually appeared as “rich and luxurious” as billed.
The nose was most unusual. It was filled with chocolate driving it, but the whiskey was apparent with a surprising oak presence that was easily detected.
But, as good as the looks were and as interesting as the aromas were, it was the flavor that scored impressively. I’m not even that big of a chocolate lover, but this was truly exceptional. So, I initially consumed it neat. I wouldn’t have believed it, but it was really good and I wanted more. The second time around, I tried it over some vanilla bean ice cream (my bias is Blue Bell). It was truly remarkable and beyond my wildest expectations.
However, I saved the true test for the very last. I filled my coffee cup about 1/5 full of Kerrygold Irish Cream. I then filled the remainder with a delicious French Roast coffee. I could hardly contain my excitement and all of this from someone who doesn’t like any flavoring added to his coffee. I consumed several cups over several days and found my wife loving the Irish Coffee even more than I did. Needless to say, the bottle disappeared very quickly. I offered some to neighbors, but they didn’t get to my house soon enough.
I encourage you to go and find some of this. Experiment with it and let me know what you discover. It would make a great and very inexpensive gift. It’s currently being offered at a suggested retail price of $24.99. As of December 2016, it’s available in 36 states.