Food & Drink Cream liqueurs are back in vogue and these are...

Cream liqueurs are back in vogue and these are the ones to drink

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M&S Collection Millionaire’s Flavour Irish Cream Liqueur

17%, Marks & Spencer, £12 for 50cl

The one that finally turned me into a cream liqueur fan. The intense chocolateyness is irresistible as is the super-smooth texture and vanilla with a salted caramel hint. Really good poured over vanilla ice cream as well as on the rocks.

Specially Selected Luxury Edition Irish Cream Liqueur

17%, Aldi, £7.99 for 70cl

Aldi’s remarkably low-priced version is very creamy and rich and doesn’t hold back on the sweetness. There’s a distinct note of vanilla. Overall it’s appealing and rather similar in style to Baileys. Choose this one over the blander, lower alcohol Ballycastle range of cream liqueurs that Aldi also sells.

Finest Gingerbread Latte Cream Liqueur

17%, Tesco, £13 for 70cl, down to £11 for Clubcard holders until February 26

The bottle looks a bit garish and there could be a bit more gingerbread flavour but I like its sumptuous aroma, rich creaminess and slug of quality whiskey. Also made with cream from the Ballyrashane dairy in Coleraine and single malt Irish whiskey.

Coole Swan Superior Irish Cream Liqueur

16%, Tesco, £26 for 70cl, down to £22 for Clubcard holders until December 31; waitrosecellar.com, waitrose.com and selected branches of Waitrose, £27.25, down to £23.25 until January 1; kwmwine.com, £20.67; Amazon, £22.10

From a small family-run producer in County Cavan, Coole Swan is made from Irish whiskey, Belgian white chocolate and Irish cream. It’s more subtle than some and has a distinct fresh creaminess. There’s a light whiskey aroma and a surprisingly long finish given its relatively delicate character. My Irish, cream-liqueur-fan husband adores it.

Flyte Whisky Cream Liqueur, Northumberland

17%, adgefrin.co.uk, £21 for 70cl; northmenspirit.co.uk, £22.50

This English version is made at the new Ad Gefrin Anglo-Saxon museum and whisky distillery in Wooler, Northumberland and it’s a star. The base whisky – the distillery’s own Tacnbora – really shines through, with quite a punchy kick, and there are caramel, spicy vanilla and chocolate layers. Excellent.

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