Spirit Review: Five Farms Single Batch Irish Cream Liqueur
Even though the cocktail cool kids keep trying to pass them off as passé, Irish cream liqueurs are much in demand when winter arrives. The blend of whiskey, cream, and other flavorings offer the perfect boost to coffee, espresso, or hot chocolate. When most people think of cream liqueur, they think of Baileys or Carolans. Recently, we tasted what we believe to be the superior liqueur in this field, made by Five Farms. Produced in Cork County, Five Farms styles itself as a craft liqueur in the class (with the higher price tag to boot), but its taste matches its marketing and it should find a place in your winter fridge for whenever you need a pick me up.
Five Farms claims to use a far greater amount of Irish Whiskey to get to its 17% ABV than other brands (the balance in all brands is pure grain alcohol). Perhaps, but for us, it the depth in the cream and flavorings that put it above the rest. Plenty of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and maple make this a rich and complex delight.
Packaged in a swing top glass bottle designed to remind one of a milkman delivery, the marketing for this product is almost too cute for its own good. Luckily enough, it tastes great.
Enjoy on the rocks, with coffee or espresso, with hot chocolate, or as we did, in the following recipe we obtained the Five Farms website. It seems over the top, but was quite enjoyable:
Five Farms Winter
3.0 oz Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur 0.5 oz Créme de Menthe 0.5 oz Sambuca or other anise liqueur
In a shaker, add ice, Five Farms, Creme de Menthe, and Sambuca. Shake until chilled and serve in a lowball glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.
From: Cork County, Ireland
Rating: 95 pts