The news of the very first dairy-free Baileys cream liqueur hit me with mixed emotions. My immediate excitement that a dairy-free Irish Cream had at last arrived was dampened a bit when I realized that Baileys Almande was an Almondmilk Liqueur with a heavy focus on nuttiness, and without the subtle depth of cocoa. And could almond milk really hold a candle to the richness of Irish Cream?
But after my initial hesitations wore off, I recognized what a huge leap this is for the dairy-free community. Not to mention, a creamy almond spirit sounds pretty amazing in its own right. And there was only one way to find out how it tastes …
Tasting Notes for Bailey’s Almande Almondmilk Liqueur
We first announced this creamy adult beverage back in 2016, but it took me a little while to find it in store (now it’s available everywhere!). Once we discovered it, I waited for a sale (it is a little pricey), and then we did a taste test comparison of all the Dairy-Free Cream Liqueurs available.
Though it hints at a creamy finish, Baileys Almande is quite light in taste and consistency. It is a great milky base for making drinks. The flavor is simple, gently sweet, and much like almond milk mixed with brandy.
But if you are expecting a dairy-free clone of Baileys Irish Cream, then I would move on. The consistency isn’t nearly as creamy and it has a relatively flat finish. The flavor is pleasant, but it isn’t as deep, sultry, or indulgent. We also thought the scent needed more allure – it was a bit plain and didn’t offer any warmth.
When it comes to depth and dairy-free creaminess, Almondaire is our hands down winner. That said, Bailey’s Almande is a good light option with a nice spirited balance (13% alcohol), and it’s much easier to find.
What about the Ingredients?
Spirits aren’t required to list their ingredients, and Bailey’s takes advantage of this omission. Baileys Almande is dairy-free, and they do disclaim that it contains nuts and soy. They also share the core ingredients, which include almondmilk made from sweet almond oil and almond essence (extracted from crushed almonds), cane sugar, purified water, and “real vanilla.” But they do not disclaim the full proprietary ingredient list.
The Facts on Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur
Price: $23.99 per 750mL bottle
Availability: Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur is readily available in the U.S. and Canada at many places where liquor is sold. You can even order it on Amazon!
Certifications: Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur is Certified Vegan.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Baileys website at www.baileys.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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Very valid alternative
Although it’s different, it’s a very nice alternative for those who cannot have cow’s milk, and some who can may even prefer it. It is understandably not as thick as the original, but it is lighter and less sickly so it just depends on your preference. The almond taste is fairly pronounced, quite similar to that of almond milk. I certainly enjoyed it and I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on the real deal!
Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste
Watery, strange tasting with a lingering bad aftertaste that sits on your tongue. Coconut flavours would have been a better alternative or using soy milk instead. Most unpleasant and I am not a fussy person. I guess that is why it’s so expensive as you’ll only be buying it once
I wouldn't turn it down
If offered at a party, I would be happy they had a dairy-free option and gladly imbibe. But for the price, I wanted more depth in flavor and creaminess. It’s a lot like a spiked almond milk. Not bad, refreshing over ice and an okay addition to other drinks, just not a wow.