Bailey’s Irish Cream is one of the best selling liqueurs in the world. Bailey’s Original was created by Gilbeys company from Ireland, and now the brand is owned by Diageo. Bailey’s was introduced in 1974 as the first Irish Cream on the market. Bailey’s is the combination of Irish whisky, cream,  vanilla, a hint of chocolate, and other secret ingredients. Since then, the company has introduced four other flavours: Mint Chocolate, Crème Caramel, Coffee, Hazelnut. The newest flavour for Bailey’s is Biscotti and was launched in 2011, and finally has arrived in British Columbia, availlable at BC Signature stores and some private ones. It is a blend of Bailey’s Original and the flavour of the traditional double baked Italian biscuits, Biscotti. Go to the Bailey’s Lounge for more info and recipes. For the holiday (until January 2013), a limited release of Bailey’s Orange Truffle is available in the UK, Australia as well as a few select travel retail outlets. It is available at Tesco in the UK.

Wondering how long you can keep your bottle of Bailey’s? According to the manufacturer, Bailey’s has a shelf life of thirty months and guarantees its taste for two years from the day it was made, opened or unopened. I never knew it was possible to have a bottle of Bailey’s open and unfinished for even a few months let alone thirty. Store the bottle away from direct sunlight, and at a temperature between 5C to 25c, if you want to keep it for a long time.

For those who enjoy flavoured coffee, without alcohol, try these Bailey’s coffee creamers from HP Foods. It is available in the US at many large retail stores such as Safeway, Walmart and others. Go to Bailey’s Coffee Creamers for a list of US retailers. Unfortunately, not availble in Canada, and I could not find  it online. If you know where to buy Bailey’s coffee creamers in Cananda let us know.