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Coole Swan Irish Cream Review

Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur

Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur

It just dawned on me today, for all my video talk on Coole Swan Irish Cream, we’ve never given it a formal text-based review. So, it only seems right to sit back with a glass of Coole Swan, two ice cubes and give it a try. Without a doubt, the first impression is going to revolve around the color, it’s the lightens of an almond milk, white with a slight yellow hue–maybe more like an eggnog.

While pouring, it does not create an intense aroma, nor does the act of simply adding ice; bringing your nose up to the glass yields a nice crisp vanilla cream profile with just a hint of cocoa. I can’t say the aromas that rise out of the glass are extremely potent or bright, leaving just a bit of subtle flavor. While I’m all about aroma value as making a great first impression, it doesn’t hit your face with a bunch of alcohol heat either, so the mild nose is acceptable.

It is in my opinion that Coole Swan is best served living its life out in your refrigerator even if it can sustain life at room temperature. My two ice cubes take a considerable time to really chill this thick cream to the level of a cool fridge but that is really just a suggestion not a requirement. The texture of Coole Swan is thick and silky across your tongue leaving a little thin blanket of chocolate as you swallow. There is an ever so mild Irish Whiskey tickle on the tongue but it never finishes in the potent biting burn that almost every other Irish Cream gives you.

For texture, I would make the comparison to a shaken heavy cream with a mild amount of chocolate syrup added. That’s the closest comparison I can come up with, but normal cream wouldn’t yield that flavorful vanilla and chocolate finish. Perhaps the single malt Irish Whiskey they utilize hides its alcohol well or maybe the sheer thickness and flavor palate of vanilla and chocolate mask any intense heat that would otherwise numb your tongue and make you say, “woah” five seconds after you sip it.

Fans of our show, Common Man Cocktails, have heard it before but I’ll say it again. There is no doubt in my mind that the flavor profile, textures and overall quality make Coole Swan Irish Cream the best damn Irish Cream liqueur on the planet today. I have had dozens of brands and all their varieties of flavor from Caramel to Coffee and none hold a candle to this product yet.

I say “yet” because Coole Swan has indeed raised the bar to our Irish Cream expectations and now someone else has to come along and try to beat it. Will it happen? It could, but it’s going to require another intense quality product in order to come close. These guys know exactly what they have and I have not recommended Coole Swan to a single person and have them tell me I am wrong.

This “common man” doesn’t need to give gold metal awards to know what he’s drinking. You want to seek this out, drink it, and leave a comment on your thoughts.

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15 Comments

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    Karen D
    February 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Wasn’t sure where to comment but I finally have managed to procure a bottle of Coole Swan. After seeing it used so often on the show I knew I really wanted to try it but my state doesn’t sell it. So today I drove 70 miles to Pennsylvania to get a bottle. After sampling it I’m very happy with my purchase. Thank you for introducing me to this product.

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      dschommer
      February 14, 2012 at 1:59 am

      There is no better review than what you just said. To go that far, expectations are set high. That’s a long way to drive for a bottle of Irish Cream but I’m sure, without a doubt, that Coole Swan would be ecstatic to hear that. They’re very aware of what consumers are saying about their product and will no doubt read this.

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    Carol Lester
    March 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I live in the West of Ireland and bought a bottle of Coole Swan on St Patrick’s Day for 20 euro. I normally drink Baileys and as it happened I had a bottle of that in the fridge at home so after chilling the ” Swan ” and a glass I was able to make a fair comparison. After much deliberation I would have to say that Bailey’s definately has the edge. The Coole Swan doesn’t taste of alcohol particularly, more like a very rich chocolate milkshake while the Bailey’s has the richness it also has the whiskey kick which I would have thought was the point of a liquer stating Whiskey as the alcohol content. The Coole Swan would be the ideal drink for an elderly person or a sugar loving fly !

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      dschommer
      March 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Carol,

      That’s a fair assessment. Most of the folks I have met who want an Irish Cream are rich flavorful experiences, more akin to that of maybe an ice cream or other sweet dairy product. When I want the power and “Whiskey kick” I tend to lean more towards… whiskey, either a blend or a “single malt” equivalent. I think Coole Swan’s audience who have found its product better than Bailey’s are excited about the creamy muted white chocolate notes and the lack of powerful kick in the finish.

      People that want a hard alcohol burn in the flavor profile tend to also like hard alcohol on ice or straight (no science or research behind this, just my own social understanding) and those may seek out a non-hybrid product like an Irish Cream for that of a real Whiskey, Bourbon or Scotch. Others, that sip the products like an after dinner drink may enjoy the sweetness of Coole Swan as it’s more like that of a dessert food.

      In the end, I do not believe everyone will pick Coole Swan over Bailey’s or another Irish Cream product because everyone’s tastes will be slightly different. What I can say for certain is having more selection and variety can only be great for the consumer and, for that, I hope Coole Swan gives Bailey’s a run for their money as great competition can lead to great results!

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    Colleen M.
    September 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I just got back from Ireland, and at the airport I was given a sample of the Coole Swan. I don’t really drink, but I am a nervous flyer so I took the sample and I was in heaven. I was going to buy a bottle but since my bags were going straight to Baltimore and not stopping in Boston I was told that I couldn’t bring with me. I have been looking everywhere for a bottle and they don’t sell in Maryland.

    Karen D, where did you find it in Pa. the closest I could find is in New Jersey, I would love the name of the store if you can remember it. Thanks

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    Karen D
    September 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I got mine at Wine & Spirits Store, 980 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, PA.
    Phone number (724) 223-4335. Depending on where you are located you can search through Pennsylvania’s liquor licences to find one possibly closer.

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    David
    November 1, 2012 at 4:34 am

    After hearing you rave about it on your show, I had to try it for myself. I contacted every local liquor stockist, and heard that they didn’t stock it. So I contacted Coole Swan, trying to see if anyone local did import it, but no. It’s not in Australia yet. However, the wonderful people at Coole Swan shipped me a bottle from Ireland, alongside a lovely little gift pack. It was definitely worth all of the effort. Their promise on their website:
    “If it’s at all possible, we’ll find a way to help Coole Swan fly in your direction.”

    says it all. Lovely liqueur, lovely bunch of people.

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      dschommer
      November 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Dude, that’s amazing. They’re really an amazing company with great care into building their customers.

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    Justin
    February 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I just received a bottle in the mail from the website, which didn’t charge for shipping making it more exciting to try. I cracked open the bottle and took a sip and I would have to say that it is simply amazing. I haven’t had that many Irish Cremes to compare it to, but after trying it I don’t really need to try any others. Thanks for the recommendation. The flavor more than pays for itself.

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    dschommer
    February 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Awesome, good to hear Justin!

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    C.J.
    March 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Put it in the freezer, try not to drink the whole bottle and enjoy your almost cream shake! Not a drinker, but I will make an exception….

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    DDN
    January 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Coole Swan was discontinued in my state, most likely due to it’s ever increasing price. It just got to be too expensive for me to continue to justify buying it. Thought it was the end of my Coole Swan days, but found out you can buy it through their website. Apparently they warehouse it in New York, and at least for now they offer free shipping. So I’m actually paying much less now, delivered to my front door, than I was through my local liquor store. So glad to find out it is still around as there is no question it is the very best Irish Cream available. I wouldn’t bother sending them an e-mail though, they don’t respond.

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      dschommer
      January 10, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      The price is probably due to demand at your local establishments. From experience, I’ve never had a problem getting responses from Coole Swan staff.

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    DDN
    January 15, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Turns out Coole Swan was trying to communicate with me, for some reason I can send them e-mails but not the other way around. The owner finally called me.

    Good time to stock up on Coole Swan as the Euro is at a 9 year low against the US dollar.

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