Cream liqueurs have long since been a part of the South African dining and drinking landscape. From the most internationally recognised brands to the locally produced and curiously flavoured, most of us have at least tasted a cream liqueur. Its popularity is due to its sweet creamy texture which some of us adore, and the liqueur’s versatility has also earned it pride of place in our kitchens and bars.
Recently, three of South Africa’s homegrown cream liqueurs scooped up accolades at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, hosted annually in London. Wild Africa Cream and Four Cousins Marula Cream Liqueur went home with Silver Liqueur awards, with the wildly popular Amarula Cream taking a Silver Outstanding Liqueur award.
We decided to taste these three products (as well as the world’s leading brand of cream liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream) to see which ones we liked best.
Here are the rules:
-All testers tasted all 4 samples
-Samples were not labelled and tasted in random order.
-Each sample was tested on Appearance, Flavour, Texture and creaminess and Strength of alcohol taste.
Bailey’s Irish Cream -> Overall score: 76/100
Wild Africa Cream -> Overall score: 78/100
Amarula Cream -> Overall score: 66/100
Four Cousins Marula Cream Liqueur -> Overall score: 75/100