Five Farms Single Batch Irish Cream: A cream liqueur with Irish whiskey

Produced in Cork in small batches

 

A new whiskey liqueur currently conqueres the hearts of liqueur friends in Europe: Five Farms Single Batch Irish Cream Liqueur. It is produced at the southernmost county in Ireland, County Cork.

Milk from five family run farms in Cork

The five farms, from which the milk for the single-batch Irish cream liqueur is sourced, are all family-run working together in a co-operative. LJG Dairy, The Coleman Farm, The O'Mahony Farm, The McCarthy Farm and The Tuthill Farm are all located at the Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal road that begins in the north of Ireland in County Donegal and winds its way down 2,500 kilometers along Ireland's west coast to the southern tip of Ireland in County Cork.

A lush palate

Ten times as much whiskey as for comparable cream liqueurs is used, according to a press release of German importer Schlumberger. It cites the tasting notes of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge contest, which awarded the Five Farms 97 points, the highest result an Irish Cream liqueur ever received: "An inviting nose of butterscotch, caramel fondue, and vanilla bean jumps from the glass. The lush palate coats the mouth with flavors of coffee with fresh cream, dulce de leche, coconut, maple, and Belgian waffles. An intensely satisfying after dinner sipper in place of dessert.”

Already famous in the US

The Five Farms cream liqueur is new to our market but has already conquered many US states during the last two years. The US is the largest importer of whiskey cream liqueur, so it is hardly surprising that Five Farms is based on a collaboration between American spirits company McCormicks Distilling and Irish whiskey expert Johnny Harte, member of the Alcohol Beverage Federation, formerly chairman of the Irish Spirits Association (credits). After the very successful start in the US, Five Farms begins its campaign of conquest here in Europe. Drink it neat or in hot and cold mixed drinks - recipes are available on the Five Farms homepage.

And the whiskey?

Of course, whiskey fans are always interested in the origin of a whiskey. Five Farms does not communicate it on the label, in press releases and on the homepage. In various reports on the Five Farms, in quotes and articles the name of Midleton regularly appears. In March 2019 an article on Southernstar.ie stated: “How it works is that one single milk lorry collects their milk for ‘Five Farms.’ It’s taken to a dedicated silo at Carbery where it’s separated and then taken on to a blending factory in SilverPail Fermoy where the product is finished, using whiskey from both Midleton and West Cork.”

And look at that bottle! What an eye-catcher the dark Five Farms Irish Cream bottle is! It looks like a traditional milk bottles with ceramic swing-top cap. An extraordinary packaging for the 17% ABV Irish cream liqueur. 

Image credits: Schlumberger