The following are some of the most freqently asked questions people ask about Carolans.
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Carolans is produced in Clonmel in County Tipperary, Ireland's 'Golden Vale', and is probably the best natural dairyland in the world. The perfect setting for producing the delicious, rich cream that goes into Carolans. The place name is derived from the Irish words 'Cluain Meala', which means 'Vale of Honey'. This is very appropriate as Carolans includes honey in the recipe.
All Irish Cream liqueurs combine cream, Irish whiskey, spirits and flavours for their taste, but that's where the similarities end. The technological process used in making Carolans is unique, ensuring a rich creamy taste and superior shelf life. Also, the flavours are different in Carolans, in particular, the use of honey.
An unopened bottle of Carolans will last about 2 years on average, but this can vary depending on storage conditions - exposure to excessively hot storage conditions can adversely affect the shelf life. Whilst Carolans has a technological advantage, which gives it a superior shelf life, all cream liqueurs are best drunk 'Young' and should be consumed within 6 months of opening the bottle, refrigerate after opening.
Carolans is the number 2 Irish cream liqueur brand in the world selling over 600,000 cases (9 litres per case). The biggest market is USA, followed by Canada and UK.
The product is made up of cream, which is sourced locally from Ireland's 'Golden Vale', probably the best dairyland in the world. Over 5,000 cows from 90 farms produce about 5 million gallons of milk every year to make the cream that goes into Carolans.
The cream content in Carolans makes it very versatile for use in mixed drink recipes. However, citrus mixers are best avoided. See the Carolans Cocktails section for suggested cocktail recipes using Carolans Irish Cream
Cool storage conditions are essential to keep the product at its best: between 5o - 20oC. Carolans does not have to be kept in the fridge, but does taste great if you do so!
Carolans tastes great! We are very proud of our product and believe it to be superior to that of our competitors. Consumer research in a number of markets has also confirmed this taste position - including quantitative taste tests in the USA in 1997, 2000 and in 2002, all of which put Carolans ahead of our main competitor.
In the production process, the cream and spirits mixture is 'Homogenised'. Essentially, this breaks up the cream into tiny particles and disperses it evenly in the product. This prevents the cream from separating.
Carolans Irish Cream liqueur is 17% abv.
Carolans contains 347 kcals per 100ml. Typically a glass is approximately 50ml, therefore 173 calories per glass.
Carolans is suitable for Celiacs and is both gluten and wheat free.
Carolans Finest Irish Cream Liqueur contains the following on analysis
|Dietary Fibre:||0.5% w/w|
|Polyols:||<0.1% by volume|
|Total Alcohol:||17% by volume|
|Calories:||103kcal per US Fl Oz|
|Fat:||5g per US Fl Oz|
|Carbohydrate:||20% w/w, i.e. Based on 29.574mls per US fl oz. this translates as 5.6g per US Fl Oz which is more than 80% derived from Irish Granulated Sugar.|
|Calcium:||Approximately 5 mg/US Fl Oz. Because Carolans is made from Fresh Dairy Cream this value will vary based on seasonality but the figure above is close to the average.|
|Sodium levels:||116mg / 100g ~ 0.116%w/w|
|Cholesterol levels:||30mg/100g ~ 0.03%w/w|
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