Carolans Irish Cream is a liqueur made from a mixture of cream, Irish spirits, Irish whiskey and honey.[1] It has a declared alcohol content of 17%, or 14.5% alcohol by volume. The liqueur is made in Clonmel, County Tipperary, in the Republic of Ireland.

In the 2016 US market, Carolans ranked third in the cream liqueur category behind Baileys Irish Cream and RumChata,[2] and in 2017 it was in second place.[3]

The Irish cream brand is owned by Heaven Hill of Bardstown, Kentucky whose master distiller and distillery manager Conor O'Driscoll is originally from Dublin, Ireland.[3]


Carolans was developed in 1978 and first sold in the UK in July 1979.[1] Heaven Hill purchased Carolans in 2017 for $165 million from Gruppo Campari which held the brand for seven years.[4] The brand was previously owned by William Grant and C&C Group.[5]


Commonly used description:

"Deep milky brown hue. Forward, spirity, whiskey-accented lactic flavors. A rich, milky attack leads to a moderately full-bodied palate with a touch of sweetness."[6]


  1. "Carolans Irish Cream". Carolans. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  2. Inc, M. Shanken Communications (December 30, 2016). "Cream Liqueurs Eye Turnaround, As Baileys Returns To Growth".
  3. Taylor, Charlie (August 22, 2019). "Meet the Dubliner leading the bourbon revival in Kentucky". The Irish Times.
  4. "Heaven Hill Acquires Worlds No. 2 Irish Cream Liqueur & Irish Mist Liqueur from Campari". July 24, 2017.
  5. O'Brien, Ciara. "William Grant to sell Irish Mist". The Irish Times.
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