April 27, 2009

Faretti Biscotti Famosi

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Faretti, the Italian maker of numerous liqueurs, prides itself on making the liquid version of iconic pastries taste eerily similar to those of the solid versions.

• Faretti Biscotti Famosi

If I didn't know better, I'd swear that the craftsmen at Faretti had simply crushed a batch of biscotti into a slightly syrupy form and bottled it.

Of course, that's not the method for making this liqueur, but the result is like having the rustic, iconic Italian baked treat in drinkable form. The signature flavors of almond, honey and even the biscuit itself are immediately obvious in both the nose and on the palate.

The more you sip the more the flavor profile opens, revealing hints of citrus, fennel, caramel and vanilla.

This is an excellent liqueur, equally serviceable as a standalone sip or in mixed drinks. Its layered flavors make it work in such diverse combinations as a "Liquid Cannoli" (1 part Faretti with 2 parts milk or cream) and "Tuscan Sidecar" (1 part Faretti, 2 parts cognac, 1 part lemon juice, dash of orange bitters).

As for me, I'd recommend it in place of dessert. It is that good, and that satisfying.

Suggested retail price: $25.99.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We have had the pleasure of drinking this after-dinner-drink for many years, albeit very hard to find locally. But once you get your hands on it, you will never want to put it down, and you will want to spoil your friends with it! It truly is THAT good.