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Product of: Italy
This Italian liqueur is flavoured with hazelnuts which are toasted and distilled with neutral alcohol before infusing the result with cacao beans, coffee, vanilla, berries, rhubarb root, sweet orange flowers and other natural flavours. This oak cask aged prior to sweetening and bottling.
Some may have noticed that the alcohol strength of this liqueur fell with the introduction of a new cleaner designed label in 2014/15 from 24% to 20% alc./vol..
Frangelico is recognisable by its distinctive Franciscan friar's cassock-shaped bottle, complete with cord-rope tie (which incidentally was tied by hand until 2003).
Launched in the USA in 1978, Frangelico is said to originate in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. Somewhat far-fetched brand spiel of old spoke of this liqueur originating during the 17th century, with Christian monks living in the Piedmont hills, in particularly with a monk named Angelico who is said to have lived as a hermit. Claims were not actually made as to whether Father Angelico actually made liqueurs, but early Christian monks living in the Piedmont hills in the 17th century certainly did understand the art of distillation and used local hazelnuts and herbs. So while Father Angelico himself was probably a marketer's dream, boozy Italian monks may have produced some kind of hazelnut-flavoured liqueur.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 29/10/2015
Clear, pale amber.
Cheese cake base - butter and crushed up digestive biscuit (Graham Cracker) with nutty hazelnut.
Lightly syrupy. Rich toasted hazelnut with biscuit, walnut, almond and hints of mocha coffee, citrus, vanilla and cocoa powder.
Nutty toffee with mocha coffee, cocoa powder.
The best-known brand of hazelnut liqueur, Frangelico's nutty flavour also has biscuity, mocha coffee, citrus, vanilla and cocoa powder notes.