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Faretti Biscotti Famosi Liqueur

Faretti Biscotti Famosi


By Robert Plotkin

The unusual thing about the image of Faretti Biscotti Famosi Liqueur on the left is the bottle is full and the seal intact. In almost every picture of the product on the Internet the bottle appears well used and nearly empty. Now that's more believable. True to its name, the altogether delectable liqueur flawlessly recreates the Biscotti experience—all without the accompanying crumbs. C'mon, life's way too short to keep something this sensational off your backbar.

Faretti Biscotti is handcrafted in the Dolomite Mountains, which is near Rovereto in northern Italy. The liqueur is made according to a proprietary recipe that calls for the base neutral spirits to be steeped with nuts, fennel, citrus and caramel to reproduce the flavor of the famed twice-baked biscuit. It is lightly sweetened before being bottled at a lip-smacking 28% alcohol by volume (56 proof).

The liqueur is a laudable dessert in its own right. It has a lustrous golden hue, a lightweight satiny textured body and a layered bouquet of anise, vanilla, caramel, baking spices, fennel and zesty citrus. Thankfully the enticing aromas carry through to the palate. The long, lingering finish is surgically balanced and features the flavors identified in the bouquet.

A few sips of Faretti Biscotti Famosi Liqueur are enough to appreciate why it has become an gustatory celebrity. Presented neat, the liqueur is an elegant way to cap off a marvelous dinner or serve as a companion to freshly brewed espresso. That said it's also phenomenal when mixed. Imagine liquid biscotti blended with French vanilla ice cream or featured in a specialty cappuccino or caffe latte. In the right hands the liqueur has unlimited creative applications.

Right when you think life can't get any better along comes Faretti Chocolate Biscotti Liqueur. It is a spot-on recreation of the heavenly-inspired favorite—the chocolate biscotti. The liqueur has a deep, reddish/brown hue, a light silky smooth body and a wafting bouquet of cacao, vanilla, anise, citrus and espresso. While its aromatics are enthralling, the best part is yet to come. It quickly bathes the palate with the rich flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, licorice, cinnamon and ground coffee. Yikes comes about the most accurate way of describing the combined effect. It, too, is bottled at 28% alcohol by volume (56 proof).

Faretti Chocolate Biscotti is indeed a joy sipped neat, on the rocks, added to a cappuccino or used as a replacement for crème de cacao in cocktails like the Grasshopper or Brandy Alexander.

Kudos to Faretti for not leaving well enough alone. Salute!