Country of Origin: Italy
Base Spirit: Unknown / “Pure Alcohol”
Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, Coffee, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Cheese Cake.
%ABV: 20% ABV
Owner: Gruppo Campari
Frangelico is a predominantly Hazelnut flavoured liqueur originating from Canale, North-West Italy. It’s history dates back more than 300 years to when Christian monks lived in the hills of the Piedmont region. Its name comes from a man named Fra. Angelico who was a Dominican painter, who would have worn a robe that is very like that attached to all bottles of Frangelico.
The method of production is mixing pure alcohol with toasted and crushed “Tonda Gentile “Hazelnuts”, which are a specific type of Hazelnut occurring in the Piedmont Region of Italy, known for being bigger and with softer shells, allowing for roasting without a bitter taste. They are grown in Langhe, Italy (An area with the perfect climate and soil for their growth and cultivation) and they are then infused in alcohol along with coffee, vanilla berries and cocoa.
Part of the infusion is also distilled to create a Hazelnut distillation, which is later added to the mix to create a unique flavour. It’s worth noting that flavour extracts of all the ingredients above are also added to the mix in order to perfect the liqueur.
Once the mix is ready it is blended with sugar (making up 40% of the final product) and water, it is then left to rest in vats (a large tank or tub used to hold liquid) for 6 – 8 weeks in order to let the ingredients to marry together and create Frangelico.
The nuts used to create Frangelico are so special that they have their own protected status. Similar to an Appellation Contrôlée in France or D.O.C. in Italy – often used to classify wines. They are also sought after by brands such as Ferrero Rocher and Nutella for their distinct sweetness and flavour.
This sweet liqueur can be used in a liqueur coffee and numerous cocktails and has received multiple gold medals from the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition) (2009, 2006) and from the BTI (Beverage Tasting Institute) (2008), and a double gold from the SFSC (San Francisco Spirits Competition) (2001).
Frangelico is exported from Italy to more than 90 countries across the world and is the world’s second largest selling Italian liqueur – selling more than 9 million litres per year.