With copious amounts of Pisa liqueur in stock in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, we wonder if perhaps the Finnish-Canadian communities have some special affinity for Italian nut liqueurs. Or do they have a fondness for cute and slightly gimmicky bottles? Actually, take a first glance of the leaning bottle of Pisa and you can’t help but wonder why it hadn’t been done before.
But we don’t judge a liqueur by its bottle. Faintly hoping for some equivalent to the elusive Crème de Noyeaux (a rare almond crème liqueur necessary for the Pink Squirrel and other vintage cocktails), we discovered this liqueur is actually more in the Amaretto and Frangelico family. It differs, however, in that it’s made from mixed nuts—pistachios, almonds and hazelnuts—and packs a bigger punch than Frangelico. We mention it now because, first of all, it’s new to the LCBO (at $28.95 a bottle) and, second, it tastes distinctly like the marzipan icing on a Christmas cake. Season’s greetings in a glass. Those Laplanders know what they’re doing.