PLATINUM EXTRA AÑEJO TEQUILA
Separating itself from the rest, Qui Tequila, the world’s first platinum extra añejo tequila, embodies the beautifully rich flavor, aroma, and character of extra-aged tequila, but with an incredibly smooth finish. After aging for more than three and a half years in American Whiskey and French Bordeaux barrels, Qui undergoes a proprietary filtration and distillation for the smoothest finish in the world. With notes of vanilla, butterscotch and a hint of oak, Qui won the Gold Medal at the 2013 Spirits of the Americas Competition, as the best extra añejo tequila judged.
100% BLUE WEBER AGAVE
Situated on the slopes of Atotonilco El Alto — the tallest peak in the highlands region of Jalisco, Mexico — Qui originates from the finest hand picked agave plants which have aged for an average of 9 years. When the agave have reached their peak maturity, expert jimadors harvest by hand the plants containing the highest concentrations of sugar. Then, the jimadors remove the piñas — the hearts of the agave — from each plant’s spiky leaves and roots. These ripe and flavorful piñas soon make their way to Qui Tequila’s distillery, situated in the highlands of Jalisco. There, under the direction of master distiller Miguel Cedeno, they are split and roasted for four days in artisanal clay ovens. The slow roasting process softens the fibers of the piñas and caramelizes their natural sugars.
The roasted piñas are then crushed and fermented, before being distilled in a stainless steel pot still. Following the first distillation, the heads and tails of that distillation are discarded, leaving only the heart, which is then distilled a second time. Hence the name Qui was born — representing the heart of the distillation and the heart of the word tequila.
AGED IN WHITE OAK CASKS
After the second distillation, Qui matures for over three and a half years in a mix of rare white oak casks that formerly aged American Whiskey and French Bordeaux.
After its beauty rest, Qui, which has aged long enough to earn the coveted “extra añejo” description, is blended. This aging process allows Qui to obtain a light vanilla aroma, and highlights of honey, butterscotch and toasted oak.