What is Maqui?
The Maqui is an indigenous berry found in the south of Chile, used throughout the generations as part of the Mapuche’s (local indians’) diet, who collected and either ate it as fruit; or, drank it as wine or semi-fermented grape must. Recognized as the fruit with the most anti-oxidants on the face of the planet, some recent scientific investigations have demonstrated that, thanks to its beneficial properties, it can even prevent some illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
What is MQi?
Our liqueur is the product of a careful process in which tradition and innovation are combined. Native, medicinal herbs are distilled in old copper still distillation devices according to traditional Mapuche methods, thus creating a delicate, aromatic base which is then combined with macerated Maqui for a prolongued period to extract its exquisite flavor, aromas and powerful anti-oxidant properties.
Process and Terroir
The Maqui is collected in the Bío Bío Valley as well as Chile’s Patagonia. Our terroir of Talcamávida (or ‘Mountain of Thunder’ as translated from Mapuche) is situated at the old fort site of the Araucan War, on the shores of the great Bío Bío River. Thus, MQi is elaborated according to a long, inherited tradition in the art of distillation brought over by the Spanish together with wisdom passed down the Mapuche generations as how best to prepare the fruit and medicinal herbs. Using state-of-the-art technology, we carried out the distillation process in small batches, allowing for a high quality finished product. This way, we obtain a unique liqueur, natural and aromatic, free of chemical components; and, with all the anti-oxidant power of the Maqui.
Cocktail’s and Food Pairings
Our MQi liqueur can be enjoyed as a cocktail, as an innovative way to make a Cosmopolitan, or as an aperitif combined with Champagne – MQi Royal – or as a digestive served with just ice. We also recommend that you delight in this exquisite liqueur with food pairings such as pork sirloin with an exotic plum sauce, ceviche prepared with tropical fruit, fresh cheeses; and, puddings based on intensely flavored fruits such as mango or guava.