Nobu Teams Up With Qui Tequila For Ultra-Rare $500 Bottle

Nobu is no stranger to rare and expensive liquor, already pouring glasses of the world's rarest Japanese whisky at its locations around the world. Now the gourmet restaurant group is offering its guests the opportunity to enjoy a limited-edition, small-batch aged tequila. Being able to sell pours from these rare bottles of whisky and tequila is the result of collaborations with whisky distiller Yamazaki and tequila maker QUI Tequila. While tequila may not seem like a natural partnership for a restaurant known for its sushi, restaurant founder and chef Nobu Matsuhisa said tequila pairs really well with cold dishes. 

It also doesn't hurt that the chef loves and appreciates tequila and often incorporates it into celebrations and openings of new Nobu restaurants. He especially enjoys the taste of aged QUI Tequila, hence the partnership with an award-winning tequila maker that crafts its products from Blue Agave grown in the Los Altos highlands in Mexico. The agave is then distilled using a proprietary method. A regular bottle of QUI Tequila may be something special to enjoy, but the Nobu Rare Reserve 2008 is something extra special and exclusive.

Nobu Rare Reserve has a unique combination of flavors that can be enjoyed simply

The Nobu Rare Reserve is unique because it is made from agave harvested in 2007 and 2008 that blended together. Nobu Rare Reserve is described as having a taste of sweet oak, toasted almond, and maple and also possesses aromas of wood, tobacco, caramel, and vanilla. This combination of flavors is likely due to it being aged in American whiskey barrels before being finished in steel tanks.

If this sounds like a tequila you'd enjoy, procuring a bottle isn't as easy as going to a nearby liquor store. The 750-milliliter bottles of Nobu Rare Reserve are only available on the tequila company's website and at the 51 Nobu locations in the United States and internationally. Another 500 bottles will be sold at select markets, each selling for $500. Only 1,500 bottles of Nobu Rare Reserve were crafted, each one numbered to provide an even more specialized experience.

When it comes to the best way to enjoy Nobu Rare Reserve, there's no need to complicate things. Matsuhisa speaks highly of enjoying aged tequila by sipping it versus doing shots. He also prefers to drink it neat so that all of the flavors are experienced. With a premium value and a dynamic, one-of-a-kind taste, enjoying and serving the Nobu Rare Reserve in the most simple way seems the best.