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Located in Liverpool, NY, Pascale's Liquors offers Liverpool's & Syracuse's widest selection of organic, additive-free tequilas and mezcals, with new stock arriving almost daily. Visit us at 7401 Oswego Road, or explore our shipping options to discover your perfect spirit today.

Nick's Pick's: Hand Selected Favorites

Nick, the owner and seasoned tequila/mezcal connoisseur of Pascale’s Liquors, has handpicked an array of tequilas that stand out for their unique character, innovative production methods, and exceptional taste. Each bottle in this collection represents something special – whether it's a new and exciting find, an allocated gem that's hard to come by, or a well-kept secret known among insiders for its superb quality.

Organic & Additive-Free

Our Organic & Additive-Free range is a tribute to tequila in its purest form. These tequilas are crafted without any additives and from organically grown agave, ensuring a cleaner, more natural flavor profile. The absence of additives like coloring, sweeteners, or artificial flavors means that what you taste is the true expression of the agave plant. These tequilas often have a more authentic and earthy taste, which is highly sought after by enthusiasts who appreciate tequila's natural essence.

Highland Tequilas

Highland Tequilas, or "Tequilas de Los Altos," come from the high-altitude regions of Jalisco, where the agave plants enjoy cooler temperatures and more rainfall. These conditions yield sweeter and more aromatic agave, which translates into the tequila's flavor profile. Highland tequilas are known for their floral, fruity, and sometimes spicy notes. They are generally smoother and more approachable, making them excellent choices for sipping neat or in cocktails where their delicate flavors can shine.

Lowland Tequilas

Contrasting the Highlands, Lowland Tequilas, or "Tequilas del Valle," originate from the valley areas around the town of Tequila, Jalisco. The warmer, drier climate produces agave with a more herbaceous and earthy flavor. Lowland tequilas are characterized by their robust, bold profiles, often with notes of pepper, earth, and a subtle grassiness. These tequilas offer a richer, deeper experience and are favored by those who enjoy a more pronounced agave presence.

Unaged: Blanco Tequila/Mezcal

Blanco, or Silver tequilas, are unaged spirits that offer a pure, vibrant expression of the agave. They are bottled immediately after distillation or stored for a very short period (up to two months) in stainless steel tanks. Blanco tequilas showcase the raw and natural flavors of the agave plant - crisp, fresh, and sometimes with a peppery or citrusy zing. They are the foundation of tequila's flavor spectrum and are perfect for cocktails where the spirit's true character is desired.

Aged: Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo Tequila/Mezcal

Aged tequilas are where the spirit's complexity and depth come into play. Reposado (rested) tequilas are aged in wood barrels for two months to a year, Añejo (old) for one to three years, and Extra Añejo (extra old) for over three years. This aging process imparts colors and flavors from the wood, resulting in a smoother, richer, and more complex profile. You'll find notes of vanilla, caramel, oak, and spices. Each category of aged tequila offers a distinct experience: Reposado balances the agave's freshness with the mellow character of the wood, Añejo presents a deeper, more nuanced complexity, and Extra Añejo delivers an exceptionally smooth and luxurious sipping experience.

Innovative and Unique: Flavored and Infused Tequilas

For those seeking a modern twist on traditional tequila, our selection of Flavored and Infused Tequilas is a treasure trove. These tequilas are infused with natural flavors like jalapeño, pineapple, or coffee, offering a unique and adventurous tasting experience. They break the mold of conventional tequila, introducing innovative combinations while maintaining the spirit's integrity. Perfect for creative cocktails or enjoyable on their own, these tequilas cater to a wide range of palates and preferences.

Tequila's History

Tequila's journey from a regional Mexican drink to an internationally acclaimed spirit is as rich as its taste. Its roots can be traced back to the pre-Columbian era, where the Aztecs fermented sap from the native agave plant to create a beverage known as pulque. The Spanish conquest in the 16th century saw the distillation process introduced, transforming pulque into what we now recognize as tequila. This spirit was originally known as "Vino de Mezcal" from the Tequila region, and it wasn't until the early 20th century that it gained its current name.

The heart of the agave plant, or "piña", is the essence of tequila. Traditional methods involve harvesting the piña after 8-10 years, cooking it in brick ovens or autoclaves, and then crushing it to extract the agave juice. This juice is then fermented and distilled to produce tequila. Each step in this process, honed over centuries, contributes uniquely to the spirit's flavor profile.

At Pascale's Liquors, we are passionate about preserving this historical legacy. Our selection includes tequilas that are made following both traditional and modern methods, offering a taste of history and contemporary craftsmanship.

Detailed Exploration of Tequila

Tequila's flavor profile is profoundly influenced by its geographical origin. The two primary regions for tequila production are the Highlands (Los Altos) and the Lowlands (El Valle) of Jalisco, Mexico.

Highland tequilas, cultivated in the red clay soil and higher elevation of Los Altos, tend to have a sweeter and more aromatic profile. The cooler climate and mineral-rich soil contribute to a slower maturing agave, resulting in flavors that are fruity and floral, often with hints of citrus and a subtle sweetness. Brands from this region are known for their smooth, refined taste.

In contrast, Lowland tequilas from the valley around the town of Tequila have a more herbaceous and earthy profile. The agave here matures in the volcanic soil under hotter conditions, leading to a bolder, more robust flavor with notes of pepper, spice, and a pronounced agave presence. These tequilas are often more assertive and complex.

Understanding these regional differences is key to appreciating the diversity of tequila. At Pascale's Liquors, we guide our customers through this spectrum, offering a selection that represents the full range of flavors tequila has to offer, from the bright and lively highland varieties to the rich and earthy lowland expressions.
Discover more at Pascale's Liquors, located at 7401 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090. Browse our extensive selection online at www.pascalesliquor.com or call us at (315) 701-0781 for personalized guidance. Whether you're a novice or a connoisseur, our collection promises to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of tequila.