Review: Pickers Original Vodka

Review: Pickers Original Vodka

Pickers Original Vodka Bottle

The name Pickers has nothing to do with the American Pickers TV series but is rather a homage to the guitar pickers in the city of Nashville where the Pennington Distilling Company is based. Use of the word ‘original’ also lets you know that they have a small range of flavored vodkas, as well as a selection of whiskeys and other Tennessee spirits.

The company does more than just pay homage, though, they pay cash as well. In October 2020 they handed over $10,000 to the Music Health Alliance, a non-profit which helps musicians with advocacy and health care. For 2021, Pennington will give MHA $1 for every bottle of Pickers Original Vodka sold.

Ah, but is it worth buying? It’s certainly an attractive bottle for a relatively inexpensive vodka. The ridges on each side make for a good grip, and both they and the price-point show that bartenders are very much in the company’s sights. As for the spirit itself, there’s a faint medicinal aroma on the nose, along with a hint of freshly-cut hay, but otherwise it’s as neutral as a good vodka should be. This applies to the palate too, which shows some subtle lemon and liquorice notes. On this basis, the MHA should receive a generous donation in 2021.

80 proof.

B+  / $25 /

Pickers Original Vodka




Mike Gerrard is an award-winning travel and drinks writer who divides his time between Cambridgeshire in England and Arizona in the USA.


  1. Anonymous on May 6, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    It’s not neutral. For me it’s the worst vodka I’ve ever had. Maybe buried in a bloody mix or oj it would be okay

  2. Mike Gerrard on May 6, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the comment. If this is the worst vodka you’ve ever had then I’ve drunk some worse ones than you. Sorry you didn’t like it Taste is very personal. It’s not the best vodka I’ve ever had by a long way, but far from being the worst.

  3. Drunken Scott on July 14, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    I’m with Mike, not the best, but by far definitely not the worst. One thing is for absolute certain, Pickers beats the living shit outta Tito’s, all day, every day. Nice article btw.

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