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.