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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 / pickersvodka.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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Mike Gerrard

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

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