SPEAKeasy Spirits Distillery, an artisan distillery located in the historic West Town neighborhood, unveiled details about its soon-to-be-released vodka. Pickers will be Nashville’s first craft vodka made in a state-of-the-art column still, resulting in a product with a level of purity and smoothness that Nashvillians can be proud of.
Already known for its award-winning Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream and Pennington’s Strawberry Rye Whiskey, SPEAKeasy will launch three versions of its vodka: Pickers Original Vodka, Pickers Blueberry Vodka and Pickers Blood Orange Vodka.
Launching in April, each expression will be available in 50 mL, 750 mL, 1L and 1.75L bottles. Pickers Vodka is made with non-GMO Tennessee white corn and is gluten free. Pickers Vodka will be distributed locally by Best Brands, Inc.
“Our team is incredibly excited to have been chosen to distribute Pickers Vodka,” said Seth Eskind, president of Best Brands, Inc. “When we tasted each of the Pickers Vodka variations, we were blown away by the quality and drinkability. SPEAKeasy has created an exceptional product that is going to compliment Nashville’s lifestyle”
“Our goal for Pickers is to create a premium product worthy of being called Nashville’s vodka,” said SPEAKeasy co-founder, Jeff Pennington. “Pickers is a tribute to our hometown, Nashville, and everything it represents from the people, to the nightlife, to the musicians whose sounds fill the air.”
SPEAKeasy flavored its vodkas entirely with real fruit juice and extracts. The distillery was able to work with one of the only blood orange suppliers in the nation to get real, California-grown blood orange juice sourced for its vodka.
“The first thing you’ll notice when you taste Pickers Blueberry and Blood Orange is that it is made using real fruit, which produces a light pulp and vibrant color in the vodka. The nose is bursting with fruit flavors,” said SPEAKeasy co-founder, Jenny Pennington. “The same notes linger on the pallet giving way to a well-balanced finish. The real fruit Pickers flavors are great when mixed with simple ingredients such as club soda since the vodka itself is providing flavor and a hint of sweetness you would normally add using a flavored mixer.”
The column still installed last month by SPEAKeasy to produce Pickers is one of only four like it in the country. Column stills used for vodka production contain a series of metal plates, each increasingly purifies the vodka as it is distilled. SPEAKeasy’s still contains the equivalent of two to three times more plates than other stills used for vodka production. Furthermore, the temperature inside the still can be controlled within one-half of one degree Fahrenheit, further improving the purity of Pickers Vodka.
“Our state-of-the-art column still allows us to remove impurities that can otherwise be difficult to refine,” said Jeff. “Creating a great vodka is about making a pure product and with Pickers, this truly shows.”
“Pickers is crafted with great precision and you can taste it,” added Jenny. “From the packaging to the vodka itself, we have obsessed over every detail to deliver a brand that Nashville can be proud to call its own.”