Crystal Head Vodka
The vodka was co-founded by actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexandar. The vodka is quadruple-distilled, triple-filtered through charcoal and triple-filtered through Herkimer diamond crystals. The product is packaged in a cardboard box, sold in a clear glass bottle in the shape of a human skull that has a wooden bottle closure.
Launched in 2008, Crystal Head Vodka was the fastest penetrating product to all 50 US states in history. Unlike many of the other vodkas in the market, Crystal Head Vodka is free from any additives including citrus oil, glycerin, sugar and synthetic flavourings. The brand has been awarded OU Kosher certification. It is currently available throughout North America, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, India and China.
According to reviewers, the vodka itself offers a smooth taste, with a little bit of licorice on the finish that tends to linger.
Production of Crystal Head Vodka starts with the finest grains that are grown in the region of Chatham, Ontario. These grains are then processed and distilled four times to produce a neutral grain spirit at 95% alcohol by volume. The raw spirit is then reduced down to 40% alcohol by volume. Hidden deep in the Newfoundland, Canada countryside is an aquifer which slowly releases the perfectly pure water that forms the heart of Crystal Head Vodka. This water seeps to the surface through a bed of porous rock which serves as a natural filter as it has done for many thousands of years. It is this water that is used to reduce the high proof alcohol down to the legal limits required by law.
Crystal Head is quadruple distilled, then triple charcoal filtered. Finally, every drop is filtered three times through 500-million year-old crystals know as Herkimer Diamonds. These quartz crystals are found in very few places in the world, including Herkimer, New York and regions in Tibet and Afghanistan. Perhaps because they share the raw material from which the original crystal heads were carved, they are thought to have similar spiritual qualities. The production process is carried out at one of the last government owned distilling facilities in the world – The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation.
Crystal Head Vodka was awarded a Double Gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition held in May 2011. More than 200 vodkas in total entered the competition; of this, Crystal Head Vodka was one of only a handful of brands to receive a Double Gold Medal in the entire competition.
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2011 - Double Gold Medal
- Whiskey Goldmine – 2011 Double Blind Taste Test - Voted #1
- Montreal Gazette – 2011 Vodka Tasting - Rated #1
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2009 - Silver Medal
- LA Spirits & Wine Competition: 2009 - Silver Medal - Special Jury Award for Unique Packaging
- Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias Blue, 2009 - 91 points for the Vodka
- Proof66's Aggregate Score places Crystal Head amongst the Top 20 vodkas in the world
HOW TO MIX
In a cocktail shaker add Crystal Head Vodka, dark rum and apple cider with ice.
Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with ice.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick, finely grated cinnamon and thinly sliced apple.
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