Crystal Head Vodka
Any of you who have ever seen the slightly disappointing fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, might be aware of the legend of the crystal skulls. Basically there have been a number of crystal skulls found that are human skull shaped carvings made from clear or milky white quartz which are claimed to be pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts. However, there is some debate as to when and where these skulls were made, some think they were made in Europe in the mid-nineteenth century to satisfy a demand for South American artifacts. Whatever their origin many members of the New Age movement believe that the crystal skulls exhibit some paranormal phenomena – something that has been perpetrated in films, literature and now Crystal Head Vodka – which is where Dan Ackroyd comes in!
Dan Aykroyd I hear you say? Yes, Dan Aykroyd, alumni of Saturday Night Live and The Blues Brothers. The Canadian actor created the Crystal Head Vodka brand with his friend, artist john Alexander, launching it to the US market in 2008. Both Ackroyd and Alexander were intrigued by the legend of the 13 skulls – the skulls were thought to convey spiritual power and enlightenment to those who possess them. Soon a new project was born. Dan Aykroyd is no stranger to the drinks business, he also has a range of wines made by Diamond Estates in Ontario, Canada.
Crystal Head Vodka Bottles
Crystal Head Vodka has very, very cool packaging. The bottle is designed by John Alexander and is made by the Milan-based glass manufacturer Bruni Glass and is available in bottle and magnums sizes, the magnum presentation is quite stunning as the skull is almost life sized.
About Crystal Head Vodka
Crystal Head Vodka is made from a blend of grains, I have not been able to find out what exactly, but I guess it is probably wheat, we do know the grain is grown in the Chatham-Kent region of Ontario. The vodka is made in Newfoundland and the purity of the glacial water sourced some 13 miles away from the nearest town is a key selling point. The spirit is distilled four times and, triple filtered through activated charcoal and finally triple filtered through Herkimer diamond crystals, a type of quartz crystal found in Herkimer, New York as well as regions of Tibet and Afghanistan. The resulting vodka is bottled at 40% abv. Distillation takes place at The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, which is one of the last government owned distilling facilities in the world.
CHV is very pure and smooth has no additives – no glycol, no citrus, no raw sugar – which are used in some, lesser, vodkas. It has a very creamy mouth-feel with subtle citrus and aniseed flavours. and has a very crisp and clean finish.
“Silky and smooth with vanilla, a clean, dry spirit with a kick of heat on the finish.” 91 Points. Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel Magazine.
See what Aykroyd has to say about his vodka!!