Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Crystal busters

A review of Crystal Head Vodka

The legend of the thirteen crystal skulls is one that crosses many cultures and times. Shared by the Mayans, the Aztecs and Native Americans, the basic element of the legend is “that the thirteen crystal skulls will be reunited to awaken a new era – transforming from an old paradigm into a new world.”

The Crystal Head Vodka bottle

A belief in the power of these amazingly well crafted artifacts that some believe represent doom and destruction but others associate with hope and healing has resulted in several being exhibited at the Smithsonian, the British Museum and the Museee de l’Homme in Paris.

The British Museum’s crystal skull

The Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd, best known for films including Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Bright Young Things, took inspiration from the legend when he decided to create a vodka brand that he named Crystal Head.

Canadian comedian singer, actor and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd with a bottle of Crystal Head

Aykroyd, a Spiritualist who also has a range of wines named after him, founded his vodka brand with an artist named John Alexander and launched it in 2008. It was an immediate success and has been both the fastest penetrating vodka brand into all 50 US states in history and one that reached sales of 1 million bottles quicker than both Grey Goose and Belvedere.

Made with grain from the Kent and Chatham regions of Ontario and with pure aquifer water from Newfoundland, Canada, Crystal Head vodka is distilled four times and triple filtered through charcoal and semi-precious crystals known as Herkhimer diamonds. A winner of a double gold medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Crystal Head Vodka is free from additives, sugars and oils and the resulting taste is smooth with hints of liquorice.

Crystal Head is bottled in an impressive human skull shaped bottle made by Bruni Glass of Milan that is itself will become the talking point of any party or drinks cabinet.

Priced at a whopping £70 a bottle in Harvey Nichols, Crystal Head certainly doesn’t come cheap. The uniqueness of the bottle alone, however, does makes it a most worthy purchase and I intend to fill mine with red wine or port once I’ve finished enjoying this truly excellent vodka.

When and if Judgement Day comes, Crystal Head will certainly be remembered as vodka that, to slightly misquote Ghostbusters’s Dr. Peter Venkman, “came, saw and kicked ass.”

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Watch a video where Dan Ackroyd introduces Crystal Head Vodka at:

A 70cl bottle of Crystal Head Vodka is available from KWM Wines and Spirits for £49.95 whilst a 175cl magnum is priced at £155:


Louisegrey said...

It is certainly expensive. Vodka is just a neutral spirit so it need not cost this much. I'll stick with my Smirnoff but you're right, it's one cool bottle.

Zoe said...

Ghostbusting price but the bottle is impressive.

Becky Goldschmidt said...

Where can I buy this vodka in Harrogate?