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Crystal Head Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka


By Robert Plotkin

Celebrity produced spirit brands have amassed a dismal track record over the years, one marked by poor quality, flashy packaging and lightning-quick exits from the marketplace. However, even the most jaded of consumers will be most favorably impressed with Crystal Head Vodka, a Canadian import developed by actor/musician/writer Dan Aykroyd. It's a rare exception to the rule in which the product is every bit worthy of its striking, attention-getting bottle.

Crystal Head Vodka is crafted in St. John's, Newfoundland, a small, isolated city located on the most northeastern point of the Canadian seaboard. It’s quadruple-distilled in a column still from a blend of select Canadian grains and pristine glacial water drawn from a deep underground aquifer. The vodka is then subjected to rigorous, two-stage filtration— three passes through activated charcoal and then triple-filtered through polished crystals known as Herkimer Diamonds. It is bottled at 80-proof, pure and unadulterated by additives.

As stunning as the crystal, skull-shaped bottle is, the vodka is even more so. It has a soft, impossibly lightweight body and clean, barely discernible notes of grain. The vodka raises nary a trace of heat as it glides past the palate and disappears into a cool, crisp finish. It's a top-notch experience from beginning to end marked with delightful hints of anise and grainy sweetness.

So why the skull-shaped bottle? Delving into the unexplained and supernatural rank among Dan Aykroyd's passions. In this case, 13 crystal skulls have been found over the past few hundred years in locations scattered across several continents. Each is between 5,000 and 35,000 years old and possesses absolutely no physical indication as to how it was made. Stranger still, in fabricating the skulls they appear to have been cut against the natural axis of the crystals, which defies the limits of their physical properties.

It's an enthralling mystery for an equally captivating spirit.