Crystal Head Vodka
Most know Dan Aykroyd as an actor/comedian/renaissance man, but the Canadian-born talent is a wine and spirits magnate, too. His eponymous wines promote the Niagara Peninsula of his homeland, while his Crystal Head brand of vodka taps into a more intriguing side of the man. As the great-grandson of a mystic and a self-described spiritualist, Aykroyd firmly believes in the mysteries of the universe—including UFOs, ghosts and the radiant psychic energies of 13 crystal skulls that have been found, scattered across Mexico and South America.
Unlike the mysterious and much-fabled crystal skulls, the origin of Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka bottle is well-known: It was created by artist John Alexander.
But don’t let the packaging fool you—Crystal Head vodka is not a gimmick. It is made using water from Newfoundland, and “peaches and cream” Canadian grain that provides a somewhat creamy sweetness to the spirit, which is then quadruple-distilled and triple-filtered through inert Herkimer Diamonds (translation: polished quartz crystals) to impart the vodka—and therefore you—with positive energy.
The name is Mayan for “life,” and Kah Tequila’s cultural roots extend to the Aztec and Meso-American observances of Dia de los Muertos, a.k.a. the Day of the Dead, Nov. 2. Kah would have been released in time for another important Latin American holiday—Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo—but its skull packaging prompted Crystal Head vodka’s parent company, Globefill, to wage a brief court battle. (Globefill’s motion to prevent Kah from coming to market was dismissed.)
Kah’s unique hand-painted ceramic bottles take their inspiration from Calaveras de Azucar—highly decorated sugar skulls used in Dia de los Muertos celebrations of rebirth and new beginnings. The colorful, four-bottle line arrives in stores next month.
Kah Blanco: Certified organic and characterized by its aromatic agave rush, followed by spicy white pepper and a pumpkin-floral finish.
Kah 110 proof Reposado: Universally pleasing, with a balance of sweet notes, oak and agave. A great foundation for organic margaritas.
Kah Añejo: Subtle woody notes with a smooth body, hints of vanilla spice and a sweet melon finish.
Kah Extra Añejo: Limited edition, aged four and a half years and presented in a bottle adorned with Swarovski crystals. The blingy bottle pays homage to elaborately decorated, precious gem-encrusted ancestral Mayan skulls that have been found.