By Matt Goldstein
Dan Akroyd’s premium vodka out of Canada, Crystal Head Vodka, has a full on hype machine driving its pricey bottles right off the shelves. Winning a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and our very own double blind taste test against the likes of Belvedere, Grey Goose and Tito’s vodka, there is no doubt that Crystal Head Vodka has performed very well against the best vodka’s in the world, but is Crystal Head the best vodka in the world?
The theme of Crystal Head Vodka is based on the legend has it that 13 crystal heads have been found in regions around the world, from the American southwest to Tibet and they’re dated between 5,000 and 35,000 years old. These Crystal Heads were supposedly polished into shape from solid quartz chunks over a period of several hundred years. Whether the legend intrigues you or not, the clear glass skull vodka bottle is certainly eye catching and definitely the most unique vodka bottle on the shelf, if not the entire liquor store and this bottle fuels the hype and dynamic sales.
Made with glacier water from Newfoundland Canada, quadruple distilled and filtered through Herkimer diamonds, Crystal Head is a grain based vodka with zero additives. We’re not sure where the genius is in how they make the vodka, but it’s certainly in there. Most people are looking for a smooth vodka, and that’s perfectly fine. We on the other hand are looking for a complex vodka and a little bite. Crystal Head Vodka has all of those elements in one. We tasted Crystal Head Vodka straight out of the bottle and poured it in the glass, neat and at room temperature, and then we tried the Crystal Head with and In and Out Martini with as little vermouth as possible so we could taste the vodka.
Tasting Notes of the Crystal Head Vodka :
This is an excellent vodka with a complex and smooth style. With hints of vanilla, citrus and grain this perfect vodka has just enough bite to let you know it’s there and it works perfectly with the vermouth in martini.
Is Crystal Head the world’s best vodka? It is very difficult to say that any vodka or anything for that matter is best in the world, but without question, Crystal Head must certainly be considered one of the best vodka’s in the world period. Winning the double gold medal at the world most prestigious spirit competition and crushing the competition in our own double blind taste test, Crystal Head certainly performs exceptionally well time after time. With the Crystal Head comes a steep price tag at about $50, which is expensive for a vodka considering you can get a solid vodka for around $15. For example, Tanqueray Sterling vodka finished #2 in our vodka trials and the retail price is $14. Now, Crystal Head is certainly better than Tanqueray Sterling, but is it more than 3 times better as the price indicates? That is uncertain. All in all, looking past the hype, gimmick and excellent marketing, Crystal Head Vodka comes with our highest recommendation.