Crystal Head Vodka (CHV) announced this week that its Crystal Head Aurora was awarded a GOLD medal in the International Spirits Challenge 2019.
The 24th International Spirits Challenge – identified as the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world – received more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries in this year’s competition.
Aurora, the newer of the two Crystal Head vodkas, was created in 2015 and named after the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis – commonly known as the Northern Lights and Southern Lights – with a recipe that offers a “drier, bolder, and spicier vodka” than the original CHV.
While both vodkas use pristine glacial meltwater from Newfoundland, the Aurora grain is from English Wheat while the earlier recipe uses “Peaches and Cream” corn grown in the Chatham-Kent region of Ontario.
Like the original Crystal Head, Aurora is filtered seven times – including three through Herkimer diamonds – but the brand’s already impressive four-times distillation process has been increased to five for Aurora.
Its skull shaped bottle is likewise designed by John Alexander, inspired by the legend of the 13 Crystal Skulls, but additionally enhanced with an iridescent metallized finish – a tribute to the colourful shimmering Northern Lights that is its inspiration.
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