Dan Aykroyd’s Aurora Crystal Head Vodka Wins Gold

Published on: 2020/04/01 - in Entertainment

Crystal Head Vodka has announced that its Aurora line of spirits received a GOLD medal award at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

First released in Australia, the newer Aurora line of Crystal Head Vodka is named after the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis – commonly known as the Northern Lights and Southern Lights – with a unique recipe that offers a “drier, bolder, and spicier vodka” than the original line.

While both vodkas use pristine glacial meltwater from Newfoundland, the Aurora grain is from English Wheat while to the original’s recipe uses “Peaches and Cream” corn grown in the Chatham-Kent region of Ontario.

Like the original Crystal Head vodka, Aurora is filtered seven times – including three times through Herkimer diamonds – with the brand’s already impressive four-times distillation process increased to five for the newest line.

The distinctive and much coveted skull shaped bottle was designed by John Alexander, who created CHV with Kingston area resident Dan Aykroyd, and inspired by the legend of the 13 Crystal Skulls. The bottle was enhanced for Aurora to feature an iridescent metallized finish – a tribute to the colourful shimmering Northern Lights that is its inspiration.

One of the oldest contests of its kind, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition involves a blind tasting judge process that emphasizes integrity and impartiality. The original Crystal Head Vodka was also recognized by the competition in 2011, when it scored a Double Gold Medal, and it won a Gold Medal for Excellent Taste at the 15th International Tasting Contest at the 2013 PRODEXPO Exhibition, in Moscow, Russia.

CHV Aurora also received a GOLD medal last year at the likewise prestigious International Spirits Challenge in 2019.

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