Crystal Head Vodka

I’m a vodka guy. Other than beer, the poison of my choice is definitely vodka. I like to drink my vodka with a generous splash of either Sprite or 7up and lots of ice. I like it cold. I love plain vodka and flavoured vodka. Hmmm, green apple vodka is so delicious. I love skullheads. Who does’t like a cool skullhead design, right? I’m always into skullhead tattoo designs. And who doesn’t love crystal? I admire nicely designed crystal pieces which I’d want to showcase in shelves in my house. And I like Dan Akyroyd a lot. The guy is funny and talented and he has been in several roles in the movies that I love over the years. Dan is an awesome guy. What happens when you combine all of this stuff together?

You get Crystal Head Vodka!

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Crystal Head Vodka is an additive-free vodka manufactured by Globefill Inc. in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It was conceived of and founded by actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander in 2007. The vodka is quadruple-distilled and seven times filtered, the final 3 filtrations through Herkimer diamond crystals. It is additive-free, gluten-free, and kosher certified. The product is packaged in a cardboard box, sold in a clear glass bottle in the shape of a human skull that has a wooden bottle closure. The bottle was designed by artist John Alexander and is manufactured by Milan-based glass-manufacturer Bruni Glass. Crystal Head has won numerous awards, including a Gold Medal for Excellent Taste at the 2013 Moscow ProdExpo Internation Tasting Contest, as well as a Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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I recently became aware of it while watching Top Chef videos on Youtube and on one of the Top Chef Canada episodes, Akyroyd and his vodka were featured – him as a guest judge and the vodka to be one of the ingredients in the food. I checked and it is available in India at various prices ranging from Rs.10,000 to Rs.7000!

Arsenal 1 West Bromwich Albion 0

24 hours before this game, Arsenal were guaranteed 4th place in the Barclay’s Premier League and a place in the Champions League for next season as Everton lost 2-3 to Manchester City. With the pressure off, the Gunners took to the field and welcomed West Brom with a 1-0 victory with Olivier Giroud scoring the lone goal. After Everton’s defeat by Manchester City on Saturday made the Gunners’ top-four spot secure, the France striker grabbed the only goal of the game, rising in front of marker Craig Dawson to convert Santi Cazorla’s corner. Relegation threatened West Brom rarely threatened but were confirmed safe after Norwich drew at Chelsea.

At Emirates Stadium, the visitors played like a side who seemed certain of safety, barely making Arsenal’s defence sweat on a warm day in north London. Arsenal were slightly more spritely. They were in relaxed mood after Saturday’s result ensured manager Arsene Wenger has led his team to a top-four finish in every season since he joined in 1996. Giroud’s early opening goal provided one of the few rousing moments during a sedate match. The France international has a brilliant knack of losing his marker when the ball is played from the wings, and on this occasion he beat Dawson to score his 22nd of the season. Arsenal went close once more, after the break, when German Lukas Podolski mis-hit a half-volley from 10 yards that bounced off the post and into the arms of Foster.

The Gunners, who deserved their victory, finish their league campaign at Norwich before an FA Cup final against Hull, as they aim to end a run of nine years without a trophy. Arsenal have 76 points with a goal difference of 25.