During the largest food exhibition in Eastern Europe, the most prestigious wine and spirits tasting competition was held in Moscow, Russia. There were 198 companies, representing beverages from more than 22 countries, and over 400 brands of vodka were entered.
Yet it was the Canadian brand called Crystal Head Vodka that went home with the gold medal for Best Taste, as decided upon by 11 judges who represented the National Institute of Beverages and Wine, National Institute of Food Biotechnology and the International Association of Sommeliers in Russia.
Co-founder of Crystal Head, Dan Aykroyd, simply states, "Crystal Head Gold Medal - best tasting vodka in Moscow contest - a significant honor. Like winning best sushi in Japan! If Russians do not know their vodka, who does?!"
The naturally pure vodka is quadruple distilled and filtered seven times. Three of the filtrations are through semi-precious crystals known as Herkimer diamonds. It was inspired by the legend of the 13 crystal heads. The heads are thought to offer spiritual power and enlightenment to those who possess them, and as such stands not as a symbol of death, but of life.
"We are thrilled to have won Best Tasting Vodka in the largest bar show in Russia. Winning such a top honor in a country that has such a long history of great vodkas is very gratifying," says Vice President Jonathan Hemi.
"Russians are well known to have some of the most discerning palates for vodka and are known worldwide as one of the best vodka producing countries," he continues. "This gold medal only further verifies for us that our vodka is more than just a stunning bottle. It is also the finest tasting, additive free vodka in the world."