The last time I saw Dan Aykroyd he was talking wine. The former Ghostbuster has been the figurehead of his eponymous series of Ontario wines for several years now and is a passionate advocate of Canadian vino.

Seeing as we’re creeping our way to Halloween this week I can’t help but think of his side project: Crystal Head Vodka ($44.98 - $75.00).

If you’ve seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, you’ll know where Aykroyd got his inspiration. The story goes that the original 13 skulls had some sort of mystical powers, and since Aykroyd is a fan of the supernatural, serving a neutral spirit from a human skull-shaped bottle was right up his alley.


Made in Newfoundland, it’s quadruple-distilled and triple-filtered through Herkimer diamond crystals. OK, so I really don’t know what diamond filtration does for the vodka (what could it do?), but the bi-product is a smooth, refined spirit with just a hint of anise-like flavour. I can’t think of a better splash of booze to support a Bloody Caesar on this up-coming All Hallow’s Eve.

This product is not available everywhere (including the LCBO). But those unlucky ones can place private six-pack orders by contacting Diamond Estates at 416-488-4922.

Prices reflect the range across the country. Some products may not be available in all provinces. Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and traveling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.

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