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    Default Curse you LCBO! Dan Aykroyd's skull-shaped vodka too morbid for Ontario.

    Dan Aykroyd's skull-shaped vodka line too morbid for Ontario liquor stores


    By Moira Baird, St. Johns Telegram May 20, 2010





    ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — It's bottled in Newfoundland and the one-millionth bottle rolled out of the St. John's plant earlier this month — but you won't find Dan Aykroyd's vodka on liquor-store shelves in Ontario.

    Crystal Head vodka is banned there because its distinctive, skull-shaped bottle is an image associated with death, poison and could become popular with young, binge drinkers, according to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

    Globefill Inc. — the Ontario company that markets Crystal Head and is partly owned by Aykroyd — doesn't agree.

    "It's a little puzzling to us," said Andrew Stodart, managing partner of Globefill. "It's the board's decision and their stores, and they have to be concerned about what they're concerned about. We respect that, even if we think it's wrong."

    He said the Ottawa-born Aykroyd finds the ban amusing.
    "Dan loves it. He thinks it's a great thing to be able to say it's banned in Ontario — he goes around telling people that all the time. It's a great joke."

    Chris Layton, LCBO spokesman, said the vodka's skull-shaped bottle was a problem for the Ontario liquor board, the largest purchaser of alcohol and wine in North America.

    "It's an image that's kind of associated with death, and I guess in some cases with death by poison — the old skull and crossbones on bottles and that type of symbolism."

    To date, the product has been only sold in Canada and the U.S. Crystal Head is about to be introduced in Europe, the Pacific Rim and Central and South America.

    Layton said binge drinking that can result in alcohol poisoning, especially among young people, is a concern for both the LCBO and the responsible drinking groups it deals with.

    "We try to strike a balance between the marketing needs of our suppliers and the responsible drinking groups.

    "We didn't feel that the skull was a fit with the image that we've tried to cultivate."

    Distilled in Ontario, Crystal Skull vodka is blended with Newfoundland water and bottled by the provincial liquor corporation.

    Wally Dicks, supply chain vice-president for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp., said LCBO is the first to raise concerns about the skull-shaped bottle.

    "It's a hot item in the United States — California, Florida — and it's hot in other parts of Canada, as well. But most of it is going to the U.S."
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    I would have loved that bottle at 16. I would have collected them.



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    I'd love a bottle like that now! Especially if it still had the booze in it.
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    I still do especially if it really looks crystally!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    I still do especially if it really looks crystally!



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    I was looking at the bottle and thinking of how cool it'd look in my kitchen if I used it for making home-made garlic or spicy cooking oils.
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    I want to try this dammit!!! But hard to part w/$50.00 smackers......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittylady View Post
    Yeah, I'm the nice and innocent one


    I was looking at the bottle and thinking of how cool it'd look in my kitchen if I used it for making home-made garlic or spicy cooking oils.
    yesh, like my arse!!!! Can you imagine them with chili oil in? Brilliant!
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    Badass!!! I want one!
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    Cool flavors or I ain't buyin' it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    yesh, like my arse!!!! Can you imagine them with chili oil in? Brilliant!
    Oh hell yeah! You could have some pretty good colours depending on what oil you had brewing up and any herbs or stuff in there adding to the gross but really cool effect. Much better than crappy plain bottles.
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    My brother has one of these (empty) bottles at his house. meh. not that impressive. definitely not morbid...
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    Oooh I'd love one of those! Especially if it had black vodka in it, that would look awesome.
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    When did Ontario become the Pillar of Piousness for Canada? I live right next door (Detroit area) and it sure doesn't have that reputation here.
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    Ontario isn't, it's just someone on the Liquor Control Board who is drunk with power. Banning this will have absolutely no impact on kids binge drinking. Kids go for the cheap stuff.
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