Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Kosher Whiskey Trio

Buffalo Trace Kosher Whiskey Family

Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its annual supply of Kosher Whiskey, set to arrive at retail in May.

First introduced in 2020, Buffalo Trace Distillery began working with the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc-Kosher) in 2010 to release what it believes to be the first authentic Kosher Whiskey.

Kosher law mandates that whiskey should not be owned or consumed by Jews during Passover. In 2012 the cRc oversaw the sale of new American Oak Kosher barrels in a contract of sale to a non-Jewish executive, Buffalo Trace Distillery President Mark Brown, where they were filled with whiskey and put away in specially marked “Kosher whiskey” barrels to age.

Like last year’s release, this year’s spirits are available in three styles, Kosher Rye Recipe Bourbon; Kosher Wheat Recipe Bourbon; and Kosher Straight Rye Whiskey.  

Now that the whiskey has reached its desired age and is ready for bottling, the bottling lines at the Distillery will be flushed completely beforehand to ensure the whiskey is not exposed to any non-Kosher spirits. As Passover ended this year on April 4th, the whiskey will be released to distributors after bottling later this month. Bottles will sell through wholesalers and retailers before Passover begins again in 2022.

“We were overwhelmed with the popularity of our Kosher Whiskey when we first released it last year,” said Drew Mayville, master blender, director of quality.  “We realize having a truly certified Kosher whiskey is important to not only the Jewish community, but also a broader audience, and we’re pleased that we have the ability to offer it each year to reach this audience.”   

The new whiskey line is limited, but it will continue to be an annual release each year after Passover. The labels depict both Buffalo Trace Distillery logo and the cRc-Kosher logo.  Each expression of Buffalo Trace Kosher Whiskey will retail for $39.99 per 750ml bottle. For more information, head over to the Buffalo Trace official website.

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