Buffalo Trace Releases A New Round Of Kosher Whiskeys

By Gary Carter / April 7, 2021

A new trio of Kosher whiskeys is coming from Buffalo Trace Distillery this May, an annual release first introduced last year.

So what exactly is this kind of whiskey? First, what is Kosher.

“Kosher” is a term used to describe food that complies with the strict dietary standards of traditional Jewish law.

You see, Kosher law mandates that whiskey should not be owned or consumed by Jews during Passover. In 2012, the Chicago Rabbinical Council 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.

Buffalo Trace 2021 Kosher whiskeys

Buffalo Trace’s 2021 Kosher whiskeys (image via Buffalo Trace)

Eight years later, in a year plagued by Covid-19, that whiskey matured and was bottled and released.

In 2021, following the Passover season, the new batch of whiskey will be 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, the bottling lines at Buffalo Trace’s Distillery will be flushed completely before bottling 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, Buffalo Trace master blender and director of quality, in a prepared statement. “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.”

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The new 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 has a suggested retail price of $39.99 per 750ml bottle.