Buffalo Trace Kosher Whiskey

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Buffalo Trace Kosher Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Kosher Whiskey is a sub-brand of three different expressions produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery under the guidance of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc).

The distillery claims that it is the first authentic Kosher whiskey, and includes their Kosher Rye Recipe Bourbon; Kosher Wheat Recipe Bourbon; and Kosher Straight Rye Whiskey.

Kosher law mandates that whiskey should not be owned or consumed by Jews during Passover as it is a leavened, or fermented, grain product. Buffalo Trace’s parent company, Sazerac, is a private company owned by William Goldring, who is Jewish. In 2012, the cRc oversaw the sale of new American Oak Kosher barrels to Buffalo Trace Distillery President Mark Brown, who is not Jewish.

Before bottling, the bottling lines are flushed to make sure that the dumped Kosher barrels did not come into any contact with non-Kosher spirits.

The Kosher whiskey expressions are released annually after passover ends on a limited basis.