Buffalo Trace Kosher Rye Recipe Bourbon
Buffalo Trace Kosher Rye Recipe Bourbon Whiskey is bourbon produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery under the guidance of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc).
Although it is labeled as “Rye Recipe” with a green label, a color usually used by brands to denote a rye whiskey product, this expression is a bourbon. In this case, “rye recipe” means that it is a ryed bourbon as opposed to a wheated bourbon (see Buffalo Trace Kosher Wheat Recipe Bourbon), for example.
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.
Buffalo Trace’s Kosher whiskey expressions are released annually after passover ends on a limited basis.