Buffalo Trace Distillery will release its annual supply of Buffalo Trace Kosher Whiskey, set to arrive at retail in May.
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. Those barrels were filled with whiskey, and put away as specially marked “Kosher whiskey” barrels to age.
As with last year’s release, the whiskey is 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, bottling lines at the distillery will be flushed completely beforehand to ensure the spirit is not exposed to any non-Kosher spirits. As Passover ended this year on April 4, the whiskey will release to distributors later this month
“We were overwhelmed with the popularity of our Kosher Whiskey when we first released it last year,” says 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 Kosher whiskey line is limited, but will continue as 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 750-ml. bottle.