Sippin’ on Kosher: Buffalo Trace’s Delicious New Rye Recipe

At Buffalo Trace Distillery, we're proud to offer a line of whiskies made with the highest quality grains that are certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc). Our newest offering is our Straight Rye Recipe made with Mash Bill #1.

This carefully crafted whiskey is distilled from the same high quality grains as our other straight rye whiskies and aged in specifically designated kosher . We've worked closely with the cRc to ensure that every step of our process meets their strict standards for certification, so you can be sure that each bottle of Buffalo Trace Kosher Rye Recipe is produced to the highest quality and with the utmost respect for traditional kosher practices.

The mash bill used for this whiskey includes corn, rye, malted barley, and wheat. These ingredients are then fermented in large batches before being double-distilled in copper pot stills. Finally, it is aged in charred oak barrels specifically designated as kosher by cRc experts. The aging process gives the whiskey its distinctive flavor profile featuring hints of caramel and vanilla, along with a balanced blend of spices and oak flavors.

As an added bonus for customers loking for an even more interesting option, Buffalo Trace also produces a Wheat Recipe Whiskey made with Mash Bill #1 and certified kosher by cRc as well. This unique whiskey features wheat as one of its main ingredients along with corn and malted barley. The result is a smooth and creamy spirit with notes of honey, raisin, vanilla bean, and a little bit of cinnamon spice.

Whether you're looking for a classic or something more adventurous, you can be sure that Buffalo Trace Whiskey has something special just for you – all certified Kosher!

Kosher Bourbons: An Overview

Kosher is made from grains and aged in either new, charred oak containers or used bourbon containers. In order to be certified as kosher, the distillation process must be supervised by a mashgiach, a rabbinical supervisor. Additionally, the mashgiach must certify that no other ingredients have been added to the finished product that are not kosher.

Some of the most popular brands of kosher bourbon include Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey. Additionally, there are several smaller craft distilleries that produce kosher bourbons such as Bardstown Bourbon Company, Bulleit Bourbon, and Smooth Ambler .

When shopping for bourbon, it's important to look for a symbol indicating that it is certified as kosher; this ensures that the product has been made according to Jewish dietary laws. Ultimately, if you're looing for a delicious high-quality bourbon that is also certified as kosher, there's plenty of options for you to choose from!

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Kosher Whiskeys

Kosher whiskeys include Jack Daniel's, Penderyn, and Ardbeg. All three of thee brands are certified by the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council), an official kosher-certifying organization. In order for a whiskey to be certified as kosher, it must be produced in accordance with strict rabbinical guidelines and must not contain any non-kosher ingredients. The process includes inspections of the production facilities, ingredients, and processes to ensure that all aspects comply with kosher regulations. Additionally, all of the equipment used in the production of a kosher whiskey must be exclusively used for producing kosher products and not cross-contaminated with non-kosher substances. Once certified as kosher, these whiskeys can be safely consumed by those who adhere to a kosher diet or lifestyle.

Mash Bill of Buffalo Trace Kosher Rye

The Buffalo Trace Kosher Rye Recipe is made with Mash Bill #1, which is a blend of 80% rye, 10% malted barley, and 10% corn. This mash bill gves the whiskey a spicy rye flavor that is balanced out with sweet malted barley and corn notes. The combination creates a whiskey with a rich and smooth finish that is perfect for sipping or mixing in .

Is Buffalo Trace a Rye Whiskey?

Yes, Buffalo Trace Straight Rye Whiskey is a rye whiskey. It is made from a mash bill of 51% rye, 39% corn and 10% malted barley, which is the traditional recipe for rye whiskey. This whiskey has been aged in specifically designated Kosher barrels, allowing it to be certified as Kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc). It is bottled at 90 proof and has a bold, spicy flavor with notes of pepper, cloves and tobacco. Buffalo Trace Straight Rye Whiskey is an excellent choice for ayone looking for an authentic rye whiskey experience.

Is Buffalo Trace Whiskey Kosher for Passover?

Yes, Buffalo Trace Bourbon is kosher for Passover. The whiskey is made with the same high quality grains as W.L. Weller Bourbon Whiskey and is aged in specifically designated Kosher barrels that are sold to a non-Jewish executive in a ceremony witnessed by a representative from the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council). This ensures that not only is the whiskey iself Kosher, but that all of its components meet the standards set by the cRc in order to be considered kosher for Passover.

Kosher Alcohol Brands

Kosher brands are those that have been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of kashrut, the body of Jewish religious law. Although many common alcoholic beverages are not considered to be kosher, there are still a wide variety of options available for those looking to imbibe while adhering to these dietary restrictions. Popular brands of kosher alcohol include Manischewitz , Kings Bay , Carmel Winery Wines, Bartenura Moscato, Elijah's XO , Seagram's Gin and Whiskey, Maccabee Beer and Baron Herzog Wine. Additionally, many craft breweries produce a range of Kosher beers using ingredients that meet the requirements set out by kashrut.

Kosher Alcohol: What Is Acceptable?

Alcohol that is always certified kosher includes certain wines, beers, and liquors. Wines that are labeled with a “U” inside a circle (indicating approval by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations) or a “K” (indicating approval by the Vaad Hakashrus of the Star K) are always kosher. Many beers also carry a similar label indicating they were produced according to Jewish law. Additionally, some liquors such as whiskey, vodka, and are made using ingredients that naturally conform to kosher standards and do not need furter certification. It is important to note that while some alcoholic beverages may be made from grapes or other fruits and considered “kosher-style”, these products require supervision and certification in order to gain proper certification as kosher.


Buffalo Trace's Kosher Rye Recipe is a great example of a whiskey that adheres to the strict guidelines of kosher law. This whiskey is made from high-quality grains and aged in specifically designated Kosher barrels, making it a reliable choice for those lookng for an alcohol product that follows the guidelines established by the cRc. While it may not be as widely available as some other whiskies, Buffalo Trace's Kosher Rye Recipe provides an excellent option for those seeking out a delicious whiskey that meets their dietary needs.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.