First Kosher Bourbon?

As Passover ended last week I was bombarded by friends and on social media questioning the same news story. “Buffalo Trace has released the first kosher bourbon!”

Apparently over the holiday, Buffalo Trace announced that working with a kosher agency out of Chicago, They had created the first ever kosher bourbon.

There was only one catch. The claim was bogus!!

There are dozens of kosher bourbons from several major brands. In fact, Buffalo Trace is the very last of the three largest distilleries to produce a kosher product!

The first kosher distillery was Heaven Hill, which has been working with Kentucky Kosher since the early ’90s. Harry and Max Shapira of Heaven Hill were innovators, who sought to make their product available to the Jewish community.

Today, ‘Kosher Liquor and Spirits’ or KLAS, the leading authority on kosher liquor, has supervised dozens of whiskeys as kosher including popular options like Evan Williams Black Label, Lusty Claw, and Elijah Craig.

Some companies exclusively make Kosher bourbon, like Peerless Distilling Company out of Louisville, whose bourbon has won multiple prestigious awards and is certified as kosher by KLAS.

I am delighted that Buffalo Trace has finally joined the rest of the bourbon world in having kosher products. While it’s a shame the vast majority of their products are not kosher, they are hardly the first company to have a kosher product. They’re just the first one to demand accolades for it.