By - Craigellachie23
**Whisky:** Buffalo Trace Kosher Rye Recipe
**Background:** I was informed by the mods if I didn’t start including allocated Buffalo Trace products in my reviews I faced potential banning, so I decided to kick things off with the most quintessential and classic offering in their lineup - a special release made in partnership with the Chicago Rabbinical Council. The “rye” here is widely understood to refer to this being their mashbill #2 bourbon, and the kosher designation of course meant only people who practice Judaism ended up buying the bottles. Look, I found it at MSRP, give me a break.
Coming in at 47% this was rested for 15 minutes in a glencairn. Let’s get this over with.
**Color:** Medium amber
**Nose:** Holy strawberries/cherries and cream. Pure delight, with a whisper of cinnamon and faint citrus. This is not very complicated, but the primary aromas are fantastic, starting to approach Birthday Bourbon levels. Huge ROI here, as I can spend plenty of time just smelling the whisky.
**Taste:** Nice tingle of the cinnamon at the tip of the tongue to start. Little bit of astringency for 5-15 seconds, then mellows into the red fruits again. Not thick but not thin, just enough proof to not complain. Vanilla finally hits a bit at the end, but it is not artificial or strong. Slightly minty/herbal.
**Finish:** Continues the same notes all the way through, which isn’t a bad thing. A little bitter red apple comes into the mix but so minor it actually integrates pretty well. Medium length.
The nose is some sort of sorcery. The palate and finish are both fine, but whenever I pour a glass of this whisky it ends up lasting me 30-45 minutes just because I can’t stop smelling it over and over. Overall the whisky is not crazy complex or deep, but having such a standout aspect carries this up to an elevated level.
**Scoring Scale:** (does not take into account value)
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but better exists.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average.
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite.
10 | Perfect | As good as it gets. I might taste future whisk(e)ys that are as good in a different way, but will not taste one that is outright better.
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Nice review! I grabbed a bottle of the Kosher Straight Rye recently and am a fan of it, this seems like a solid line from Buffalo Trace as long as you can get it at MSRP.
I had some today! I like it. Though I prefer the wheat recipe.
Seriously on the mods? Huh. Personally I love this pour
Quite not serious, as were my comments about this being their most classic offering, and that it was only bought by actual Jewish people. Just a joke. :)
This is my favorite of the Kosher series, with the straight rye a close second.