Manchester… Where else but on Twitter will you find the latest on the kashrus status of whiskey, thanks to a whiskey non-Jewish maven Kirk Miller. It was just after the High Holy Days that the prestigious Manchester Beth Din visited the manufacturing plants of William Grant & Sons and certified many Scotch varieties of Glenfiddich and The Balvenie. In many cases, Jews are more interested in the kosher status of whiskey than the hundreds of wines, which are used mainly for sacramental purposes such as kiddush and for events. Whiskey has been a steadily growing category amongst younger Orthodox Jews, but still well blows kosher wines.
Grant’s Master Blender Brian Kinsman says that they have been working closely with the Manchester Beth Din for 25 years. The whiskey giant produces such favorites as The Balvenie’s 12-Year-Old Single Barrel, 25-Year-Old Single Barrel, 14 Year Stories, 21 Year Portwood and 26 Year Story, Glenfiddich 12-Year-Old, 14-Year-Old, Age of Discovery, 26-Year-Old, 50-Year-Old, Fire & Cane and India Pale Ale. “
The much smaller M&H Distillery is supervised by the Tel Aviv rabbinate and Star-k. “All our raw materials and ingredients are kosher — barley, yeast, casks. We also don’t work on Shabbat and Jewish holidays,” explains Eitan Attir, the CEO of the M&H Distillery