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Guests will get a big kick out of this little whiskey cask hand-made from American white oak. They'll be even more surprised when they see it's a real, functional whiskey barrel---complete with spigot and bung---and not just a decor piece. Like any oak barrel, it's also designed to properly age your chosen beverage, be it wine, beer, tequila, rum, or any other spirit.
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OtherPersonalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter)
 
3.8

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Creative & functional (20)
  • High quality material (16)
  • Finish (13)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good capacity (9)

Cons

  • Poor quality (5)
  • Unattractive presentation (5)

Best Uses

  • Display (23)
  • Special occasions (15)
  • Everyday (8)
  • Dinner parties (7)
  • Holidays (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (13), Stylish (9), Frequent entertainer (6), Budget shopper (3)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Nice gifts for family

My sister from Singapore really loves them.

My sister from Singapore really loves them.

VS

Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Great gift, but not high quality.

I did a lot of internet and phone research into this product before purchasing with Wine Enthusiast. In the end I decide to go with Wine Enthusiast because of their easy website purchasing process...Read complete review

I did a lot of internet and phone research into this product before purchasing with Wine Enthusiast. In the end I decide to go with Wine Enthusiast because of their easy website purchasing process and the presence of a customer support line.

I purchased 3 of these items with custom engravings for Groomsmen gifts and I am only somewhat satisfied with the end product. The pictures on the site look much nicer than the product you'll actually receive.

Being a Whisky enthusiast, I appreciate that the barrel is made with actual charred oak. The barrel is solidly put together and has a sweet, oaky smell to it. Think about the smell of a hot dry wooden sauna. I was told that the oak would impart nice flavours into the whisky for about three batches before it becomes more of an ornamental whisky dispenser.

The new barrels came with small chunks of burnt wood inside the barrel which is supposedly normal. You simply rinse out the inside a few times as per the instructions and proceed to cure the barrels with hot water in preparation for the Whisky. A couple of days of soaking is supposed to expand the wood, making for a tight seal.

Of the 3 I ordered, each one had its own unique set of chips, scuffs. All had divots on the ends of the barrel from the lathe. Some ends were more heavily scratched from the mill work than others.

There doesn't appear to be a high focus on fit and finish or quality control. Let's just say that the barrel has a lot of 'character' and it belongs in a man cave that is decorated more to look like an old tavern. It's closer to moonshine than it is to Lagavulin.

As cool as I think these barrels are, I would definitely describe them as a bit 'cheap looking'.

Parts of the barrel have a glossy finish and other parts look like bare wood. I wondered out loud if they missed a few spots with their brush.

As for the engraving, there were fresh burn marks from the lazer but they washed off during the soaking process. The engraving is really nicely done with sharp detail. Though, it does have a divot right in the center point of the barrel end from the lathe. The divot is right in the 's' in Whisky.

All in all, I would recommend this product to prospective buyers as long as they are aware that they're getting something a bit rough around the edges. The quality of the product doesn't quite match up to the price point.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very Disappointed

By deedee

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Construction
    • Unattractive Presentation

    Best Uses

      Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (2 Liter):

      The personalization is barely legible and of very low quality. The spout hole has chunks of splintery wood hanging from it. Because it is personalized, I can't return it but I also couldn't gift it because of the poor quality.
      While I think customer service tries, reaching them and getting them to respond is a trial.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great gift, but not high quality.

      By Sewman

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Creative & Functional
      • Easy To Use
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Poor Construction
      • Poor Quality Control
      • Unattractive Presentation

      Best Uses

      • Display
      • Special Occasions

      Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

      I did a lot of internet and phone research into this product before purchasing with Wine Enthusiast. In the end I decide to go with Wine Enthusiast because of their easy website purchasing process and the presence of a customer support line.

      I purchased 3 of these items with custom engravings for Groomsmen gifts and I am only somewhat satisfied with the end product. The pictures on the site look much nicer than the product you'll actually receive.

      Being a Whisky enthusiast, I appreciate that the barrel is made with actual charred oak. The barrel is solidly put together and has a sweet, oaky smell to it. Think about the smell of a hot dry wooden sauna. I was told that the oak would impart nice flavours into the whisky for about three batches before it becomes more of an ornamental whisky dispenser.

      The new barrels came with small chunks of burnt wood inside the barrel which is supposedly normal. You simply rinse out the inside a few times as per the instructions and proceed to cure the barrels with hot water in preparation for the Whisky. A couple of days of soaking is supposed to expand the wood, making for a tight seal.

      Of the 3 I ordered, each one had its own unique set of chips, scuffs. All had divots on the ends of the barrel from the lathe. Some ends were more heavily scratched from the mill work than others.

      There doesn't appear to be a high focus on fit and finish or quality control. Let's just say that the barrel has a lot of 'character' and it belongs in a man cave that is decorated more to look like an old tavern. It's closer to moonshine than it is to Lagavulin.

      As cool as I think these barrels are, I would definitely describe them as a bit 'cheap looking'.

      Parts of the barrel have a glossy finish and other parts look like bare wood. I wondered out loud if they missed a few spots with their brush.

      As for the engraving, there were fresh burn marks from the lazer but they washed off during the soaking process. The engraving is really nicely done with sharp detail. Though, it does have a divot right in the center point of the barrel end from the lathe. The divot is right in the 's' in Whisky.

      All in all, I would recommend this product to prospective buyers as long as they are aware that they're getting something a bit rough around the edges. The quality of the product doesn't quite match up to the price point.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Poor Quality - Cheap Looking

      By Irish Dino

      from Katy, Texas (Houston)

      About Me Frequent Entertainer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Construction
        • Unattractive Presentation

        Best Uses

        • Display

        Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

        I would never attempt to put any kind of liquid in this thing. It looks like something made in a Boy Scout Craft Class. About the only thing it is good for is a decorative display on a shelf. When I received it, it had lots of small pieces of wood inside the cask.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Disappointing product and service

        By Brandy

        from Arnold, MD

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

        I ordered this 5 liter barrel for my husband for Christmas and have been very pleased with it. He's used it a couple times and everything was fine until I noticed that on the belly of the barrel, there formed a bulge and a crack and it was oozing its contents through it. I assume it's an anomaly, as this is a good company and this product has had pretty great reviews. I emailed the company and never got a response. I just called the company and since it's past the 30 days, there's nothing they can do besides offer me a $50 store credit towards a future purchase. I'm really disappointed in their customer service. This is something they should replace, as it's obviously manufacturer error. Terrible. However, if anyone can explain how or why this might have happened, I'd like to know. If it's user error, I'll be happy to change my review.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Mini Oak Barrel

        By The Rendez Vous

        from Melbourne, Florida

        About Me Frequent Entertainer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Original

        Cons

        • Limited Capacity

        Best Uses

        • Special Occasions

        Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

        The 1 liter is just too small for the personalization option. I ended up buying the 3 liter.
        Original gift. Good quality.
        Read the size of the barrels before making the purchase.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I'm happy

        By Dageth

        from Denver Co

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Creative & Functional
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Capacity
        • High Quality Material

        Cons

        • Difficult To Clean

        Best Uses

        • Big Events
        • Dinner Parties
        • Display
        • Special Occasions

        Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (3 Liter):

        I am ageing fireside whiskey. After about 1 month 1 week, the whiskey has gotten more vanilla, a lot more oak, and sweeter. I wish the barrel had a better char for more smoke, but the whiskey has improved.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice gifts for family

        By Li Hwa

        from Indiana

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Brilliant Finish
        • Creative & Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

            My sister from Singapore really loves them.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Gift!

            By Dani

            from Idaho Falls, ID

            About Me Practical

            Pros

            • Creative & Functional
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Decoration

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dinner Parties
              • Display
              • Special Occasions

              Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

              I was really worried that this was not going to get to me in time for my boyfriends birthday but at around 2 weeks after ordering it arrived in perfect condition! Everything was spelled correct and I think it is going to be the perfect gift for a guy who is hard to shop for!

               
              4.0

              Great gift!

              By Paul

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Bargain Hunter

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Brilliant Finish
              • Creative & Functional
              • High Quality Material

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Special Occasions

                Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

                Purchased as groomsman gift. Nice to have something personalized for my friends.

                 
                5.0

                A Great Gift, but now I want one too

                By Groom Jay

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Brilliant Finish
                • Creative & Functional
                • High Quality Material

                Cons

                • Poor Packaging

                Best Uses

                • Display
                • Groomsmen Gift
                • Special Occasions

                Comments about Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel (1 Liter):

                I bought this as a gift for the best man at my wedding, the wood burned lettering looks great and it has that oak smell out of the box. Christmas is coming and it'd look great under my tree if Santa needs any suggestions.

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