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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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Ordered this for my husband Last Christmas ( 2014) He just put whiskey in it a year later ( Dec 2015). The barrel started leaking instantly. Has anyone had this issue before? Is there something we should do to prep the barrel?
Stephanie P on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The wood needs to swell to seal the barrel completely. Either fill the barrel with water and let it swell/leak over a pan for a few days or submerge the whole barrel in a bucket of water. Submerging the barrel will give it a "weathered" look. Once swollen, it should be watertight. After filling it with alcohol, the barrel should be rotated occasionally or the wood staves on top with dry out, shrink slightly, and leak again. If the barrel dries out or is empty, the process will need to start again. My barrel came with directions.
Does it come with wine in it?
Lord badass on Nov 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These are sold as empty display pieces, you will have to provide your own wine or whiskey for them.
Instead of whiskey can I put cognac in it?
Iris T on Oct 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, my husband has aged Texas whiskey, winter ales (craft beer), brandy and a cheap blanked scotch. It works great on most types of liquours.
What do I need beside the barrell to make scotch?
Katie M on Oct 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can lose a lot by evaporation especially if not sealed properly. We have only aged our liquours for about 1 - 1.5 months. We had some lose but not a lot.
I received my 2L whiskey barrel yesterday; love it! But Christmas is 2 months away. The packaging contains warnings to not let it sit dry. Is 2 months too long to let it sit in a box? Will it damage the barrel?
Jillian W on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: What the instructions mean is once it has been cured do not let it get dry. There should be instructions on curing the barrel before it first use with liquor.
Is it possible to have lettering engraved and the word Whiskey spelled Whisky ? On the (2 Liter) Barrel
Grumpy on Mar 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: no i tried to do that but change other words around
When choosing what to personalize, does it always come with the text that is below the word "Robinson" regardless of the number of lines?
lburka on Dec 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You personalize the first line with name up to 16 characters (in this photo that would be Robinson), the second line of personalization is the one immediately under the word WHISKEY. This can be up to 24 characters and will be followed with the word Distillery. The next line below can be up to 34 characters and should be a location (city and state.)
Is it best to make the max. volume of whiskey in these barrels or does it not matter? In other words, if I buy a 5 liter do I necessarily have to make 5 liters at a time or can I make less with the same results?
Michelle on May 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The size of the barrel simply will allow you to hold that amount of the alcohol or other liquid you are looking to hold. It will not effect the chemical reaction whatsoever.
Where in the USA is this barrel made from?

Do you think I can use this for aging (evaporating) balsamic vinegar?
June on Nov 12, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you may use the Personalized Mini Oak Whiskey Barrel to age balsamic vinegar; there is no information as to where in the USA the barrel is made.
How long can I age the Whiskey? I am looking to fill the barrel then store for 20 years for when I retire.
RT on Nov 5, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Great question! In a barrel this small you wouldn't want to age Whiskey more than a few years. In the largest option here, the 5 liter barrel, you could age your Whiskey for about 5-8 years. Thank you
What are the directions for curing the barrel for first use?
Kristen on Nov 25, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Please see attached link for curing the barrel for first use. http://1000oaksbarrel.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=37

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 800 356 8466. Thank you again.
Can Line 3 be something other than City, State? I am ordering this for my groomsmen and would like the like line 3 to read "Groomsman" rather than putting a City, State.
Steffen S on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can customize Line 3 with any personalization you prefer, up to 34 characters.
Is it possible to not have the word whiskey engraved?
kt b on Nov 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello,
Not on this barrel but you can take a look at our Personalized Mini Oak Wine Barrel.
That does not have the word Whiskey on it.

Thank you.
Do you to Belgium?

If so, are there additional costs?

Best regards

Kimoy van Kooten
Kimoy on Sep 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Kimoy,
I do not believe we do but you can try to order by following the international checkout options at checkout on our website.

Thank you.
Can a Company logo be added to the front instead of lettering?
roarkfam on May 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry, this Oak Barrel can only be customized with the lettering as shown. We do carry similar products that can be personalized with a company logo, please reach out to our consultants at 800-356-8466 for more information.
Can this barrel also be used for drinking water? We're considering ordering one to take primitive camping, and want something less glaring than an Igloo cooler.
Robert CivWar guy on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sure, why not? It might just taste like oak. Note, the barrel has to be "cured" first according to the instructions that are included with it.
Can you put a bottle of whiskey and just drink that?
Bill on Feb 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can, enjoy !
Can the standard lettering be changed? If I purchased one of these, I would be putting whisky in it, not whiskey and the people to whom I would serve it would notice the difference.
Michael on Feb 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Michael,
The lettering is as shown. If you are going to put whiskey in it you definitely want to order the whiskey barrel.
Thank you
Can the barrel be purchased pre-charred?
robert on Dec 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, sorry it is not available for purchase pre-charred.
I am planning to purchase a custom whiskey barrel today for Christmas. My understanding from one of the reviews is that you won't replace if defective after 30 days. This would only give us 2 days to check it to see if it leaks (sounds like it happens often). Are you giving extended warrantys for Christmas gifts?
Sheri on Nov 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hello Sheri,
Our Customer Service Department will always work with you on items that take longer than in stock items. Please give them a call if you have any further questions @ 1-800-648-6058.
Thank you
We let our barrels set empty too long and now they have dried out and the metal rings are loose and it will not hold liquid anymore. Is there a way to fix this?
Connie on Nov 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can try and cure the barrels and that will expand and usually seal the barrel.
Do you have one that says bourbon that I can personalize?
pkh on Sep 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This only comes with the word" Whiskey" includes. We do carry a wine oak barrel that can me modified on each line of personalization. Item # 336 01 03
Hi, Do you deliver to Toronto or Calgary, Canada? How long would that take?
p on May 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would take approx 1-2 wks longer
What type of whiskey would be best to try in this first since it will change the flavor of it?
WhiskeyNoob on Mar 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Any good whiskey would be perfect to start out the life of your new barrel! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at 800 356 8466. Thank you again.
Is it possible to age whiskey in this barrel multiple times?
McMestaFEST on Feb 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is possible.
Is it possible to see a proof of what the barrel will look like before the item is purchased?
Andrew on Aug 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately the closest we will have to a proof is if you follow the personalization guide under this item. On your order confirmation you will see what you wrote however just not how it is going to look exactly on the piece. If you have further questions please call us at 1-800-356-8466. Thanks!
What is the Height of this product while it is laying on the stand from bottom of the stand to the top of the barrel?
John the Barber on Jun 23, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, the total height from bottom of stand to the top of the barrel on the 5-liter is 10"
Is the barrel charred inside?
Matthew on Apr 26, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Hello Matthew,
Yes, it is .
Where is the option to personalize this item? There is no working link on the page.
L on Dec 2, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Actually the step to personalize this item is near the end of the online order process. It should come up in step 3 after you confirm your billing and shipping address. If you should have any issues placing the order online you can always call us directly at 800-356-8466 to place the order. Thank you for your question!
Customer Reviews

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Great gift, but not high quality.
Delivery took a couple of weeks. The products were packaged nicely without any damage. It should be known that customer service was extremely responsive and helpful and it is for this reason that I would recommend Wine Enthusiast.

A word of caution however: there was a mix up with with my custom engraving and as a result I had to wait another 2-3 weeks for delivery of the correct engraving. It was an honest mistake and to their credit, customer service has done everything they can to fix the mistake. But unfortunately because of the delay, one of my groomsmen will have to go without a gift until after the wedding.

If you order, just check and double check that everything is entered correctly.
October 14, 2013
Mini Oak Barrel
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.
November 20, 2013
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Poor Quality - Cheap Looking
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.
January 15, 2013
Disappointing product and service
The customer service was pitiful. I expect that when I pay this much money for a product that breaks due to no fault of my own, it should be replaced. A $50 store credit for future purchase is disappointing and useless, since I'll never order from this company again.
May 29, 2014
BEST EVER GIFT!!!
BEAUTIFUL!
We bought the 5L barrel for my in-laws 30th anniversary, and they were MOST OVERJOYED by the gift!
NO problems, as long as you FOLLOW DIRECTIONS for set up.
Already taking on its own color after just 2 'loads'

for those that are complaining of: it's raw wood, it's light colored, doesn't look like picture, leaks, loose wood inside, .......
It is a barrel for aging spirits! It's not a varnished (which would RUIN your whiskey), finished product! It 'finishes' as IT ages along with your whiskey.....
The barrel design and function, pulls out water increasing the % of your whiskey, and that soaks into the barrel, as it ages, it will become deeper colored......
The wood inside is from the charring process, of pieces that have broke loose.... NOT AN ISSUE, as it gives more surface area to work BETTER!!

PREPARING TO ORDER OUR OWN.........
And, yes, more to order for Christmas this year!!
April 27, 2015
Nice gifts for family
My sister from Singapore really loves them.
April 17, 2013
Great Gift!
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!
November 4, 2013
Great gift
Why are we not all aging our own whisky? Maybe now we will be.
January 30, 2013
DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS ITEM
ITS SMALL LOOKS CHEAP AND ISN'T REALLY FUNCTIONAL
March 3, 2015
Product isnt the same quality as display
I am excited to have the personlized whiskey barrel, but the engraving has burn marks that have shadows above all of the letters and looks very messy. When I asked WineEnthusiast about it they said it was unavoidable to have the shadow markings. I asked them why then the model photos do not show these burn markings and they did not address that. They just said the burn markings are unavoidable. So I suggested they show a photo of the barrel with the actual type of look and quality the customer will receive. The barrel itself is fine, the lettering just looks very messy.
December 4, 2014