For as long as people have been drinking, distillers and brewers have known that the key to maximizing the quality of spirits lies in proper aging. When you purchase an oak whiskey barrel from Red Head Barrels, you’ll instantly experience this history. Our aging barrels allow you to turn less-expensive liquor into a top-shelf masterpiece in a matter of weeks. Use your whiskey barrel to turn Crown Royal into Crown Reserve in 14-15 days or Crown XR in about a month. Or, age just about any tequila, rum, scotch, or bourbon of your choice to perfection in our mini wooden barrels.
When you buy a Red Head whiskey barrel, you’re buying a superior product made from top-quality American White Oak – the same wood used by most distilleries and wineries. We source our wood from across the US including California, Missouri, and Kentucky. We build our stock utilizing a medium char, which we find to be the most universal when it comes to aging spirits. However, we can custom-make barrels with a heavy char, no char, or even no finish – just call us or visit us in person to place a special order. Every barrel is made to the specifications we require for the quality you deserve in a premium American-made product.
Aging liquor in mini barrels gives it a smoother, higher-quality taste. As the wooden barrel breathes, the alcohol passes back and forth through the charring. This movement filters out the impurities into the wood, leaving a smoother result. Your beverages will take on the compounds in the mini whisky barrel, including vanillin and wood tannins, and come out smooth, delicious, and perfectly aged – in a fraction of the time it takes in large barrels. And, perhaps more importantly, for a fraction of the cost.
Wine and Beer
Our oak barrels aren’t limited to liquor, though. Before wine was stored in glass bottles (hundreds of years ago), it was typically stored and sold in wooden barrels. That’s why you often see wine barrels strewn about in paintings from around this time. We may no longer need barrels to store and transport wine, but we sure still enjoy the flavor they impart. Oak barrels are an essential part of modern winemaking. The oak adds flavor compounds such as clove, vanilla, coconut, and smoke; it also allows the slow ingress of oxygen, making the wine smoother and less astringent. Believe it or not, you can even age beer in oak barrels, and this practice is becoming better-known among homebrewers. Remember that beer ages faster than wine or liquor because of its lower alcohol content, so check it sooner and let your palate guide you.
An oak whiskey barrel makes an ideal Christmas or birthday present or even a unique gift for best men, groomsmen, bachelors, coworkers, retirees, and more. Or, treat yourself to your very own whiskey barrel and spend years enjoying the process of flavoring your own liquors to your preference.
Besides mini whiskey barrels, also have a wide range of related products and fantastic gift ideas for you to check out. Pick out a custom engraved barrel head clock, a leather-wrapped stainless-steel flask, or a set of barrel head coasters to outfit your mancave. Our personalized barrel mugs make the perfect groomsmen gifts or decorate your reception tables with our oak barrel centerpiece flower vases. Looking for a gift for a special lady? We’ve got plenty of gifts for her, including our barrel head lazy Susan turntable, oak barrel canister sets, engraved bourbon bottle and glass sets, personalized stainless-steel tumblers, and much more.
If you love cigars (or know someone who does), our cigar humidors make an outstanding addition to any mancave. They’re easy to use, too: just soak the inside of the barrel with your favorite liquor and then place a few of your preferred cigars inside. Place the lid back on and wait two to three days before smoking. We also offer humidity beads to keep your cigars fresh longer. An oak cask barrel will infuse your cigars with deep, rich flavors. You know how much you love certain liquors with your finest cigars? A cigar infused with the flavor you fancy will be amazing enjoyed with a drink at the end of a grueling day, or on a lazy weekend. And, we can engrave your cigar barrel if you’d like – just let us know when you place your order.
Care and Maintenance
Caring for your whiskey barrel is easy. It will last for years if you clean and maintain it properly, so for your convenience, we also sell the products you need to make the job even simpler. Use Barrel Wax to seal leaks, protect the airtight feature of the barrel, and extend its life. Our Campden Tablets are sulfur-based and can kill germs and bacteria in your barrel without affecting its flavor. Our Cleaning Kit comes with all the different things you need to keep your barrel clean and prevent oxidation. This kit also makes an excellent gift for someone who already owns a whiskey barrel.
Red Head Barrels – for the Discerning Drinker
Would you like to start aging your own liquor at home? If so, do it right the first time. At Red Head Barrels, we provide the quality you need for superior taste every time you use your mini whiskey barrel. There are so many ways to enjoy your small whiskey barrel and related accessories, from flavoring and aging whiskey and other spirits quickly to infusing cigars with the essence of your choice for a truly unique and impressive gift idea. We’ve got lots of recipe ideas to try and can’t wait to hear what you come up with, too.
If you’ve been thinking about getting your own whiskey barrel and giving flavoring your own liquor a shot, you’ve come to the right place. Have a look around, and you’ll find everything you need to get started. Experiment with all assorted flavors, and you’ll undoubtedly find a few favorites you’ll return to over and over again. Either way, aging your own spirits at home in your Red Head whiskey barrel is an experience you don’t want to miss.