White Oak Barrels Add a Touch of Taste to Everything
There are not many containers or vessels as useful, versatile and unique as American White Oak barrels. Barrels are most commonly associated with making whiskey or bourbon and pictured as oversized drums lined up in mills and distilleries. But making whiskey and bourbon are just two of the many uses for a white oak barrel—albeit those are probably the most important ones!
You may not be able to distill your own moonshine in the backyard, but our Red Head Liquor Flavoring Kit, flavor essences, and whiskey accessories get you pretty close. Our whiskey accessories and other products can save you money by allowing you to turn most any cheap booze into a top-shelf liquor you’ll love while giving you the freedom to experiment with new recipes and flavors. Be sure to take a look around and see all we have to offer, from bootleg barrels; flavor infused barrels, and whiskey barrel gift ideas to shot glasses, cleaning and maintenance supplies, and replacement parts – everything you need to get started flavoring your own liquor except, well, the liquor itself.
Looking for gift ideas? We have oak barrel gift sets in all varieties that make memorable gifts. Aging barrels and mug sets, cigar barrel and liquor barrel gift sets, or just get the Gold package that has all the oak aging barrel goodies with it.
Whiskey Flavoring Essences
Whiskey is a bold drink for a bold person, it inspires confidence and projects class. Flavored whiskey is a twist on the traditional distilled grain alcohol utilizing the addition of different flavors. For a flavored whiskey enjoyed by all, our whiskey flavored essences are the standard for whiskey and essence enthusiasts alike. They allow for an unprecedented level of customization and improvement in pursuit of the best flavored whiskey. The ability to customize your whiskey is a must have for any alcohol enthusiast. Limitless flavor combinations exist, the use of essences for alcohol spirits enable you to fine tune your flavored whiskey to accomodate any flavor palate. From Highland Scotch to Canadian Rye the fusion of your favorite neutral flavored vodka or swish alcohol with any of our whiskey alcohol flavoring essence will result in a unique and memorable experience each time. The cherry bourbon alcohol essence will add a sweet and desirable flavor to your whiskey creating a unique experience that will be a joy for your palate to process. Our non alcoholic whiskey flavoring is an all natural way to achieve the deep flavor sought after through the process of aging whiskey, utilizing essences for alcohol spirits the conventional whiskey flavor loved by all can be achieved quickly and affordably. Customization never truly ends when it comes to alcohol flavoring essence, whiskey flavor can be changed as well as intensity. The best flavored whiskey for each person is different so experiment away! Your ideal flavored whiskey might be in the next batch you make! The process for using the alcohol essence to make flavored whiskey is simple and can be enjoyed by savvy brewmasters and newcomers alike. Simply mix the alcohol flavoring essence with a grain alcohol in one of our Oak Aging Barrels, the concentrated whiskey flavoring will flavor and enhance what would previously be a boring and unimpressive flavor and turn it into a gentleman's whiskey that will stand among the best of them.
Rum Flavoring Essence
Everyone loves drinking rum, it is synonymous with beach days, good vibes and easy living. Bring the flavor of the Caribbean to your home with one of the 5 choices of rum alcohol flavoring essence. Your home crafted rum will take its drinkers on a trip they won’t forget through a unique flavor experience exclusive to your rum flavored by our alcohol essence. Whether you are making a light brew to be used in a flavorful cocktail, or a nice dark drink to be consumed neat, rum flavored alcohol essence can completely transform or bolster an old recipe, or inspire a new idea. The best flavored Rum is within your grasp and worth pursuing, just mix some of our essences for alcohol spirits with your favorite neutral liquor to recreate some favorites. Create great flavored rums just like Captain Morgan Spiced, Captain Morgan Jamaican, Captain Morgan Cuban, Bacardi Gold, Malibu, and Creole Orange! These classics have stood on their own for generations and with a good oak barrel and some alcohol essence your brew could stand amongst them. They say variety is the spice of life and rum alcohol flavoring essence can provide the variety and the spice necessary to broaden your horizons and lead a truly spicy life. Rum's unique flavor makes it a desirable choice for desserts, and cocktails. Create the perfect dessert rum to use in your cooking, or for an after meal relaxer. Having a variety of flavored rum options will always come in handy when entertaining, cooking, or giving a gift. The Rum alcohol flavoring essences are also an economical choice considering the cost of retail flavored rums, each 20 ml bottle will make about 1L of flavored rum. Using our rum alcohol flavoring essences in an oak barrel will yield you a better flavor, and a lower cost per ounce than buying a premade flavored rum. The pride you feel when you achieve the best flavored rum, will only be matched by the intensity and purity of the flavor. The combination of the white lightning liquor, and the oak aging barrel, influenced by the all natural essences for alcohol spirits will be a life changing experience. The bold unique flavor achieved by using alcohol essence to craft and age your own rum will be the talk of your drinking circle for many evenings to come.
Brandy Flavoring Essence
A brandy drinker is familiar with being particular -- it is a personality trait often found in people with exceptional taste. Being picky or particular with your Cognac is a virtue of luxury and you can bring that luxury home with brandy flavoring alcohol essence. Brandy flavoring has been a huge hit, enhance the quality of your brandy with the XO flavor or create an entirely new experience with the Apple Brandy Essence. People love our Brandy essences for alcohol spirits! Mixing a bottle of brandy alcohol flavoring essence with a bottle of your favorite neutral flavored brandy will net you a creative concoction guaranteed to satisfy and impress time and time again. The true joy of brandy and many wine based drinks is the pursuit of one’s ideal flavor, this can be affected by many factors in the production of brandy that are out of the consumers control. Alcohol essence gives you a bit more of a say in this by influencing the flavor of the brandy and molding its robust flavor to fit your taste specifications. Brandy is about appreciating detail, subtlety and nuance. Flavored brandy is the ultimate example of this, adding unique flavor combinations such as cherry or plum to a brandy can add the playful tantalizing taste you have been pursuing. It's never too late to open your mind to new things. If you are the kind of person who has a hard time straying away from what you've grown accustomed to, essences for alcohol spirits could be the perfect toe into the water that is flavored brandy. Modern day mixology relies heavily on subtlety, flavor compatibility, and presentation. Flavored brandy, aged in an oak barrel is the perfect example of this and can make even the most simple neutral flavored brandy seem like a master mixologists concoction with just a little bit of alcohol flavoring essence. Alcohol essence can bring a modern day take to a beloved classic, and bring together brandy lovers of all generations. When you drink with friends and family you drink to have fun, spread the fun to everyone with a variety of flavors to choose from.
Alcohol Flavor Enhancers
Don’t get stuck with liquor that has little or no taste. Be prepared to savor the flavor with our selection of enhancing flavor essences. Beyond the essences that help replicate or modify conventional classics there are also essences that introduce entirely new flavors to your spirits. There are six delicious natural flavor essences to choose from and each one will provide a unique and enjoyable experience to the whisky, rum, brandy, or liqueur of your choice. The flavor enhancing essences for alcohol spirits can be used to fine tune or spice up the taste or oakiness of one of your barrel aged batches, or added to conventional classics for a unique and fun experience. The caramel flavor is rich and extra dark and provides a good color for liquors or dark beers. Or if you are in the mood for a little bit of fun, some of the fruity flavors can be used to replicate signature favorite cocktails or invent new treasures. The raspberry flavored alcohol essence goes particularly well with vodka. A generous amount of flavoring can contribute a lot to a neutral flavored vodka, or a small amount of alcohol flavoring essence can add a subtle taste of raspberry to an esteemed classic. The strawberry flavor compliments a creamy liquor, tequila, or vodka especially well and adds a fun fruity twist to many fan favorites. Strawberry margaritas with strawberry infused tequila, alcoholic strawberry shakes, the possibilities are truly endless with the variety of flavor enhancing alcohol essence. Cinnamon is a staple flavor in many desserts, dishes, and more recently liquor. The cinnamon alcohol flavoring essence is a versatile tool that can be used to bring out the flavor of existing favorites, or add some holiday flare to a new invention. The vanilla flavoring which is a natural extract comes at an increased strength to enhance whiskies, brandies, rums, or create a new flavor entirely. Consider mixing essences to further customize and push your flavors. The toasted oak flavor is made for food and drinks that are pursuing that luxurious oak flavor so often associated with fine dining and drinking. A good whiskey, aged in an oak barrel, enhanced by the oak flavor would be a force to be reckoned with on the flavor field. Cinnamon flavored liquor bolstered by alcohol essence can be mixed with a creamy liqueur to create a fun cereal like taste, or added to a whiskey, rum, bourbon, or brandy. The caramel flavoring can be used to quickly achieve the color that is often sought after when appraising liquor. It creates the ideal color and consistency for your brew to stand proudly amongst the top of the line or 5 star competitors. There’s no need to settle for adequate with our flavor enhancing alcohol essence around, add a little or add a lot it’s up to you to make the flavor as strong or as subtle as you’d like. Don’t be overwhelmed by the possibilities, it may take some time and experimentation to nail down the perfect ratio of essence to liquor depending on the spirit you choose to mix it with. This offers many opportunities for the curious mixologist to practice their new hobby on their friends and family, you’ll always be able to have a new concoction ready or be able to bust out an old favorite with a ready reserve of alcohol flavoring essence.
The basic ingredient of a drink is the essence, which ultimately determines the flavor of the beverage, and its quality and character. There are quite a few different types of essences that are available such as bourbon, whiskey, rum, and brandy; each alcohol flavor is individually bottled with ultimate care, so that it blends in perfectly with the concentration of the beverage. The more one uses the essences the better he would understand the tastes, and the countless ways in which these can be blended to create perfect flavors that one would want to savor on. Essence, is indeed the soul of the drink.
Adding the right liquor flavoring essence to your own neutrally flavored liquors and spirits is important, unless you want them to have little or no taste. Whether you are a seasoned spirit aging pro or just starting out, here at Red Head Oak Barrels, we offer a wide range of liquor flavoring essences to meet all your needs. Whether you bought your oak barrels from us or not, you will love our liquor flavoring essences. It will be the perfect complement! If you like to take the time to figure out which flavors you like best, these essences are perfect for experimenting. However, you should be prepared to be experimenting with liquor flavoring essences for quite some time, because of the great variety of flavors that we offer. They include 8 types of whiskey, five different types of rum and four different flavors of brandy. Liquor flavoring has never been more fun! All you need to get started to create the best tasting drinks are several bottles of great tasting essence, some bottles of neutral flavored alcohol from your local liquor store and one or more of our oak barrels.
Essential Whiskey Accessories For Every Home
If you want to take your whiskey to the next level, it’s time to accessorize. The whiskey accessories and barrel products at Red Head Barrels will give your home or office a brand new look. You can freshen up your table or desk with our whiskey barrel flower vase. Or hang a barrel head on the wall in your man cave. We also have a whiskey barrel ice bucket that looks great in any kitchen or home bar and barrel canister sets that will jazz up your counter space.
When it comes to whiskey barrels and whiskey accessories, we are super particular. We would not offer you anything we don’t use ourselves! Our quality products will exceed your expectations. From the proper glassware to the right chill, there are plenty of ways you can elevate your whiskey drinking experience.
Serious whiskey drinkers will appreciate the whiskey accessories we offer at Red Head Barrels. We know you’re not the type to drink your whiskey from your college shot glass collection. We also know you’re not likely to water down your whiskey drink by throwing in a handful of ice cubes. We’ve got you covered with the right whiskey accessories you will be proud to use and display. And don’t forget—you can turn that $20 bottle of whiskey into a $60 bottle of top shelf deliciousness with any one of our handcrafted whiskey barrels.
Experience True Color And Aroma With Whiskey Drinkware
Savor the exhilarating aroma and rich color of your favorite whiskey with Red Head Barrel whiskey accessories, like personalized whiskey drinkware. Our rocks-sized whiskey glasses can be custom printed with any name or logo and are ideal for your home bar, to use as marketing promotions or even as wedding favors.
We also offer a whiskey drinkware set, which includes a bourbon bottle and two whiskey rocks glasses, customized to match. You can choose artwork from our gallery of graphics and fonts or simply upload your own image or logo. No matter what you’re using customized whiskey drinkware for, you’ll love the textured imprint and the weight of our glasses. You can also skip the personalization and order our whiskey drinkware as-is and crystal clear.
There are times when you just want a shot. When it comes to whiskey accessories, turn to our sleek set of two 1.5 ounce shot glasses. We also sell a single BarConic shot glass featuring the Red Head Barrel logo in red. This durable shot glass holds 1.75 ounces and is considered the classic serving size for shots at the bar and is also known as the whiskey shot.
And then we have our red 30-ounce stainless polar tumbler imprinted with the Red Head Barrel logo. It features a no-spill, fit-tight lid that doesn’t leak and is perfect for keeping any drink cold (or hot).
Whiskey Bottles For Your Homemade Liquor
After you’re done aging whiskey or other liquor, you’ll need to put it in something that makes it uniquely yours and reflects the quality you’ve created. At Red Head Barrels, we have whiskey bottles along with other whiskey accessories to show off and properly store your newly-created liquor.
Once you have achieved the flavor to your liking, just pour the whiskey from your barrel into one of our whiskey bottles and the aging stops. Our attractive whiskey bottles also prevent your newly-made liquor from evaporating.
Our whiskey bottles can also be personalized with laser engraving. An engraved bottle full of your homemade whiskey makes a great gift.
The 750 ml bourbon and whiskey bottles we offer at Red Head Barrels is the same bottle used by many distillers. Of course, you can also keep just about anything in it that you would like—tequila, rum, bootleg, scotch, you name it.
If your whiskey is properly stored in the right bottles, it should safely last a lifetime. Make sure you also keep those bottles upright and vertical, not laying horizontally, which is only appropriate for wine. Wine has lower alcohol percentage, and the cork won’t be affected. A cork will slowly disintegrate with the onslaught of an 80 proof (or higher) whiskey.
Light is whiskey’s biggest adversary; avoid direct sun. When the sun shines on a whiskey bottle, chemical reactions will start to degrade the liquid. Keep your whiskey in a cool, dark place.
Whiskey Flasks For Those Times When You Are On The Go
People have found creative ways to carry their booze around for centuries. Maybe you want to take a few shots on the go to enjoy your homemade premium whiskey and share it with friends. Our premium whiskey flasks are the perfect whiskey accessories for you. Whiskey flasks are iconic whiskey accessories rooted in nostalgia, from college day football games to tailgate parties. Whiskey flasks mature with your lifestyle and are essential whiskey accessories for any sophisticated drinker. Whiskey flasks are perfect for traveling or for outdoor events and are also great personalized gifts.
The best whiskey flasks work with your own personal sense of style. At Red Head Barrels, we have a 6-ounce stainless steel flask that is perfect for taking your aged spirits on the go. You’ll never have to worry about losing the top, thanks to a hinged screw top lid. It’s the perfect size for your inside pocket, your back pants pocket or tucked into your purse or handbag. Our stainless steel whiskey flasks can also be engraved and personalized and make great gifts for groomsmen or for just about any special occasion.
We also have a 6-ounce leather-wrapped stainless steel flask that stands alone or comes as part of a set that includes two stainless shot cups and a mini funnel for filling the flask. The set can also be ordered as a 6-ounce stainless steel flask set. Both can be personalized. Our 1-ounce red keychain flask comes with a mini funnel and can also be engraved and makes a great gift.
Chilled, Not Diluted: Whiskey Stones Are Perfect Whiskey Accessories
One of the most hotly debated discussions whiskey lovers have is over the best way to sip their libation of choice. Some people like it neat, others prefer just a splash of water, and still others want it chilled. The chill factor kicks off further conversations over the best way to achieve the right temperature.
Many whiskey drinkers add a few drops of water to detect more aromatics on the nose and, by lowering the alcohol content, it allows the taste of more flavors. But if water isn’t your thing, and you just want it chilled, there is an advantage of using
instead of ice.
These whiskey accessories are not designed as a replacement for ice in a mixed drink, nor are whiskey stones effective at making your drink ice cold. Instead, whiskey stones are the whiskey accessories of choice for those who want to chill their drink into the 60-to 65-degree fahrenheit range, the ideal chill range for drinking whiskey.
Just as you don’t want to drink whiskey at room temperature, you also shouldn’t drink it too cold. Whiskey starts losing its complexity around 45-50 degrees. Whiskey stones are effective at achieving the perfect level of chill without the dilution factor of melting ice. Whiskey oils are aged to perfection to ensure the flavor is locked in.The flavor is lost whenever the temperature dips below 50 degrees. Below 35 degrees, and the wood oils will congeal.
The process of chilling any drink involves transferring the heat from the drink to the cooling object like ice or whiskey stones. An ice cubes melt they absorb the heat from the whiskey; the melted ice then cools the liquid around it. Since the stones don't melt when in the beverage, they just absorb the heat of the whiskey, making the stones warmer. The stones will ultimately stop cooling your drink as time passes, returning the whiskey to its original temperature in about two hours.
Red Head Barrels has top-of-the-line whiskey stones that are imprinted with the Red Head Barrel logo and include a red pouch with our logo for storing your stones.
Whiskey Barrel Mugs Are Perfect For Beer (And Cocktail) Drinkers
Red Head Barrels has authentic whiskey barrel mugs that are perfect whiskey accessories for your home bar, man cave, or even your kitchen. Our full size 1 liter oak barrel mugs are made from real American white oak barrels that have been charred for aging and coated inside and out with clear beeswax to give it a waterproof seal.
Our whiskey barrel mugs are created from genuine barrels that were used to age tequila, whiskey or bourbon. The wood has been reconditioned and remanufactured into these great oak whiskey barrel mugs for you to drink your beer or other drinks from.
Each wooden oak barrel mug is reinforced with a stainless steel insert and will last for years. We can even engrave any initials, name or image on the outside. This makes a perfect personalized gift for the beer or cocktail drinker in your life.
Whiskey Barrel Heads Make Fabulous Gifts
What do you think all those white American white oak barrels sitting around in flavor houses are used for? American distillers and wine makers are incredibly proud of their craft and often hire their own boutique barrel makers to stamp the barrel heads with particular dates and logos. You can do the same with our personalized barrel heads. This puts your stamp on your spirit-making endeavor and adds to the ambiance of the aging process.
The whiskey barrel heads we carry at Red Head Barrels are authentic, refurbished wine and whiskey barrel heads that you can hang on your wall. You can personalize them the same way you can personalize one of our barrels. We will laser engrave the whiskey barrel heads with any text, logo or design you want. These whiskey barrel heads make great gifts for a newly-married couple or for your favorite bar owner.
We have many different styles of whiskey barrel heads available.
- Vintage personalized quarter barrel sign with relief. Each is hand painted, distressed and crafted in the USA and personalized with any name you choose.
- Our Beirgarten Quarter Barrel Head lets you show some German pride or your love for German beer or perhaps just for Octoberfest.
- This full size Quarter Barrel Head has an airplane prop on it. It is perfect for the pilot in your life.
- Our Wine Bar Quarter Barrel Head has a vintage relief and can be personalized.
- The Barrel Head with Wrought Iron Wine Bottle holder comes in a monogrammed wedding design, tree of life, Johnson wedding design, Love Birds, or Shubert wedding design.
- We have other styles, including our Garage Clock, Irish Pub, Pirate Tavern, and many more.
Whiskey Barrel Replacement Parts For All Your Needs
When you need whiskey barrel replacement parts for your personal American oak whiskey barrel, you can look to Red Head Barrels. We carry whiskey barrel replacement parts including spigots, bungs and stands as well as products for cleaning, sanitizing and sealing.
- Our replacement spigots are one of the most sought-after whiskey accessories when it comes to whiskey barrel replacement parts. They’re designed for your barrel’s size to ensure it’s pouring the cleanest aged spirits.
- Replacement bungs are essential whiskey barrel replacement parts and ensure nothing is leaking out of the barrel bung hole.
- Barrel wax will help you seal up small leaks and is easily applied to the outside of the barrel. It can help leaks around the edge of the barrel head, pin holes and leaks between barrel staves.
- Cleaning and maintenance kits include barrel wax, citric acid, sanitizer and campden tablets.
- Our Oak Barrel Cradle Stand is sized by barrel and is a replacement for the original included with our oak barrels.
- Cleaning kit includes citric acid, sanitizer and campden tablets.
- Wine preserver is a combination of argon, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen to provide protection while you age your wine to the right flavor.
There is a lot you can do with a barrel and we at Red Head Barrels have expanded that to a new level. Check out our barrel related products that will give your home or office a new look. Whether you want to freshen up a table with our barrel flower vase or hang a barrel head on your wall in the man cave you will find our quality barrel products exceed your expectations. Don’t forget the kitchen where you can add our barrel ice bucket and kitchen barrel canister sets.
Our custom personalized man cave signs will look great in our own personal man-space. Find a sign that represents who you are and what you like and hang it on your wall to claim your space.
It’s safe to say that most everyday drinkers agree with alcohol aficionados that spirits—and even beer and wine—taste like top shelf quality after spending time in a barrel. But American white oak barrels are actually THE secret ingredient when it comes to improving everything from pickles and kombucha to vinegar, worcestershire sauce and so much more.
American white oak barrels impart a distinct flavor you won’t find from any other ingredient or methodology. The magic of time in a barrel joining forces with different ingredients works all kinds of magic. You’ll notice delicate hints of vanilla, honey and coconut and an overall elevation of flavors. Sugars and spices pop and demand to be noticed and you’ll find that no matter what you are aging or brewing, it will taste better than it ever has before.
White oak barrels are also quite decorative, either functioning as intended or repurposed as decor, mugs, vases and more. Rustic and charming and 100 percent handmade by our own barrel makers—Coopers—you really can’t get a more functional American conversation piece than a white oak barrel.
Red Head Oak Barrels are handcrafted using the finest premium white oak to produce barrels for aging spirits, wine, beer and just about anything else you can think of. We source our American White Oak from a variety of forests across the continental United States, including California, Missouri and sometimes Kentucky. Our Coopers are American craftsman dedicated to excellence in this time-honored field.
A Quick Intro to White Oak Barrels, Whiskey and Bourbon
American White Oak Barrels are known to bring out and complement whiskey’s finest flavor notes although other woods such as maple and hickory are sometimes used. White oak is not just known to elevate whiskey; tequila, rum, and even beer and wine are also improved by aging in a wooden oak barrel.
But whisky or whiskey—with or without the “e”—is not the elixir everyone knows and loves until it spends time in an American White Oak barrel. There are barrel requirements concerning how alcohol becomes whiskey and it all depends on the country of origin. That is where the spelling differences come in as well.
The countries that prefer to keep the “e” both have an “e” in their name. Those that choose to spell it without the “e” don’t have an “e” in their names. Hence, America and Ireland both keep the “e” while Canada, Scotland and Japan all drop the “e.”
In the United States, Scotland and Ireland, whiskey and bourbon can only be called such if a genuine American White Oak barrel is used for the aging process. Other regions allow variations in the type of wood used. Canadian and Japanese whiskey, for example, only require that wooden barrels be used, not necessarily oak.
All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Congress declared bourbon "America's Spirit" in 1964 and, according to the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, bourbon whiskey must be produced from a fermented mash of at least 51 percent corn. Kentucky produces 95 percent of today’s bourbon.
Some rules and regulations:
- Bourbon legally has to be aged in a charred new oak barrel
- Whiskey is aged in used bourbon barrels
- Scotch is aged in used whiskey barrels
- Rum is aged in used Scotch barrels
- Tequila is aged in just about any old barrel
It takes at least 30 years for a White American Oak tree to reach full growth and maturity and only fully mature trees make the best wooden barrels for aging liquor. White oak has a tight grain that prevents leaking and can be bent by heat without splitting. It is porous and allows oxygen in and out of the cask. The oak is also full of naturally occurring oils called vanillins and naturally occurring chemicals called tannins. As the spirits age, the oils are drawn out of the wood and over the maturation period they add to the liquor’s flavor profile.
Work Liquor Wizdardy With White Oak Barrels and Fusions
If you’re planning to make liquor at home you don’t have to worry about any particular aging or barrel requirements. In fact, you can rest assured that as long as you’re starting with a white oak barrel, you’re going to enjoy improved liquor quality no matter what you put into the barrel (or how you spell whiskey).
Let’s say you want to try your hand at making bourbon. Red Head Barrels has liquor making kits that will help even a complete novice turn out exceptional liquor. All you need to get started are any of our flavor essences, the neutral-flavored alcohol of your choice (from your local liquor store), and one (or more) of our authentic oak aging barrels.
Our essences are perfect for experimenting to find your favorite flavors. We offer:
- Diverse types of bourbon
- Five types of rum
- Four different brandy flavors
- Whiskey essences
- Flavor enhancers
Our barrels come in a wide variety of sizes, starting with our one liter. For home use, large is in the range of 20 liters, and once you have your recipe mastered, it is mighty nice to have that big barrel of whiskey or rum aging by your home bar.
But there are distinct advantages to going with something smaller, like our popular two liter barrel. For starters, the aging process is faster—up to six times faster—with a smaller barrel. There are other advantages too:
- Enhanced flavors. The ratio of interior barrel surface area to stored volume makes for stronger favor notes of vanilla, spice and oak in a shorter time.
- More experimentation. Less is more when it comes to trial and error. If you’re not happy with your batch, you’re not stuck with volume.
- It’s portable. You can easily move a 2 liter or even a 5 liter barrel from the kitchen to the rec room. A 20 liter might take a bit of muscle. Smaller barrels also fit better into tight spaces.
Spirits age the same way inside a small barrel; the only difference is time.
Make an Impact With White Oak Barrels
Aside from aging spirits, wine and beer, oak barrels make great gifts as well as decor. Sometimes it’s impossible to find a present for someone who has everything or decide on that perfect “look” for a recreation room, bar, man cave or she shed. At Red Head Oak Barrels we have solutions for everyone on your gift list no matter what the occasion and decorating items that are functional and fun.
- Personalization. Our barrels can be personalized in many ways, reflecting your name, favorite team or special occasion—we can engrave almost anything you want.
- Functional. We also have ageless wooden barrels coated on the inside with beeswax. These lined barrels work great as a dispenser and won’t change the taste of the beverage you put inside it.
- Easy. We have white oak barrels pre-infused with your favorite liquor for simple and fun experimentation. We cure the barrel with the liquor flavor of your choice, giving you an opportunity to experiment with flavors you have never tried before. For example you could order an oak barrel that has been infused and cured with Irish whiskey and then age your own homemade version with our Irish whiskey essence and vodka. This eliminates the need to cure your barrel. All you do is pour your liquor in and let the aging process work its magic.
As far as white oak barrel gifts, we think everything is suitable for everyone but to make it easy, we broke our top selling gifts into categories. Feel free to be creative and click around—we really do have something for everyone.
- For the guys. From the 1 Liter Whiskey Liquor Flavoring Kit to barrel mugs with steel inserts, cigar barrels and more, we have pages of gifts that are perfect for men. Or women too. Or for your home bar. Things like ccustomized barrel head signs, cigar and drink kits, a 10 Liter Scotch Kit and a 5 Liter Brandy Kit. And that’s just to name a few.
- For the gals. When it comes to that special lady in your life or your bff since high school, a personalized barrel gift is intimate yet playful while also functional and very cool. An Oak Barrel Centerpiece Flower Vase doesn’t have to be for a wedding or very special occasion. It’s a great gift anytime, even for mom. Our Oak Barrel Canister Set is also a hit and everyone loves our 10 Liter Ice Bucket (you can even get it with two wine glasses).
- For foodies. Everything is better after aging in a barrel and that includes things you never thought of like maple syrup, vanilla extract, and even coffee. But most people into aging and fermenting will know the white oak barrel for what it can do for pickles, peppers and kombucha.
Get Your Oak Barrel On (the Floor, the Door, Everywhere)
So you have this great man cave or she shed and now you have to fill the walls and counters. Or maybe your playroom is graduating to a gameroom and needs a new vibe. Whatever the reason is that you need a fresh look and new decor, white oak barrels make great accents.
At Red Head Oak Barrels we have a wide range of barrel head signs that can also be customized to reflect your personal style. Barrel Head Bottle Holders looks great on any wall and show off a prized bottle of wine. Our Bag N Barrel sets dispense your wine without changing the flavor and our Wine Making Kit not only looks great on your bar or counter, you’ll age some impressive tasting vino.
Of course any of our oak barrels look great and can be used to age just about anything you can dream up. But if you’re not sure you want to jump into aging spirits, wine, beer or hot sauce, white oak barrels make great beverage dispensers when properly lined and they also have a variety of other uses. Our used 53-gallon casks, for example, are repurposed in the most ingenious of ways, from kitchen tables to bathroom sinks.
The Red Head Barrel Difference
Red Head Oak Barrels sells handmade American oak barrels specially designed for aging and mellowing rum, whiskey, bourbon, tequila, brandy, wine, beer and more. Proprietor Steve Mayes—AKA Red—experimented with barrel aging for many years before opening Red Head Oak Barrels in 2013.
A U.S. Navy Veteran, his business philosophy is to over-deliver and give his customers more than they expect. A Baton Rouge native living in Dallas for over 25 years, Red Head Barrels believes in “lagniappe,” an expression in Louisiana that means “a little extra.”
We have a variety of recipes and liquor making kits so you can turn ordinary spirits into top shelf liquor for a fraction of the price. Make your own flavored Canadian, Kentucky, Tennessee, or Irish Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch, Spiced Rums, and more at home for about $10 a fifth.
We have hundreds of 5-star reviews and stand behind every product we make. A multi-generational team of professional expert coopers make our wooden staved vessels by sanding and tapering the oak staves so that they fit the hoops perfectly without nails and glue. The oak aging barrel is perfectly charred during assembly and each comes with a wooden spigot, a bung and a stand. Call us with any questions you have at 469-969-0449 or see our website for more information.
Humans have been aging liquor in oak barrels for centuries. Oak is the perfect wood for aging spirits because of the flavors and aromas infused in to the drink. Oak also imparts new flavors into the spirit that gives the drink more body, flavor and smoothness. Oak is a reactive container that will react with whatever is put into it and, lucky us, that is reacts well with our favorite liquors.
Get out there and have fun infusing new flavors into your favorite Scotch, Whiskey, Cognac, Rum, Tequila, Bourbon, Brandy, or Wine.