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American White Oak Toasted Barrel - 5 Litre

American White Oak Toasted Barrel - 5 Litre

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Oak Barrel - 5 Litre

Looking to try your hand at barrel-ageing? Then this is exactly what you need - a barrel! This is a 5 litre barrel made from brand-spanking-new fresh American white oak, which has been given a medium toast level.

So, when you get your hands on your very own barrel, don't just go whacking your favourite spirit in there right away, because you may notice that the metal hoops around the barrel might feel a bit loose. What you'll need to do is cure the barrel. To do this, you'll want to fill the barrel with hot water to thoroughly soak the wood. Don't have the bung inserted in the barre; for this. Leave the water in there for at least 24 hours, but note that it can take up to a week for the wood to fully swell, sealing up any gaps between the staves and keeping the whole thing together. Thirsty little rascals. You'll also need to do this again if the barrel hasn't been used in a while.

Given the fact that no other spirit has ever been stored in the barrel, the effect of the oak on the spirit you fill into it will be very forceful. If you’re after creating your own whisky from new-make spirit, or indeed transforming a vodka into something oak-rich and powerful, this is good news. If you’re after adding a subtle barrel-aged note to a light and delicate cocktail or gin, then it’s probably not a good thing – you’d be well advised to store some vodka or ‘something else’ in it for a couple of weeks first.

Finally – The rate of evaporation from these puppies is quite large. The reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, the surface area to volume ratio of the barrel is very high, and secondly, you’re probably not going to keep it at as low a temperature as you’d find in a warehouse in Scotland. You can expect to lose a fair old percentage per month if you’re keeping them at room temperature, so keep an eye on them and regularly turn the barrel to keep all parts of it wet.

Height including stand - 260mm

Length - 250mm

Diameter - 175mm

Circumference - 550mm

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American White Oak Toasted Barrel - 5 Litre Reviews

Well worth it

I have been so impressed with the results I had that now I am waiting for new stock!

7th September 2022

Worth every penny

I am happy with the cask it produced an excellent flavored drink from a neutral spirit!

8th August 2019


Good quality. Very happy.

5th September 2016


Received my miniature barrel (5 litres) today after ordering barely two days ago, very pleased. It was well packaged, looks great and as I am typing this, sitting next to me full of water to seal it before I fill it some lovely spirit. There were one or two leaks initially but they are already settling down and the smell coming from it is amazing just with the water in it. Overall I am very pleased with this item. Thanks folks!

2nd September 2015


Very quick delivery even with the Christmas rush.
I filled it with water for 2 days and so that the wood could soak it up and that stopped it leaking.
Now time to experiment mixing whiskys.

Overall very pleased with product, thank you.

26th December 2014


Hi got my barrel yesterday and have it filled with water. Will leve it for a fuw more days maybe a week. It look's good, tho the stand had a bit missing but no big deal im handy and can make a new one. Will give another review after Xmiss when i have some Poteen in. Ye ha let the good times roll.

11th December 2014


Hi Simon, we're really sorry to hear that. Normally, the wood expands after filling, but we will be more than happy to replace your cask. Could you please contact our Customer Service team, via email on [email protected], or by phone on +44 (0)1892 888 376, and they will arrange it all for you. Many thanks, The Chaps at Master of Malt.

7th May 2013


Useless. leaked very badly

7th May 2013

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