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How barrels are made Our barrels are made from premium quality Virgin “American White Oak” which has been RIFT cut and medium charred inside, the charred Oak will make contact with the content, and will impart Aromas into your alcohol. For this reason no bladders or inner linings are used in the production of any genuine maturing barrel, as a result some dark patina and surface rust are often produced during the sealing process, which are the authentic characteristics of genuine Oak barrels that are usually desired.

You can select from one of 2 band options:- the “Black Rustic Steel” provides an authentic rustic patina with aged markings. The “Galvanized Steel” option includes rustic characteristics with a mild patina. We stock 2L, 5L and 10L sizes. A wooden stand & spigot are provided with each barrel, or you can upgrade to the ‘brass Tap” option. The content volume of each barrel may vary +/-15% depending on the thickness of the staves. Each Oak stave is medium charred. Our barrels are hand crafted with no use of glues or nails, therefore barrel “curing” is required IMMEDIATELY and prior to use. This process serves three functions:

  1. Allows the barrel to water-log and swell, which prevents leaking
  2. Limits the amount of alcohol absorbed by the barrel. Follow the instructions provided, and constantly top it up until there has been no leak for 5 days, it can take 1-2 weeks for the oak to become 100% waterlogged. This allows the barrel to swell tightly against the hoops and ensure that the barrel doesn’t leak . At first water will leak from between the staves or around the barrel head, this is normal and will stop within days. Barrels that do not leak should still be filled with water for 5 leak free days. This will minimize the amount of alcohol absorbed by the barrel staves. Once your barrel is sealed to the viscosity of water, empty and rinse with hot water 3 times, and then follow the instructions to seal your barrel to the thinner viscosity of your alcohol. IMPORTANT:- Any leak must be reported within 30 days, Therefore follow the instructions carefully and ensure that your barrel is completely sealed before placing it on your furniture.
  3. Curing removes any excess charring and prevents your alcohol from discoloration. Our barrels are medium charred to level 3

SEAL YOUR BARREL IMMEDIATELY – Follow the sealing instructions provided to avoid cracks and leaks. Some permanent dark patina & light surface rust may appear on the Oakwood & rings during the sealing process, which are authentic characteristics of genuine Oak barrels. Patina is created by the sealing process, however frequently wiping the barrel dry, and keeping it elevated above drip water & moisture will minimize the Patina. It is important that the barrel is completely sealed before placing it onto furniture. The bung should be kept in at all times to maintain a vacuum. Once sealed the Barrels are best stored in a cool damp environment, away from heaters and air-conditioning vents, this will keep the Oak from drying out, and will minimize evaporation.

IMPORTANT ONGOING BARREL CARE. Use a dipping stick, or dowel, to check the content level monthly  (fortnightly for Port Users) and replace any evaporation (often referred to as “the angels Share”) make sure that the content of your barrel never falls below 50% capacity. This will prevent damage such as cracks and leaks that could be caused by contracting & expanding. Once the level is checked, hold the bung firmly in place and gently shake your barrel for 5-10 seconds, and then remove the bung momentarily to release any build-up of fermented gas. Keep the outside of your barrel clean & dry at all times to minimize patina.

In the event that you have allowed your barrel to dry, you should contact us for sealing and waxing advice . If it continues leaking, and as an extreme and last resort, and only after you have followed our advice, you could submerge the barrel in water for a couple of days, but please note that this has the potential to cause further damage. After it’s been submerged, dry the exterior with a towel and fill it with water to see if it continues to leak. If you can’t stop the leaking… cut in half and use as a planter!

There’s no formula for the perfect time to age your spirits. We suggest you taste your spirit at least once per month, and once aged to YOUR taste, start drinking or empty the barrel into a decanter to stop the aging process & avoid unnecessary evaporation (often referred to as the angels share) Due to the greater surface or contact area ratio, smaller barrels will age the spirit faster than the larger barrels, for example small size barrels will age 5 to 10 times faster than your standard 55 gallon barrel. These means that one month in a small barrel will produce the equivalent aging to 1 year in a full size barrel.

Your barrel will require routine cleaning. When aging hard spirits such as whiskey, rum or tequila, clean the barrel after two or three batches (or every 1 to 2 years). For wine, cider, Port or other low alcohol content spirits, clean after each batch or decant as follows:-

  1. Fill the barrel with a cleaning solution and soak for 24 hours. Empty and rinse 3 times with hot water. See your local home brew retailer for cleaning solution tablets.
  2. Dissolve Neutralizing Acid into warm water. Fill the barrel with this neutralizing solution and soak for 15 minutes. Empty and rinse the barrel 3 times with hot water. See your local home brew retailer for Neutralizing acid.
  3. When storing the barrel or prior to re-use, dissolve  2 sterilizing tablets in 1 gallon of cool water. Fill the barrel with the solution. Swish around for a few minutes and rinse 3 times with hot water.

To prevent the barrel from drying out and minimize the possibility of contamination, barrels should always be stored full with spirits or sterilizing solution.

American White Oak is used in the production of barrels because Oakwood breaths, which is an important part of the maturing process, as a result some evaporation (oxidation) is unavoidable, This is often referred to as “The Angels share” this oxidizing process is an essential part of imparting aromas into your alcohol.

The amount of evaporation can vary depending on your local conditions. Ensure that you have followed the sealing instructions and that your barrel is 100% waterlogged to minimize absorption and evaporation. The bung must be kept in at all times to maintain a vacuum. Extreme hot or cold temperatures, or lack of humidity will impact on your level of evaporation therefore it is recommended that you position your barrel away from direct sunlight, heaters or air-conditioning cooling systems.

The viscosity of each wine or spirit varies, therefore the levels of evaporation that you experience may vary.

It is recommended that you taste your alcohol monthly to monitor the taste, at which point you can check and replace any evaporation to ensure that the content of your barrel never falls below 50% capacity, this will also routinely release any excess gas build up. A piece of dowel can be cut to size, and marked to create your own dipping stick. Once you achieve your desired taste it is recommended that you decant your barrel into a decanter bottle and begin the next batch, this will prevent the aromas moving past your desired taste, and will also prevent further evaporation (often referred to as The Angels Share)

Each product is custom made to order. Processing times are approximately 2 business days from receipt of your order and design approval, plus 1-14 business days for shipping depending on your location. If you have left your order a little late, just request a gift certificate & photograph which you can put into a card to advise the recipient that their hand crafted & personalised gift is on its way.

FAQs about our range of oak barrels for sale

It’s easy! Just choose a design from our range of oak barrels for sale and choose the hoop colour, the barrel size and the tap option, then upload your custom design to the product page. Here, you can see your design on the barrel before making a purchase.

After submitting your order, we will create your design and email it to you within one business day so you can review the design and request changes. We never engrave until we receive your final approval!

You can choose from the following options:

– 2L (180 x 140 x 140mm)
– 5L (250 x 175 x 175mm)
– 10L (300 x 225 x 225mm)

Our American White Oak Barrels are perfect for aging or serving wine, tequila, brandy, whiskey, scotch, bourbon, cognac, port or even vinegar! The choice is yours.

Our barrels are designed to hold wine and add delicious aromas. All you need to do is make sure your barrel is properly sealed from day one. We have both large and small wine barrels for sale online — browse through the range and start serving wine like a pro!

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” formula for aging spirits — it all comes down to personal preference. However, we do recommend tasting your spirits at least once a month. Smaller barrels will age the spirit faster than larger barrels (approximately five to 10 times faster). To stop the aging process and eliminate the risk of unnecessary evaporation, simply empty your barrel into a decanter and start your next batch.

It depends on the environment that the barrel is kept in, but we recommend checking the level of your barrel once a month and replace the Angel’s Share. Your barrel should never be under 50% empty as this can cause cracking.

If your barrel seems to be leaking, please contact our team for sealing and waxing instructions. We know our way around an oak barrel, so we are here to help.

Each barrel is made to order and the processing time is approximately two business days from design approval. Shipping can take between one and 14 business days depending on your location.

If you have left gift shopping a little late, why not purchase a digital gift card! Gift shopping has never been easier! Buy a gift card online for the special someone in your life. We offer convenient payment options like Afterpay so you can finish gift shopping now, pay later and stick to your original budget. We’ll deliver the gift card to the recipient’s email inbox on the special day!

FAQs about our range of decanters for sale

Wine is the most common beverage to store in a decanter, specifically red wine. However, liquors like scotch, whiskey, rum, brandy, bourbon, cognac and tequila also do well in a decanter. For presentation at an event, a glass decanter can also be used to serve iced tea, water, juice and lemonade!

Yes! Vodka works well in glass decanters with thick walls. We recommend refrigerating the decanter before filling it with vodka for that extra “crisp” sensation.

Liquor like whiskey, scotch and bourbon can happily sit in a decanter for up to two years as long as the seal is airtight. Wine, on the other hand, is a little more complex. Decanting wine overnight is ideal, but it can be stored in a decanter for up to three days.

If you plan on having more than one glass of wine, you should allow it to breathe in a decanter for at least two hours. Once decanted, we recommend swirling the wine and letting it rest for at least 20 minutes in a glass. This opens up the tannic of the wine and releases those delicious aromas.

Yes. A tight seal keeps the alcohol from oxidising. All of our decanters come with an airtight seal, so you can rest assured knowing that each pour will taste as delicious as the last.

Your decanter set comes with the decanter itself, two matching spirit glasses and a personalised gift box for storage. We will engrave all items so it all matches perfectly.

A carafe is traditionally considered a “vessel” that holds liquid like water, wine, juice or alcoholic beverages. You might have even seen them used to serve iced water in your favourite restaurant! These “vessels” differ from decanters because they don’t affect the characteristics or flavour of the liquid it’s holding and are generally more “showy” decorative pieces for table settings.

Your new decanter can store up to 750mL.

No! Our glass decanters come with a matching stopper.

No! All of our glassware is made from lead-free glass for a stronger, more durable product and, of course, for your safety.

Yes, you are more than welcome to use whiskey stones with your new scotch/whiskey glass set. Just be careful when dropping them into the glasses so you don’t chip the base!

No, we think our engraved wooden boxes do the trick nicely… but that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own personal flare with bright wrapping, bows and ribbons!

Each product is made to order (including the matching wooden box), and the processing/production time is approximately two business days from your design approval. Shipping takes between one and 14 business days, depending on your location.

If you’ve left gift shopping a little late and your decanter set won’t arrive on time, simply get in touch to request a gift certificate. We’ll provide a photograph of their incoming gift that you can put in a card and let the receiver know that their gift is on its way.

If you really want to treat someone on their special day, consider adding a personalised whiskey barrel to your order! It’s the perfect way to serve drinks from a coffee table or home bar into their new matching glasses. Plus, it’ll be a real talking point for the receiver while hosting events. 

FAQs about our range of spirit glasses for sale

Yes — but they’re supposed to be. The bottom of the tumbler is extra thick to prevent the liquid from being warmed by your hand. The intention is to keep the whiskey/liquor as cold for as long as possible and stop the ice from melting so quickly.

Yes! You can submit your own design online and we’ll create a template for your approval. It’s never been easier to create 100% custom spirit glasses and giftware.

Anything you like! Whether you prefer brown or white spirits, you can comfortably sip any beverage from your new whiskey glasses.

We aim to make and deliver our products as soon as possible. Once we have your approval on the design template, we will process the order within two business days. Shipping itself ranges from one business day to 14 business days.

If you’ve left gift shopping a little late and your order won’t arrive in time, contact us for a gift certificate. We will provide a photograph of the product and a gift certificate that you can put in a card and let the receiver know that their gift is on its way.

If you need a little more than a set of spirit glasses, we recommend opting for a personalised wine or whiskey barrel to go with them. The receiver can store their favourite wine or spirits in the barrel and impress their guests by serving drinks from a barrel on the bar or coffee table.

FAQs about our range of brass taps for sale

The good news is that your brand new barrel will come with a wooden tap (or a brass barrel tap if you choose to upgrade). However, if you ever need to replace the tap for any reason, our oak barrel taps have a convenient spigot that you can simply screw it into the barrel where the old tap was.

Yes, brass is recommended for port barrels. Brass is resistant to corrosion and calcification, making it a superior material for your port barrel. Alternatively, stainless steel and timber taps are also suitable.

We aim to get our orders out ASAP so you can start sipping your brews sooner rather than later! Processing time is around two business days from the receipt of your order. Shipping itself can take between one and 14 days depending on your location.

FAQs about our range of bar gifts for sale

Absolutely. We use the highest quality glassware to deliver a durable product with impressive engraving details. Your loved one will get long-lasting personalised drinking glasses with a personal touch!

Once your design has been finalised, the glassware is thoroughly cleaned to ensure a smooth surface. Any residues on the glass can interfere with the engraving process, leading to less-than-perfect results.

We then use laser engraving for precision and etch the design onto the surface of the glass. The laser vaporises the glass material where it contacts, creating a frosted look that forms the design.

After engraving, each piece undergoes a quality check to ensure your design has been accurately engraved. We’ll complete any necessary touch-ups, then clean the glassware to remove debris from the engraving process.

It depends on the complexity of the design and the number of products you purchase. On average, a single piece can be engraved within a few hours, but bulk orders require more time.

Perfection takes time, but we’ll be in touch every step of the way to update you on our progress.

Yes, the laser engraving process creates a permanent mark on the glass, making it dishwasher-safe. However, hand washing is recommended to maintain the glassware’s pristine condition.

Avoid using abrasive sponges or harsh chemicals. Gentle hand washing with mild soap and water is recommended.

While our glassware is versatile, it’s primarily designed for cold or room-temperature beverages. Using it for very hot liquids is not recommended as it may cause the glass to crack.

Absolutely! We love being a part of our customers’ special occasions, whether it’s wine glasses for the bridesmaids, whiskey glasses for the groomsmen and the best man, or simple glassware for canopies and the reception. Contact us for more information about bulk wedding glassware and get inspired ahead of the special day.

While we aim to accommodate all design requests, some limitations exist due to the nature of laser engraving. Extremely intricate designs or very small text may not be feasible. Our team will review your design and suggest alternatives if necessary.

All glassware is securely packaged to prevent damage during transit. We use cushioned materials and sturdy boxes to ensure your order arrives in perfect condition.

Missed the boat on ordering personalised drinking glasses in time for a loved one’s birthday or special occasion? Consider opting for a gift card instead. The receiver can choose between custom wine glasses, spirit glasses, decanters, and oak barrels and add their own personal touch.

Currently, our primary focus is on domestic shipping. However, we can accommodate international orders on a case-by-case basis. Additional shipping charges and longer delivery times will apply.