We source from many distilleries and cooperages with most coming from Jim Beam brands (which includes Booker's, Baker's, Basil Hayden's, and Knob Creek among others), Makers Mark, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace (Eagle Rare, Blanton’s, W.L. Weller, Van Winkle etc). It is important to note that in most instances, the actual brand of the bourbon [...]
Bourbon is not bourbon unless it is aged in an American Oak fully charred barrel. So it has to be. But aside from that, it opens up the wood, allowing the flavor to be more easily absorbed by the bourbon. It mellows the spirit, adds color, and flavors of sweetness and smoke.
Yes. Each barrel comes from the distillery with the charred side in tact. We do this to preserve authenticity, but it can be resurfaced for a clean, like new surface depending on the application.
They can vary, but they often include: the barrel number, fill date, barrel volume, contents, warehouse location, and the name of the distillery itself. More Here
Most do. All barrels are reclaimed from area distilleries but some are lower lids which dont always have markings. Anything that does not have personalization will always have a marking when ordering from us.
They are about 21-22" in diameter, .75-1" thick and weigh 11-12lbs. The variation depends on the amount of moisture absorbed during the aging process which causes the barrels to expand.