The 6 Best Aging Barrels

Updated December 28, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

6 Best Aging Barrels
Best High-End
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Both fine wines and fine liquors get better over time, but the oldest ones tend to be somewhat pricey. Now you can age younger and cheaper beverages yourself at home in one of these aging barrels. They also make for excellent decorative pieces. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best aging barrel on Amazon.

6. My Personal Memories

A customizable barrel from My Personal Memories is the ideal gift for a group of groomsmen, a gentleman's graduation, or for so many other occasions. It comes with a stand, a spigot, and a bung, all of which help with easy aging and pouring of spirits.
  • free customization
  • dries out quickly between uses
  • eventually gets brittle and unusable
Brand My Personal Memories
Model mpm0112c
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. AO Barrels

An oak barrel from AO Barrels features a broad, flat face perfect for all sorts of personalization, from graphics to text. The barrels last a lifetime as decorative items and are rated for as many as eight years of active use aging spirits or wines.
  • detailed instructions included
  • infuse fluids with natural oak sugar
  • prone to leaking issues
Brand AO Barrels
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Longhorn Barrel from Sofia's Findings

A Longhorn Barrel from Sofia's Findings looks handsome right out of the box and only gets better looking as it ages. The handsome exterior actually looks more refined and elegant as liquors and wines soak through and stain the wood.
  • seals perfectly with added wax
  • ideal for aging bourbon
  • poor spigot included with barrel
Brand Longhorn Barrel from So
Model BR-BL0005
Weight 8.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Deep South Barrels

This Deep South Barrels costs more than most other options in the category, but with good reason: it holds an impressive five liters of liquid. That means the capacity to age several fifths of raw liquor, provided you're OK with losing much to the "angel's share."
  • handsome polished exterior
  • made in the united states
  • each subsequent aging takes longer
Brand Deep South Barrels
Model pending
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. North American Hoops

This oak cask from North American Hoops makes a great gift and a fine decoration for the home or office. It is affordable, yet well-made, though it will require care and maintenance if it is to be used for actual storage and aging of liquors.
  • made with american white oak
  • handmade by master cooper
  • infuses liquor with vanilla notes
Brand North American Barrel
Model Black 1 Liter Varnshied
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Golden Oak Barrel

This handsome offering from Golden Oak Barrel is unique in one remarkable way: it will not leak. In fact, it is backed by a money-back no leak guarantee, so you can actually entrust your most precious spirits, wines, and other fermentable liquids to its bosom.
  • medium char interior
  • minimal pre-soaking required
  • great reviews from owners
Brand Golden Oak Barrel
Model pending
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 28, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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