He absolutely loved it! The etching was beautiful. We are flavoring the barrel now (which made some of the wood a little dark) and going to add whiskey to it soon. It's a unique gift that also makes it personal and gives them a project. He now wants to buy one for his best friend for his birthday!
Barrel is very nice seals up just as instructions say be patient and use hot water. Spout did crack and leak no big deal went to hardware store and bought a $1.50 cork problem solved I recommend and will purchase another
We have finished the curing process and have just filled with our concoction of alcohol. Can’t wait to try it. We wish we would have bought 2-3 smaller barrels (we bought 5 liter) so we could do 2-3 at the same time with different alcohol variations to see what we liked best.
So far so good , aging 3 bourbons at this time for 3 months. Just follow the instructions cant wait to try it!!
One of the metal bands has already broken and we are just in the prep phase. I expected better craftmanship.