The Barrel Connoisseur® Whiskey Making Kit

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Make your own Bourbon with The Barrel Connoisseur® Whiskey Making Kit

Explore the world of Whiskey by making and aging three different styles of Whiskey: Smoked, Small Batch & American Rye Whiskey in a real American White Oak barrel.

Thousand Oak Barrel Co. brings the honored tradition of distilling home by providing the proper tools to age your own spirits. The Barrel Connoisseur® Kits include everything you need to make your finest blend of spirits, aged to perfection and is the perfect gift idea.

The Connoisseur Kit is a stellar gift idea for the spirit enthusiast. Helping you jump into the grand tradition of home distillery, each one of our oak barrels has its own distinct flavor profile. This is because of slight variations in each oak tree used to make the staves, the individuality of the charring process, weather and climate fluctuations, the size (and therefore surface area) of the barrel, etc. The 3 exquisite flavors of essences included in the kit allow you to sample a broad spectrum of taste and character with your own personal spirit blend.


  • 1, 2, 3 or 5 liter American White Oak Barrel
  • Premium Wrought Iron Stand
  • Bung and Spigot
  • 3 bottles of Essence
  • Paper Funnel
  • Barrel Cleaning Kit
  • Complete Instructions included


  • Whiskey Essence
  • Small Batch Essence
  • American Rye Essence


  • 1 liter barrel dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 4.5"
  • 2 liter barrel dimensions: 7.5" x 5" x 5"
  • 5 liter barrel dimensions: 9.5" x 6.5" x 6.5"



  • Start by curing your barrel (instructions below)
  • Pour most of a 750ml bottle of 40% alc./vol. grain alcohol, neutral vodka or swish alcohol into the barrel
  • Add 1 bottle of your desired Essence per liter of alcohol and fill the barrel with the remaining alcohol
  • SHAKE WELL to mix thoroughly
  • It's best when aged for 2 or more weeks, but if you can't wait... DRINK NOW!
  • Clean barrels with cleaning kit (included) after 2-3 uses


  • Tightly insert the spigot using a mallet or place a sloth over the spigot and gently hammer it in
  • Fill with hot water and insert the bung
  • Allow 3 to 5 days for the barrel to completely seal
  • Once cured, fill the barrel with your favorite spirit and place the bung in to remove any air
  • Do not submerge your barrel in water!


  • Due to the higher surface area of the 1 liter barrel, spirits will age 8x to 10x faster than the standard 52 gallon barrel
  • Turn the barrel a quarter turn weekly to redistribute the liquid contact with the charred oak
  • Age to taste
  • Drink from the barrel or pour into a glass container to stop the aging


  • Dissolve storing tablets (included) in a glass of water
  • Pour into the barrel and top off with water

Every barrel will develop it’s own individual flavor profile. This is due to the individuality of each tree, each stave, the amount of charring, climate, season, size of barrel, etc… No two barrels will be alike. Monitor your barrel’s performance for future batches, but know that each batch will take a bit longer than the previous










If for any reason you are not happy with your product, you may return it within 30 days of initial delivery and receive a complete refund for the cost of the product. Barrels that have been used or returned later than 30 days will not be refunded.





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  • 1
    Not impressed at all

    Posted by Chief Pitts on Jan 17th 2021

    This Barrel kit is a joke. Don't let the name or description fool you, this kit does not make whisky. It comes with a little tiny 2-quart barrel with a rubber bung and a wooden handle for pouring and dispensing of drinks. Packaging shows that the barrel sits upon a curved metal escarpment when in reality it comes with a cheap dowel and Wood replica stand. The instructions tell you to soak the Barrel in a sanitizing solution for 24 hours and then rinse three times with hot water. The interior of the barrel is supposedly chard and therefore by sanitizing and rinsing the barrel you remove the Char from the inside of the barrel. I am sure that this is not done at distlleries to thier newly made/chared oak barrels. Then you have to neutralize the sanitizer with an acid and rinse with hot water again three times. All this is supposed to set the barrel so it doesn't leak. When in fact the barrel leaks horrendously. The article and instructions say that the barrel will discolor due to the barrel expanding and setting the staves in place so it won't leak. This is a joke. I am disappointed that I spent as much money on this item as I did and have thrown it in the trash and will never recommend this product again.

  • 5

    Posted by Keelah on Dec 6th 2020

    My friend absolutely loved his personalized whiskey making barrel kit! It came with a set of instructions and also tips on reuse. Loved how detailed the barrel came out to be!