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Authentic Bourbon Whiskey Barrels (53 Gallons, Used)

High-quality, Handcrafted Barrels

Authentic Bourbon Whiskey Barrels (53 Gallons, Used)


Thousands of barrels sold. Hundreds of barrel-loving customers!

Quantity Available: 131

Product Description

  • Description
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Delivery & Shipping Information


Authentic Bourbon Whiskey Barrels

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "The Barrels are great, just what we were looking for! We have them at each end of our shuffle board table to put food and drinks on. Price and delivery were very reasonable compared to others on the net. Highly recommend!" - Kurt F (Verified Buyer)

Used barrels really are some of the most unique and versatile products around. 

Customers are adding these barrels to their home, patio, game room, restaurant, beer garden, wedding, you name it!

What is the story behind these authentic used whiskey barrels? Let's ask one and find out!

Well, I used to be a tree, you know?? An American Oak Tree, they called me.

And then one day, I came plunging to the ground!
Just when I thought I was a goner, they hauled me off to a cooperage. I was turned into a barrel!
I was then purchased by a Kentucky distillery and put to work. They filled me with whiskey and put me on a rack for years to come. There, I worked my magic, enhancing the flavors and colors of all that whiskey.
Once matured to perfection, they emptied me out into over 260 bottles of whiskey. (I'm sure that whiskey went off to make a lot of people happy!)
As for me, I made a journey north for a quick stay in Canada aging Canadian whiskey.  A few more years of aging really gave me that authentic and rustic appearance that everyone loves!
Now I'm finally here at Mystic Barrels awaiting my next adventure!
There are so many cool things I could end up being used for next…
  • Maybe I'll be turned into a planter; a barrel table for a home bar; a bathroom vanity; a coffee table; a barrel trash can; a whiskey bottle cabinet. Who knows!
  • Or many someone will keep me just the way I am and put me on their deck or porch. Maybe I'll even have the honor of being at someone's wedding or reception!

Whiskey Barrel Collage

So many exciting possibilities!
For now, I'm hanging out here at Mystic Barrels. But I am anxiously awaiting my new home!!
In case you need my specs, here they are!
  Height: 35"
  Diameter (Belly): 26"
  Diameter (head): 22"
  Capacity: 53 gallons
  Weight: 125 lbs.
  Origin: Various distilleries

Head on over to the "Frequently Asked Questions" tab to learn more!

Questions? Give us a shout! 

  Call or text: (412) 275-0542
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    Please Note: Each and every used barrel is unique and full of its own character. As such, please know that there inherently is slight variations in the appearance and construction of each barrel. Contact us with any questions!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What quality criteria does Mystic Barrels look for when buying and selling used whiskey barrels?

    When we go shopping for truckloads of whiskey and wine barrels, we look for 3 primary things:

         Recently dumped barrels - This ensures that the barrels are structurally sound, the barrels are water-tight, and the hoops/bands are tightly secured.
    All of our whiskey barrels have only been used for whiskey only; not beer, ciders, or any other products that could become problematic.
           Flat Heads - Often times, whiskey barrel heads and become warped due to the swelling of the wood. We inspect each barrel to ensure it has a flat head, so you can rest a drink, food or decoration right on top of the barrel.
           No major cracks or damage - Whiskey barrels can get damaged over the course of their life aging whiskey. We inspect each barrel to ensure there are no major cracks or other imperfections that would interrupt the aesthetics or functionality of the barrel.

    Do the barrels have distillery markings on them? 

    Some of the barrels do have a stamp on the barrel head; other do not. We prioritize the quality of the barrel according to the criteria above over finding barrels with particular stamps. 

    If you require a stamp, reach out and we can likely help you out!

    What is the difference between the used whiskey and used wine barrels? Which should I buy?

    Both whiskey and wine barrels can be used in all of the same ways, and for all of the same DIY projects!
    When deciding between the two, the decision typically comes down to your preference on appearance, or simply your preference for whiskey or wine as a beverage!
    The whiskey barrels inherently have a more rustic character and appeal. The wine barrels retain a cleaner, lighter, and newer look, and often have light red wine stains throughout.
    Either way, you can't go wrong!

    Can I leave the whiskey barrels outside?

    Absolutely! As with most wooden furniture, decks, or siding, wood tends to 'gray' over time if left unprotected. For barrels, this is often a desired appearance.

    If you prefer the barrel to retain a darker appearance, I would recommend coating the barrel in an exterior grade polyurethane. 

    Will the barrel hold liquid? 

    Yes! All of our whiskey barrels are freshly dumped and liquid tight.

    Every year, we have a countless number of customers use the whiskey barrels to make rain barrels and other projects that require the barrel to hold liquid.

    The key to keeping the barrel liquid tight is to keep some liquid in the barrel at all times. If you let the barrel dry out for an extended period of time, it may lose its seal and need to be 'rehydrated' to reseal. 

    Can I refurbish a barrel myself?

    Definitely! Its hard work, but a beautiful end product.

    In fact, check out our 4-part DIY Series at the link below:

    DIY Series: Refurbishing a Whiskey or Wine Barrel

    Can you refurbish the barrel for us?

    Yes, again! Below is the link to our refurbished whiskey and wine barrels:

    Refurbished Whiskey and Wine Barrels

    Is there anything we need to do to the barrel once we get it? 

    If locating a used barrel indoors, here a few recommendations:

    1. As described, the barrels are recently dumped from the distillery. Sometimes the barrels even have a tiny bit of whiskey left inside! To avoid staining any floors, you want to ensure that the barrel is not showing any signs of moisture or dripping from the bottom.

    2. Consider cleaning the bottom of the barrel to remove any surface dirt. Also consider putting a small rug underneath the barrel to further protect your floors. 

    3. Dry indoor air can often dry out a barrel. This can result in the barrel hoops/bands loosening and sometime shifting or falling. We would recommend securing each hoop to the barrel using sheet metal screws, or drilling a hole and adding a wood screw or nail. 3 fasteners per hoops should do the trick!

    Here is a DIY video showing the process we use for securing the hoops to the barrel.

    Delivery & Shipping Information


    I searched for barrels for my daughters wedding all over the place! The shipping, most of the time, was more than the barrel itself. This company was quick to answer my emails and the shipping was FAST, friendly and affordable! The barrels are fantastic we love them! Great local company!! GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE GUYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    Awesome customer service and great barrels. Mike was very very quick to respond to my email and a pleasure to work with. Do not waste your time researching another company - this one is top notch Thank you mike !

    Oh my gosh...your barrels were sitting on my front porch when I got home this evening. You truly made my day! Thank you again for have been amazing to work with and this is the best $400 I have spend in years! I am so happy!!