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Can anyone explain why the tremendous variance in new toasted 53 gallon barrels.  I'm seeing everything from $195 to $595 for seemingly the same product.  Makes me think there's a quality difference, but its all new American Oak.  What should I should be looking for here?

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9 hours ago, WIndsor Street Distilling said:

 Makes me think there's a quality difference, but its all new American Oak. 

Not all new American Oak is the same, and not all cooperages are the same. The biggest factors on price are going to be seasoning times and the scale of the Cooperage. Is it kilted dried or yard seasoned for 3 yrs? Is it water bent staves or firebent? What kind of QC do they have in regard to sorting and inspecting staves before construction? The factors go on and on, picking a barrel for a product is a really personal thing, and I recommend everyone gets to know how their coopers do business and what kind of quality you can expect to see from products aged in them before committing to a supplier.

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I like Kelvin barrels myself

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You aren’t by chance looking at the pricing from cooperages that focus on wine barrels are you?  Asking because you asked about toast and not char.  The whiskey cooperages were pretty close the last time I looked.

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