How To Buy a Barrel for Your Whisky Club

Your whisky club has likely purchased many bottles, but have you considered buying a whole barrel of whisky? It’s easier than you may think and often includes benefits like selecting the barrel with the distillers, personalized labels, and the barrel itself for display.

“Selecting a private barrel of whiskey is one of the most exciting experiences that a person can have,” says Skip Young, who co-founded the Northern Kentucky-based Toasted Cooper Society with John Weigold and Greaham Niemer. The club has purchased three Buffalo Trace barrels to split among members over the past three years. Like most distillers, Buffalo Trace includes a full tour of their facilities and tastings from several different barrels when purchasing by the barrel. “We make a day of it. We charter a small bus to drive us down to the distillery, and then visit additional nearby distilleries on the way home,” Niemer says. “This makes it a safe, fun way for us to enjoy a day out as a group.”

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After you’ve chosen your barrel, the distillery will bottle the whiskey and work according to U.S. laws to get it to a retailer, who sells it to you. Toasted Cooper Society works mainly with Stadium Liquor in Covington, Kentucky. “Talk to your local liquor stores and build up a relationship with them,” Weigold suggests. “Depending on your state, the laws and regulations could be different and they’ll be able to help you along the journey.”

Where to Buy a Private Barrel for Your Club

The whiskeys offered for private barrels change frequently. Check with the distillery for current selections.

Barrell Craft Spirits—Available for bourbon and Canadian rye, as well as occasionally whiskey and rum
For more information, contact Nic Christiansen: nic@barrellbourbon.com

Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. (George Dickel)
For more information, contact DickelBarrel@diageo.com

Catoctin Creek
For more information, email info@catoctincreek.com or call 540-751-8404.

Corsair Distillery
For more information, visit the website.

FEW Spirits
For more information, contact Paul Hletko: info@fewspirits.com

Four Roses
For more information, contact Mandy Vance: mvance@fourrosesbourbon.com

Freeland Spirits—Available for rye
For more information, contact Brooke McKinnon: brooke@freelandspirits.com

Garrison Brothers
To purchase a barrel, fill out the order form.

Heaven Hill—Available for Elijah Craig
For details on the program, ask your retailer to contact the local Heaven Hill representative or distributor.

High West
For more information, contact Mark Erickson: mark.erickson@cbrands.com

Jack Daniel’s
For more information, visit the website or call 1-888-551-5225.

James B. Beam Distilling—Available for Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon, Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon, Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye
For more information, ask your retailer to contact the local Beam Suntory representative or distributor.

Maker’s Mark—Available for Private Select Bourbon
For more information, ask your retailer to contact the local Beam Suntory representative or distributor.

Mississippi River Distilling Co.
For more information, email info@mrdistilling.com or call 563-484-4342.

New Riff Distilling
For more information, visit the website.

Old Forester
For more information, visit the website.

Sazerac—Available for Barton 1792, Buffalo Trace, Caribou Crossing (Canadian), and Speyburn Companion Cask (scotch), as well as Corazón tequila
For more information, visit singlebarrelselect.com.

StilL 360
For more information, visit the website or call 314-513-2275.

Tarnished Truth Distilling
For more information, call 757-965-9652.

Vapor Distillery—Available for bourbon and American single malt
For more information, contact Alastair Brogan: alastair@vapordistillery.com

Virginia Distillery Co.
For more information, email casksociety@vadistillery.com or call 434-285-2900.

WhistlePig
For more information, contact Gregory Gatti: Gregory@whistlepigrye.com

Wild Turkey—Available for Kentucky Spirit and Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel
For details on the program, ask your retailer to contact the local Campari America representative or distributor.

Woodford Reserve
For more information, contact Chris Poynter: chris_poynter@b-f.com

Wyoming Whiskey
For more information, contact David Defazio: david@wyomingwhiskey.com

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