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The difference between Bourbon and Whiskey

You’ve probably heard it before: all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. If you’re a whiskey (and especially bourbon) drinker, you need to know what that means.

The difference between Bourbon and Whiskey

By definition, whiskey (or whisky, in Scotland) is a spirit distilled from fermented grain mash — grain varieties include wheat, rye, barley, and corn — and then aged in wooden barrels. Whiskey is made all over the world and there are many popular styles including Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, and American whiskey. The most popular form of American whiskey is bourbon, which has its own specific definition.

“Bourbon needs to be produced in America and made from 51 percent corn, and whiskey does not,” says Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis. Bourbon also needs to be stored in new charred-oak barrels, whereas whiskey barrels do need to be oak but not new or charred. “Lastly, to be called bourbon, the liquid needs to be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125.” For other whiskies the liquid must be distilled to no more than 190 proof. David notes that this isn’t just common practice — “it’s actual bourbon law.”

Bourbon regulations are strict because in the 1800’s distillers spent a lot of time adulterating, diluting, and tampering with their whiskies. “Finally, they set some standards with the Bottle in Bond Act of 1897,” says Davis. Essentially, the act requires the spirit to be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at one distillery. “It must be bottled and stored in bonded warehouses under the U.S. government supervision for no less than 4 years. The act has made the U.S. the guarantor of the whiskey’s authenticity and therefore bourbon’s.”

Bourbon is an iconic American spirit, but it wasn’t always thought of so highly. In the early to mid-1900’s, bourbon was considered a “commodity” spirit. It was cheap, bitter, and very bad. “It’s truly remarkable to see what this industry has become,” says Davis. “What most folks don’t know is that while yes, Bill Samuels, Sr., created the recipe that changed the bourbon landscape forever, but it was his wife Marge Samuels who ideated the signature red wax seal, the label, and pretty much the entire look of Maker’s Mark Distillery.” This September, Marge is being inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame for her contribution to the bourbon arena.

What Makes a Bourbon: A Cheat Sheet

  • Must be made in the United States.
  • Must contain 51% corn.
  • Must be aged in new oak-charred barrels.
  • Must be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125 proof.
  • Must be bottled at no less than 80 proof.
  • Must not contain any added flavoring, coloring or other additives.
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California Wine and Whiskey Barrel Furniture – Information

“Thank You for visiting the Hungarian Workshop! We have a huge variety of barrel furniture and decor. Visit the our Online Store to see all our handcrafted items and craft supplies available in the Recycle Bin. Don’t forget to sign up for our online newsletter to save big on your next purchase.”

California Wine and Whiskey Barrel Furniture-

When time comes to order Whiskey Barrel Furniture or Wine Barrel Furniture there are a few important things to know or learn. We get daily emails and calls about the same questions so I decided to write this blog to help shine light on some of these subjects. Lets get right to it now with the most common ones.

California Wine and Whiskey Barrel FurnitureBarrels – What & How

Wine and Whiskey barrels are made from quarter sawn White Oak. The white oak is highly durable and rot resistant. Ideal for this use. The wood is quester sawn which allows it to curve when steamed into shape. When you see a whole barrel upright, most people don’t realize there is no nails, screws or gluing involved make it. The only thing holding the barrel together is the metal bands. (hoops, rings) The pressure from the bands holds the wet wood together making it water and air tight. As soon as the wood starts to dry, it shrinks and gaps open up. The metal hoops slip off and the entire barrel falls apart. If you want to use them as decor be sure to water them down often to keep them solid. If you keep them indoor, the same will happen but at a much slower rate.

California Wine and Whiskey Barrel FurnitureWhiskey Barrel Furniture – Features & Facts

The inside of these barrels are charred black. The outside wood has darker patinas and the metal bands are mild steel which are dark. The distillery stamping and marking will vary. Most distilleries will only stamp one side of the barrel. And as far as specific whiskey brands go, it is very important to know that most large distilleries make many different whiskeys. For instance Buffalo Trace Distillery also makes Eagle Rare, Blanton’s, W.L. Weller, Van Winkle and etc. So if you are seeking these specific barrels, they won’t actually put these names on there. There will be the actually distillery stamp with dates and batch number and maybe the initials of the name of these smaller whiskeys. Another big request is the Jack Daniel’s barrels. They too don’t burn the logo into all their barrels. The ones you see branded on the side are rare and meant mainly for showrooms and other marketing campaigns.

“The Hungarian Workshop is partnered up with Stone Brewing Company over 5 years ago. Enjoy some great beer while relaxing in some reclaimed California Wine and Whiskey Barrel Furniture”

California Wine and Whiskey Barrel FurnitureWine Barrel Furniture – Features & Facts

The outside of the Wine Barrels are lighter in color and have the silver colored galvanized steel bands. The inside will be stained from the wine but as we all know wine comes in many different shades of red, purple and burgundy. Colors will vary for sure. And I need to mention that some of our barrels are also chardonnay barrels. No color at all. The wood will just be a bit darker. We usually keep these for smaller project. The third important fact about the color stain from the wine is that it won’t last. Because the wine is an organic stain, it will fade from the sun when kept outside.

Wine barrels also vary in size and shape. Cabernet Sauvignon will mostly come in short and round barrels. Others might be taller and skinner with less curvature. When you order multiple wine barrels pieces we always try to keep them uniform by using similar barrels.

Shipping California Wine and Whiskey Barrel Furniture and Home Decor – Cost & Time Frames

On our website there is a shipping calculator which will show you the cost before purchasing. If you order anything over 10 items you can contact me directly and I can check if we can get a price break in freight. Time frames for freight is 10-15 days in transit.  All home decor and accessories ship with FedEx Ground. Time frames for FedEx Home Delivery is 5-7 days in transit.

Our actually turn around time varies drastically all year around. If you need your order by a certain time we can accommodate but you will have to contact us. Most often orders will take about 2-3 weeks.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me directly at



-Balazs Moldovan


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Used Whiskey Barrels

“We have plenty of Used Whiskey Barrels. Our main line of furniture include wine and whiskey barrels turned into one of kind solid chairs, pub stools, pub tables, coffee tables and more. In our Recycle bin we often have many reusable craft supplies as well. Check it out NOW.”

Used Whiskey BarrelsThe Hungarian Workshop workshop has been in business for over 5 years. We have created a whole line of barrel furniture made from used wine barrels and used whiskey barrels. We also have an interior leather line and a Home Decor and Accessories section. In the Recycle Bin part of our online store we have full size barrels, barrel staves, barrel bands and barrel cut offs. Please note we only have certain material in stock at a time. If we run out of something it might take a month to accumulate more. But we will always have the full size barrels in stock.

Used Whiskey BarrelsUsed Whiskey Barrels

Our used whiskey barrels are full size 53 gallons. The average size is 22″x22″x34″ and they weight about 100 lbs. Some are more dry and may weigh less. When the barrels start to dry, all you have to do is dump some water on them. When the oak absorbs the moisture it will swell back up and tighten up. It is important to know that barrels are only held together by tension from the metal bands. If they dry completely, the whole barrel will just fall apart. This also includes the barrel heads as well. (the top and bottom) No glue, no nails or screws. You might have known this but incase you didn’t it is important to  mention. You wouldn’t believe how many times I have to explain this to DIY-ers. It is super fun to work with this stuff but it can be tricky.

Used Whiskey BarrelsHow to Order –

To order a couple barrels you can simply use our online shipping calculator. We will ship as Fedex Ground for individual ones. This is costly ($165 just for shipping) but it will arrive at your door step in 3-5 days. Super fast and easy. When you order 4-8 barrels will ship as freight. It may take 2 weeks for this but it will be much cheaper than Fedex Ground. Now if you are looking for 10-20 barrels please contact us first. We can talk to our freight reps and see if we can get a discount rate for such large order. And depends on our inventory stock, we maybe able to give a discount on the barrel prices as well.  We can ship all over the US including Hawaii. If you are out of the country, we can accommodate as well.

Contact Me Here –

Used Whiskey BarrelsIf you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask. If you are thinking about reusing our barrels for further aging please know that these are outdoor kept. I don’t know the inside condition of the barrels.

To receive discount codes please sign up for our online newsletter and be sure to follow us on social media.



-Balazs Moldovan

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Reclaimed Handmade Rustic Furniture

“Reclaimed Handmade Rustic Furniture IS OUR SPECIALTY! Our main line of furniture is handcrafted from used Wine and Whiskey barrels. All barrels are cleaned and sanded just the right amount to leave behind their true history. SHOP TODAY and save 16% on bourbon barrel furniture.

By signing up for our ONLINE NEWSLETTER on top of the home page you will automatically receive a coupon code for 16% OFF on all bourbon barrel furniture. The newsletter will have additional coupon codes and new product information.

Reclaimed Handmade Rustic FurnitureReclaimed Handmade Rustic Furniture – 

Our barrel furniture is well know throughout southern California. We have partnered up with Stone Brewing Company in 2012 and have been growing ever since. I just finished making my 727 barrel chair.

Reclaimed Handmade Rustic FurnitureThe Barrel Lounge Chairs and Rockers are our number one sellers. We have shipped them all over the country and also to a few other parts of the world. Each one is numbered and comes in a few different variation. You can choose to have them made from Wine barrels or Bourbon Whiskey barrels. Then you can choose to have the backrest in two different styles. Open Top or Closed Top. If you want a some motion while relaxing then I highly recommend our Recurved Rockers. They are top of the line when it comes to barrel rocking chairs. The bottom staves are recurved to be the ideal curvature for proper motion. (Most companies simply use a wine stave but barrels are not actually curved the right amount.)

Reclaimed Handmade Rustic FurnitureNow if you want to go the full luxury line then our Interior Leather Line is a must have. Same furniture, but now with beautifully tufted Full Grain Italian Leather upholstery. There you can choose from six color pallets for your leather. We have quite a collection to choose from so be sure to browse around in all our categories.

If you need any help or just a have quick question please feel free to contact us or send me a direct message at

-Balazs Moldovan

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Whiskey Barrel Chair Sale

“Welcome to the Hungarian Workshop! We are currently running a Whiskey Barrel Chair Sale. Sign up for our monthly online newsletter and receive a coupon code instantly. Choose from two back styles and don’t forget the matching End Table.”

Whiskey Barrel Chair SaleBourbon Barrel Lounge Chairs

Our bourbon barrel lounge chairs are the most popular item we sell. We have made well over 700 in last 5 years. We have shipped all over the US and a few places around the world as well. Our biggest client is Stone Brewing Company who furnishes their many locations with our chairs and other furniture also. Their Escondido location still has chair #2.

Whiskey Barrel Chair SaleWhiskey Barrel Chair Sale

Next month we are receiving another giant truck load of bourbon whiskey barrels. So to speed up production and move inventory quicker I am having a sale on our most loved item.

You can now save 30% ($390) when you purchase two chairs and an end table.

Use Coupon Code – bourbonset

How To Order:

After placing the Bourbon Barrel Chairs and End Table into your online cart, you will see a box underneath the items labeled coupon code. Type in the code and receive the discount. You then will see the shipping calculator which gives you the price for the cost of freight. If you happen to live near us (which will be north of San Diego Ca in the next month) you can choose local pick up. No Charge for that. Once your order is placed you will get an order confirmation and when your furniture is complete we will send you an order completion with tracking info.

If you have any questions or just need a little more information on anything please contact me. You can reach me directly at

Be sure to sing up for our newsletter and you can follow us on social media to see what new items we are working on.



-Balazs Moldovan

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Bourbon Barrel Chalkboards

“We just finished a few new designs and here is one of them. The Bourbon Barrel Chalkboards are a must have. They are the perfect whiskey decor and with great function. Use them as signs for wedding, bars, tasting rooms and more.”

Bourbon Barrel Chalkboards

Bourbon Barrel ChalkboardsFor a few months now we have been trying to find new ways to use up more and more of our scraps and cut offs. The biggest overstock we usually have are the barrel heads. (the barrel tops) Most will dry apart and warp really bad. As a full top they are pretty useless. But as pieces they are still solid 1″ thick querter sawn white oak. They are well seasoned and can be still used if you know how to.

Bourbon Barrel ChalkboardsIn the past we have been selling of the barrel tops. Offering many different options but even with extensive descriptions and photos, many people didn’t really grasp what and how barrel tops are. Not solid. No nailing or glue. Once they dry, they come apart like a jig saw puzzle. Not wanting to deal with this issue, I started an initiative to use our scraps in a better way. With the right design, we can recycle even more and the business can reach better profit margins.

Bourbon Barrel ChalkboardsThe Bourbon Barrel Chalkboards are a huge hit right of bat. We can make a lot of them because of our overstock and they have many great functions. They are fairly large (the black board size 13″x17″) so they work perfect as bar menus, wedding signs and more. They also feature a little shelf and two hooks. Ideal for keys, coats and hats. Order one and add a little rustic charm to your home today.

We are also finishing up some new picture frame ideas which will be pretty similar to these since the design works so well. Keep an eye out for them by following us on social media and most importantly through our newsletter. On our home page you can sign up for our monthly newsletter and save big on your next purchase. We send out coupon codes and new product info every time. You will also receive a coupon code for our bourbon barrel furniture instantly just for signing up.

If you have any questions or just need some more information please feel free to contact me directly. 



-Balazs Moldovan

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Bourbon Barrel Clock

“Check out our new Bourbon Barrel Clock in our ONLINE STORE

Bourbon Barrel Clock

After months of deliberation on how to keep reusing our Bourbon Barrel Cut Offs. We came out with this practical and beautiful work of art. Our Bourbon Barrel Clock is a simple design at its finest. Everything is made from genuine reclaimed bourbon barrels. Even the roman numerals are hand cut from the barrel’s metal bands for that high quality detailed finish. At the Hungarian Workshop we thrive to make all out furniture and home decor authentic as possible with no short cuts. We have been in business for over five years with a big clientele list all over the US. We provide excellent customer service and fine handcrafted barrel furniture. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time.

Bourbon Barrel ClockIt’s time for bourbon and with this beautifully handcrafted Bourbon Barrel Wall Clock you will always know what time it is. Made from genuine aged bourbon barrels, this large rustic wooden wall clock is high quality with amazing attention to detail all the way. The most important and a one of kind feature is that all the roman numerals are handmade from the actual barrel bands. NO PAINTING OR LASER ENGRAVING HERE.
Each clock is unique and virtually one of kind because we use a wide variety of barrel heads from many different distilleries. This bourbon barrel clock will be a great focal point in any living room, kitchen, lounge or wherever true whiskey enthusiast wants to place it.
Time is ticking so order one today! Cheers!

The idea for the Bourbon Barrel Clock came to me a long time ago. We always have way too many barrel tops and the concept of using them for a clock has been around for years. My goal is to create items which sell great and always have an edge in the market. Sure, you will see other similar clocks out there with falsely painted or engraved distillery markings. Making them unauthentic as hell and down right a lie. I even seen Wine Barrels sold as Whiskey ones… ( I’m actually confused on why the companies who’s names they are labeling on there has not sent them a cease and desist, ha) Anyways, not trying to point fingers at anyone, I just want to inform potential buyers who may not realize these key differences.

Bourbon Barrel Clock – Handcrafted all the way!

Bourbon Barrel ClockTo have my brand standout I always aim for higher quality in craftsmanship and design. Also, I often look at better ways to save and use the barrel material. This is how the Bourbon Barrel Clock came to be. Use more barrel scrap material: barrel tops, barrel cut offs, metal bands – CHECK.  Craftsmanship and Design – strong, sturdy clock with unique one of kind hand cut roman numerals – Check   With these two simple rules we now have an amazing new item which I am very proud of.

In conclusion, please contact us if you have any questions or just would like some additional information on any of our products. Don’t forget to sign up for our online newsletter. It comes out once a month with major coupon codes and sometimes with new products.


-Balazs Moldovan




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Gifts For Bourbon Enthusiast

“Looking for some great Gifts For Bourbon Enthusiast? Check out the our selection of Home Decor and Accessories along with our popular barrel furniture line.”

Here at the Hungarian Workshop we have exactly what you have been looking for. Be sure to order your gifts today so you can have it in time for the holidays. We try to keep most items inn stock but we started running low by the first week. In this blog I will show off our items that are very popular Gifts For Bourbon Enthusiast.

The Bourbon Barrel Lounge Table –

This is one of our newest creations and has been very successful. This coffee table will create a perfect focal point in any living room, den, man cave or whiskey lounge. It is 20″ tall and 36″ in diameter. The top is made up from dozens of reclaimed bourbon barrel tops which will often have distillery marking and brand stamping. We have 3 left in stock and can ship in the next few days. Justin in time for the holidays.

The Bourbon Barrel End Table –

These end tables are our second most popular item. They go great with our lounge chairs as well as by themself in any area. We offer in four variation, two options is height 18″ and 24″. As well as two options for the table tops them self. You can choose from the Inside charred black or the Outside rustic oak. We currently have 10 left in our holiday inventory. But be sure to order soon as possible, we just sold two more this morning.

The Bourbon Barrel Lounge Chairs –

Our barrel lounge chairs are definitely our most popular items. Since 2012 we have made over 700! Lucky for you we have quite a few in stock as well. You can choose from two backrest styles: Open Back or Closed Back. We have shipped our Bourbon Barrel Lounge Chairs all over the world. If you really want to surprise that special Bourbon Enthusiast these chairs are the way to go.

Home Decor And Accessories & Recycle Bin 

For smaller items we have a great unique selection to choose from in our home decor and accessories section. From simple bottle openers to a skateboard and even a full size chess set all made from up cycled bourbon barrels. Keep in mind, at this time we might not have everything in stock so please double check if you are still trying to make the holiday deadline. In the Recycle Bin we have all sorts of barrel parts and full size barrels for sale. All the extra staves that are between 1/2″ to 2 1/2″ wide are up for grabs. We also have the cut offs which are nice and clean ready to use for whatever cool project you might have in mind. If you need the bands (metal hoops) that held the barrels together, we have those as well. Most of these items sell for about $1-$3 each and come in big bundles.

For questions and comments please contact us and be sure to sign up for our newsletter to save big on your next purchase.

-Balazs Moldovan

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Holiday Whiskey Gifts

Come check out our Online Store and see what Holiday Whiskey Gifts you can find. We have Home Decor and Accessories and also furniture. Must see!

Holiday Whiskey GiftsWell it is that time of the year again and as time flies it seem to get here quicker every year. And as always you do not want to wait till the last minute. Especially when it comes to hand made items. Even though we build a good size holiday inventory every fall, we still run out pretty fast by beginning of December. I am not trying to rush you but just as a friendly reminder to make sure no one is left disappointed. After all, no one wants rushed handcrafted work.

If you order before December 8th you are most likely good to go when purchasing Home Decor and Accessories. Excluding our Bourbon Barrel Chess Set. The chess set is very time consuming and a true labor of love. If ordered after we sell what we have in inventory, unfortunately it won’t arrive before christmas. If you have any time frame question please feel free to contact me.

Our bourbon barrel furniture line also has a good size inventory built. Anything that we ship as FedEx Ground will also be able to make the December 8th cut off. I wish I could guarantee time frames for our larger items as well. But since they ship as freight, the only way to get something on time is to pay extra for expedited freight with exact date delivery. If you don’t mid the cost we can accommodate for that.

Purchase handcrafted Holiday Whiskey Gifts for your favorite whiskey enthusiast!

Bourbon Barrel Side TableOur Holiday Whiskey Gifts include lots of options. One of the most popular is the Bourbon Barrel End Tables. They have four options which is always great and with a lower price point. These also can ship as FedEx Ground to make the holiday cut off and they also make up a large percent of our inventory. As far as Christmas gifts go, these are a great option I recommend.

Holiday Whiskey GiftsAnother very unique and popular item is our signature Bourbon Barrel Skateboard. It has been in few magazines and catalogs and we have shipped all over the world. It is fully functional or it can be a great addition in someones man cave or whiskey lounge.

Holiday Whiskey GiftsA third option I would recommend is pretty bold and it would make a huge impression on anyone. A full size 53 gallon Bourbon Whiskey Barrel. Luckily we can send these with FedEx as well. However be aware the shipping these is costly. They are big and weight about 100 lbs. FedEx unfortunately puts an oversize fee on them shooting the shipping price over what the barrel actually costs. But the good news is that we can ship these right away and it will land on your doorstep with in 3-5 business days.

if you have any other questions or just need a little more info on something please feel free to contact us. be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media.

Happy Holidays from the Hungarian Workshop!

-Balazs Moldovan

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Bourbon Barrel Lounge Table

USE COUPON CODE – LOUNGETABLE to save $100 when purchasing our new design.

Our newest creation is now available! The Bourbon Barrel Lounge Table has a sleek modern design with a rustic charm. Click here to buy now.

After months of product development and mock up work, I finally had time to put the new design into production. It has been a very busy year so finding time to create something new was hard and time consuming. Finally in middle of October I just said, ok we need to pause for a week and add this new table to our Bourbon Barrel Furniture line.

We started with a few at first and I was instantly hooked. It felt great working on something brand new. I love what I do but making the same exact pieces can get a bit repetitive. Not to mention with all the barrels we break down, the barrel head (tops) over stock kept growing and growing. With over 500 sitting on pallets, this design helped start putting a dent into the massive collection. Each table top eats up about 10 which is a big help.

Real quick I want to mention we have our Recycle Bin section of the shop where we sell barrel heads, barrel bands (hoops), barrel cut off and barrel staves them self. We sell them cheap and can ship quick. It’s great material for all sorts of project and I simple don’t have the heart just to throw them all out. Please take a minute and check it out, share with friends and help us cut down the waste. Thank You!

The idea behind the table was to create something modern, sleek, simple and eye catching. When it comes to barrel designs I always mention that I like to take the barrels completely apart. The shape of a barrel is big and bulky and I find it unattractive. That is why you won’t any designs in my catalog where a barrel is fully in tacked.

The two current coffee tables come pretty close but since they have the barrels cut in half, one horizontally  and the other vertically, the shapes looks much better and enticing. With these two designs already out on the market and I wanted the third table to be completely different. No barrel shapes.

Since the legs are only four barrel staves, I wanted to make sure the top has a big impact in showing off what the material really is. With that in mind I used only the barrel heads to create a subway tile like pattern to achieve the look I wanted. With unique distillery markings and endless variation of wood colors and characteristics, every Bourbon Barrel lounge Table is virtually one of kind and a must have for a true bourbon lover.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to write to us. Be sure to sign up for our online newsletter to receive coupon codes, news and new product updates.

Thank You for stopping by the Hungarian Workshop and have great day!


-Balazs Moldovan

Bourbon Barrel Lounge Table