I've been quite pleased with my Vadai Hungarian oak barrel. It has a wonderful 'toasty clove' aroma to it (medium toast). It's also 6 gallons, which is means less extra glassware needs compared to the 5-gallon French oak medium toast barrel that I was my first purchase. The French oak barrel was also around $200 base cost and the Vadai 6-gallon was somewhere south of $150 delivered. The staves of the Vadai barrel are thicker than the staves of the French oak barrel and it's obvious. You can call up and talk directly to Sandor, too. I recommend the product.