Bourbon Real Talk™
Bourbon Real Talk™ is a whiskey related podcast. Some of the episodes are for education, some are to use the connective nature of whiskey to bring people together over social differences, and some are just for entertainment.
info_outline Whiskey Buyer's Guide:Top 10 Tips Sourced From Enthusiasts 09/10/2021
Whiskey Buyer's Guide:Top 10 Tips Sourced From Enthusiasts In this episode I surveyed experienced whiskey enthusiasts to see what tips they would offer someone. There were a lot of answers, but I was able to narrow them down into the top 10 recommendations for a newer enthusiast looking for a buyer's guide. If you are on the newer side of collecting whiskey this is a must watch. If you are experienced it will be fun to tune in to see if we covered all the things you would have needed to avoid your worst purchases. Enjoy!
info_outline Dating A Vintage Whiskey And 1938 Four Roses Fresh Crack 08/20/2021
Dating A Vintage Whiskey And 1938 Four Roses Fresh Crack I was given the opportunity to purchase 4 bottles of vintage Four Roses whiskey. When you get a dusty whiskey a journey begins to figure out what year it was released, distilled, or both. Dating vintage whiskey is a blast if you know what to look for. In this video we go through the process of dating the bottle together, discover mind blowing historical whiskey information at every turn, find the exact year and season it was bottled and distilled, and fresh crack a bottle that is 83 years old!
info_outline World's Largest Collection Of Open Whiskey Bottles 08/12/2021
World's Largest Collection Of Open Whiskey Bottles Whiskey House Nashville houses the world's largest collection of open bottles of whiskey. With 3,000+ open bottles and counting this place is a whiskey lover's dream come true. In this episode we sit down with John Brittle Jr (JB), the founder of WHN, and discuss how this museum-like collection came together, what they do with it, and how you might be able to get involved in the future. Enjoy!
info_outline How To Convert A Barrel Into A Whiskey Barrel Cabinet 08/07/2021
How To Convert A Barrel Into A Whiskey Barrel Cabinet A barrel has become a common piece of decor in whiskey rooms and man caves. What if you could convert that barrel into extra whiskey storage by making it into a whiskey barrel cabinet? In this episode I talk with Alyson and India as they teach us how to get it done. India also has a podcast that has a similar vision as BRT to bring people together. Whether you are looking for an instructional video or just some entertainment this video is sure to please.
info_outline 300 Bottle Whiskey Collection/Whiskey Wall 07/30/2021
300 Bottle Whiskey Collection/Whiskey Wall In this episode the host of Bourbon Real Talk is interviewed by his wife about their newly renovated whiskey room, and their whiskey wall that displays around 300 open bottles of bourbon, rye, rum, scotch, and misc spirits from around the world. They discuss the creation of the whiskey room/wall and talk about many of the special bottles they have in the collection. Enjoy!
info_outline What Is The Lincoln County Process: With Lexie Amacher-Phillips from Jack Daniels? 07/16/2021
What Is The Lincoln County Process: With Lexie Amacher-Phillips from Jack Daniels? The lincoln county process (LCP) is a charcoal filter process used in making Tennessee Whiskey. In this episode we sit down with Lexie Phillips the assistant distiller with Jack Daniel's. Jack Daniel's is largely responsible for popularising the practice along with the idea that LCP turns bourbon into TN Whiskey. In this episode we discuss is Jack bourbon, what the LCP is, what the process is doing to the whiskey, and I cry a little at the end. Enjoy!
info_outline Jack Daniels: Is It Bourbon and Does It Suck? 07/10/2021
Jack Daniels: Is It Bourbon and Does It Suck? Jack Daniel's is the largest or second largest whiskey producer in the world (depending on what stats you follow). Jack Daniel's uses a charcoal filtering process prior to being put in a barrel for aging called the Lincoln County Process. A debate has raged for decades as to whether the LCP makes Jack into a whiskey that is not bourbon. Regardless of the legal name of the product there is a second debate as to whether or not the product is bad. In this episode we tackle both questions.
info_outline Bourbon vs American Single Malt: What are the differences? 07/03/2021
Bourbon vs American Single Malt: What are the differences? In the US there is a growing trend toward producers making American Single Malts. In this episode we talk with one of the category's leading experts Matt Drew. Matt is maltster and he runs the growing podcast Single Malt Matters. Matt and I represent our respective spirits (Bourbon and American Single Malts), and we explain the differences between the two and the likely progression of American Single Malts as the US laws change to keep up with the market.
info_outline How Bourbon Is Made 06/25/2021
How Bourbon Is Made The first video made by a bourbon lover for bourbon enthusiasts actually explaining how bourbon is made! We talk about grain, moving things about the distillery, what a mash bill is, milling, what grist is, cooking the mash, fermentation, distillation, head/heart/tail cuts, maturation (aging), deciding when a barrel is ready, batch blending, dumping, chill filtering, proofing, and bottling. If you want to understand bourbon this video is for you!
info_outline Roasted By My Kids, Wife Makes Me Cry, and Fatherly Advice: Father's Day Special 06/18/2021
Roasted By My Kids, Wife Makes Me Cry, and Fatherly Advice: Father's Day Special Since this is father's day weekend we decided to do something a little special. Lindsey makes another appearance on this episode, but this time the tables are turned and she is interviewing me. We get the kids in on the fun and they ask me a few questions too, plus everyone takes a turn mimicking my show intro...which is hilarious. We discussed father related topics like how you manage kids and alcohol, how fatherhood has changed me, etc. Please enjoy and happy father's day!
info_outline Neck Pour and Fresh Crack Phenomenons: Myth or Fact? 06/11/2021
Neck Pour and Fresh Crack Phenomenons: Myth or Fact? All across the whiskey space rumors abound that the neck pour or fresh crack pour of a whiskey will be different from subsequent pours. In this episode we discuss what the theories really are (because everyone seems to be confusing the two terms) the science behind the phenomenon. Enjoy!
info_outline NFL Pro Bowler Ken Hamlin On His Perfect Cigar 06/04/2021
NFL Pro Bowler Ken Hamlin On His Perfect Cigar Ken Hamlin played for the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts. He was even named to the NFL Pro Bowl team in 2007. After the NFL Ken developed a passion for cigars and applied his same pursuit for excellence that carried him in the NFL to creating his perfect cigar. This isn't just another celebrity brand trying to make a quick buck off of fame. In this interview Ken tells us some amazing NFL stories and walks us through his creation of Arrival Cigars!
info_outline Wine Vs Whiskey Storage: How To Properly Store Your Bottles 05/28/2021
Wine Vs Whiskey Storage: How To Properly Store Your Bottles I see a lot of talk about how to store whiskey bottles. Many of the recommendations are cross over elements from proper wine storage. In this episode we discuss the factors that cause degradation in wine and whiskey and how those factors influence storage protocols. Unfortunately there are many misunderstandings about what factors influence whiskey after it has been bottled. If you want to learn how to properly store your bottles of wine or whiskey this episode is for you.
info_outline Top 5 Best Bourbons Of All Time 05/21/2021
Top 5 Best Bourbons Of All Time People are always asking me what my favorite bourbon is. I purposefully made the list exclusively from bourbons that are still in production. This eliminated dusties and any one time releases. I also kept it strictly bourbon so no ryes were considered for the list. I didn't plan it this way, but all of my favorites are cask strength aka barrel proof whiskey. Also, back by popular demand is my lovely wife who helps me with tasting notes and makes it entertaining with her awkward charm.
info_outline Understanding Finished Whiskey with Rabbit Hole Founder Kaveh Zamanian 05/14/2021
Understanding Finished Whiskey with Rabbit Hole Founder Kaveh Zamanian Rabbit Hole is one of the hottest new distilleries in KY, and many of their most popular expressions are finished in used barrels. Today we sit down with the founder Kaveh Zamanian to discuss the differences between regular whiskey and finished whiskey. As we discuss we taste two of Rabbit Hole's ultra premium offerings from their Founder's Collection Mizunara Oak and Boxergrail. Kaveh is interesting and informative, so pour a dram, sit back, and enjoy!
info_outline My Whiskey Noob Wife Tries MOST POPULAR whisk(e)ys BLIND 05/07/2021
My Whiskey Noob Wife Tries MOST POPULAR whisk(e)ys BLIND My long suffering wife has never made an appearance on my podcast in 100 episodes. This week I blind her on 7 of the top allocated whisk(e)ys while I ask her questions about what it was like from her perspective as I drug our family deeper into the world of whiskey.
info_outline Understanding Yeast's Impact on Whisky with Four Roses' Master Distiller Brent Elliott 04/30/2021
Understanding Yeast's Impact on Whisky with Four Roses' Master Distiller Brent Elliott What makes Four Roses different is that they have two mashbills and five different yeast strains that produce 10 different bourbon recipes. Yeast is a tricky little organism that loves to mutate, which is terrible if you are trying to maintain consistency of flavor. Every whiskey nerd has a drive to understand why our whiskey tastes the way it does. This short but information packed episode is a must watch for every whiskey enthusiast.
info_outline $200,000 Whisky, Cigar, Scotty Cameron Putter, and Gibson Les Paul Collection with Dave Wagner 04/23/2021
$200,000 Whisky, Cigar, Scotty Cameron Putter, and Gibson Les Paul Collection with Dave Wagner Dave Wagner is an importer of some of the worlds most recognized gun brands. His appreciation for rare things has pushed him to start a whisky collection, cigar collection, Scotty Cameron putter collection, and a Gibson Les Paul guitar collection. His journey is fascinating and inspiring. Hear how Dave came to possess so many of the wonderful things we all love, and the entertaining stories of how it all came to be.
info_outline The Best Port Finished Whiskey In America 04/16/2021
The Best Port Finished Whiskey In America The mad scientist Alex Baptista is on a mission to find the best port finished whiskey in America. He set up a march madness tournament bracket to narrow 32 whiskeys down to one winner. In this episode we discuss the process and reveal the shocking results. There are surprise winners and losers so pour a dram and enjoy finding out who makes the best port finished whiskey in America.
info_outline Top 6 Available Rye Whiskeys $40-$60 04/09/2021
Top 6 Available Rye Whiskeys $40-$60 This episode goes through a list of quality shelf available rye whiskey products that are sure to please any whiskey lover. I provide a quick rye review along with a little backstory to help you feel more connected to the brands. If you are looking for information about how to start a whiskey collection or you are just looking for budget whiskey, this episode is sure to please.
info_outline World's Most Expensive Steak Paired With Bourbon 04/03/2021
World's Most Expensive Steak Paired With Bourbon Snake River Farms is the United States' largest producer of Wagyu beef. They also produce prime grade steaks through Double R Ranch. Local Yocal is a well respected restaurant, and what is unique about them is they are owned by an actual wagyu cattle rancher who also runs a butcher shop by the same name. This video was a unique opportunity to bring together a top a top rancher, a top chef, and the top steak producer for an entertaining and educational episode that was amazingly fun to create. Enjoy!
info_outline Social Gathering: How The Whiskey Community Is Doing It Safely 03/26/2021
Social Gathering: How The Whiskey Community Is Doing It Safely Covid has affected us all. Lack of social interaction has created a mental health crisis. Whiskey related gatherings were a natural deterrent to this separation. This is why I interviewed Jamie and Jake. Jamie Biel is the Director of Science and Sustainability for Treaty Oak Distillery. Jake Clements is the founder of the Texas Whiskey Festival. This episode explores their experiences as a way forward for social interaction in our post covid world.
info_outline Column Still vs Pot Still Tutorial 03/19/2021
Column Still vs Pot Still Tutorial There are two main still types used for commercial whiskey production in the US. In this episode we talk with Phillip Dormont who is the Director of Product Development for Treaty Oak Distilling. He runs both their column still and their pot still. He explains the difference and we taste white dog from both side by side. Enjoy!
info_outline Entire History Of Bourbon in Under 30 min 02/26/2021
Entire History Of Bourbon in Under 30 min Every bourbon enthusiast I know goes down the bourbon rabbit hole researching the history of the spirit, its makers, its brands, etc. This video is mean to be a jumpstart for those truly interested in the United States' native spirit. We discuss the historical events that influenced the ups and downs of bourbon's history, where bourbon got its name, how bourbon helped build the US, and much more. Enjoy!
info_outline Top 11 Available Bourbons Under $30 02/19/2021
Top 11 Available Bourbons Under $30 With all the new and old bourbon drinkers trying to get the same bottles there are many expressions that are hard to find. This episode goes through a list of quality shelf available products that are sure to please any bourbon lover at an affordable price.
info_outline 9 Reasons Bourbon Is Insanely Popular 02/12/2021
9 Reasons Bourbon Is Insanely Popular If you have gone shopping for bourbon lately you have no doubt noticed that many bourbons that used to be available on the shelf are missing. There are a large number of new bourbon enthusiasts entering the market. I asked my whiskey club (Someone Say Whiskey) why they thought bourbon is so popular. Here are the top 9 crowdsourced reasons. Cheers!