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 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!
info_outline Top 7 Most Polarizing Whiskeys 02/05/2021
Top 7 Most Polarizing Whiskeys The whiskey world is filled with "experts" who want to tell you what you should and should not like. This episode explores seven of the whiskeys whose names are most often brought up when a flavor debate starts. Before you judge please know this episode is meant to create unity. Watch and enjoy.
info_outline Insider Look at 2 Barrel Picks: Single Barrel Selections 01/29/2021
Insider Look at 2 Barrel Picks: Single Barrel Selections With so many great bottles of bourbon disappearing off of shelves single barrel selections have become the big get for whiskey enthusiasts everywhere. Despite their popularity many of the barrel pick hunters have no idea how they get picked. I thought it would be fun to show what happened at 2 real barrel picks. There is the group instruction, the tasting, voting, fighting, and some background information that is extremely entertaining regarding the brands. Enjoy!
info_outline Top 9 Available Bourbons Under $60 01/22/2021
Top 9 Available Bourbons Under $60 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.
info_outline Bourbon vs Scotch: The Ultimate Whisk(e)y Showdown 01/15/2021
Bourbon vs Scotch: The Ultimate Whisk(e)y Showdown Bourbon and Scotch are very different. In this episode we discuss the differences and my dirty scotch loving friend Cullen Lemley tries to convert me to the dark side of Scotch. Watch to see how he does!
info_outline The Prideful Goat Batch 1 Review 01/05/2021
The Prideful Goat Batch 1 Review Bourbon Real Talk host Randall Sullivan reviews The Prideful Goat Batch 1. Randall, along with friend Kristopher Hart (host of Whiskey Neat), were given creative control by Gulf Coast Distillers to create a new label for this release of 15 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Not only did Randall get to help create the label (Hart did all the creative work), but he was also part of the team that picked what went into the barrel! Here is the honest review! Enjoy!
info_outline What is Bottled In Bond with Bernie Lubbers Part 2 01/01/2021
What is Bottled In Bond with Bernie Lubbers Part 2 Bernie Lubbers is a titan in the whiskey industry. He has spent his career spreading the good word about the Bottled In Bond Act. We sit down with the man himself and learn about the Bottled in Bond Act and hear about the amazing career Bernie has made over 15 years as a global brand ambassador.
info_outline What is Bottled In Bond with Bernie Lubbers 12/25/2020
What is Bottled In Bond with Bernie Lubbers Bernie Lubbers is a titan in the whiskey industry. He has spend his career spreading the good word about the Bottled In Bond Act. We sit down with the man himself and learn about the Bottled in Bond Act and hear about the amazing career Bernie has made over 15 years as a global brand ambassador.
info_outline 2020 George T Stagg (GTS) Review 12/24/2020
2020 George T Stagg (GTS) Review Bourbon Real Talk host Randall Sullivan reviews the 2020 release of George T Stagg (GTS) from the Buffalo Trace Antique collection along with a little history of the man and the distillery that makes this product.
info_outline Distilling Technology: Innovation or Trickery? 12/18/2020
Distilling Technology: Innovation or Trickery? With so many brands touting some new production method that makes the whiskey taste old or better how do consumers know what to believe? Nick Scarff is a bioengineer with Next Century Spirits. In this episode, we discuss techniques that show promise and discuss some parameters for consumers to be able to evaluate on their own what is true innovation and what is marketing hype.
info_outline 3000 Luxury Watches and Whiskey with Timeless Luxury Watches 12/11/2020
3000 Luxury Watches and Whiskey with Timeless Luxury Watches What do a luxury watch store and whiskey have in common? More than you would think. Dan Broadfoot, owner of TLW, has come up with a novel way to combine his passion for a fine timepiece and a fine dram...and there might even be a substantial discount on a luxury watch in the deal.
info_outline 500 Bottle Whiskey Collection with Alex Baptista 12/04/2020
500 Bottle Whiskey Collection with Alex Baptista Alex Baptista has a whiskey collection somewhere between 500 and 600 bottles that are worth over $200,000. In this episode Alex tours us through his collection, shares stories about some of his most valuable bottles, and explains how he became so involved in the hobby of collecting whiskey.