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 Repeal Day Expo with Fred Minnick 11/27/2020
Repeal Day Expo with Fred Minnick In this crazy day of Covid, almost every whiskey expo or festival has been cancelled. Fred Minnick, who would normally be involved with all of the largest whiskey related in person events, has been virtually shut down by social distancing. Fred has come up with an amazing technological solution to this problem, and in this podcast we get to know a little more about Fred and the amazing opportunity he has created for enthusiasts in the Repeal Day Expo.
info_outline Glenfiddich Virtual Tasting 11/20/2020
Glenfiddich Virtual Tasting In the age of Covid we have to find ways to stay connected. The Facebook whiskey group Someone Say Whiskey (Randall Sullivan host of BRT helps Admin) has been trying to keep its community connected and informed by bringing on brand ambassadors from iconic distilleries around the world to educate while we drink their amazing whiskey (and in this case whisky) together. This episode is long, but filled with entertaining bits of information about scotch. Enjoy!
info_outline Why Does Dusty Bourbon Taste Different from Modern Counterparts 11/13/2020
Why Does Dusty Bourbon Taste Different from Modern Counterparts If you have ever had the opportunity to try a whiskey from the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s you have been blessed with a taste of history. You would have no doubt noticed that the whiskey tastes very different from the same producer's modern releases. This episode attempts to shed some light on why. This is not an exhaustive list, but we discuss 19 different possible explanations and attempt to answer the questions of why dusty bourbon tastes different.
info_outline The Whiskey You Are Buying May Not Be What It Seems 11/06/2020
The Whiskey You Are Buying May Not Be What It Seems The boom in American whiskey caused an explosion of growth in the form of new whiskey brands. Many of these brands have unknown origins despite their prices being extraordinarily high.This piece is an attempt at making sense of the new brands market for consumers who have not done enough research to know the true origin story of every brand. Every whiskey enthusiast needs to know this information to avoid getting duped into an unwise purchase!
info_outline How To Find and Buy Allocated Whiskey 10/30/2020
How To Find and Buy Allocated Whiskey The end of every year is filled with drops of the rarest American whiskey. All the Van Winkle line, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and many other rare whiskeys are about to come out. How do you find a retailer that will sell them to you at a reasonable price. This episode will share some of the whiskey hunting secrets I have collected over the years.
info_outline Barrel Picks: How They Happen 10/23/2020
Barrel Picks: How They Happen With allocated bottles so hard to find many whiskey lovers have turned to purchasing Barrel Picks AKA Single Barrel Selections. This is a peak behind the scenes of how they happen. If you want to learn how to get a barrel pick or just to get an idea of what had to happen to get the unique bottle into your hand this is for you.
info_outline Starting a Bourbon Collection: What to Buy and Avoid 10/16/2020
Starting a Bourbon Collection: What to Buy and Avoid With so many people becoming interested in bourbon, one of the most popular subjects in bourbon forums is what whiskey should the new drinker buy first. In this episode we talked about the major Kentucky distillers and their readily available low priced bourbons.
info_outline Lone Elm Whiskey: History and Surprise Announcement 10/09/2020
Lone Elm Whiskey: History and Surprise Announcement Five Points Distilling makes the amazing Lone Elm Whiskey. In this episode we talk with Bill Wofford, one of the founders and the mastermind behind their one of a kind whiskey . He gives us a little insight into why their product is so unique, and announces some very exciting projects never revealed to the public before.
info_outline Over Priced Bourbon: Capitalism or Greed 10/02/2020
Over Priced Bourbon: Capitalism or Greed Across the county retail stores are marking up allocated bourbon many times the manufacturer's suggested retail price. In some cases they are going far beyond the black market/secondary market price. We discuss possible reasons for this happening and we attempt to answer the question... Is this just capitalism or greed?
info_outline The Incomparable Freddie Johnson 09/26/2020
The Incomparable Freddie Johnson Simply having drinks and listening to stories with Freddie Johnson. The Facebook whiskey group Someone Say Whiskey set up this zoom. In it you hear some never before told "Freddie Stories" you won't want to miss!
info_outline Blind Whiskey Tasting Challenge with Bourbon Blind 09/18/2020
Blind Whiskey Tasting Challenge with Bourbon Blind @BourbonBlind is one of my favorite YouTube channels for whiskey. They taste whiskey blind and say what they are willing to pay based on taste. In this crossover episode we sent each other blind sample packs, made our guesses, made fools of ourselves, and had a lot of fun in the process. We drank Elijah Craig 18, Elijah Craig SmB, Pappy VanWinkle 20 year, Knob Creek CS Rye, Thomas H. Handy 19", Heaven Hill Green Label, Old Charter 13 year Dickel, Four Gate Batch 3, and J. Mattingly Rico Suave. Enjoy!
info_outline How to Pair Chocolate and Whiskey with Yeli Marshall 09/11/2020
How to Pair Chocolate and Whiskey with Yeli Marshall Sarahbeth Yeli Marshall is a belly dancer, food scientist, and a chocolatier. In this episode she educates us about pairing "real" chocolate with whiskey and introduces us to her whiskey and chocolate pairing products that she produces in her business Yelibelly.com.
info_outline $7,000,000 Whisk(e)y Collection with Dewayne Poor 09/04/2020
$7,000,000 Whisk(e)y Collection with Dewayne Poor Dewayne Poor has one of the largest whisk(e)y collections in the US with 6,500 bottles. In this episode Dewayne tours us around his fire and tornado proof bunker, shares stories about some of his most valuable bottles, and explains how he came to possess such an amazing collection.
info_outline The Story of The Balvenie Scotch with Neil Strachan 08/29/2020
The Story of The Balvenie Scotch with Neil Strachan Balvenie is one of the most respected scotch brands worldwide. In the age of Covid Someone Say Whiskey (a facebook based whiskey club) was looking for a unique way to connect with its members, so we set up this online tasting. In it the amazing story of Balvenie is told.
info_outline Whiskey Author with Nico Martini 08/21/2020
Whiskey Author with Nico Martini Nico Martini is a best selling author, the co-founder of Bar Draught, mobile draught cocktail solutions, is the founder of Hypeworthy, a digital marketing and branding agency, and is a former lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has taught for the USBG, Bar Institute NYC, Bar Institute Portland, and has a TED talk. He wrote the book Texas Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of More Than 100 Recipes. His humorous personality is sure to entertain in this short piece where we discuss his next bo
info_outline #StillStrongTX Initiative with Spencer Whelan 08/14/2020
#StillStrongTX Initiative with Spencer Whelan Texas spirits producers are pioneers reviving an industry that had been dead in the state since prohibition. When Covid-19 hit the state they sprung into action and made hand sanitizer. Unfortunately social distancing orders are killing this young industry. #StillStrongTX is a TWA initiative to make some small changes to antiquated laws that would allow the free market to save this industry. Listen for details.
info_outline Woodinville Whiskey Co-Brett Carlile 08/07/2020
Woodinville Whiskey Co-Brett Carlile Woodinville Whiskey Co was co-founded by Brett Carlile and Orlin Sorensen in Washington state. From the beginning they decided they wanted to be authentic so they decided not to sell a product until the whiskey they personally made was ready. They ensured these whiskey stocks for the future were going to be good by hiring the world renowned consultant Dave Pickerell (former master distiller for Maker's Mark). Now they have a firmly established brand. This is their story.
info_outline The Anthony Bourdain of Alcohol-Jeff Bradford 07/31/2020
The Anthony Bourdain of Alcohol-Jeff Bradford Have you ever fantasized about selling everything you own and traveling the world to learn their local beverage culture! My guest Jeff Bradford did just that! He is basically the Anthony Bourdain of alcohol and his story is amazing. He has over 52,000 subscribers and literally millions of views. In this short candid interview he gives the scoop on what it is like behind the scenes and the dark times he faced finding his success!
info_outline Black Lives Matter with Philip Roberson 07/24/2020
Black Lives Matter with Philip Roberson Philip is my best friend. My conversations with him trying to seek to understand the BLM movement was a big motivating factor in me starting my podcast. In this episode we have an honest conversation with each other about our personal perceptions as a black man and a white man in these turbulent times. We don't see eye to eye on everything, but we love each other enough to be able to have the discussion, pick up understanding, let the things we don't agree on go, and walk away as friends.
info_outline Life in review with hockey legend Ed Belfour and son Dayn Belfour 07/17/2020
Life in review with hockey legend Ed Belfour and son Dayn Belfour Ed Belfour is a hockey legend. He has also started a spirits company with his son Dayn, and his daughter Reaghan. In this zoom we discuss Ed's early life, many moments of his hockey career, his days as a drag racer, his passion for collecting mopar cars, how the stanley cup got dented at a Pantera party, and whether or not there was vodka in his water bottle. He also spills the beans on some secret Belfour projects against Dayn's wishes.
info_outline Everything you never knew about Woodford with Random Ward 07/10/2020
Everything you never knew about Woodford with Random Ward Random Ward is a brand rep for Woodford. We did a zoom tasting during lockdown. In it we discuss Woodford's history, how owning their own cooperage affects their whiskey, pot still vs column still, and much more. You won't want to miss this one.
info_outline Managing Whiskey Club Drama with Kristopher Hart 06/26/2020
Managing Whiskey Club Drama with Kristopher Hart Kristopher Hart is the host of the ESPN radio program/podcast Whiskey Neat and an admin of the largest regional whiskey club in north America (Houston Bourbon Society). In this episode we discuss the immense benefits of getting involved in a social media based whiskey club, but there is a dark side of these communities. Kristopher shares his thoughts on why negativity develops and how to navigate the sometimes dramatic envirionment that develops in these groups.
info_outline Whisky Historian Joe Micallef-Part 2 06/19/2020
Whisky Historian Joe Micallef-Part 2 Joe Micallef is a historian, documentarian, wine/spirits judge, wine producer, and many other things too numerous to name here. In this episode we get a behind the scenes look at judging spirits competitions. We discuss how altitude, light, weather, and environment affects your palate. We talk about the impact of aging whiskey in a hot climate, solutions to the Texas whiskey issue, why historically bourbon is aged in new charred oak barrels and how bourbon has influenced the flavor of other aged spirits.
info_outline Whisky Historian Joe Micallef-Part 1 06/12/2020
Whisky Historian Joe Micallef-Part 1 Joe Micallef is a historian, documentarian, wine/spirits judge, wine producer, and many other things too numerous to name here. In this episode we discuss alcohol's effect on the development of society, how the Russian navy was financed with alcohol profits, why KY and TN are the hub of US whiskey production, how rum helped the US declare independence from Britain, alchemy's impact on alcohol production, how Tequila was once called Mexian Whiskey, and the un-sexy truth about judging spirits competitions.
info_outline What's the right way to drink your whiskey 06/05/2020
What's the right way to drink your whiskey Neat, chilled, diluted, over ice, on stones, mixed...what is the "right" way to drink your whiskey? In this short episode we discuss the various ways to drink your whiskey, their impact on the whiskey, and discuss some general reasoning behind the controversy around this topic. I promise there was no Pappy 23 harmed in the making of this video.
info_outline Whiskey novice tries ORVW, GTS, THH, IR Harbinger, Charbay R5, Lagavulin 05/29/2020
Whiskey novice tries ORVW, GTS, THH, IR Harbinger, Charbay R5, Lagavulin In this week's episode of Bourbon Real Talk I bring in a whiskey novice to try Old Rip VanWinkle, George T Stagg, Thomas H Handy, Ironroot Harbinger, Charbay R5, and Lagavulin 16. His reaction was hilarious and his order of preference will shock you!
info_outline Whiskey and Ice: Ice's history and impact on bourbon 05/22/2020
Whiskey and Ice: Ice's history and impact on bourbon Stephen Howard owns Howard and Sons Ice Co which produces flawless large format crystal clear cubes and spheres of ice to high end bars and restaurants. We review Stagg Jr Batch 12 side by side neat and on a rock and discuss how to make clear ice. We also discuss the history of ice its impact on cocktail culture. You won't want to miss this one!
info_outline 7,000 Barrels of Texas Whiskey per Month and 40% of the Coffee You Drink Part 2 05/15/2020
7,000 Barrels of Texas Whiskey per Month and 40% of the Coffee You Drink Part 2 Carlos De Aldecoa has been referred to as the scion of a wealthy international coffee family. The coffee companies Carlos’s family own touch roughly 30-40% of the coffee in the United States. He also has started the largest distillery west of the Mississippi with a capacity of roughly 7,000 barrels per month. He also has started a coffee brand that 100% of the revenue (Not Profit) goes to the Down Syndrome Foundation! Carlos may very well be the real life “Most Interesting Man In the World”.
info_outline 7,000 Barrels of Texas Whiskey per Month and 40% of the Coffee You Drink 05/08/2020
7,000 Barrels of Texas Whiskey per Month and 40% of the Coffee You Drink Carlos De Aldecoa has been referred to as the scion of a wealthy international coffee family. The coffee companies Carlos's family own touch roughly 30-40% of the coffee in the United States. He also has started the largest distillery west of the Mississippi with a capacity of roughly 7,000 barrels per month. He isn't just about business. He also has started a coffee brand that 100% of the revenue goes to the Down Syndrome Foundation! Carlos may very well be the "Most Interesting Man In the World".
info_outline 1,000,000 stories to tell & 1,000 names to drop with Tony Lucca Part 2 05/03/2020
1,000,000 stories to tell & 1,000 names to drop with Tony Lucca Part 2 Understanding the value of fans, why you need an unlisted number when you are on TV, fan gifts, the most impactful fan experiences, co-writing songs with writers who have written hits, and Tony's vision for his future. A comfortable environment and a little whiskey bring out many of the amazing stories his 30+ year career have created. Pour a drink and sit back and listen to these entertaining stories behind the scenes of a life spent in the arts entertaining people.