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Yes, there is a lot, A LOT, to love about whiskey. It our favorite beverage on the planet after all. BUT, there are some things that we do not like. In fact, there are 5 things in particular that we HATE about whiskey. If you like this content, or even the discussion of this subject, we would like to personally invite you to join our free member co…
 
During my journey I have come across countless "myths" about alcohol and its impact on diets and health. In this episode we bring on Dr. J. Mack Slaughter. I have know Dr. Slaughter since he was about 15 years old. He was in a boy band that Lindsey did photography for. The band didn't last long, but J. Mack parlayed that into a successful career in…
 
Have you ever wondered how much earth it takes to produce one bottle of whiskey? Well, we used to have that very same question. So we set out to get the answer, and there was only ONE place to go to find out - Frey Ranch Distillery. Colby and his family have been farming this slice of Nevada since before Nevada was a state. Everything they need to …
 
So we know that Van Winkle wheated bourbons have the same mashbill and are distilled at the same distillery as the Weller line. We know that the only differences are either proof, barrel selection, age, and of course - price. BUT. Do these products taste vastly different? Do the Van Winkle offerings taste superior to the Weller products? Does it de…
 
In this episode we set up Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent Elliott, in a blind tasting with 3 Four Roses offerings. One of them is from 1938. Can he pick it out? If you like this content, or even the discussion of this subject, we would like to personally invite you to join our free member community. #whiskey #bourbon #fourroses #masterdistiller …
 
It doesn't matter how long you've been hanging around in the whiskey community, you know there is a lot of hype about certain bottle. A LOT of hype. But is it warranted? Are some of these bourbons selling for hundred and in some cases thousands worth the price? They may be fantastic whiskeys and pours that we absolutely love - but are the bottles w…
 
Today we set out to find the answer to the question - "Can what you taste in a whiskey and whether you like that whiskey be influenced"? Though the results may be shocking, we totally saw it coming. Some whiskeys out there have a lot of hype. Some have a very high value on the market. Some are allocated and hard to find. But does that mean they are…
 
Let's say you're shopping for some bourbon and you see a 10 year bourbon, along with that same brand with an 18 year age statement. Wouldn't you assume the 18 year would be a better choice? It's likely a higher price point, so it's gotta be better right? Not so fast! In this episode we secretly double blind taste test 3 whiskey enthusiasts to see i…
 
We get asked often - "Where can I find a birth year bottle?" Vintage whiskey, also known as "dusty's" within the whiskey enthusiast community, are fun to have in your collection. They provide a unique experience for friends and family who may be over for a pour. It's not often you can pour yourself some delicious brown juice that was distilled befo…
 
We've all heard of Blanton's Single Barrel bourbon. We've all chased Blanton's. But do you know the REAL story of how Blanton's was created? Well, our guest Freddie Johnson - third generation at Buffalo Trace Distillery knows EXACTLY how Blanton's was created. Tune in and hear the story from the man himself. If you like this content, or even the di…
 
t's hard not to love the full, robust flavors that come with a Barrel Proof whiskey. Some bourbon lovers find that they love their lower proof whiskeys, but many LOVE the cask strength. After careful consideration, we present to you our TOP 10 BARREL PROOF Bourbons! Barrel Strength friends...gather round! COMMENT below YOUR favorite Barrel Proof/Ca…
 
Have you ever wondered which of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection you would like best? In this episode we set up a "DOUBLE BLIND" with Lindsey, Wes, and Curtis. They had no clue they were drinking the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and they didn't know what was in their glasses. We think you will find the results pretty surprising! If you lik…
 
While we LOVE bourbon, and we LOVE whiskey...there are some whiskeys that we do not love. In fact, we wouldn't consider buying them. We are not here to bash brands or distillers, they certainly have their place. It's just our opinion, and these types of whiskey are not for us. What about you? BRT Merch: If you like this content, or even the discuss…
 
MGP Whiskey has been around for decades and has played a major role in the history of bourbon. MGP can take credit for many of the craft distilleries and brands we love today for their role in contract distilling delicious American bourbon. Heck, MGP might just make a few bourbons that you love and you might not even know! A few weeks back we crowd…
 
Are allocated bourbons really worth all the hype? Can you notice a major taste difference? Are there shelf available products out there that taste just as good if not better? Well these are all questions worth exploring. In this episode Randy sets up Wes and Lindsey on a "double blind taste test". Double blind meaning, the tasters do not know what …
 
Let's start with what this episode is not. It is NOT a slam on Blanton's. In fact, we love Blanton's. This IS an episode that provides our top 10 alternatives to Blanton's that we feel taste just as good if not better. PLUS, these alternatives are affordable and easy to find at most liquor stores. So, if you're tired of not finding any Blanton's an…
 
There is a bourbon out there that some of you love, many may have on their shelf, and most have tasted that doesn't REALLY exist. It's a whiskey that everyone has heard of, but few know the story and history behind the brand. What is it? Guess you'll have to tune in to find out! If you like this content, or even the discussion of this subject, I wo…
 
How do you negotiate with price gouging liquor stores, aka "Museums", aka "Prostitutes of the Whiskey World"? Randy shares is top tips and tricks when it comes to breaking down the barrier of these price gougers to get access to reasonably priced bottles. It may not work with some store owners, but it has worked for us before. Worth the try! If you…
 
There seems to be a debate on whether or not whiskey lovers who are bourbon hunting should ever leave a liquor store empty handed. If the liquor store you frequent doesn't have the allocated bottle you are looking for, should you walk out without purchasing anything? Well here is our perspective. Please Share With Your Whiskey Friends, Subscribe, R…
 
Do you travel for work or pleasure and enjoy whiskey hunting while you're away from home? We have some helpful tips on how to find allocated bottles like Weller, Blanton's, and EH Taylor while your traveling out of town. COMMENT one of your success stories of finding a good bottle on the road! Please Share With Your Whiskey Friends, Subscribe, Revi…
 
That Whiskey Bucketlist that tops ALL Whiskey Bucketlists! This was crowdsourced and contains some of the most rare and nearly impossible whiskeys to find a sip of. Hint, Hint, this bucketlist makes Pappy Van Winkle look easy to find, and cheap! Have you had a pour of any of these? Please Share With Your Whiskey Friends, Subscribe, Review, Like, an…
 
There are A LOT of great bourbons out there. Some of the best are sometimes hard to find, and when you do find them, they are expensive! So here are my TOP 10 affordable, available bourbons! Please keep in mind this is simply MY top 10 list. We likely won't agree on all of them, but in my opinion, these are the my favorites! Please Share With Your …
 
We get asked a lot, "What are your daily drinkers?". So we decided to take a poll of over 400 of our whiskey drinking buddies to see what bourbon they rebuy the most. You might be surprised to see the results. So here are the top 10 bourbons that people tend to rebuy over and over again. Please Share With Your Whiskey Friends, Subscribe, Review, Li…
 
There's no secret that whiskey and bourbon lovers have their frustrations with liquor stores. However, in this episode we dive into the things that liquor stores hate about us bourbon lovers. Maybe we can learn a thing or two about how to approach the whiskey hunting process. Please Share With Your Whiskey Friends, Subscribe, Review, Like, and Comm…
 
If you are holiday shopping for a friend or significant other who happens to be a whiskey lover, we've got some tips for you! Here is Bourbon Real Talk's Annual Holiday Gift Giving Guide for the Bourbon Lover in your life. A list of do's and don'ts when it comes to shopping for that whiskey fan. Hope you find it helpful! SHOP for some great gifts f…
 
If you're a whiskey lover or a bourbon fan, chances are you have had some frustrating liquor store experiences. We've come up with the top 8 things that whiskey lovers who are shopping for their favorite whiskeys and bourbons hate about liquor stores. Please Share With Your Whiskey Friends, Subscribe, Review, Like, and Comment! Motion graphics intr…
 
Wes and Randy bring to you the Top Tips for Every Bourbon Beginner. Coming into the world of Whiskey can be a daunting journey at times. There is a massive selection, a lot of hype, a lot of opinions, and a ton of information. We want to help guide whiskey noobs by providing a few helpful tips when it comes to getting started. Please Share With You…
 
While there are no right or wrong ways to enjoy whiskey, there are some faux pas that you will want to avoid. The best thing about whiskey is how it brings people together. If you avoid these 8 things you will be accepted into the whiskey family and your life will be better for it. In this video Wes and I do a little skit to teach these lessons in …
 
Think craft whiskey can not be good? Local grain, milling their own grain, cypress fermentation tanks, pot still, Lincoln county process, air dried staves, toasted barrels, and bottled in bond! This whiskey was a shocking surprise in the most unlikely of places. In this episode we discuss how I found it, what makes it so different, and how you can …
 
Bourbon Secondary Market AKA BSM. For the right price you can have anything you want shipped to your door. Is it worth it? How does it work? Should it be shut down? In this episode we address all this and more! Please Share With Your Whiskey Friends, Subscribe, Review, Like, and Comment!By Randall Sullivan
 
Women have had a major influence in the world of whiskey all throughout its history. Many women work behind the scenes and are relatively unknown by the consumers who love the results of their work. Meet Sherrie Moore, Director of Whiskey Operations for Uncle Nearest distillery. Sherrie was the Director of Whiskey Operations for Jack Daniels, the s…
 
When you are first getting into whiskey the opportunity to make purchases you will regret are endless. In this episode I surveyed experienced whiskey enthusiasts to see what tips they would offer someone to help them avoid the mistakes they have made. There were a lot of answers, but I was able to narrow them down into the top 10 recommendations fo…
 
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 histo…
 
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 migh…
 
A barrel has become a common piece of decor in whiskey rooms and man caves. They are bulky and take up a lot of space, but what if you could convert that barrel into extra whiskey storage by making it into a whiskey barrel cabinet? In this video I talk with Alyson and India as they teach us how to get it done. India also has a podcast that has a si…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
Bourbon is as American as apple pie. Some might argue it is more American than apple pie, but most of the rest of the world makes their whiskey from malted barley. In the US there is a growing trend toward producers making American Single Malts. It is a fast growing and exciting category for whiskey enthusiasts. In this episode we talk with one of …
 
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, dumpin…
 
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 fat…
 
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! Please Subscribe, Review, Like, and Comment!…
 
Ken Hamlin was a marquee player in the NFL. He 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…
 
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…
 
People are always asking me what my favorite bourbon is. This is a difficult question because there are so many that I love, but I have narrowed it down to my top 5 favorite bourbons of all time. I have had some amazing bourbons, but I purposefully made the list exclusively from bourbons that are still in production. This eliminated dusties and any…
 
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