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Bourbon Real Talk

103 EpisodesProduced by Randall SullivanWebsite

Bourbon: Real Talk is a podcast where the host Randall Sullivan sits down with a guest over a drink and listens to their story. The purpose of the show is to used whiskey's connective nature to bring people together who might not have otherwise formed a relationship. We are building cultural bridge… read more

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Blind Whiskey Tasting Challenge with Bourbon Blind

September 18th, 2020

42:50

@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 …

How to Pair Chocolate and Whiskey with Yeli Marshall

September 11th, 2020

36:10

Sarahbeth Yeli Marshall is a belly dancer, food scientist, and a chocolatier. In this episode she educates us about pairing "real" chocolate with …

$7,000,000 Whisk(e)y Collection with Dewayne Poor

September 4th, 2020

38:54

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 …

The Story of The Balvenie Scotch with Neil Strachan

August 29th, 2020

1:33:23

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 …

Whiskey Author with Nico Martini

August 21st, 2020

38:58

Nico Martini is a best selling author, the co-founder of Bar Draught, mobile draught cocktail solutions, is the founder of Hypeworthy, a digital …

#StillStrongTX Initiative with Spencer Whelan

August 14th, 2020

45:31

Texas spirits producers are courageous pioneers reviving an industry that had been dead in the state since prohibition.  The industry is young but has grown exponentially. When Covid-19 hit their state they sprung into …

Woodinville Whiskey Co-Brett Carlile

August 7th, 2020

58:04

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 …

The Anthony Bourdain of Alcohol-Jeff Bradford

July 31st, 2020

25:48

Have you ever fantasized about selling everything you own and traveling the world to learn their local beverage culture! My guest Jeff Bradford did …

Black Lives Matter with Philip Roberson

July 24th, 2020

1:11:46

The goal of BRT is to bring people together around bourbon so we can grow to understand and have empathy for one another. Philip is my best friend and work out partner. My conversations with him trying to seek to …

Life in review with hockey legend Ed Belfour and son Dayn Belfour

July 17th, 2020

1:22:41

Ed Belfour is a hockey legend. He has also started a spirits company with his son Dayn, and his daughter Reaghan. During covid we did a zoom meeting with Ed and Dayn. In it we discuss Ed's early life, many moments of …

Everything you never knew about Woodford with Random Ward

July 10th, 2020

28:59

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 …

Managing Whiskey Club Drama with Kristopher Hart

June 26th, 2020

24:17

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 …

Whisky Historian Joe Micallef-Part 2

June 19th, 2020

39:22

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 …

Whisky Historian Joe Micallef-Part 1

June 12th, 2020

42:43

Joe Micallef is a historian, documentarian, wine/spirits judge, wine producer, and many other things too numerous to name here. In this episode we …

What's the right way to drink your whiskey

June 5th, 2020

18:09

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 …

Whiskey novice tries ORVW, GTS, THH, IR Harbinger, Charbay R5, Lagavulin

May 29th, 2020

17:27

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, …

Whiskey and Ice: Ice's history and impact on bourbon

May 22nd, 2020

42:16

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 …

7,000 Barrels of Texas Whiskey per Month and 40% of the Coffee You Drink Part 2

May 15th, 2020

27:11

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 …

7,000 Barrels of Texas Whiskey per Month and 40% of the Coffee You Drink

May 8th, 2020

26:40

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 …

1,000,000 stories to tell & 1,000 names to drop with Tony Lucca Part 2

May 3rd, 2020

37:31

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 …

How Intoxicated Will 3 Pours of Cask Strength Whiskey Get You?

April 29th, 2020

8:47

It is common for me to go to a whiskey club lunch, stay longer than expected, and drink 3 pours of whiskey. In this short recording I mimic my drinking at lunch with amount, proof, and timing and measure my blood …

1 million stories to tell & 1,000 names to drop with Tony Lucca

April 26th, 2020

41:50

Writing Kevin Costner's engagement song, hanging out in his house, consulting on his movie score, touring with Marc Anthony, private jets, private …

Distillery stops production to make hand sanitizer-Soldier Valley Spirits

April 17th, 2020

49:06

Countless distilleries across the country have made the sacrifice to stop production of their regular products to make hand sanitizer to fight the …

2020's Whisky of the World 1792-an interview with Master Distiller Danny Kahn

April 10th, 2020

26:31

In this short but action packed interview I sit down with the world renowned Master Distiller of 1792 Daniel (Danny) Kahn. We taste 1792 12 year and an experimental batch he had a sample of in his office. Danny is …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 44

April 3rd, 2020

32:49

Coronavirus is impacting everyone, but possibly no category of person more than bar tenders. It is a craft that requires experience and skill but is often overlooked by those that consume the services. In Texas …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 43

March 27th, 2020

22:04

The whole world is dealing with the effects of the coronavirus.  Thankfully not all businesses are affected, but some of the hardest hit industries …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 42

March 20th, 2020

52:25

Cork N Bottle was one of the retailing pioneers in bringing whiskey single barrel selections to the consuming public.  Their program was build up by …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 41

March 13th, 2020

37:54

Brad Bonds is one of the US largest vintage "dusty" whiskey collectors.  He has been hunting dusties for the last 10 years and has amassed one of the …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 40

March 6th, 2020

41:04

A few weeks ago Whisky Magazine named Ironroot Republic Distillery the world's best bourbon. This came as a shock to many people...not the least of which was the Likarish family who own and operate the distillery. In …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 39

February 28th, 2020

35:44

Damon Pampolina has had an amazing career.  His first big gig was on the Mickey Mouse Club where he gained a nationwide fan base.  Then he moved on …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 38

February 21st, 2020

32:56

Damon Pampolina has had an amazing career.  His first big gig was on the Mickey Mouse Club where he gained a nationwide fan base.  Then he moved on …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 37

February 14th, 2020

41:13

Ed Bley has been a pioneer in growing the whiskey community's excitement for single barrel whiskeys. During his time at Cork N Bottle he helped raised a bankrupt liquor store into national prominence by providing …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 36

February 7th, 2020

33:13

In this short episode we drink a 15 year old single barrel bourbon from MGPI and a 5 barrel blend of the Rossville Union and Remus barrels our club …

What is Proofing in Whiskey

February 5th, 2020

3:44

Many people are surprised to find out when water is added to whiskey during the production process. In this short recording we discuss the process of adjusting the proof of whiskey by adding water after aging and before …

Full Proof vs Cask Strength vs Barrel Proof

February 5th, 2020

4:25

With the rise of whiskey's popularity brands have started to release higher proof versions to satisfy the tastes of connoisseurs. This had caused the …

The legal definition of light whiskey

February 5th, 2020

3:30

During the rise of vodka a new whiskey category was created called light whiskey. In this short recording we discuss what it is an how it is made.

Legal definition of corn whiskey

February 4th, 2020

2:55

A short video to explain the legal definition of corn whiskey. In it you will learn how it is different from bourbon and other American whiskeys.

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 35

January 31st, 2020

32:17

In this short episode we discuss how to have a proper whiskey tasting.  We discuss pour size and procedures between flights. I also review Remus …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 34

January 24th, 2020

43:20

In this short episode we drink a Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection. Dewayne has been collecting whiskey for over 20 years. He has over 5,000 …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 33

January 17th, 2020

1:04:14

In this episode, we taste a number of Whitmeyer's recent releases. Travis candidly talks about the struggles with growing a distillery in Texas and shares his vision of the future of the craft movement. We also discuss …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 32

January 10th, 2020

58:48

In this episode we sample a Balcones Rumble (not a whiskey but neither of us could stop referring to it as one), L'encantada brandy, and a EH Taylor …

Do People Like Texas Whiskey?

January 8th, 2020

7:44

The overwhelming majority of American whiskey is produced in Kentucky and Indiana. Texas has started producing whiskey, but how does it compare?  In …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 31

January 3rd, 2020

1:04:00

In this episode we taste every product that Cat Head Distillery makes including the Old Soul Blended Bourbon. Phillip is the master distiller who has …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 30

December 27th, 2019

58:54

In this episode we taste the current version of the unreleased Joseph Magnus Limited Edition. Trained under Hubert Germain-Robin, Nancy is a titan in the spirits industry. She has had a hand in creating many of the …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 29

December 22nd, 2019

58:38

In this episode we drink a whiskey David blended...Rossville Union Rye. David is extremely knowledgeable and has a storied history in the whiskey world. He has had a hand in so many of the whiskies that we drink (under …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 28

December 13th, 2019

56:51

In this episode we try all three sherry finished whiskeys that Andalusia makes.  We also discuss the difficult journey Andalusia has had to face as a …

How to use an aroma kit to develop your palate

December 11th, 2019

6:55

Short recording describing how to use an aroma kit to develop your palate.

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 27

December 6th, 2019

57:02

In this episode, we sip Rock Hill Farms and Elmer T. Lee while Tony Lucca and I discuss his history in the music business. We cover how his experience with Adam Levine made Tony contemplate quitting music, how Tony …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 26

November 29th, 2019

1:04:29

In this episode we sip Rock Hill Farms and Elmer T. Lee while Tony Lucca walks us down memory lane. Tony has been on the Mickey Mouse Club, Malibu Shores, has been signed to two different record labels, came in 3rd on …

Vodka...and why it sucks!

November 21st, 2019

3:44

Vodka has a legal definition that will shock you!  Listing to this short recording to find out why you should never pay a premium for vodka, and why …

The Legal Definition of Bourbon

November 20th, 2019

3:58

For anyone getting started in the whiskey hobby it can be difficult to understand the different classes of spirits and types of spirits.  This short …

Blended...an American swear word

November 19th, 2019

7:24

There is a lot of confusion around the word blended in whiskey.  In Scotland blended means batch from different distilleries, but it still has to …

Legal Definitions of Whiskey, Neutral Spirit, and Grain Neutral Spirit

November 18th, 2019

2:29

For anyone trying to develop a better understanding of the different types of whiskey things can get confusing fast.  Here is a short video to explain legally what a whiskey is as well as a couple of other types of …

Whiskey Review- Old Charter 8 Year Dusty

November 16th, 2019

3:40

Old Charter 8 year was a bottom shelf whiskey back in the day. Now it is a respected dusty bourbon. I was lucky enough to win this one in a charity raffle, so I opened it up to share at a local meet-up. Here is a …

Why where you buy alcohol affects your whiskey club

November 14th, 2019

6:22

In this short recording we give some easy to implement suggestions to help your club, and by extension you, get more hard to find whiskey.    Please subscribe and leave a review!

Whiskey Review- Old Bardstown 1990 Dusty

November 13th, 2019

3:19

Old Bardstown is an odd ball dusty to come across. I was lucky enough to win this one in a charity raffle, so I opened it up to share at a local meet-up. Here is a quick review of how this one smells and tastes. …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 24

November 13th, 2019

1:07:51

In this episode we review a Russel's Reserve barrel pick The Straight Pour Society.  We also smoke the house cigar from Industrial Cigar Co. Dave is the owner of Industrial and he is extremely knowledgeable about …

Whiskey Review-Wild Turkey 101 1992 Japan Only

November 11th, 2019

4:32

Dusty Turkey has become one of the most respected whiskies on the secondary. I was lucky enough to win this one in a charity raffle, so I opened it up to share at a local meet-up. We discuss common cork issues with …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 23

November 8th, 2019

55:34

In this episode I review Jefferson's Presidential Selection 16 year (Jamar doesn't drink). Jamar has had an amazing journey to get to where he is today that includes being signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the …

Whiskey Review-Peerless Bourbon First Release

November 8th, 2019

2:46

I was lucky enough to get a sample of the first release of Peerless bourbon from my good friend Justin Merrick from Oklahoma Bourbon Connoisseurs.  I recorded my thoughts live for your viewing/listening pleasure.  

Whiskey Review-1792 Sweet Wheat

November 6th, 2019

2:29

Citrus with a little banana.  Little too much ethanol on the finish.  Quick review of 1792 Sweet Wheat.

 

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Non-Chill Filtered Explained

November 4th, 2019

3:48

Chill filtration is some what of a buzz word in the whiskey world.  In this short video we discuss what chill filtration is, why it is done, and if it even matters.

Whiskey Review

November 3rd, 2019

6:49

Whiskey review of Russell's Reserve Single Barrel CNA

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 22

November 1st, 2019

1:07:53

In this episode we review Lone Elm, Iron Root, and Balcones.  I sit down with Spencer Whelan who helped create the Texas Whiskey Association and the Texas Whiskey Trail. We discuss the future of Texas whiskey and the …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 21

October 26th, 2019

1:14:04

In this episode we review all 3 expressions of the newly released Belfour whiskey with hockey hall of famer Ed Belfour.  Ed, his son Dayn, and his daughter Reaghan  have applied their maximum effort attitude to …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 20

October 18th, 2019

1:02:58

In this episode the ladies and I try Angel's Envy rye and Mid Winter Nights Dram. Gabrielle was formally married to the right hand man of a mafia boss. She and her daughter Marcella lived a charmed life, but one day it …

Balcones Rumble Cask Strength Review

October 13th, 2019

5:21

Balcones is a pioneer in post prohibition Texas whiskey.  This expression doesn't fit well into a category, but it is something like a baby bourbon and rum made.  Check out this review for my thoughts.

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 19

October 11th, 2019

58:41

In this episode we review Mic Drop 3, Ambassador BP Rye, and Henry McKenna 10Yr SiB. We have a light conversation about what each of their journeys have been from childhood realizing they were "different", coming to …

Whiskey Review

October 2nd, 2019

3:38

Hickory Hill is a Kentucky straight bourbon produced by Gulf Cost Distillers out of Houston.  Obviously they did not distill it given that they are …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 18

September 27th, 2019

50:38

In this episode we review Cream of Kentucky.  We also get the back story of how Robert Meche got into he competition BBQ space.  He gives us some basic tips on how to BBQ like the pros!

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 17

September 20th, 2019

1:01:33

In this episode we review Willet 3 year rye. Ken has gone through sever difficult times chasing his dreams, and has a lot to say about what helped …

Jack Daniel's is Transgender Bourbon

September 16th, 2019

6:21

Jack Daniels is the highest selling US whiskey, but is it bourbon? In this short bonus clip we talk about the controversy and I explain why JD self identifies as Tennessee whiskey even though it is legally bourbon.

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 16

September 13th, 2019

58:37

In this episode we review a "bourbon drinker's brandy" L' Encantada Armagnac with Alex Le from Nasa Liquor.  Nasa helped bring that barrel selection to TX which was a HUGE financial risk.  Alex's family owns Nasa Liquor …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 15

September 6th, 2019

1:02:15

In this episode of we drink MGPI's new label Rossville Union Barrel Proof Rye. We also talk about what it has been like for Philip to be profiled as a larger than average black man who is married to a white woman. …

Bourbon Real Talk Episodes 14

August 30th, 2019

1:17:29

In this episode we drink an assortment of Texas whiskies.  Josh and Gretchen Golladay are Texas whiskey advocates. They started Texas Whiskey Life …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 13

August 25th, 2019

1:06:54

In this episode Kristopher Hart shares his Four Roses Single Barrel Selection (that tastes exactly like cigar smoke), and we talk about what it is like to be an active member in the whiskey community.  We even get a …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 12

August 16th, 2019

1:23:05

In this episode we review Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) William Larue Weller (WLW) and we discuss what life is like as a law enforcement …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 11

August 9th, 2019

1:15:24

I am sick of senseless deaths and all we get is "thoughts and prayers".  I want change! I am a gun owner and I support second amendment rights.  In …

Facebook Whiskey Groups

August 6th, 2019

12:52

Why get involved in whiskey club?

  Being involved in whiskey club has changed my life for the better.  I was in whiskey club for a couple of years …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 10

August 2nd, 2019

1:12:18

In this episode we take a sample of the unreleased 2020 Balmorhea straight from the cask.  We also nerd out on all the manufacturing processes Garrison uses that are different from traditional KY bourbon.  Donnis …

Drink This Not That

July 31st, 2019

5:35

Value Bourbons that can usually be found on the shelf: Old Grand-Dad 114, OGD BiB, Wild Turkey 101, Buffalo Trace, Maker's Mark, Jim Beam Black Label, Russel's Reserve SiB, Noah's Mill, Old Bardstown, Old Forester 1910, …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 9

July 26th, 2019

57:16

In this episode we review Parker Heritage Collection 11 year. I also talk with Chris Hail about his life experiences growing up disabled. Chris was …

Drink This Not That

July 23rd, 2019

11:02

In this recording we discuss Crown Royal's main characteristics that may have caused its loyal customers to be drawn to it. We then use those characteristics to find a few other whiskies that might have a related …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 8

July 19th, 2019

53:43

In this episode I do a live review of several single barrel whiskies from Five Points Distilling. They make the acclaimed Lone Elm Whiskey that is 95% red winter wheat. We also speak with Brandon Choate the Distillery …

#BourbonPorn

July 17th, 2019

5:51

Balcones Texas High Plains Single Malt

Quick live review of this one of a kind single malt. Barley does not grow well in Texas, and malting of grain is not a common industry in Texas. The good people over at Balcones …

Drink This Not That

July 17th, 2019

7:32

I know there are a lot of newer whiskey drinkers out there who have drank the same pour for years, but you are curious about what else might be out there for you. I am producing a series on my podcast Bourbon Real Talk …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 7

July 13th, 2019

1:16:33

In this episode we review 2018 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (OFBB) and have a light hearted conversation about appropriate bottle counts for whiskey …

Has Randall Gone Bananas?

July 9th, 2019

8:28

In this short content post we discuss esters, how they affect the flavor of whiskey, and the reason why I often find a banana flavor when reviewing whiskey. There has been a bit of fun had at my expense on this account, …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 6

July 5th, 2019

1:14:43

In this episode we review a 2017 Thomas H Handy THH rye.  We also discuss the social climate among those growing up in environments with less than they need to survive. Rodney tells his shocking story of navigating the …

Drink This Not That

July 2nd, 2019

10:41

If you are a Jack Daniel's drinker you will want to check this video out. In it I give a little whiskey nerd info and review some of their premium products. You might just find that your horizon has been broadened.

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 5

June 28th, 2019

1:02:53

In this episode we drink an "infinity glass" of all 7 Single Malt single barrel whiskies we tried at the Plump Jack's barrel selection. We also discuss the differences between Balcones manufacturing processes and more …

Bourbon Real Talk-Episode 4

June 9th, 2019

58:26

In this episode we review 2017 George T Stagg (GTS) and talk with Bill and Nell Ward the founders of Divine Equine. Bill was in army special forces and after retirement went into private security contracting in some of …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 2

May 30th, 2019

57:31

We interview Robert Likarish, one of two brothers responsible for distilling at Iron Root.  He educates us on the differenced in their distilling techniques from more traditional companies and we hear about the bright …

The Truth About Texas Whiskey

May 30th, 2019

36:41

In this recording we discuss the differences in grain, fermentation, distillation, and maturation that produce the unique flavors of Texas whiskey.  We also explain how the consuming public may be overlooking these …

Texas Whiskey Blind Tasting Results

May 30th, 2019

21:19

Someone Say Whiskey? had and opportunity to do a barrel pick for Empire Liquor, but the barrel was going to be from Iron Root Republic distilling.  Not being a Texas whiskey drinker before this point I went to the pick, …

Bourbon Real Talk Episode 1

May 28th, 2019

34:58

In this episode of Bourbon Real Talk we review Kentucky Owl Confiscated and discuss the ins and outs of being a fireman.  Billy shares some of the heart wrenching moments that keep firemen up at night, and some of the …

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