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Bardstown, Kentucky - VISITOR'S GUIDE

June 24th, 2022


Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you the unofficial, but yet still official - BARDSTOWN VISITOR'S GUIDE! Bourbon Real Talk has made numerous trips down the Bourbon Trail and specifically through Bardstown and here …

10 Bourbons You Should Be Hunting RIGHT NOW (Before They Are Allocated)

June 17th, 2022


There is nothing worse than hearing that one of your ol' reliable shelfers is going allocated and will become much more difficult to find in stores. …

Is My Bourbon Collection Going to be WORTHLESS?

June 10th, 2022


There is good evidence that we could be living in a "bourbon bubble". The value of many bottles have skyrocketed. New distillers are joining the …

Top 11 Bourbons UNDER $20 - Bourbon Real Talk 155

June 3rd, 2022


If you're looking to stock your collection with some amazing bourbons WITHOUT breaking the bank, then THIS is the episode for you. We hear a lot of …

How to Get FREE Whiskey - Bourbon Real Talk 154

May 27th, 2022

Did you know there is a way, a fairly common way within the whiskey community, to get FREE whiskey? Well, sit back and take notes! Here are the best ways to get FREE whiskey.

If you like this content, or even the …

Could Elon Musk Make Blanton's Affordable Again?

May 20th, 2022

So you may have seen all of the funny memes about Elon Musk buying up companies after the news broke about his purchase of Twitter. Well, I saw the meme of Elon Musk buying Buffalo Trace to make Blanton's affordable …

5 Things We HATE About Whiskey

May 13th, 2022


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. …

Is Whiskey Healthy? Can it Help You Lose Weight?

May 6th, 2022


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 …

How Much Land Does it Take to Make a Bottle of Whiskey?

April 29th, 2022

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 …

Van Winkle -vs- Weller (Double Blind Showdown)

April 22nd, 2022

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 - …

Can Four Roses Master Distiller Identify a Dusty in a Blind?

April 15th, 2022


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 …

Top 10 OVERRATED Bourbons - Bourbon Real Talk 147

April 8th, 2022


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 …

I Can Influence What You LIKE and TASTE! (Shocking Manipulation Test) - Bourbon Real Talk 146

April 1st, 2022


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 …

You Don't Like Expensive Whiskey: Double Blind Taste Test - Bourbon Real Talk 145

March 25th, 2022


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 …

Where to Find Vintage Bourbon - Bourbon Real Talk 144

March 17th, 2022


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 …

How Blanton's Was Created With Freddie Johnson - Bourbon Real Talk 143

March 11th, 2022

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 …

Top 10 Barrel Proof Bourbon - Bourbon Real Talk 142

March 4th, 2022

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 …

Double Blind BTAC Tasting (SHOCKING Results!) - Bourbon Real Talk 141

February 25th, 2022


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, …

5 Whiskeys We Would NEVER Buy - Bourbon Real Talk 140

February 18th, 2022


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 …

TOP 10 MGP BOURBONS - Bourbon Real Talk 139

February 11th, 2022


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 …

Allocated Bourbon: Does it REALLY Taste Better? - Bourbon Real Talk 138

February 4th, 2022


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 …

10 Bourbons BETTER Than Blanton's - Bourbon Real Talk 137

January 28th, 2022

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. …

The Whiskey You Love That Doesn't REALLY Exist - Bourbon Real Talk 136

January 21st, 2022


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 …

How to Negotiate With Price Gouging Liquor Stores - Bourbon Real Talk 135

January 14th, 2022

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 …

Should You Leave a Liquor Store Empty Handed? - Bourbon Real Talk 134

January 7th, 2022


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 …

How to Find Allocated Whiskey While Traveling - Bourbon Real Talk 133

December 31st, 2021


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 …

6 BUCKETLIST WHISKEYS That Make PAPPY Look Common! - Bourbon Real Talk 132

December 24th, 2021


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 …

Top 10 Affordable Bourbons - Bourbon Real Talk 131

December 17th, 2021


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 …

Top 10 Bourbon Rebuys - Bourbon Real Talk 129

December 3rd, 2021


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 …

7 Things Liquor Stores HATE About Bourbon Lovers

November 27th, 2021


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 …

2021 Bourbon Lover's Gift Giving Guide - Bourbon Real Talk 127

November 19th, 2021


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 …

8 Things Whiskey Lovers HATE About Liquor Stores

November 12th, 2021


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 …

Top Tips for Bourbon Beginners

November 5th, 2021


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 …

The Most Asked Whiskey Questions

October 29th, 2021


In this episode Randy answers some of the most frequently asked questions about whiskey. Questions like, "What is single barrel select?" and "What does Bottled in Bond mean"? By all means, these are just some of them, …

8 Ways NOT To Drink Whiskey

October 22nd, 2021


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 …

The Best Craft Whiskey You've Never Heard Of

October 8th, 2021


Think craft whiskey can not be good? Local grain, milling their own grain, cypress fermentation tanks, pot still, Lincoln county process, air dried …

BOURBON SECONDARY MARKET: How Much is Rare Whiskey Worth?

October 1st, 2021


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 …

The Most Interesting Woman In Whiskey

September 24th, 2021


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 …

Art Form or Marketing Bullshit?: Blending Whiskey

September 20th, 2021


The word blend is a confusing term. Blended, blend of, blend...what do they mean? More importantly when a brand tells you their blending techniques …

Whiskey Buyer's Guide:Top 10 Tips Sourced From Enthusiasts

September 10th, 2021


When you are first getting into whiskey the opportunity to make purchases you will regret are endless.  In this episode I surveyed experienced …

Top 10 Alternatives to Pappy Van Winkle

September 3rd, 2021


Pappy Van Winkle is arguably the most sought after bourbon of human history. Finding it is almost impossible.  This episode discusses a range of alternatives to this elusive spirit. 

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10 Whiskeys You Should Never Buy

August 27th, 2021


There can be a lot of trickery with regard to whiskey and its value. The tips in this video should help you avoid regret!

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Dating A Vintage Whiskey And 1938 Four Roses Fresh Crack

August 20th, 2021


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 …

World's Largest Collection Of Open Whiskey Bottles

August 12th, 2021


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 …

How To Convert A Barrel Into A Whiskey Barrel Cabinet

August 7th, 2021


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 …

300 Bottle Whiskey Collection/Whiskey Wall

July 30th, 2021


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 …

What Is The Lincoln County Process: With Lexie Amacher-Phillips from Jack Daniels?

July 16th, 2021


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 …

Jack Daniels: Is It Bourbon and Does It Suck?

July 10th, 2021


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 …

Bourbon vs American Single Malt: What are the differences?

July 3rd, 2021


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 …

How Bourbon Is Made

June 25th, 2021


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 …

Roasted By My Kids, Wife Makes Me Cry, and Fatherly Advice: Father's Day Special 

June 18th, 2021


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 …

Neck Pour and Fresh Crack Phenomenons: Myth or Fact?

June 11th, 2021


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 …

NFL Pro Bowler Ken Hamlin On His Perfect Cigar

June 4th, 2021


Ken Hamlin was a marquee player in the NFL.  He played for the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts. He was …

Wine Vs Whiskey Storage: How To Properly Store Your Bottles

May 28th, 2021


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 …

Top 5 Best Bourbons Of All Time

May 21st, 2021


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 …

Understanding Finished Whiskey with Rabbit Hole Founder Kaveh Zamanian

May 14th, 2021


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 …

My Whiskey Noob Wife Tries MOST POPULAR whisk(e)ys BLIND

May 7th, 2021


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 …

Understanding Yeast's Impact on Whisky with Four Roses' Master Distiller Brent Elliott

April 30th, 2021


Four Roses is an iconic distillery producing some of the world's most sought after bourbon.  Their limited edition bottlings and many of their single barrel bottlings that gain notoriety trade on the secondary for many …

$200,000 Whisky, Cigar, Scotty Cameron Putter, and Gibson Les Paul Collection with Dave Wagner

April 23rd, 2021


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 …

The Best Port Finished Whiskey In America

April 16th, 2021


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 …

Top 6 Available Rye Whiskeys $40-$60

April 9th, 2021


With all the new and old whiskey drinkers trying to get the same bottles, there are many expressions that are hard to find.  This episode goes …

World's Most Expensive Steak Paired With Bourbon

April 3rd, 2021


Snake River Farms is the United States' largest producer of Wagyu beef. They also produce prime grade steaks through Double R Ranch. While both brands supply many of the top restaurants in the country they had a local …

Social Gathering: How The Whiskey Community Is Doing It Safely

March 26th, 2021


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 …

Column Still vs Pot Still Tutorial

March 19th, 2021


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 …

Top 10 Confusing Whiskey Terms Explained

March 12th, 2021


Whiskey jargon can be confusing. I crowdsourced the top whiskey terms that people found confusing when they first heard them. I attempt to explain what they mean in this video. Enjoy!     Please Subscribe, Review, …

Why Buffalo Trace Won't Release More Pappy

March 5th, 2021


Conspiracies abound in the whiskey world around why BT doesn't release more whiskey to satisfy sky high demand. In this episode we explore the reality of the situation. Enjoy!     Please Subscribe, Review, Like, and …

Entire History Of Bourbon in Under 30 min

February 26th, 2021


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 …

Top 11 Available Bourbons Under $30

February 19th, 2021


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 …

9 Reasons Bourbon Is Insanely Popular

February 12th, 2021


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 …

Top 7 Most Polarizing Whiskeys

February 5th, 2021


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 …

Insider Look at 2 Barrel Picks: Single Barrel Selections

January 29th, 2021


With so many great bottles of bourbon disappearing off of shelves single barrel selections have become the big get for whiskey enthusiasts …

Top 9 Available Bourbons Under $60

January 22nd, 2021


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 …

Bourbon vs Scotch: The Ultimate Whisk(e)y Showdown

January 15th, 2021


Bourbon and Scotch are very different.  In this episode we discuss the differences and my dirty scotch loving friend Cullen Lemley tries to convert …

7 Bourbons EVERY whiskey lover should own!

January 8th, 2021


Different bourbons for different occasions. This episode discusses the different levels of bourbon and how to decide what to drink in different situations.   Please Subscribe, Review, Like, and Comment!

The Prideful Goat Batch 1 Review

January 5th, 2021


Bourbon Real Talk host Randall Sullivan reviews The Prideful Goat Batch 1. Randall, along with friend Kristopher Hart (host of Whiskey Neat), were …

What is Bottled In Bond with Bernie Lubbers Part 2

January 1st, 2021


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 …

What is Bottled In Bond with Bernie Lubbers

December 25th, 2020


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 …

2020 George T Stagg (GTS) Review

December 24th, 2020


Bourbon Real Talk host Randall Sullivan reviews the 2020 release of George T Stagg (GTS) from the Buffalo Trace Antique collection along with a …

Distilling Technology: Innovation or Trickery?

December 18th, 2020


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 …

3000 Luxury Watches and Whiskey with Timeless Luxury Watches

December 11th, 2020


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 …

500 Bottle Whiskey Collection with Alex Baptista

December 4th, 2020


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 …

Repeal Day Expo with Fred Minnick

November 27th, 2020


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 …

Glenfiddich Virtual Tasting

November 20th, 2020


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) …

Why Does Dusty Bourbon Taste Different from Modern Counterparts

November 13th, 2020


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 …

The Whiskey You Are Buying May Not Be What It Seems

November 6th, 2020


The boom in American whiskey caused an explosion of growth in the form of new whiskey producers and new brands by old producers. Many of these brands …

How To Find and Buy Allocated Whiskey

October 30th, 2020


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 …

Barrel Picks: How They Happen

October 23rd, 2020


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 …

Starting a Bourbon Collection: What to Buy and Avoid

October 16th, 2020


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 …

Lone Elm Whiskey: History and Surprise Announcement

October 9th, 2020


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 …

Over Priced Bourbon: Capitalism or Greed

October 2nd, 2020


Across the country 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 …

The Incomparable Freddie Johnson

September 26th, 2020


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 …

Blind Whiskey Tasting Challenge with Bourbon Blind

September 18th, 2020


@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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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