Updated: May 18, 2021
At first glance, Whiskey Talks seems like it would be a Podcast that has Whiskey at the center of it. To understand why that is not the case, we feel it is important for you to understand WHY we started Whiskey Talks. Whiskey Talks was started in late 2019 after having my cohost John Spino over at my house for dinner. We hadn't gotten together in awhile and decided that we would crack open a new bourbon that I had picked up and catch up on life.
Our conversation started the same as most conversations with old friends do. We cracked a couple jokes and started catching up on each others personal lives. We talked about our jobs, our plans, what we have been watching recently, etc. However, as the Whiskey flowed, so did our minds and emotions. Our conversation switched from sounding like we barely knew each other, to storytelling, debating, and even philosophy. In that moment, I knew we had something. What if we could bottle that energy and share it with our friends, family, and maybe some new people along the way?
So we then decided we would start a podcast where we got drunk and tried to recreate that moment... so why did we remove drinking from the Podcast? There are a lot of reasons for our decision and it wasn't a decision that we made lightly. We are very thankful for the listeners and friends that we have gained since launching Whiskey Talks and we were very afraid of alienating our listeners who followed us for our Whiskey reviews, tasting notes, discussions, etc. However, as time went on, we realized that drinking whiskey once a week was unhealthy, unsustainable, and not who we wanted to be. The passion we felt that made us want to start this podcast wasn't the Whiskey. It was the conversations and whiskey was a gimmick that we added to "try to set us apart from other podcasts."
Ultimately, we don't want our podcast to be alienating. We don't want it to be a gimmick. We want it to be authentic. When you click "Play," we want you to hear who we really are: Three lifelong friends shooting the shit, sharing stories, and debating ridiculous topics.