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Whiskey with Jackie James

Whiskey with Jackie James

By Jackie James
Blending traditional whiskey culture, cocktails, and experiences with a twist of positivity, modern storytelling, and a fresh perspective. Join us as we grow our palates and our appreciation for both ourselves and for one another while breaking stereotypes and building confidence. Get ready for lots of laughs, candid conversations, unfiltered thoughts, and whiskey... lots of whiskey!
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Season 1 Finale: 5 Things I Learned From Creating a Podcast
... and that's a wrap!  Season 1 is ending a little earlier than expected and I'm so grateful and excited to level up in Season 2!  In this episode, I share with you five things I learned from creating this podcast, what to anticipate in Season 2, and a few more details about the upcoming Jackie James Whiskey Experience.  Cheers and so much love to you!  Xx, JJ
August 20, 2020
Level Up with Eric LeGrand: Let's Get Uncomfortable!
Eric LeGrand is a sports broadcaster, motivational speaker, author, and one of the strongest people I know. As a standout high school football star, Eric suffered a severe spinal injury while playing and was paralyzed from the neck down. That didn’t stop him though! After his injury, Eric was offered the final spot on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster and signed his official NFL contract. He also received ESPN's prestigious Jimmy V Award for Perseverance as he launched his career in motivational speaking, analyzing football games, and authoring BELIEVE: The Tackle That Changed My Life. Eric continues to inspire while encouraging us to get out of our comfort zones and ask the tough questions. In this episode, we do just that as we discuss uncomfortable topics, the importance of habits and routine, constant learning, my struggle with self-discipline, trusting others, and holding ourselves accountable. You can learn more about Eric at and and buy his book at
August 3, 2020
Checking In and Sharing My Chapter in Amazon's #1 New Releases Bestseller "In Her Purpose"
Hi! Remember me? My bad. I keep failing forward but happy to own and share my mistakes along the way! I'm honored to be a co-author of In Her Purpose - Amazon's #1 New Releases Bestseller, but I haven't checked in with you via the podcast - something I committed to doing weekly. I have no excuses except the ones I try to give you in this episode. I will do better and appreciate y'all holding me accountable. In this episode, I'll give you an update on the last couple of weeks as well as read my chapter to you from In Her Purpose. If you're interested in reading/listening to the other chapters, you can find the book at under "what I'm reading" :) Cheers, love, and gratitude!
July 25, 2020
Peggy Noe Stevens Talks Tasting Tips, Baking with Bourbon, Business, and Pivoting During the Pandemic
Peggy Noe Stevens, Kentucky Bourbon / Jim Beam royalty and the first female Master Bourbon Taster, Founder of Bourbon Women, and 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer shares her baking with bourbon tips, whiskey recipes, tasting advice, pairing suggestions, and her thoughts on flavored whiskey as well as modern business, how to pivot during the pandemic, the importance of confidence, and life lessons from both of our incredible Dads. You can learn more about Peggy at and order her new book, Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon, at Cheers, y'all!
June 28, 2020
Whisky, Watches, and Breaking Stereotypes with Donald Payne
Donald Payne, aka "Whisky Watches", is a Father, an author, a producer, an engineer, and a die hard whisky and watches enthusiast! This episode includes Donald's stories about being a Black man working with a former member of the KKK, sizing people up (including his views on me), my concerns about drinking too much while in isolation, luxury watches, and Donald's experiences shopping for high end items as a Black man.   You can learn more about Donald at   Our whiskey word of the day is “dram” – a pour of whisk(e)y or any other spirit. Cheers and Happy Father's Day!
June 21, 2020
Special: My Mistakes and Misconceptions re. Black Lives Matter
A special and uncomfortable episode sharing my many mistakes and misconceptions regarding Black Lives Matter.  This episode includes:  - Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter / Blue Lives Matter  - Taboo and uncomfortable questions and topics  - Why has it taken me so long to speak up?  - Why we shouldn't ask our Black friends to help us feel more comfortable  - Should we use the term African American or Black?  - How to deal with haters on social media  - Where do we get our news and can we trust it?  - Is kneeling during the national anthem disrespectful? - Is this just a passing trend?  - Are celebs donating money to encourage violence and riots?  - Is everyone happy to see police officers taking a knee? What other questions do you have? I'm happy to ask for us and you can remain anonymous - email is Thank you, my friends and cheers to better times ahead. Special thanks to my friends and teachers Richard Farley ( and Jesse Golden ( and to Chris Rock ( and Michael Che ( for their comedy gold and thank you to Nate Boyer ( for educating us via Richard Farley on what taking a knee actually means.
June 4, 2020
Checking In: Mistakes and First Progress Report
In this episode I’d like to share a little personal progress report with you on creating this podcast. I'll tell you what I learned this past week, give you a glimpse of where I'm at today, and where I see us going. Would LOVE to hear your input and topic / interview suggestions so please email me at or send me a DM on Instagram at @JackieJames. Thanks, y'all and cheers!  Our whiskey word of the day is ABV, also known as “alcohol by volume”. ABV is the standard measure of how much alcohol, or ethanol, is contained in a given volume of a whiskey or a spirit. And then there’s the term “proof”. Proof is defined as twice the alcohol (ethanol) content by volume. So, that’s what it means when you look at your bottle of bourbon and it says 40% ABV and 80 proof or in my case, it usually has a minimum of 50% ABV and 100 proof… cause yeah, I like my brown juice strong :) 
May 26, 2020
Peyton Manning's Quarterback Talks Bourbon and Sweetens Cove with Marianne Eaves
Marianne Eaves is the first female Master Distiller in Kentucky who has partnered up with an impressive group including Peyton, Eli, and Cooper Manning, Andy Roddick, Mark Rivers, Rob Collins, Tom Nolan, and more. This episode includes her fascinating whiskey journey as well as her thoughts on sports, whiskey, and who she thinks is the best golfer of the Manning brothers :) Cheers y'all and thanks so much to Marianne for joining us today! You can learn more about Marianne at and Our whiskey word of the day is something you have to listen to Marianne explain because I surely can't translate lol
May 22, 2020
Women in Sports Media with Erin Coscarelli
Erin Coscarelli is a sports broadcaster, donut connoisseur, fantasy football junkie, and the newest member of our whiskey family! This episode includes women in sports, the story of how Erin and I met, the importance of authenticity, and how to be perfectly imperfect.  You can learn more about Erin at Our whiskey word of the day is “cooperage” – where barrels are made and can also refer to the barrels themselves. Cheers!
May 20, 2020
Magic Johnson the Matchmaker with Jhoanna Alba
NBA legend, Magic Johnson, is a mentor and matchmaker to today’s guest, Jhoanna Alba. Jho is a celebrity designer and the creator of ALBA Legacy, designers and master tailors who deliver the highest quality of custom clothing for elite professionals in sports, business and entertainment. This episode includes Jo’s love stories (both in her personal and professional life), her unique friendship with Magic Johnson and other athletes, and the history behind both of our last names. You can learn more about Jho at and Our whiskey word of the day is “angel’s share” - the product that evaporates out of the barrel during the aging process. Cheers!
May 19, 2020
Welcome and Introduction to Jackie James
Hi everyone and welcome to Whiskey with Jackie James! Here's a brief introduction to who I am, why I love whiskey, and why I'm creating this podcast. Look forward to sharing a dram with you! Don't know what a dram is? Not to worry, I didn't either... you'll learn in this intro. Cheers!
May 18, 2020