Vegas’ Broads of Bourbon Reveal the Not-so-serious Side of the Serious Business of Whiskey

What began as two friends having fun has turned into a bona fide phenomena.

Delilah Tennyson and Mary Powers | Photo by Stefani Plante

A chauvinistic myth perpetuated in the 20th century and beyond was the misconception that women could not appreciate and enjoy spirits such as whiskey. Two Las Vegas women who have proclaimed themselves as the Broads of Bourbon are doing their part to dispel that myth.

Mary Powers and Delilah Tennyson have been friends since elementary school, but it was only much later, after they began a Christmas Eve tradition of meeting at a dive bar, that they began to blog and post videos about their common love of whiskey.

As for their show’s name, both women claim to be unconventional, off-brand people who are not concerned with being politically correct. This comes through in their Wayne’s World-esque sense of humor as they let their fun-loving natures shine forth. Says Powers, “We decided to do something with our personalities and do something that’s not really being showcased, as all the reviews we had seen were boring and unexciting with no one making a big impression on us.” The show is presented completely unfiltered: They do what they want to regardless of what is expected of them and oftentimes say the first thing that comes into their mind, such as inappropriate jokes and swearing.

Delilah Tennyson and Mary Powers | Photo by Ashley Flaig

While neither claims to be an expert on the spirits they review, their intent is to encourage people to enjoy bourbon and provide listeners with tools to help them feel more knowledgeable when they go into a bar. And, as Tennyson suggests, “You don’t have to own a bottle of Pappy [van Winkle Bourbon]  to feel good about yourself.” Powers adds, “We are into exploring flavor profiles. A lot of times, people don’t enjoy what they are drinking and just drink to get drunk. We drink to enjoy the taste of the spirit.”

What began as two friends having fun has turned into a bona fide phenomena, with more than 13,400 followers on Instagram, thousands of views each week and devotees clamoring for more. (You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook). Ten shows aired in the first season, which was filmed on a minimalist set in a secret location with only a table, lamp and bare walls. Season 1 included features on Angel’s Envy Port Wine Barrel Finish, Elmer T. Lee, Willett Pot Still Reserve, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Old Grandad, which they referred to as “fish barrel bad with a hint of turpentine!”

Season 2 will air in the fall with a slate including Jefferson’s Reserve, Old Forester and Hilhaven Lodge. This go around, the duo will branch out a bit: In addition to reviewing bourbon, they will also explore rye and other whiskeys, craft beer and Scotch. They will also take their show on the road, filming each episode in different locations including the Sand Dollar Lounge and plans for the season finale being a live pub-crawl with fans.