It’s really the age old question for bourbon-lovers isn’t it?  On what particular whiskey (or whiskeys) should a whiskey lover spend their hard-earned dollars?  To best answer it, I decided to call in the cavalry.  I contacted a number of bourbon and whiskey bloggers, podcasters, writers, and retailers and asked them to submit their own strategic allocations of a hundred bucks.  The series is called “If I had a Benjamin.” (See the whole series here.)

If I Had a Benjamin

The next chapter in the ongoing series comes to us courtesy of Tim and Larry at The Bourbon Guys.  And WOW!  Talk about getting into the literary spirit!  Tim and Larry composed a poem!  It’s fantastic!  And on top of that, they each contributed a submission to answering life’s great question about spending their hundred bucks.

Larry is the first of the writers to squeeze a whopping FIVE bottles out of his Benjamin- proving that quality does not have to be sacrificed for quantity.   Tim was no slacker, with four absolute classics. You definitely need to check out their site for the full text of the poem and their submissions.

The Bourbon Guys LogoThe following is The Bourbon Guys’ contribution to a collaborative effort of many great bloggers, retailers, and other industry “folks” to the question of, “If you had a Benjamin, what bourbon would you buy?” Of course, we can’t do anything “traditional,” so the following is our rollicking, pitiful attempt at poetry with a message. If you can stomach any more, we’ve taken some time to write up a serious recommendation following all the terrible rhymes. Thanks for reading!

If we had a Benjamin,
Oh the bourbon we could buy.
A Wild Turkey 101,
Or three, or four, or five.
Traditional, with lots of rye,
this bourbon makes the grade.
Jimmy Russell and his boy Ed,
watch closely how it’s made.
Russell’s Reserve at 110 proof,
it sips just like a dream.
That telltale rye it balances
this bourbon’s caramel cream.

Read the text of the whole poem, plus Larry & Tim’s selections here!


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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at

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