Bourbon Gents World Cup 2019: 2nd Round
2nd Round Wrap Up
The 2nd round is over, and we are down to the final 16 bourbons. Once again we would like to thank all of you who took part and supported the competition - and of course the bourbons. We’ve had over 2,000 votes and the competition is hotting up.
Highlights of this round
There is no better place to start than with the reigning champion - Four Roses Single Barrel. This bourbon had never lost a World Cup match before this round… and it still hasn’t. In what many considered to be a tough match for the Single Barrel it quite easily brushed aside the mighty Pappy 23 year old. Can anything stop Four Roses winning for the 3rd year in a row?
Poor old Wild Turkey Rare Breed, it just can’t stop getting knocked out by Buffalo Trace. For the second year in succession the heavy hitter has fallen at the feet of the standard BT offering. How far can the plucky outsider go this year? It’s up against Eagle Rare 17 next - gulp!
In the battle of the E. H. Taylor’s it was the Single Barrel that took the prize and moves on to the next round. It was actually quite a large victory in the end but we would still recommend the Small Batch to any one willing to listen.
Draws are like buses it seems. There had never been a 50/50 tie before in the history of the World Cup but we had one in the last round and now another in this one. There was nothing to separate Wild Turkey 101 and Maker’s Cask Strength after their match ended, so it was down to the Gents to cast the deciding vote. As Mr Pie would say “this is a tough one” and after a long debate we finally settled on naming WT 101 the winner.
And finally, there was the big match up of the round - George T. Stagg vs E. H. Taylor Four Grain. Both winners of various bourbon/whiskey of the year lists came head to head and, in the end, it wasn’t much of a fight. Stagg was the overwhelming winner by 75% to 25%. Good to know our opinion is shared by the people out there.
As always the full results of the draw can be found by clicking on our lovely World Cup wall chart below. There may be zooming in required or just follow the craze and print it out in full and hang it on your wall.
3rd round key ties
So what lies ahead in round 3?
The pick of the left hand side of the draw has to be what we are calling ‘The Battle of the Blanton’s’. That’s right, Blanton’s Gold and Blanton’s Single Barrel are facing off against each other. This one is surely too close to call and we can’t wait to see how it plays out.
On the other-side of the draw we see George T Stagg against Weller 12. Will the wheater win out against the big boy of the bourbon world? Or will Stagg march on to the next round and another step closer to its second final in a row?
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The 3rd round kicks off on Thursday 14th March at 18:00 GMT