Bourbon Gents World Cup 2019: 3rd Round
3rd Round Wrap Up
Of the 64 bourbons that started the competition 56 have fallen and only 8 remain. It’s been a heck of a World Cup so far and the 3rd round was certainly no exception.
Highlights of this round
We have to start with the match everyone was waiting for - the battle of the Blanton’s. This was as tight as we expected, and it went right down to the wire. It had been neck and neck throughout and even down to the last minute the score was tied, in fact the Gents were expecting another draw, and were already making plans to convene at Bourbon Gents HQ to debate who should go through. Luckily, however, that wasn’t needed. In the very last minute of the voting Blanton’s Gold pushed ahead by 2 percent and won the match and will live to fight another day in the quarter finals. Unlucky for Blanton’s Single Barrel, but at least it goes out knowing that there is still a Blanton left in the competition.
The other close tie of the round was George T. Stagg vs Weller 12. This one ended up 52% to 48% in Stagg’s favour. The beaten finalist from last year is now just two wins away from another final and the chance to avenge last years loss.
Stagg’s loss last year was, of course, to the seemingly unstoppable Four Roses Single Barrel. In the 3rd round it was up against one of the surprises of this years World Cup - Eagle Rare 10. Unfortunately for the Eagle this was to be as far as their good run would go, as they were soundly beaten by the mighty Four Roses.
An Eagle that is still soaring though is the 10’s older brother Eagle Rare 17. It was up-against the World Cup underdog - regular Buffalo Trace. BT had already put out two bigger bourbons so far, meaning this match wasn’t a forgone conclusion by any means. Ultimately though this was a step too far, and in the end they succumbed to a very worthy opponent.
For the full results and to see who else made it through to the quarter finals see our handy wall chart below.
Quarter final look ahead
This may be the best quarter final line up in Bourbon Gents World Cup history. It reads like a who’s who of the bourbon world. Just listen to these names - Eagle Rare 17, Blanton’s Gold, Four Roses Single Barrel, Old Weller 107, George T. Stagg, Booker’s, E. H. Taylor Single Barrel, and William Larue Weller… wow!
It’s almost impossible to pick a standout tie to highlight at this point as they are all prestigious match ups. If we were forced to choose though, it would probably have to be the battle of the BTAC’s where we see Stagg vs William Larue Weller. Tickets to this one have already sold out so grab a seat on the couch and enjoy the contest on Twitter.
The quarter finals start on Sunday 17th March - we’ll see you there.