Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Quarter Final
Quarter Final Wrap Up
With only 8 teams left it was always likely to be a tough round, and that's exactly what it proved to be. No major landslide victories in any of the 4 matches, just hard fought wins and some narrow margins.
First up we had E H Taylor Small Batch vs George T Stagg. For a while it looked like this one would go the distance, but towards the end Stagg edged ahead and stayed there until the finish. Stagg of course recently won the Bourbon Gents 'Bourbon of the Year' for 2017, and is now through to the semi final in it's first appearance in the World Cup.
In the 2nd of the four matches it was last year's runner up, Blanton's Gold, against the Limited-Edition Small Batch from Four Roses. Mr Pie was worried for a while that his favourite Bourbon may have to bow out of the cup - as there was a lot of support for it's rival the Small Batch. However, he needn't have worried as Blanton's picked up a head of steam and didn't look back. Safely through to the semi's.
That left only one Four Roses product still in the competition, but what a bourbon it is! Until this match it had never lost before... and it still hasn't. Last year's winner just carries on winning. We are of course talking about Four Roses Single Barrel, and it made it's way in to the semi final by beating one of the big guns in Eagle Rare 17. The Gents had thought that maybe the Single Barrel had finally met it's match this time. We were proved wrong and it rightfully takes it's place in the next round.
Finally then that left Old Rip Van Winkle up against the surprise package of the World Cup so far - Elijah Craig Small Batch. Surely this would be an easy win for the Van Winkle? Anything but as it happened. For a time they were neck and neck with the Small Batch holding it's own against the big boy. Unfortunately it couldn't hold on though and succumbed to a defeat in the end.
So that leaves the current status of the World Cup looking a bit like this nifty chart below and still leaves open the possibility of a repeat of last years final. The next round starts at 18:00 on the 21st March and as always you need to be on our Twitter account to vote.