Bourbon Gents World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Quarter Final Wrap Up
It’s quarter final time and the 8 remaining bourbons yet again took to the metaphorical field to do battle.
Highlights of this round
If this years World Cup will be remembered for anything it will be for the numerous draws. The Gents had never had to enforce the ‘we decide in the event of a tie’ in any previous World Cup but, for the 3rd time in this years competition, we had a tough choice to make. Blanton’s Gold and Eagle Rare 17 were all square after their match, which meant another emergency meeting, and the longest debate yet. Mav was arguing for Eagle Rare 17 and, of course, Mr Pie firmly wanted Blanton’s Gold his long time favourite bourbon. The debate continued for well over an hour and became quite heated, but in the end it was Blanton’s that ultimately got the nod and will appear in the semis.
The 2nd match on the left hand side of the draw saw Four Roses Single Barrel vs Old Weller 107. This must have been the closest Four Roses have come to losing a match in 3 World Cups. Weller was ahead early on and it looked like it would stay that way until the end. But this is a Bourbon Gents World Cup, and Four Roses don’t know how to lose those. Slowly it started to gain on Weller and, with voting almost over, it drew level. The Gents couldn’t face another deciding vote so we breathed a sigh of relief when, as the voting ended, an outright winner was chosen. Four Roses Single Barrel did it again, and they are now in their 3rd semi final in a row. Bravo.
On the other side of the draw last years runners up, George T. Stagg, went head to head with William Larue Weller in the battle of the BTACs. Now the Gents had predicted a tight match here, with maybe Stagg just winning out. That wasn’t the case though, as William Larue Weller never looked like losing and ended the tie with a winning margin of 57% to 43%. Are they now destined for the final…?
If they are to make the final then they will have to beat E. H. Taylor Single Barrel, who won their match against Booker’s quite comfortably. It was the largest winning margin of the quarter finals coming in at 59% to 41%. Fair result? Or was Booker’s hard done by?
As always the World Cup chart has been updated so you can click below to look at the semi final line up.
Semi Final look ahead
In a repeat of the first World Cup final we have Four Roses Single Barrel vs Blanton’s Gold. These two always seem to end up in the last four and this will definitely be a close one. Hopefully not too close though, as the Gents shudder to think how they would pick a winner from these two.
The other semi sees E.H Taylor Single Barrel against William Laure Weller. With the ease that Weller beat Stagg in the previous round it’s hard to see Taylor winning this one. That is the beauty of the World Cup though - anything can happen when it’s down to the voting public.
The semi final starts at 18:00 on the 20th March and as always you need to be on our Twitter account to vote. We wish all the bourbons good luck and we await to see who will contest this years final.