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Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Semi Final

Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Semi Final

Semi Final Wrap Up

The Bourbon Gents World Cup is a knock out tournament so it's to be expected that bourbons will be eliminated. However, when it gets to this stage it's still a shock when you see a big name in the bourbon world fall.

The first of these titans to go was Old Rip Van Winkle, which was up against Four Roses Single Barrel. Many had predicted that this would be the match that finally saw the current champion lose, and boy was it close! This was a very tight Semi Final, with the lead swinging one way then the next. In fact it was the Van Winkle that held the lead into the last hour. Four Roses Single Barrel rallied though (as it often does when in trouble in a match) and swung the tie back in it's favor to finally win by just 4%. It's now through to it's second final in succession. But would it be up against Blanton's Gold again in a repeat of the 2017 final...

 The 2018 Bourbon Gents World Cup Final - Stagg vs Four Roses Single Barrel

The 2018 Bourbon Gents World Cup Final - Stagg vs Four Roses Single Barrel

No.

Unfortunately for Blanton's it wasn't to be. So there will be no repeat of the first World Cup final, and no chance for Blanton's to take it's revenge. Instead it was Stagg that came out top in the final Semi. This tie wasn't as close as the previous one, with Stagg taking the lead early on and increasing it until there was no way for Blanton's Gold to claw it back. Mr Pie was devastated - Mav was slightly more pleased. Which leaves the updated World Cup chart looking like this...

 We still haven't figured out how to make this image readable without clicking on it. Maybe by the time the 2019 cup rolls around we might have cracked it?

We still haven't figured out how to make this image readable without clicking on it. Maybe by the time the 2019 cup rolls around we might have cracked it?

This year's final then will see Stagg take on the undefeated Four Roses Single Barrel. Will Stagg be the first to topple the reigning champion? Or will Brent be receiving his second World Cup trophy to add to the cabinet at Four Roses HQ?  Head to our Twitter account to cast your vote and to watch the drama unfold (and by drama we mean watch the bars on the Twitter vote slowly edge up/down).

 

Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Final

Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Final

Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Quarter Final

Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Quarter Final