Bourbon Gents World Cup 2019: Semi Final
Semi Final Wrap Up
Both Semi-Finals, as you can imagine, were hard fought battles with little love lost throughout both games. With a place in the Bourbon Gents World Cup Final for the winners, the stakes could not have been higher.
The first Semi-Final between E H Taylor Single Barrel and William Larue Weller was a Buffalo Trace marketing dream. A relatively tight affair from the off with voting frantic from the start. Tough choices had to be made by the Buffalo Trace bourbon drinking community - but which way would they lean?
William Larue Weller took an early lead and did not want to let go. The margin of victory was pretty comprehensive in the end and they ran out 57% to 43% winners, which was the same margin of victory they had in the Quarter Finals against George T Stagg. Bragging rights at Buffalo Trace Headquarters were in the bag, and William Larue Weller could relax for a short time before looking forward to their first ever appearance in the final.
Now it was the turn of the second Semi-Final between Four Roses Single Barrel and Blanton’s Gold (Mr Pie’s favourite, but don’t tell anyone) which was a repeat of the 2018 World Cup Final.
Four Roses Single Barrel were quietly confident - but who wouldn’t be with their exemplary record in the competition? Hang on a moment though… Blanton’s Gold shot from the blocks the moment the referee blew the whistle and took a shock lead in the voting. Could this be the year? Has Blanton’s Gold found a glitch in the armour of the current World Cup holders? Could they possibly make it through to their second ever World Cup Final?
There was absolutely no way Four Roses Single Barrel was going to give up their title without a fight though and gradually vote by vote, they clawed their way back into the match. The people of Twitter were making their own very vocal opinions on who was deserving of victory. It seemed at one point that Twitter was favouring the outsider but the resilience of Four Roses fans across the globe made their voices heard and pulled their favourite bourbon through to win by a very fine margin. Absolutely remarkable, Four Roses Single Barrel remained unbeaten and marched their way to their 3rd consecutive Final, 52% to 48%!.
This year's final then will see William Larue Weller take on the undefeated Four Roses Single Barrel. They can’t win it for the 3rd year in a row… Can they?