Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018: Final
World Cup Final Wrap Up
It's all over! The Bourbon Gents World Cup 2018 has come to an end. 2 full weeks of matches have been played and over three thousand votes have been cast. We've seen giants fall and minnows go on surprising runs. We've had landslide victories and wins so narrow that there could only have been one vote in it that tipped the scales in their favour. Eventually though it all led to the final match - Four Roses Single Barrel vs Stagg.
Sometimes a final can be a bit of an anti climax, especially when there are two heavyweights involved. We needn't have worried though as this was a match worthy of a final. Before it kicked off there was very divided opinion on social media, and that divide was reflected in the voting. Four Roses sprinted into the lead and opened up a big gap after the first few votes. It wasn't long though before the Stagg fans saw this and started backing their bourbon. The lead was cut quickly and by the quarter way mark Stagg had edged ahead.
Stagg was now ahead for the first time in the match and once it got that lead it just kept extending it. At the half way point (24hrs) it had opened up such a large lead that Four Roses fans on Twitter were already acting like they had lost - "The gap is widening now, Four Roses have a mountain to climb" and "Oh how the mighty fall" followed by a declaration that they needed to go and try some Stagg now it had taken down the current champion. However...
The Final Hours
Like a scene from a Rocky movie, Four Roses Single Barrel picked itself up off the canvas and started fighting back. Stagg's lead got shorter and shorter, until with 3 hours left in the match there was only 4% in it. Now the Four Roses fans were starting to believe. The come back was on!
Slowly that 4% lead was chipped away and the chance of Four Roses retaining the title (which only 24 hours early had looked impossible) was now looking almost certain. The momentum was with them and by the time the final hour was underway they had taken the lead by 2%.
There was to be no final drama. Stagg just could not withstand the wave of support for the Single Barrel and the final 30 minutes were all Four Roses, winning the title by 4% and remaining undefeated for a 2nd year in a row to become the 2018 World Cup winner.
So that's it for another year. The losers get to dust themselves off and prepare for 2019, and the Gents get to go and find a suitable trophy to send to Brent Elliott and Four Roses.
Thank you all for voting and taking part. We leave you with the final World Cup Chart below.