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Friday, March 2, 2012

Raise a Glass Whiskey of the World Tournament Final

The final four of the Raise a Glass Whiskey of the World Tournament
As I'm sure most of you are aware, I am currently hosting two radio shows and podcasts in Baton Rouge.  One is the Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket on Talk 107.3 FM, and the other is called Raise a Glass which airs on WHYR 96.9 FM LP, Baton Rouge Community Radio.

Raise a Glass recently wrapped up Season 2, which was a 13 episode Whiskey of the World Tournament in which a field of 68 whiskeys and whiskys were whittled down to one solitary winner.  I had a blast doing the tournament with my co-host and fellow Booze Brother Eric Ducote, author of BR Beer Scene, as well as our producer James Lawson, and fellow beverage enthusiast and owner of Me-Moe's Lawn and Landscape, Jeremy Spikes.

Jay, Eric, Jeremy, and James prepare to record Raise a Glass at Roux Wine and Spirits
Roux Wine and Spirits on Airline Highway in Prarieville hosted our recording session and provided a bottle of each of the final four whiskeys in the tournament.  Pictured below, those whiskeys were Jefferson's Presidential Select 17 yr Bourbon, Highland Park 15 yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Penderyn Welch Whisky Madeira Cask, and Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey.  The most expensive bottles in the tournament were right around $100 each, and two of those made the finals, Jefferson's and Midleton.  That price tag is not to scare you off - they are worth the money - but rather to let you know what we didn't have any crazy 30 or 40 year scotches or significantly expensive bottles in the tournament.

Final Four Whiskeys lined up and ready to be poured
You can listen to the finals in the embedded player below.  SPOILER ALERT: for those that don't want to listen and just want to know the winner, click and mouse over this blank space as if to highlight it: Jefferson's Presidential Select Bourbon! Also make sure to follow @RaiseaGlass on twitter, like Raise a Glass on Facebook, and subscribe to the show on iTunes.  Season 3 of Raise a Glass will explore all sorts of topics from wine to cocktails and drinking in places from Mexico to Japan.  We'll even have some light beer taste-offs and samplings of malt liquor.  It'll continue to be a great show!

Whiskey of the World Tournament Final Episode: