We started with a field of 68 whisk(e)ys and whittled that down to a Sweet 16. Soon we had our Final Four for the Whisk(e)ys of the World Tournament... a bourbon, a Scotch, an Irish, and a Welsh. Shown in that order to the right, you'll see the Jefferson's Presidential Select 17 Year Bourbon, Highland Park 15 Year Scotch, Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey, and Penderyn Welsh Whisky. You can notice the vast difference in color looking at the whisk(e)ys shown in the picture. The dark amber color of the bourbon is in complete contrast to the chardonnay colored Welsh whisky, but they all tasted good enough to get to the Final Four! The bourbon and the Scotch squared off in our first semi-final in which the Jefferson's Presidential Select 17 Year Bourbon proved victorious by a vote of 2 to 2 with the crowd at Roux Wine and Spirits being the tiebreaker. On the other side of the bracket Midleton Very Rare dominated Penderyn. Highland Park ran away with the third place game showing that really there a top three that Penderyn didn't quite belong in. In the finals the Jefferson's Presidential Select dominated the Midleton Very Rare as well. You can actually listen to all the Final Four matchups right here, right now!
And is it turns out, the Jefferson's Presidential Select 18 Year is on top of the leaderboard right now for Whisk(e)y Wednesday posts, which you can find on the right side of your screen, edging out even the Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year.
Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote, Eric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.