What do British polo and Royal Salute have in common? For starters, both boast celebrated histories; while polo is the game for royalty, Royal Salute was launched in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her coronation. Both are also prides of the United Kingdom, before Brexit, of course. And despite their different origins (polo is said to have originated in Mongolia, during Genghis Khan’s reign), it seems that the polo-and-whisky pairing can go hand in hand, especially when done right.
To celebrate this year’s British Polo Day in Singapore, Royal Salute hosted a Polo Clinic for an intimate group of Robb Report readers. Conducted by celebrated British polo player, Malcolm Borwick, on 4 November at the Singapore Polo Club, readers were treated to a crash course of polo.
After a short but insightful introduction to the game of polo and how the British turned it into one of her most celebrated sports, readers headed to the field with their mallets. There, they learnt how to hold the mallets and deliver efficient strikes. An hour of practice later, readers broke up into groups of four and took turns mounting the polo ponies, each taking part in their very first game of polo. The rainy morning proved to be a blessing in disguise, for the polo ponies were more attentive and agile thanks to the cooler albeit humid weather.
The evening ended on a sweet note at Tower Club, where readers gathered for a night of indulgence. The four-course dinner consisted of tuna tartare, seared scallops, Wagyu beef, and Tiramisu, with each dish paired with one of the three Royal Salute’s top whiskes, Royal Salute 21 Year Old, Royal Salute 38 Stone of Destiny and Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute.