A day of polo with Royal Salute

A week ago I had the opportunity to attend one of the most important events in the English sporting and social calendar with the company of other fellow bloggers. Hosted by whisky brand Royal Salute, this is the largest annual international polo match in the world. For a first experience at the also known Sports of Kings, I have to say that it exceeded all expectations. 


It was an early start!  At 9AM in the morning we had an introduction to the sport, with tuition from top league polo player Malcolm Borwick. I didn’t know that the sport actually originated in ancient Persia (circa 6th Century BC). Later, the sport passed to other regions in Asia, where it became very popular, including the Indian subcontinent.

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Chivas Brothers-owned Royal Salute is “paying tribute to age” with the launch of a new 10-strong collection of blended Scotch whiskies aged between 21- and 30-years-old.

Costing US$40,000 (£26,400) in total and described as “one of the world’s rarest whisky collections”, Royal Salute’s The Age Collection is comprised of 10 blends, some of which include rare liquid from closed distilleries, while others have been matured exclusively in first fill American oak barrels.

The whiskies are featured on a wooden plinth carved using 8,000-year-old Neolithic wood taken from ancient riverbeds in Croatia. The dark blue crystal bottles themselves have been created by Dartington using techniques that date back to the first century AD.

Just 21 full sets of The Age Collection have been released at an RRP of US$40,000 (£26,400). However, Royal Salute has created a “one-off” set for DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits 2015, featuring a version of the plinth carved entirely a single morta oak tree.