Traditional Scottish salute adds a little flavour to Indian polo tournament

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 January, 2012, 12:00am


Peter Prentice, the Asia-Pacific vice-president of Scotch whisky maker Chivas Brothers, is no stranger to grand events and parties. But on the subject of the Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup, held from December 26 to 31 in Jodhpur, India, he could not have been more excited.

'It was such a real treat to be there. I just can't help being enthusiastic,' Prentice said at an event at Tsim Sha Tsui's Hullett House recently.

It was the third year that the brand had been title sponsor of the annual polo tournament and, according to Prentice, the five-day event also featured camel polo in the desert and parties every evening, including one held on the roof of the Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Prentice talked animatedly about the history of Chivas' Royal Salute whiskies and the brand's strong relationship with polo. He expounded on the aroma, taste and colour of the whiskies as guests were offered the chance to taste four of them - Royal Salute 21 Year Old, Royal Salute 38 Year Old Stone of Destiny, Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute and Royal Salute 100 Cask Selection.

The event wrapped up with a traditional Scottish toast, as Prentice showed guests how to down the drink before kissing the bottom of the glass and holding it upside down above his head.