The qualities that distinguish a first-rate whisky from one that’s worthy of nobility cannot be defined; they must be experienced. And that’s exactly what happened this past Sunday, when over 200 privileged guests joined His Grace the Duke of Argyll and Peter Brant at the USPA Royal Salute Jubilee Cup at the Greenwich Polo Club to kick off September’s Sunday high-goal Polo matches and celebrate the close of another fabulous summer with Royal Salute.
The day began with a private showing of the Karen Kilimnik exhibition at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, picturesquely housed across from the polo fields. The immersive exhibition included installations, paintings, and photographs addressing a broad range of corporeal, terrestrial and interstellar themes, including a number of equestrian allusions, setting the tone for what would turn out to be a truly magical afternoon.
After the tour, VIPs were guided to their private boxes where they took in the thrilling, closely fought, 20 goal match between Heathcote and the ultimately triumphant Harry Winston team (11-10), lead by Nacho Figueras.
His Grace the Duke of Argyll saluted the sportsmanship of both the horses and players before presenting the inaugural Royal Salute Jubilee Cup (specially crafted by Asprey) to team Harry Winston. His Grace then presented Steve Lefkowitz of the Heathcote team with the MVP award–a bespoke Scottish Cashmere blazer tailored by David Mason for Anthony Sinclair (James Bond’s original tailor).
A select group was invited for a post-match waterfront dinner at L’escale, in Greenwich Center, where His Grace dined with guests as they sipped on Royal Salute 21 Year Old, Royal Salute Hundred Cask Selection, and Royal Salute 38 Year Old Stone of Destiny. The evening fittingly ended with a bang–the Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute–the oldest permanent whisky expression in the world (with whiskies aged for a minimum of 40 years).