The mid 1800s, saw increasing tensions in far flung parts of the British Empire,
which led to a huge influx of British soldiers into India in 1857. This in turn,
created a large demand for quinine which was used to treat British troops suffering from malaria.
As quinine in its raw form had a very bitter taste, it was supplied in Indian tonic water,
to soften the quinine. It was around this time that British Army Officers began to mix their
gin ration with the daily dose of tonic water to distinguish themselves from the men...
and in doing so, the original gin and tonic was born.
Two years later in 1859, the same group of British Army Officers started playing polo in Silchar
with Colonel Sherer founding the first British sponsored polo club in Silchar in the same year.
Winston Churchill would go on to recall of his Bangalore days in the 4th Hussars that,
“the hour of Polo was the hour for which we lived all day long” adding that
“a polo handicap is your passport to the world.”
Our founder, Richard Hine, established the above in November 2015
and as such we strongly suggest that Britain, Polo and Gin
are all inextricably linked; hence our creation,
British Polo Gin, the polo players' choice.