Malawi Gin has long had something of a cult following among British Tourists. They’d return home from vacations to the small African Nation and former British Colony raving about the local gin.
Ivan on TripAdvisor – ” I understand what you say about Malawi gin, it really is up there with the best.” and “Malawi gin is amazing, a real well kept secret, (magic as part of a G&T)”
Sadie on GinFestival.com – “My mum first had a bottle of this gin back in the 70’s and has never stopped talking about it being her favourite gin ever”
Phillip Briggs in Brandt Travel Guide Malawi –“The Malawi Gin is well-loved, so much so that manufacturers can’t always keep up with the demand….[the] MGT – Malawi Gin and Tonic that is – is practically mandatory.”
Howaboutwetryagain on Reddit /r/alcohol – “I’ve just returned from Malawi and I loved the gin they had over there.
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Yes, it comes in a bag
It’s not often that I get to try a gin (or anything for that matter) that is made in Uganda. Uganda Waragi is a commercially distilled gin distributed by East African Breweries Limited. The term Waragi however, is used to refer to any local Ugandan distilled beverages. This distinction is important to note. Many news articles have been published about deaths from Ugandan Waragi. The Waragi in these articles is the generic kind- the moonshine, not the kind we’re sampling here.
Special thanks goes out to the fine folks over at Summer Fruit Cup. I’ve never seen Uganda Waragi commercially in any store stateside, so this review and sampling is thanks to them and is part of “International Gin Exchange 2011.”
On to the Tasting:
I tasted this in partnership with my friend, fellow gin enthusiast, and former college roommate. The first thing you notice about it is the bag. In my life I haven’t had many food items that came in bags like this. We had this fear that it would have that plastic flavor that is such an integral part of the experience of Freezer Pops.
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