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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Aaron’s Note: This was a very early batch of Death’s Door Gin. Some have told me that the formula since these early batches has changed significantly. This review is based on the bottle I bought back in early 2010 and reflects the product and batch I had at the time.
The Botanical Gin revolution is alive and well. I applaud it. Anything that gets people out and talking about gin, or better yet— experimenting boldly with gin is a good thing. Generally, I think a lot of good things have come out of these experiments. There are more delectable varieties of gin out today than I’ve ever seen before. But every now and then, I taste a gin that doesn’t work.
Death’s Door is another gin from the United States, made in Washington Island, Wisconsin (map here, because I didn’t know where that was either) entirely from native botanicals grown on the Island. The gin also fits into a larger picture of local farmers working to promote keep the agricultural community going and to show off the flavors of the great lakes region. This is all great stuff, and really exciting stuff.
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