Indulge in the smooth, easy-drinking Red Waragi Gin from Ingufu Gin, Rwanda's leading gin distillery. This gin is the perfect blend of quality and craftsmanship, made with the finest botanicals and infused with juniper berries, coriander, and a hint of citrus.
Red Waragi Gin is the ideal drink when you want something refreshing, with a light and clean taste that is sure to please. Its smooth finish makes it perfect when mixed with passionfruit juice, giving you a unique and tropical taste that is perfect for any occasion.
Crafted with the highest standards, Red Waragi Gin is an excellent rival to Uganda Waragi, known for its superior quality and taste. Ingufu Gin has created a gin that can compete with the best, and it's only a matter of time before it becomes the new favourite in your liquor cabinet.
So, whether you're in the mood for a refreshing cocktail or want to enjoy a gin and tonic, Red Waragi Gin is the perfect choice. It's unique taste and smooth finish will surely delight your taste buds, making it a must-have for any gin enthusiast.
The History of Gin in Rwanda
Gin, in one form or another, is known in East Africa as Waragi. It’s a distilled banana-based spirit containing gin botanicals. Until recently, gin or enguli as homemade gin was predominantly a Ugandan product. However, in the 2010s, several Rwandan companies entered the marketplace, bringing local competition and Rwanda’s answer to the famous Uganda Waragi Gin.
Uganda Waragi, or its homemade counterparts, make up almost 80% of all the alcohol drunk in Uganda, and Rwanda is fast following this trend.
Red Waragi is brewed to perfection by the Rwandan company Ingufu Gin Ltd. It’s a botanical first gin – flavoursome, distinct, but not overpowering. Like all great gins, the consumer gets that wonderful waft of juniper scent each time the bottle is opened.
Gin arrived in East Africa during the British Colonial rule. Likely to be the only part of colonial times thought of affectionately, British Soldiers introduced gin to the Ugandans, which was an instant hit. Sadly like many other colonial laws, the British rulers decided that only British-imported Gin could be drunk in Uganda – which, fortunately, was protested vigorously by the Ugandan political parties of the time. When the UPC party took power in the 1960s, it ordered Uganda's first distillery to be built. The factory was staffed with a group of 26 blenders who formed the Association of Uganda Distillers and Vitners, which master blender Joel Sentamu headed.
Joel and his team created a unique gin by the lake shores in Port Bell, and the fresh waters of Lake Victoria. It was this gin recipe which ultimately became the world-famous Uganda Waragi.
Despite being content with Uganda Waragi as a drink of choice in Rwanda for many years, ultimately, Rwanda wanted to bring its flavour to the table – Red Waragi. Unlike its predecessor, the Rwandan version is soft, smooth and almost silky in texture.
Until the recent creation of Rwandan spirits, Rwanda was a beer-drinking country in the main.
The most popular commercially produced beers drunk in Rwanda include Primus, Mützig and Amstel. In rural areas, urwagwa is a beer made from the fermented juice of bananas that have been mixed with roasted sorghum flour.