Accurate Konyagi Alcohol Percentage 2024 & More

What is Konyagi? & Konyagi Alcohol Percentage

Konyagi, produced by Tanzania Distilleries Limited (a subsidiary of Tanzania Breweries Limited), is a white spirit made from molasses (sugarcane) that has an alcohol content of 35% by volume.

Did you come to this post looking for the Uganda Waragi percentage alcohol content?

If so, you are in the right place. Here it is.

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Uganda Waragi Percentage/Uganda Waragi Alcohol Percentage

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Uganda Waragi, produced by East African Breweries Limited, is a triple distilled white spirit made from millet with an alcohol content of 40% by volume. The Uganda Waragi percentage is 40% alcohol by volume.

Based on the products they are made from, Konyagi is a rum while Uganda Waragi is a gin.

Uganda Waragi Ginger/Uganda Waragi Lemon and Ginger

Uganda Waragi now has a new flavour called Uganda Waragi Ginger & Lemon. Check it out below.

My First Experiences with Tanzania Konyagi and Waragi Uganda

When I think about these two spirits and the role they’ve played in my life, I begin to chuckle.

The first time I ever got tipsy (at a cousin’s wedding function where we, the bridesmaids, were trying to pass for older than we really were), I was drinking Konyagi. The first time I ever got drunk (forgive the unladylike admission 😉 ) was the summer before I started university after an evening spent sipping Uganda Waragi and Krest Bitter Lemon at ‘Half London’ in Kampala. Uganda Waragi bottles with Uganda Waragi percentage: Waragi Coco and Krest Bitter Lemon Suffice it to say, these drinks and I go way back!

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The Taste Test: Konyagi Tanzania vs. Uganda Waragi

To describe the taste of these two spirits to you, I could rely on memory. For a more objective analysis, though, I decided to set up a taste test where I could pit these drinks against each other in a more direct way.

To do this, I mixed a cocktail of each spirit and tonic water in a two-to-five ratio (with no lime and no ice cubes), put them in two different glasses, conscripted a volunteer taster who would sample these beverages in a blind taste test, and set out to see how these two spirits truly compared.

konyagi and waragi
Konyagi (Tanzania) and Uganda Waragi

As I laid out the cocktails for the taste test, the first thing that my volunteer taster commented on was that the cocktails looked identical (which was to be expected since Uganda Waragi and Konyagi are both clear spirits).

We then began our test by smelling each cocktail.

Glass A, in my opinion had a stronger smell than Glass B, but my volunteer taster did not agree. Oh well, we agreed to disagree and proceeded to taste each cocktail.

First Impressions: Tanzania Konyagi  vs. Uganda Waragi

My volunteer taster picked up Glass A and took a sip.

Immediately, he correctly recognized it as the cocktail containing Uganda Waragi. (I was a bit surprised by this because I was not aware that my volunteer had ever even tasted Uganda Waragi.)

What can I say? Uganda Waragi has a very distinct flavor.

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After cleansing his palate, he then took a sip from Glass B, the cocktail made with Konyagi.

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Konyagi and Krest Tonic water (Konyagi alcohol percentage)
Tanzania Konyagi goes quite well with tonic water

He instantly started to accuse me of having made a mistake in my proportions. He was sure that I had put less tonic water in the Waragi cocktail than I had in the Konyagi cocktail. I had not.

The fact is that Uganda Waragi has a higher alcohol content than Konyagi and apparently the volunteer taster could taste this (I had never noticed this before).

A quarter of Uganda Waragi with Uganda Waragi alcohol percentage showing

I then tasted both cocktails.

When I tasted the Waragi cocktail, I muttered something under my breath about how wonderful Uganda Waragi is (not kidding!).

I then cleansed my palate and tasted the Konyagi cocktail. Involuntarily, I winced.

Now, let’s be clear: I drink Konyagi regularly and I don’t normally wince when I do. But, somehow, after the Uganda Waragi, the Konyagi tasted unpleasant.

Konyagi Meaning

If you would like to know what the meaning of Konyagi is, click here.

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