Flaviar Subscription Box Review – March 2016
Flaviar introduces subscribers to premium liquors from around the world.
They curate and send sample packs that allow subscribers to sample various spirits before committing to the purchase of a full-sized bottle.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Flaviar
The Cost: $60 per quarter
The Products: Quarterly curated tasting packs that contain 3 x 1.5 oz. vials of premium spirits from around the world.
Ships to: EU and US (All states EXCEPT: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah)
A Note about Shipping: Tasting packs ship from Slovenia. Shipping is free for the tasting packs, but they typically take 10-21 business days to reach US destinations.
Flaviar has recently changed their subscription model and pricing. Their new subscription program is called the “Flaviar Speakeasy” and costs $60 per quarter.
Every quarter, subscribers receive a themed tasting pack that features 3 x 1.5 oz. vials of spirits.
Flaviar Speakeasy members will also receive personalized bottle recommendations, access to exclusive bottlings, and free shipping.
If you sign up for a new Flaviar subscription, you will be enrolled in the Flaviar Speakeasy program.
This review is of the “Up in Smoke” Tasting Pack. This pack is no longer available for sale, and this box is not representative of what you will receive if you sign up for a new Flaviar subscription.
If you would like to purchase a one-time tasting pack, prices start at $40.99 and packs can be found here.
My tasting pack included tasting instructions and notes on each spirit included in the box.
The Chase Distillery was founded by Williams Chase, an English potato farmer with a passion for creating premium potato vodka, gin, cider, wine, and flavored liqueur. To give the vodka its smoky flavor, they place water inside a smoke house for five days and then use it to make vodka. This provides a light, natural smokiness that makes this vodka a great addition to cocktails like Bloody Marys and Dirty Martinis.
This top-quality Mexican spirit is made from 100% Espadin “blue” agave and slow roasted over wood and lava stones. It’s oak-aged and is herby, smoky, peppery, zesty, and sweet.
Considering the theme of this tasting pack, it’s no surprise to see a Scotch whisky included! Ardmore Legacy is a lightly plated Scotch with notes of apple, toffee, citrus, and coffee. I love peaty whisky (the smokier the better!), and I think this has a great balance of smoke and flavor.
Corsair Triple Smoke is an American bourbon that uses three fractions of malted barley that are smoked over cherry wood, peat, and beechwood. This mix is the result of relentless experimenting (peat is commonly used in Scotch and beechwood in German Rauchbier), and the resulting flavor is unique and interesting.
This spirit is a smoked brandy made from gentian roots picked below in the Alps. They provide “earthy, leathery, and smoky tones” and give this brandy a “thick, crisp, and lightly spicy [flavor] with a sweet pear zing.”
Verdict: I’m always impressed with Flaviar’s packaging, and I think they do a wonderful job curating their tasting packs. I have some concerns about the shift in price and value in the new Flaviar Speakeasy program (when I first started reviewing Flaviar, the price was $39.99 per month for a 5 vial tasting pack, whereas the new model is $60 per quarter for a 3 vial tasting pack), but I’m going to reserve judgement until I’ve sampled the new subscription firsthand.
Do you like trying spirits from around the world? Have you tried Flaviar?