Irish Taste Club Subscription Box Review – April 2016
Irish Taste Club is a new monthly subscription box that features award-winning Irish artisan foods.
Boxes are packed with small-batch products from independent Irish producers and are shipped directly to your door!
Products are selected by a panel of experts, and subscribers can expect to receive everything from “chocolate and desserts, jams and chutneys, [to] snacks or spices.”
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the subscription review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Irish Taste Club
The Cost: $49 per month (Discounts are available with a 3 or 12 month subscription.)
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code ITC10!
The Products: “The best small-batch products sourced from independent makers across Ireland.”
Ships to: US & Ireland
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Irish Taste Club included a printout with information on the included products and their producers.
On the reverse, they’ve included a recipe for bread pudding.
O’Donnell’s Mature Cheese and Red Onion Crisps (125 g.)- €2 (approximately $2.25 USD)
Cheese & onion is one of my all-time favorite flavors for potato chips, and I’m so sad that it’s not a flavor that’s readily available in the US. These crisps are made with real cheddar from the Little Milk Company in Tipperary, and they’re some of the best I’m ever had! Om nom nom!
Follain Marmalade with Irish Whiskey (3.70 g.)- $7.99
I received a jar of Follain’s Strawberry & Passion Fruit Preserves in my last Irish Taste Club box, and it disappeared pretty quickly. It was delicious, but I like this flavor even more. The whisky adds a roundness and depth of flavor that’s really fantastic.
Red Rooster Coffee (270 g.)- $10
Red Rooster is a small-batch Irish roaster based in County Meath. I received “Bantam’s Brew,” which is a take on Mocha-Java, the world’s oldest coffee blend. It’s made with Ethiopian and Sumatran beans. Unfortunately, the coffee isn’t really to my taste. The roast is darker than I usually prefer, and I found the flavor to be fairly flat (lacking brightness and richness).
Harnett’s Rapeseed Oil Blackcurrant Vinaigrette (160 ml)- £2.56 (approximately $3.69 USD)
(Note: I can’t find this particular flavor of vinaigrette on the Harnett’s site, so I’ve linked to a different flavor.) I’m so excited to see a salad dressing in this box! (It seems like I very rarely receive salad dressing in subscription boxes, but it’s definitely an item I would be happy to see more often.) This dressing is made with local blackcurrants and rapeseed oil from plants the Harnett family has been growing on their property for over 400 years!
Our Daily Bread Soda Bread– £3 (approximately $4.33 USD)
Irish soda bread is often eaten at breakfast alongside sausage, bacon, and eggs. This “bake at home” soda bread requires only water, so it’s super easy to make. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
Irish Atlantic Chili & Paprika Salt (110 g.)- $9.99
This sea salt is gathered from the western shores of Ireland.
The addition of chili and paprika makes it a great addition to grilled fish, chicken, and meat.
Cocoa Bean Chocolate Company Milk Chocolate with Rose & Pistachio (75 g.)- €3.50 (approximately $3.93 USD)
Rose and pistachio is one of my favorite flavor combinations! (I love floral flavors!)
I usually prefer dark chocolate over milk, but I think this bar is delicious as-is. I’m a big fan!
Verdict: I’m really impressed with the variety of items included in this box from Irish Taste Club! Except for the coffee, I think I’m thrilled with every single item in the box. Irish Taste Club says their subscription is “like an Irish farmers’ market direct to your door,” and it definitely has that feel to it. I love that they support small Irish producers, and I think this box is a great way to discover Irish artisanal products that are difficult (or impossible!) to find in the US. The retail value of the items totals approximately $42, which comes fairly close to breaking even with the cost of the box. I typically like to see the retail value at least break even with the cost of the box, but I have to make an exception here. Since all of the items are made in Ireland (and most are unavailable or difficult to find in the US), I think it would be impossible to purchase the items in this box for $42 (unless you were shopping in Ireland). Given this, I think the price is definitely fair.
What do you think of this box from Irish Taste Club?