Irish Taste Club Subscription Box Review + Coupon- July 2016
Irish Taste Club is a 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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Irish Taste Club includes a printout with information on the included products and their producers.
On the reverse, there are a couple of recipes.
I also received a couple of promotional brochures for items in the box.
And a handwritten letter from the founder of Irish Taste Club.
Newgrange Gold Garden Herbs & Lemon Rapeseed Oil– €2.43 (approximately $2.68 USD)
This oil won a silver medal at the Irish Food Awards! It’s blended with thyme, sage, parsley, and lemon and can be used on fish, chicken, roasted veggies, or over salad.
Ballymaloe Original Sauce– $6.19
This isn’t listed on the info sheet, so I’m assuming it was added at the last minute in place of Ed Hicks Bacon Jam (which is listed on the sheet, but isn’t in the box).
Tomato relish is popular throughout the UK and Ireland, and it’s often served on hamburgers. (It also goes well with grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled meats, and sausages.) I lived in the UK for a few years when I was younger, and this is one of those products I really missed when I left. It’s difficult to find in the US, so I’m thrilled to see it in this box!
S.D. Bell’s Belfast Tea– £2.50 (approximately $3.30 USD)
I received this tea in a previous Irish Taste Box, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a full-flavored black tea that’s great with a splash of milk. Fun fact: this tea was served on the Titanic!
Maria Lucia Bakes Cranberry, Coconut & Chia Seed Granola– €5.99 (approximately $6.61 USD)
This granola is gluten, wheat, salt, and dairy free. It’s made with a “yummy blend of juicy cranberries, toasted coconut, chia seeds, crunchy sunflower and pumpkin seeds, rolled oats infused with honey and natural vanilla.” I’m a fan of this product, but I wouldn’t call it granola. To me, this is more like muesli.
These chips are made with actual shamrocks! What’s more Irish than that!? They taste pretty similar to sour cream & onion chips, but the shamrocks add a nice, interesting flavor. It’s difficult to describe, actually. I wouldn’t call shamrock “herby.” I suppose it just tastes a little “green.”
The Foods of Athenry “Just Oats” Flapjack Mini Bites– € 3.95 (approximately $4.36 USD)
Thanks to Graze, I’ve become a big fan of flapjacks! These are gluten free and baked with margarine (so they’re dairy free, too) and a little added ginger. The ginger flavor is great, but I don’t think they can best my all-time favorite, Graze’s Honeycomb Flapjack.
Skelligs Citrus Truffles– €9.48 (approximately $10.46 USD)
(Note: the package size I received isn’t available on the Skelligs website, so I’ve estimated the price based on the per-gram cost of a smaller bag.)
Unfortunately, nothing signifies that summer is in full swing like melted products in subscription boxes.
These handmade citrus truffles clearly encountered some heat en route. It has been VERY hot lately, so I don’t think these truffles stood a chance. While temperatures can be difficult to predict, I think it’s probably wise for subs to avoid sending truffles in the summer. They have such a low melting point!
Verdict: I really like discovering small-batch Irish foods with Irish Taste Club. I’m a little disappointed that one of the items arrived damaged, but I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the items included in this 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 I received this month totals approximately $36, but I think it would be impossible to purchase these items for that much unless you were shopping in Ireland. If you’re interested in sampling gourmet Irish foods, I would definitely recommend checking out Irish Taste Club!
Have you tried any of the products in this month’s Irish Taste Club?