Robb Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016
Robb Vices is “a membership program centered on a monthly delivery of storied treasures.”
Each month, they send a collection of curated products and/or experiences.
Subscribers should expect boxes to include “vices” like “exceptional wines and spirits to enjoy, foods to taste, tools, toys, accessories, and gadgets.”
Items are securely packed in laser-cut foam.
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: Robb Vices
The Cost: $74.95 + shipping (Shipping costs may vary. For reference, shipping to DC is $7.95.)
COUPON: Use code MSAVICELOVE to receive a bonus gift in your first box when you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription!
The Products: Each box contains a curated selection of products and experiences and provides subscribers with a taste of the good life!
Ships to: US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
With each shipment, Robb Vices sends out a glossy booklet that outlines the products and curation story of each box.
The booklet is very well designed, and it includes beautiful photographs and lots of information about the included products.
This month’s box features two great products from Oregon: Bitterman Salt Company and Lompoc Brewery!
There are also a couple of recipes provided this month.
I’ve wanted a Himalayan salt block like this FOR YEARS, but I never got around to buying one because it always seemed like such an indulgence. When I opened up this box, I swear I did a little celebratory salt block dance.
This block is large (definitely large enough for a couple of steaks or fish filets), and it weighs a ton! Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to weigh it on my kitchen scale— it clocks in at over 10 pounds!!
Salt blocks like this can be heated and used as a cooking surface for meat and veggies or as a presentation board for things like fruit, cheese, and charcuterie. Either way, the flavor of the salt will subtly season what’s placed on top. I haven’t done too much research yet into salt block cooking, but according to the provided booklet I should be able to heat the salt block directly on top of my gas stovetop. Mark Bitterman (the founder of Bitterman Salt Company) spent an entire year exploring the different ways to use blocks like this in cooking, and I’m now VERY tempted to purchase his Salt Block Cooking Cookbook!
These smaller Himalayan salt rocks can be grated on top of dishes as a finishing salt, but they’re so pretty I’m not sure I want to destroy them! I might place them on my bookshelf for now…
Bitterman’s Fleur de Sel (2.5 lb.)- $12
Fleur de Sel is one of my favorite “fancy salts,” and I love using it in desserts (I think it goes really well with sweet things) and on top of unsalted butter. Robb Vices included this in the box because it’s a multi-purpose salt that’s great for everyday use. Traditionally, Fleur de Sel is sourced from Brittany in France, but Bitterman’s version is harvested from Guatemala.
The Meadow Salt Set– $48
This set is absolutely adorable! I love the packaging and the cork toppers!
While Fleur de Sel is a great everyday salt, the salts in this set are specialty varieties with more specific flavor profiles.
The set contains the following salts:
- Pinot Noir Sea Salt
- Buttery Popcorn Salt
- Chocolate Salt
- Bali Reef Salt
- Fleur de Hell Salt
- Kala Namak Salt
Lompoc C-Note India Pale Ale (1 pint 6 fluid ounces)- $4
There are plenty of craft breweries in the Pacific Northwest, and lots of different IPAs to choose from. Robb Vices decided to send this particular brew because they found “none to be as refreshing when paired with perfectly salted and savory foods as a C-Note India Pale Ale from Lompoc Brewing.”
There’s definitely a piney intensity from the hops, but I think this IPA has great balance. It’s herby and sweet, with a nice caramel flavor. I’m a fan!
Verdict: This Robb Vices box was a big giant win for me! I’m so excited that I now have my very own Himalayan salt block, and I can’t wait to play around with different ways to cook and serve on it. I love the salt set, salt rocks, beer, and Fleur de Sel, too! The retail value of the items in this box comes to $114, which is good considering the cost of the box. It’s not nearly as high as some of Robb Vices’ previous box values, but I can’t begin to imagine how expensive this box was to ship. (If I had to guess, I’d say the entire box probably weighed in at around 17-20 pounds!)
Have you tried Robb Vices? What do you think of the luxuries they sent subscribers this month?