Irish Taste Club Subscription Box Review + Coupon- August 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.
Boutique Bake Lemon Drizzle Cake (365 g.)- € 3.99 (approximately $4.46USD)
This kit contains everything you need (except butter and eggs) to make a lemon drizzle cake!
The kit yields enough batter to fill one 2 pound loaf or a large pan. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but the photos on the Boutique Bake website look yummy!
Follain Blackcurrant Jam (370 g.)- $7.49
Blackcurrant is a flavor that’s not often found in American products, but it’s one of my favorites! In Britain and Ireland, blackcurrants are often used in preserves, and they’re also used to flavor candy. (It’s rare to find grape candy across the pond- usually purple candy is flavored with blackcurrant instead!) This jam is delicious, and I can’t wait to eat it on toast tomorrow morning!
Crossogue Preserves Irish Harvest Fruit Chutney (375 g.)- €4.00 (approximately $4.47USD)
Irish Taste Club recommends eating this chutney with cheese on oatcakes or stirring a little into curry right before it’s done cooking. I love chutney with cheese and crackers, and I can’t wait to put some of this out the next time I have company over.
Ditty’s Irish Smoked Oatcakes (150 g.)- €3.99 (approximately $4.46USD)
I feel in love with oatcakes when I lived in Scotland a few years ago, and they’re still one of my favorite kinds of cracker.
I love them paired with sharp cheddar or Wensleydale cheese.
Wild About Nettle Syrup (250 ml.)- €4.50 (approximately $5.03USD)
Nettle syrup? What an interesting product! Nettle has been shown to have blood cleansing properties, and Irish Taste Club recommends mixing it with sparkling water or prosecco. Both sound delicious!
Cocoa Bean Chocolate Company Dark Hot Chocolate (175 g.)- €4.30 (approximately $4.81USD)
The Kerry-based Cocoa Bean Chocolate Company crafts this hot chocolate mix from high quality dark chocolate. The callets can be melted into milk for a rich mug of hot chocolate. I haven’t made hot chocolate yet, but I did sneak a taste of the chocolate, and I’m pleased to report that it’s delicious. (It also arrived in great, unmelted condition!)
Gluten Free Honeyed Almond & Rosemary Sodabread Toasts by The Foods of Athenry (110 g.)- € 3.95 (approximately $4.41USD)
These gluten and egg free toasts are made with rosemary and crunchy almonds. They can be eaten alone or with hard cheeses.
Verdict: I really like discovering small-batch Irish foods with Irish Taste Club. The subscription is described as being “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 $35, 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?