Flaviar Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 2016
Flaviar introduces subscribers to premium liquors from around the world.
Flaviar isn’t a typical subscription, and it’s described as more of a membership. The membership fee is billed quarterly and includes access to special bottles, exclusive deals, tasting packs, online content, and free shipping. Every quarter, members are entitled to one free Tasting Box, just like the one reviewed here.
When you join Flaviar, you’ll also receive a “Welcome to Flaviar” Tasting Box that includes three different whiskies for you to try: Glenkinchie 12 Year Old, Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old, and either Talisker or Lagavulin.
I used to review Flaviar pretty regularly, but this is my first time reviewing a box in over 6 months. Flaviar always had beautiful packaging, but it now looks better than ever!
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. (Membership also includes access to bottle offers, access to the Flaviar Vault, rare, vintage and exclusive drams in bottle and sample size, and free shipping on any number of bottles or Tasting Boxes.)
Ships to: EU and US (All states EXCEPT: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah)
A Note about Shipping: All boxes are shipped from Europe and can take 4-14 days to arrive in the US.
Keep track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription box list or wishlist!
The packaging of this box is so cool. The top of the tube has a paper tab, and when I pulled up on it the top popped off to reveal information about the shipment.
Each bottle came with an accompanying paper info card that provided basic information about the spirit and a visual layout of its tasting notes.
A separate paper laid out the theme for this box, “Born in the USA.”
Interestingly, the top of the tube that popped out is actually a coaster! I’m not sure what it’s made of, but it’s pretty heavy.
This box also included a card introducing the new packaging.
I also received a note welcoming me to the Flaviar club.
While the outer packaging is new, the design of the spirit vials is the same as I remember, and I’m glad— it’s so simple and classy!
Blanton’s Original Single Barrel ($49.99 for 750 ml)
Wow, the smell of this bourbon is amazing. The aroma is sweet and spicy, and the taste, for me, is all about vanilla and caramel. It’s smooth and really just delicious. I think this would be perfect as an after dinner sipper, and I bet it would also be fantastic in coffee.
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky ($32.99 for 750 ml)
The Catoctin Creek distillery is located in Virginia (my neck of the woods!), and I’ve been lucky enough to visit their super cute tasting room in Purcellville. I’m a fan of their rye, and I’ve actually purchased this Roundstone Rye before. The taste is a little sharp to drink straight, in my opinion, but I think it’s great in a Manhattan.
Journeyman Corsets, Whips, & Whiskey ($49.99 for 750 ml)
I thought maybe Journeyman was just trying to be provocative with the name of this whisky until I discovered that their distillery is located in an 1800’s corset and buggy whip factory in Three Oaks, Michigan! Ha! This is a barrel strength (read: potent) whisky that starts out a little sweet and then pretty much kicks you in the face with flavor. There’s so much going on with this whisky! It’s spicy and hot, but also balanced with a caramel toffee flavor that’s really delicious. Yum!
Verdict: It’s been quite a while since I last reviewed Flaviar, and I’m impressed to see that the curation is still strong and that the packaging is better than ever. I’ve always loved Flaviar’s tasting packs, but I think it’s important to note that the cost of membership is very high. At $60 per quarter, I think Flaviar is best for those who plan to purchase regularly from the Flaviar site. I don’t think one tasting pack per quarter is worth the membership cost, so I imagine Flaviar will appeal most to those who order spirits online regularly enough to benefit from the free shipping that comes with a Flaviar membership.
Do you like trying spirits from around the world? What do you think of Flaviar?