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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2017

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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.

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Subscribers should expect boxes to include “vices” like “exceptional wines and spirits to enjoy, foods to taste, tools, toys, accessories, and gadgets.”

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Items are packed securely 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.)

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The Subscription Box: Robb Vices

The Cost: $74.95 + shipping (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: Robb Vices is no longer accepting new members from the following states: AL, DE, KY, MA, MS, ND, SD, and UT.. (Note that current subscribers in these states will be able to continue their subscriptions, but that no new subscriptions in these states will be accepted.)

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With each shipment, Robb Vices sends out a glossy booklet that outlines the products and curation story of each box.

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This month’s box is all about spice!

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Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur (750 ml.)- $34.99

 This month’s box was absolutely packed full of items, but this large bottle of chile liqueur caught my eye right away. I’ve never tried chile liqueur before, but my mind immediately started racing with possibilities and ideas for how to use it. Margaritas! Frozen daiquiris! Robb Vices included a couple of their own ideas and cocktail recipes, as well as some small bottles of liquor to aid in the cocktail making:

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Reyka Icelandic Vodka (50 ml.)- $3.99

Flor de Caña Gran Reserva (50 ml.)- $3.99

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey (50 ml.)- $3.29 

These little mini bottles include: Reyka Icelandic Vodka, Flor de Caña 7 Year Old Gran Reserva Rum, and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.

 I used the Flor de Caña 7 Year Old Gran Reserva Rum and Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur to make an Ancho Daiquiri, one of the suggested drinks:

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In addition to the rum and chile liqueur, this recipe utilizes lime juice and Royal Rose Three Chile Syrup, which was also included in this box (and is showcased further down in the review). This cocktail was so interesting! It was tangy, sweet, smoky, and a little spicy. I think this would be an absolutely perfect cocktail for Cinqo de Mayo! (Bring on the chips and salsa!)

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Serious Cheesy Puffs Sriracha Cheddar (3 oz.)- $5.67

Next up, I sampled these cheddar corn puffs. Here’s a close up of them: 

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I love sriracha, so these puffs are right up my alley! I never think of sriracha as being super spicy, but these puffs pack a healthy punch of heat. The flavor is great, and I love that these are made without genetically modified ingredients. I have a feeling that they won’t last long in my house.

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No. 5 NW Elixirs Hott Jolokia Ghost Pepper (9 oz.)- $12

A spicy box wouldn’t be complete without some hot sauce, so Robb Vices included this ghost pepper elixir. Interestingly, this sauce is made by aging ghost peppers in rum barrels from Portland’s Bull Run Distillery. The aging process helps this sauce absorb the flavor of the rum and gives it an island vibe. It’s really tasty… and VERY spicy! I love that there’s a sweetness that helps balance out the spice.

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Hank Sauce Cilanktro Hot Sauce (8 oz.)- $14

… and here’s another hot sauce! This one is made with fresh cilantro, which adds a surprising freshness to the flavor. Whereas the NW Elixirs hot sauce is sweet and spicy, I’d describe this one as fresh and tangy. Cilanktro can be used on salads, over vegetables, and as a marinade for shrimp and fish. I’m a big fan of this sauce— I tried adding it to guacamole, and I really enjoyed how it amped up the flavor. 

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Royal Rose Three Chile Simple Syrup (8 oz.)- $11.50

I’ve tried a number of Royal Rose Syrups before, but this one is new to me. It’s made with fresh poblanos, jalapeños, and dried ancho chiles, and it’s sweet, spicy, and smoky. I used it to make the Ancho Daiquiri (featured above), and I can’t wait to experiment with it and try it in some other cocktails!

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Righteous Felon Habanero Escobar Beef Jerky (2 oz.)- $9.99

Righteous Felon is another brand I know and like, and I’ve actually had this jerky before. I’m a fan of spicy jerky, and this one is great. There’s definitely a good bit of heat to it, but the spice is balanced out with just enough sweetness. The heat does build as you eat it, though.

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Little Bird Dark Chocolate Fire Bark with Crushed Candied Jalapeños (1.5 oz.)- $6.99

Speaking of spice that builds, this chocolate is not for the weak at heart! I thought that “candied jalapeno” might mean that this chocolate has a mellow, sweet jalapeño flavor, but the spice level is higher than I anticipated.

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It’s delicious, but I had to take a break after I ate my first piece in order to let the fire extinguish a little before going back for piece number two. Even though it’s spicy, there’s a nice balance of flavor— I get a little sweetness, a little saltiness, and a nice creaminess from the chocolate.

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Melissa’s Dried Oaxaca Chiles (1 oz.)- $5.83

The last two items in this box are a couple of dried chiles from Melissa’s. 

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The first one is a large jar of dried oaxaca chiles, and Robb Vices included a recipe for Oaxaca Chile-Rubbed Bone-In Rib Eye Steaks.

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Melissa’s Ghost Peppers (.25 oz)- $3.93

The next dried chile, Melissa’s Ghost Peppers, kicks up the spice level a little bit. The booklet actually comes with the following warning: “Ghost peppers are extremely hot. Handle with care.”

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Robb Vices recommends using these peppers to make Ghost Pepper Veggie Soup with Kale. I think I’ll give the soup a try, but I may try and pick up some disposable gloves before I try handling these puppies!

Verdict: I had a lot of fun with this box, and I enjoyed trying so many different spicy products! Robb Vices has a knack for curating boxes that almost always feel unique and surprising, and this box is no exception. The retail value of the items in this month’s box comes to just over $116. As far as Robb Vices Boxes go, that’s on the lower end of what I’ve come to expect, but it’s still well above the subscription cost, so I’m pleased!

What do you think of this box from Robb Vices?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

16 Comments

  1. This box would make the perfect gift for my hubby, but they are not accepting customers from Kentucky!? I wonder why that is?

    • There’s always an issue to mailing alcohol there especially since there are so many dry counties. I think they just don’t want to deal with the hassle.

  2. I LOVE the curation on this box, perfect all around (I love spice)

  3. I loved this months box😍 Loved it. Robb Vices is one of my 5 boxes that I will never ever cancel no matter what. They are an amazing company and I adore that it’s family owned and a family as a company.

    • Hi Courtney, can I ask what the other 4 boxes you won’t give up are? I have gone through so many the past couple of years and as of yesterday am now just Robb Vices, PSLE and FFF. I may add back PS monthly and Adidas, but I only need so many tennis shoes. Thanks! Had Allure until yesterday, but still will do occasional Target and RZ BOX.

  4. I am jealous of this box. I love spice! I think this box is on my wish list for the future because I’m always coveting this sub!

  5. I love Robb Vices! My favorite box all month. March was packed with tasty surprises. My husband and I have had a great week sampling all the treats, mixing cocktails and enjoying new recipe spices. A perfect selection!

  6. I was a little disappointed this month. I was hoping it would be St Patricks day themed! Also I was a little surprised that the value was so low considering they have kinda set the bar for being a higher value box.

      • Thanks so much for posting this. This was the last month of my current subscription and I’ve been going back and forth about whether to renew as a part of me was convinced that they would come out with their best month yet as soon as I did :-). Looks like I might have been right. I’ll probably switch to M2M and see what happens.

  7. I have been debating a subscription for this box, but I have waited too long. I live in KY and we are on the list of closed subscriptions 😕 I am guessing it has to do with the state’s ban on alcohol shipments from outside the state. The bourbon lobby is real here.

  8. I hate spicy foods so this box was a huge fail for me. I’ve been able to give some of it away but for the most part I haven’t had any fun with it. By curating a box that has nothing but consumables that all revolve around one extreme flavor, it shuts out everyone who either doesn’t like it or can’t eat it.

  9. This looks great! I’d love to get this box but I don’t think the mailroom at work would appreciate the extra work of having to distribute heavy non-work related packages to people.

    • Since they ship FedEx, when you get the notice you have a package coming, you can go in and have it held at a FedEx location. That is what I do most months when I can’t be home for delivery. It is a nice option so you can still get the box. 😊

  10. That looks awesome! I would love to sub this box, but it’s a little out of my price range. Maybe someday in the future.

  11. I hope everyone that gets this likes spicy!! I personally do not, so this would be a complete bust for me!

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