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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2017

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.”

The presentation of this box is amazing. One of the best unboxing experiences I’ve ever had!

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.)

The Subscription Box: Robb Vices

The Cost: $89.95 + shipping (For reference, shipping to DC is $7.95.) (less with longer subscriptions)

COUPON: Use code LUXURY50 or TURNTABLE to save $50 off your first subscription (LUXURY50) or receive a FREE Altec Lansing ALT-500 Bluetooth Turntable valued at $149 (TURNTABLE.).

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 ships to all states except ND, UT.

Check out all of our Robb Vices Reviews and find other specialty boxes in the Artisan Subscription Box Directory!

Keep track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription box list or wishlist!

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

This box is all the art of being a gentleman.

Now, on to the items!

Highspire Whiskey – Value $48

This whiskey is made from 100% rye grain, and its history goes back to 1823!

Originally established in 1823 by Irish immigrant Robert Wilson, Highspire Rye Whiskey was one of America’s most well-known brands prior to Prohibition. Wilson crafted his whiskey using 100% rye grains, combining those grains with pure water from the artesian wells of Highspire, Pennsylvania. Known for its pure quality, in those days Highspire was actually prescribed by physicians to cure various ailments.

Although the Highspire brand was ultimately a casualty of Prohibition, causing it to disappear from the market for nearly 100 years, winemaker Austin Hope has recently taken it upon himself to revive the brand and create a pure, 100% rye whiskey worthy of the Highspire name. “The exciting part about what we’re doing with Highspire is that we’re really bringing back the first American rye that was ever produced,” says Hope.

Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey is made from 100% specialty rye grains grown on the historic Waldeck Farm in Crestwood, Kentucky, which is only a few hundred yards from the distillery, Kindred Distilled Spirits. Once the grains have been milled, mashed and distilled, the resulting spirit is aged in California wine barrels, which balances the fresh, plump rye character with notes of fruit and spice from the wine, as well as vanilla, caramel and oak from the staves themselves.

I’m not much of a whiskey drinker, so I got some help with this review! The feedback is that this whiskey is good, and it definitely has a classic whiskey flavor/heat that stays with you.

And this whiskey also came with bitters and simple syrup for making a cocktail:

18:21 Bitters Rich Simple Syrup in Rosemary Sage – Value $9.50

This is one of the best simple syrups I’ve ever tried! (I’m not a huge cocktail maker, but I love mixing flavored simple syrups with sparkling wine.) The rosemary sage is such a unique flavor, too.

18:21 Bitters Havanna and Hide Bitters – Value $10

Like the syrup, these bitters are made with simple, all-natural ingredients.

This recipe has “notes of Sandalwood, Chicory, and Clove,” making it perfect to pair with whiskey.

Robb Vices included an updated Old Fashioned recipe featuring the whiskey, syrup, and bitters, too:

And to garnish the cocktail, we have dried citrus slices:

Dardimans California Crispy Mandarin Slices – Value $2

These are SO good! No sugar or anything else added – just simple dried fruit. I know I’m supposed to save them for cocktails, cheese plates, etc, but I just ate them straight out of the bag!

Dardimans California Crispy Blood Orange Slices – Value $2

Both were fantastic, but the Mandarin were my favorite. I did manage to save one for a cocktail, though:

This made for an excellent cocktail – no ingredient was too overpowering.

(And if you’re admiring that cocktail glass, no worries, it is in the box, too!)

Sempli Cupa Rocks Glasses – Value $50

These lead-free crystal glasses are gorgeous – and the swirling rotation creates oxygenation of your liquor and promotes an aromatic experience, too.

Q Drinks Ginger Ale – Value $2.50

We discovered Q Drinks a few years ago thanks to subscription boxes, and they make fantastic natural sodas and mixers. (They also don’t use as much sugar as other sodas, so the taste isn’t overly sweet.)

And my husband’s favorite soda is ginger ale, so he was particularly thrilled to see this in the box. (It’s officially his favorite ginger ale of all time!)

You can mix this with the whiskey for a Whiskey Ginger, or drink it straight up like Eric did!

Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels in Sea Salt & Vanilla – Value $10

These caramels are made with al natural and organic ingredients. (We’ve already sampled these once before thanks to the Summer POPSUGAR Must Have Limited Edition box, and they are a hit!)

They are soft caramels that melt in your mouth. They are double wrapped, too, so they are the perfect type of summer treat to ship!

Tommy John $50 Code

And lastly, Robb Vices included a $50 code for Tommy John. Eric was in need of some new ankle socks for summer, so this was perfect timing!

This code is for $50 off any purchase. No minimum purchase required. Shipping is an additional $4.95.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $184 (that’s counting the Tommy John gift code.) If you don’t count that, it’s $134, which is on the low end for Robb Vices, but still great in my opinion for such a luxe box.

This particular box wasn’t entirely a hit for me because I’m not a whiskey drinker, but my husband Eric loved everything in the box – so it’s a winner!

(I have a feeling that with a few more months of Robb Vices, we’ll have the most impressive bar ever!)

What do you think of this box from Robb Vices?

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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Comments (37)

  1. I’m pretty let down by July’s box, which is to be my husband’s first of a three month sub. I get that the tequila is pricey and high end overall (the bottle is quite stunning) but the only other inclusion is a small pack of dried fruit? I kept digging hoping there was more but came up with only foam packing. My husband doesn’t like tequila in particular at all so it’s going to be a $100+ decorative bottle to display only. I certainly hope the following two months are more in line with past offerings. I feel like many do in such situations, where you’ve followed a sub for months and loved it only to sub and have it be a sad letdown.

    • seriously? Just 2 items? Whew I almost subscribed. Tequila is yuck!

      • maybe now is the best time to subscribe then! unlikely to be more tequila for the foreseeable future

  2. Did you miss the ginger beer bottle under the ginger ale bottle?

  3. Almost as soon as I opened the box I immediately hopped on the Tommy John site and used my coupon to order a pair of pajama pants. Had to pay an extra $13 for shipping and going a little over the value of the coupon, but that’s okay. I received the pants today and I’m pretty sure they were weaved by angels. They are silky soft and insanely comfortable. They’re not fashionable or sexy, but I couldn’t care less. I’m going to live in these until they fall apart. Then I’ll probably order another pair.

    • weaved by angels??? I’m super tempted to buy these now…

      • They’re heavenly! Ok, I’m gonna cut it out with the corny metaphor now 🙂

    • Ooh can you share the name of them?? I want pj pants weaved by angels!

      • Lol! I ordered the Second Skin Lounge Pant. With the $50 coupon I had to pay an extra $9 for them plus shipping. But like I said, the quality of the pants I received are great so I don’t mind the extra charge that much.

  4. I love this box but I was hoping for a more summer time theme. Maybe rum or tequila. Whiskey is just not a summer drink. I didn’t like last months at all because I don’t like wine and every thing in that box was wine related. That leather wine carrier was ridiculous! Lol
    But seriously they should have sent a summer theme with rum or tequila.

    • The July 2016 rum box is still one of my favorites! I’m hoping they do rum or tequila again in a box soon.

      • That’s what I want. Whiskey doesn’t scream summer, it screams winter. But maybe it’s just me. This was the last month of my three month sub and I’m not sure I’ll resub.

      • For me, whiskey means the start of summer and horse racing season 😊 While it may have been more appropriate in May (or for receipt at end of April), mint juleps are a perfect summer drink!

  5. I wish they could show the contents of the box before you buy. I get that subs don’t work that way but for a high price and box with quite a variety.. either all alcohol or a variety of cool gadgets… i would probably sub. I don’t like the alcohol boxes like this but I’m in love with the rest of them.

  6. Hey Liz,

    Do you know if this is the box I would receive if I started a sub now? I’d love to gift this to my dad! TIA

    • I just signed up today and they said I would be billed on the 25th of June to receive July’s box. I really wanted this box too but I’m sure the next boxes will be great also!! Liz, I sure hope you get something(more than just boxes) from these subs because I would never have signed up for my 10+ subs if not for MSA. I’m happy…my husband maybe not so much.

      • Thank you! They wound up getting back to me on Facebook saying I would be getting July- total bummer because I LOVE this box for Father’s Day but I still can’t wait to see what’s up next month!

        Also- heads up- they’re giving away a June box on their Instagram!

  7. I want this box in its entirety. Love it!

  8. We love whiskey so I’m excited to get this box. Unfortunately they recently changed shipping so I can’t get delivery moved to a FedEx location and it’s tough to be home during the day. Otherwise I love this sub so far.

    • Miccarty, I’m rarely home during the day so I contacted RV and they now ship my box directly to the FedEx store. I pick it up when I get the delivery email and I don’t have to worry about my schedule. Maybe this will work for you too.

      • Thank you for that info Kelly! I had to wait until 3 failed attempts, then pick it up at a FedEx location that required me to go through a metal detector and sit with security while I waited for my box (it was very odd). You’re saving me 45 minutes and I get to avoid a weird situation 😄

  9. Not feeling this box. If I get my shipping confirmation and someone on the Nashville tn area wants to swap something luxe or I’ll sell the box for cost let me know. Otherwise I’ll list everything but the alcohol since that can’t be shipped.

    • I’ll swap with you! Not sure how that works but this box would be perfect for my husband!

      • Cool. When I get it I will find you’re swap info. None of this will get used at our house. 🙁

  10. This is my first box with Robb vices after pining over it for almost a year! I’m so excited! I’m not a big whiskey person, but I do enjoy whiskey sours, so I’ll use it for that! And I do have a good recipe for a jack Daniels Mac and cheese… I bet this recipe would be even better with a nicer whiskey! So excited about the luxe glasses- mine should be shipping soon!!

    I subscribed using code “extrabox” which means I will get a former month sent to me at some point soon. I’m so excited!!!

  11. I always enjoy these reviews!

    This sub is on my “most wanted” list for sure. When my grandpa was alive, he just loved a great whiskey. (For those who may not know, whisky is the spelling Scots use, and whiskey is the spelling Irish and Americans use!)

    If you received this box and don’t know what to do with the whiskey, try a Manhattan, or an Old Fashioned, or a Whiskey Sour! These will showcase the fine whiskey you received, and will be delicious, too!

  12. This box was a huge miss for me 🙁 I don’t really drink or know anyone who drinks whiskey. I will sell/swap the whole box to anyone in San Diego! Otherwise anyone who wants to swap for non alc items click on my name! The glasses are so beautiful but what a waste in my house. I can definitely see how this would be someone’s ideal box though! As I opened it everything felt so well thought out and luxe!

    • I just sent you a request.

  13. My fiancé loved this box. Last months was not his favorite, so he was very happy with this. I think this was just the kind of box/curation that he was hoping for from Rob Vices.

    Nothing will top the April box but the glasses are such a gorgeous design and the whiskey was a hit. I love the dried fruits as a garnish (and they’re delicious) and love that a fellow Armenian makes them nearby in Glendale.

    We’ve had syrup from 18:12 before but not bitters and 18:12 never dissapoint. Basically it was a great box. I’m so glad we got in before the price jump. I don’t know who looks forward to it more every month.

  14. My 27 yr old son would absolutely love this sub box. I keep watching the reviews and am seriously thinking about getting my son 6 months for his 28th birthday in Sept. Or…I could wait and get as a Christmas gift. Does anyone know if they’ve done any special deals for Black Friday?

    • Last year for Black Friday they did a code where you got an extra box with a subscription but right now I think you can use the code “extrabox” and get the same deal now. Last year they didn’t do as many deal codes but it seems this year they’ve been doing more so for Black Friday I’m sure they will do something similar again.

      • Thank you! I just signed up for myself and my husband. I’m still debating about when to get a sub for my son…birthday or Christmas?

      • Did you ever receive the extra box? I joined back in April with the code and I can’t get a straight answer when I am getting it??? thanks:((

  15. Hi Liz, did you get the ginger beer? It was under the ginger ale. My beer bottle came broken so they are sending me a replacement.

    • !! I just found the ginger beer bottle thanks to your comment. I’ll get it photographed and added to the review. Thanks for the tip!

      • I wouldn’t have found it neither if someone hadn’t posted a pic of both bottles, haha.

    • so did mine!i haven’t had a chance to tell them yet but somehow it didn’t get all over the box! Just some shards on the ginger ale bottle.

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