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.
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!
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!
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!
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!)
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