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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 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)

DEAL – Use code TISTHESEASON save 10%!

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.


Now, on to the items!

Robb Vices Reserve Sparkling Wine – Retail Value $39.95

Now that we have our Sparkling Wine, it’s time to add some drama!

Georg Jensen Champagne Sabre – Retail Value $200

This is a serious saber! It measures about 17.5 inches long, and it’s made of mirror polished stainless steel.

It has a blunt edge, and to use it, follow these instructions:

Hold a Champagne bottle at an angle of approximately 20 degrees and slide the blunt side (the back side) of the sabre along the body of the bottle toward the neck. As the blade hits the lip, the force of it breaks the glass and separates the collar and cork from the neck of the bottle.

Robb Vices also includes instructions:

Eric is ready!

Here we go!

If you’re intimidated by the sabre, it’s actually pretty easy to use, and a fun way to make opening a bottle of champagne more exciting! (Perfect for New Year’s Eve!)

Sparkling wine is pretty much my favorite type of wine, and this one should be popular with just about everyone. It is light and not too sweet. It is great on its own or mixed with something else like…

Gabriel Boudier Creme de Cassis Liqueur – Retail Value $20

This berry liqueur is made with blackcurrants, sugar, and alcohol – no artificial dyes or preservatives!

This is sweet, fruity, and delicious! And I love an easy-to-make cocktail (usually sparkling wine + something else) so this is perfect for me.

Combine one ounce Creme de Cassis with four ounces sparkling wine for the Kir Cocktail.

In addition to the simple Kir Cocktail recipe, Robb Vices also included a recipe for Poached Pears:

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $260. I think that’s a good value for a $97.90 a month box. And I think this is a fabulous celebratory box in time for New Year’s Eve. Do I need a champagne sabre in my life? It’s probably not something I would have ever thought to purchase for myself, but it’s super fun, and it fits what I expect from Robb Vices: indulgent items! 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes. If you sign up before December 15th, your first box will be the December box.

Coupon Use code TISTHESEASON save 10%!

Value Breakdown: At $97.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Sparkling Wine: $15.06
  • Sabre: $75.31
  • Creme de Cassis: $7.53

What do you think of the December box from Robb Vices? Are you going to drink the sparkling wine now or save it for a special occasion?

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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 (27)

  1. We LOVE this box! We had a holiday party over the weekend and sabred 6 bottles! It was so fun! I have been on a blue sparkling wine kick and it got a lot of oohs and aahs snapping the top off those bottles😆

    • how fun!! my invite must have been lost in mail with the RZBOS boxes! 😂


  2. I just checked my tracking and they shipped it to a liquor store an hour from me. Can anyone tell me why? I don’t have time to deal with that the week before Christmas and it’s a gift. Ugh

  3. I bought this for my husband on Black Friday, hoping it would be more his style—but no. He doesn’t drink champagne and would think this is just dumb. I have nobody in my life who wants or needs a sabre. First and last purchase from Robb Vices.

  4. I love this box. I love the saber. I don’t know if I’ll use it but it’s so beautifully made I want to display it.

    I might have carried it with me around the house for a few days and practiced made-up fencing moves🤺🗡⚔️

    Just got champagne glasses today for the Kir cocktail 🍾🥂🗡⚔️

  5. No one is worried about glass in the bottle or it it a totally clean break?

    • The Georg Jensen website says if that done correctly the sabre will make a clean break, but they do recommend pouring a little bit and then discarding it to make sure no one consumes glass that might remain on the edge. I did a search for champagne sabering on YouTube and there are some pretty hilarious fails where a clean break definitely didn’t happen 🙂

      • Popping a cork is so boring, apparently – why pop a cork when you can send glass flying who-knows-where?

    • I read that it is recommended to wipe away possible glass pieces and to check first pour for glass fragments.

    • i’ve done it at a champagne class years ago, it’s fun – we were taught to slide it along bottle different style than eric above 😂

      have seen it done other times as well, never thought about drinking glass bits!

      very nice + well know company who makes saber – he makes a lot of very modern home goods


  6. Be careful when using the saber — I’d also recommend doing it outside like in the .gif. The glass does tend to “go” where it wants. A friend does this at NYE parties and one year another friend got really badly cut by a flying piece of glass.

  7. I just knew there’d be a gif of Eric in action using the sabre. Love the expression on his face. How fun!
    I subbed for 7 months didn’t receive this month’s box. I don’t think I’m going to miss RV.

  8. @LizCadman Eric looks like he’s having too much fun! I got my box today and DH was running around with the saber like a kid, lol!

  9. Liz,
    You and Eric are too cute! Give a guy a “saber” and we know what will happen. I wish you (and my favorite spokesdog) a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. MSA keeps getting better and better!!!

    • *sabre

  10. Yeah my boxes were refused delivery at my government office building because there appeared to be weapons inside. Robb Vices gave me refunds and apologized.

    No more Robb Vices for me. I can take the money I would spend on it and splurge at my local Total Wine, Balducci’s and liquor store and not deal with the signing for delivery, coupon fiascos or barware I don’t need.

  11. I wasn’t sure about the sabre at first but it grew on me and I’m looking forward to using it. I’m a little annoyed that Robb Vices sent it unpackaged though. I emailed RV about getting a storage box and the reply I received said that they disposed of them all. What the…? I can’t wrap my head around why they constantly insist on doing that with non-fragile items. have no idea where and how to store this thing when it’s not in use. The cool factor of the cut out foam isn’t worth sacrificing the original packaging for imo. I

    • Now that I held the sabre (and drank the alcohol), I am totally in love with the box. However, I agree. A storage box would’ve made this curation perfect! I think we all know a perfect person to gift tge saber to but to gift it on it’s own seems cheap.

      • Yes – exactly. I’ve definitely received things from RV that would have been great for someone else, but who wants to gift something outside of the packaging? Even expensive, high-end items look tacky when gifted that way. I won’t be continuing with RV for several reasons, but for the sake of those who will, I hope they alter this practice.

      • I feel like they’re more concerned with making it look cool in the box than the actual practicality for the end user. I mean, yes, it looks awesome in the box but how many people really have the space to display something like that year round?

      • I actually bought a second box. I’m keeping the Cassis, but gifting the other. I tied the sabre to the neck of the champagne with a big velvet bow and wrapped the extra ribbon down the ‘blade’. It turned out great to gift that way, even though I agree a box would have been much more convenient.

  12. Love the dramatic video!

  13. Eric was awesome with that sabre! How cool!

  14. My husband had that very same look of anticipation when he saw the sabre in the box this month. He doesn’t even drink alcohol, but he’s stayed a subscriber since the first box precisely because they’re the kind of box that would send a sabre and a bottle to slice it with. He and my sister are both subscribers, so we’ll be having a sabre-off this NYE 😂

  15. You have more snow than we do in AK!

  16. I love Eric’s demonstration and back swing. Lucky you with the snow!

    • He had fun! 🙂

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