Robb Vices “Ultimate Daiquiri” Subscription Box Review – July 2018
Robb Vices is a monthly luxury subscription box that sends subscribers a carefully curated assortment of high-end lifestyle goods that help you indulge your vices. Look forward to accessories, home decor, electronics, food, kitchen gadgets, and booze, booze, and more booze! The subscription is somewhat geared towards guys, but we’ve found that most of their boxes are perfectly unisex.
Current subscribers and followers of Robb Vices will know that this particular box is arriving a few months late. Here’s the heads up that was sent out earlier this summer:
It’s September now, and the July box is finally in our hands. Let’s find out if it was worth the wait!
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.)
About Robb Vices Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: Robb Vices
The Cost: $99.95 + shipping (For reference, shipping to PA is $12.95) Save with longer subscriptions.
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.
Robb Vices “Ultimate Daiquiri” July 2018 Review
As usual, the box comes topped with a booklet that introduces each of the featured products, as well as the brands behind them.
I really like how much care they put into pulling this booklet together. This month’s edition even had a little travel guide to Martinique, which is where two of the featured items hail from.
There are also a LOT of recipes in this month’s booklet. Half are cocktail recipes, but the other half are seafood recipes that would help you put this Fresh Fixe seafood coupon to work.
Similarly, there’s a bit about BN3TH, which is a men’s underwear brand.
There’s no underwear in the box itself, but they do give you a code that you can redeem to get $25.00 in credit to use on BN3TH “Classics” boxer briefs or trunks. Most pairs of Classics briefs and trunks are $25.00 (and there are a LOT of cool patterns to choose from), so I appreciate that they’re giving you a free pair of underwear. Well… you DO have to pay for shipping (unless you spend $99.00, in which case, shipping is free). Shipping costs vary according to where in the US you’re located. It’s a fraction of the cost of the full pair of undies, of course.
Clement VSOP Rum, 750 ml – Retail Value $47.99
I’m not a frequent rum drinker, and when I do drink it, it’s flavor is mixed up with things like lime or ginger beer. So I’m no expert on the intricacies of good vs. bad rum, but I can say that I found this bottle to be flavorful but not overpowering, with an ever so slight note of smokiness reminiscent of barbecue. The thing that makes this rum unique, according to the booklet, is that it’s made with fresh sugarcane rather than molasses. I did think it had a lightness to its flavor, but that might just be that tidbit of information getting into my head. Regardless, I thought it tasted great! If you’re a rum connoisseur, I’d love to hear your take!
Sirop J.M., 23.6 fl. oz. – Retail Value $13.14
Next up is cane syrup made from pure sugar cane. Again, I’m not an expert at syrups, but I did find this one to have a smooth, mild sweetness to it. Plus, that amber color looks rather handsome sitting on my bar.
Alessi Juicy Salif – Retail Value $105.00
I know I’ve heard of the Alessi housewares brand before, and I recall it being high-end. But WOW. $105.00 for a juicer?! This is one fancy item. It looks a bit like a space creature/robot, doesn’t it? It’s designed by Phillipe Starck, an award-winning designer who came up with this shape while drawing on a pizza shop napkin.
I decided to make the simple daiquiri recipe that was listed in the booklet. It’s honestly so easy. I’ve never made one before! The combination of fresh-squeezed lime and yummy rum made for a really refreshing cocktail. I’m eager to try the frozen type (blended to smoothie consistency in the blender) before we get too far into fall!
Verdict: I really liked the uniqueness and the “story” of this box—the items I got all worked together to create a truly delicious daiquiri. And the high quality of the items (the authenticity of the syrup and rum, the artful sophistication of the Alessi juicer) also made the box feel luxurious. I did notice that the list of products in the back of the booklet included the underwear (which didn’t seem to fit the vibe of the rest of the box) and the fish brand. I definitely appreciate the gesture of those promotions, but I don’t think I’d consider those items when thinking about the perceived value of the box. In a lazy way, I don’t want to have to put more effort/time towards ordering more items. And from a money perspective, I’d have to spend more to reap the benefits of those coupons. But thanks mostly to the high-end nature of the Alessi juicer, the items in the box already exceed the price of the box by a lot!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Sign up by the 1st of the month to receive that month’s box.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $112.90 (cost + shipping to us in PA). The retail values I found for the products inside add up to $166.13. That means that via the box, the items cost the following:
- Rum – $32.61
- Syrup – $8.93
- Juicer – $71.36
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