Robb Vices “Ultimate Daiquiri” Subscription Box Review – July 2018


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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. 

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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!

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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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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

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As usual, the box comes topped with a booklet that introduces each of the featured products, as well as the brands behind them.

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robb vices article about culture

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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.

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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.

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Similarly, there’s a bit about BN3TH, which is a men’s underwear brand.

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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.

robb vices rum

robb vices clement rum

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!

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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.

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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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What do you think of the July 2018 box from Robb Vices?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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18 Comments

  1. I can’t wait for the November review! What a great box. I loved the curation.

  2. Just had a great experience with their customer service when I called them to reroute my box since my husband won’t be home for a month. I’m really excited to get this box now that I know it includes alcohol (requires a signature) and it’s coming to me instead hahahaha Hope it’s something good. To comment on the contents of the last few boxes I do think it has been less of an excitement from when I first joined but I still think they are providing items outside the box that made me sign up in the first place. With the high price I do think the items should be either from well known brands or more items. My subscription ends in November (correction, December now that they are a box behind) and I’m going to miss it. We are moving to Japan for 3 years so no more subscription boxes for me…

  3. I used to LOVE this box as well… swore I would NEVER cancel! Well, things change. We have yet to be sent a September box that is already paid for, with no tracking (and no tracking 4 weeks after the last box as promised). The subscription is being extended (meaning they’re sending boxes whenever they please) but you will be billed on the original schedule. This means September monthlies were billed in August and haven’t received ANYTHING; 3, 6 and 12 month memberships have been billed and if you’re a box behind (we all are), you will be out $280+ with no third, sixth or twelfth box to show. This is a sign, ya’ll!

  4. Hi. Does anyone have a code for the underwear that their not going to use? I’m on the site or email me at missyerable at yahoo 😊

  5. Rob Vices has become so disappointing. This is a box I’d love to get, like the reviewer, for free— I’d wax on about it. But for the price, the delays, the inconsistency I’ve given up on this box. Pens that don’t write, unaged bourbons, overprices geehaws and lousy customer service: over it.

  6. The way I understood it, this is the July box. The gin box was August, and we haven’t received September. They’re not sending it on September so we won’t be “overwhelmed with boxes.”

    So they’ve effectively made monthly subscibers pay two months in advance. I’ve paid for September and I’m about to get charged for October, but I don’t have September’s box and no idea when it will be shipped.

  7. Wow i really feel as soon as they raised the price the box has been a bit of a let down. I used to love this box so much and bought it a few times for my better half but those were really great. I know everyone is different and what think is amazing others may not. This box just looks so lonely.

  8. This is NOT the July box! They skipped July and added a month to all subscriptions. This is the September box! Please correct the title.

    • Hmmm. I thought the Spanish Afternoon one was September’s box. I like that they included a cool decorative/useful tangible item. It does make a difference in the curation. Yes, undies don’t fit the theme but looking at the variety was fun. Son picked the Tiger one since “I have an outfit to match”???? Didn’t ask, won’t tell.
      The Fish Fixe site is very interesting, variety of seafood is amazing. Might just get it.

      • I thought the gin box was the August box. I got the juicer box back in july.

      • I ordered from Fish Fixe with the coupon from a previous Robb Vices box and the fish was great. I was very happy to receive another coupon to orderv again. I do not think you will be disappointed.

        • Good to know, Connie! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂 I’m eager to see what Fish Fixe is like.

  9. Try that rum hot buttered this winter. Yummy.

    Looking at that juicer, I just keep thinking about archaeologist of the future shaking heads at the junk we paid for.

  10. The juicer is available for 61.35 on Finnish Design. The rum is available for $38.99 from Total Wine.

    The story about the inspiration from squid in butter for the juicer is interesting but it also basically says it’s more a conversation piece than functional juicer.

    “With the squeezer’s unconventional design Starck challenged the principle “form follows function”. The primary function of the unconventional, sculptural citrus squeezer is to start conversations.”

    • To me, it just looks too much like a science-fictiony spider. There was a Star Trek Voyager episode where Tuvok is on a desert planet with Lori Petty and she catches these spiders for food.

      Designers who don’t think that the function of a juicer is to juice a fruit efficiently and effectively are not designers whose products I’d put in my house. Their wares end up in sub boxes because they can’t sell them to pragmatic people.

      But the rum – that I’d like to try! My husband sticks to Captain Morgan, and that one tastes too “robust” to me.

      • Have you tried this juicer? It looks a little funny, but it is super easy to use, and the clean up is a breeze. I think what the designer did here was make a normal product easier to use and stunning. A winning combo! If you do some research on Stark- he has designed architecture and furniture. He is a very functional designer in my opinion.

        • I thought the juicer was was pretty lame until I used it. It workes really well and I’m happy to have it. It’s much better than the tong-style manual juicer I have. It’s not really $100 better, but that’s what Robb Vices offers. Stuff you’d never buy, but really like having (except the record player- that’s just a dust trap).

          I didn’t get a booklet this month, and I’m contemplating asking them to send me one.

          • Agreed! The juicer is definitely the weirdest looking thing in my kitchen, but it’s super easy to use!

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