Robb Vices Subscription Box Review – December 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.
The packaging is a real showstopper. It’s kind of like opening a suitcase in a Bond movie.
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: $159.95 per month + shipping, or 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 December 2018 Review
This month’s box is party themed!
The box comes topped with a thorough booklet about the items inside. This little booklet is photographed and printed beautifully, and explains more details about all of the box contents.
Included was a discount card for Cameron’s Seafoods.
I also got a card with a discount code to use in the Vices Reserve shop.
Virtuous Napa Valley Cabernet 2016 – Retail Value $100.00
I am not a red wine expert. I am not a wine expert! When I saw the $100 price of this wine it made me really nervous because I am not someone who generally likes reds and I was worried this expensive wine would be completely wasted on me. My normal bottles of wine generally cost more in the $15-25 range, and I have always been happy with that. All of this hand-wringing aside, I actually really loved this wine. The Cabs I have tried before just tasted super acidic and coated my mouth in a way I didn’t enjoy. (This might be because they were cheap?). They always tasted strongly of alcohol and were not smooth to drink. This red, on the other hand, was smooth and incredibly easy to drink entirely too much of. The aroma was of berries and jams, and there was some wood in there too. To me, it was very full bodied but not heavy at all, which might have been why I enjoyed it so much. Do I like Cabernet now? Who am I? I am in no way saying that I would ever buy this bottle for $100. What I am saying, is that if someone gifted me more of this wine, it would not last long and I would not share. Sorry, not sorry!
New England Charcuterie Mole Salami – Retail Value $13.89
I actually really like salami, even though I didn’t grow up eating meats like this ever! This particular salami is too spicy for me though my husband loved it. This dry, hard salami has mole, chili, and chocolate in it, as well as ghost peppers, which is probably why I couldn’t hang. Will enjoyed it with crackers and sharp cheddar for a delicious midnight snack.
New England Charcuterie Bourbon and Bacon – Retail Value $8.89
This salami was much milder than the first. I do not like bacon, but the bacon flavor in this was subtle and worked really well with the sweetness added by a few drops of maple syrup. It was peppery and less dry than the Mole version and I tried it out with some brie, as suggested by the booklet, which was yummy and made me feel quite fancy.
Xocolatti Assorted Gift Pyramid – Retail Value $28.00
These little chocolate slabs are so beautiful! This company refers to their chocolate bark as chocolate “slates” because the textures resemble the surface of jagged slate. Five flavors were included:
- Caramelized Hazelnut- This dark chocolate slate is filled with caramelized and crispy hazelnut pieces. They are airy and pop when you bite into them!
- Mango Paprika- I loved this one! This is a white chocolate stale with jellied mango pieces and paprika, giving it a mixture of sweet and spice, and a gorgeous color.
- Orange Hazelnut- Milk chocolate and orange is always a great combo and this one shines with the addition of hazelnut and crispy rice.
- Rose Pistachio- I love anything with edible rose petals because they add beauty and fragrance. These blend beautifully with the green pistachios and chocolates.
- Tiramisu- White chocolate blended with the perfect amount of coffee and dusted with a fine layer of dark chocolate.
All of these were absolutely delicious but my favorites would be the Rose Pistachio and the Mango Paprika, which really surprised me because I generally don’t love white chocolate. In these chocolates though, it truly allowed the flavors to shine.
Lolli & Pops Pumpkin Pie Spice Cotton Candy, 2 oz – Retail Value $6.00
If you have read some of my reviews, you might know I am not crazy over pumpkin spice anything. I did not have high hopes about this treat. I can happily say that I did enjoy it very much because the flavor is so subtle and the pumpkin flavor is only at the end. This might be why a true pumpkin spice fan might not like it as much, but for me, less was more. The texture was light and airy, just like fresh cotton candy, and this portion was generous enough for multiple snackings.
Foreverspin Steel Top – Retail Value $38.00
This is the most impressive and involved simple toy I have ever seen. Foreverspin had a Kickstarter launch that raised over $2 million dollars from all over the world! That is a ton of money and I think their huge success stems from a craving for modern versions of old-fashioned toys, in direct contrast to the electronic screens we obsess over and love. This steel top comes with so much info it is mind-blowing. It is capable of spinning for around 10 minutes with a good spin, and the other metals offered by this company will spin for longer or shorter times depending on what elements they are made of. This little guy is also beautiful to look at, making it the perfect ‘spin’ on an old time classic. We also received a discount code to use in the online top shop.
Ommegang Rosetta Cherry Beer – Buy a 4 pack for $10.99
Goodness, I love fruity sour beers! This one was a real treat. It is a Belgian style combined with aged cherries. Dark in the glass and smooth in your mouth, this rich brew saves the cherries for the finale, ending on a delightfully tart note. It is also a 5.6 ABV, meaning you can enjoy a lot of it without overdoing it. I enjoyed it with a steak and spinach salad, but this is one of those beers that would pair well with most foods. I can’t wait to track more of this brew down at my local craft beer store.
Ski-Key BC – Retail Value $14.99
Full disclosure here guys: I am Southern, I hate snow, and I went skiing once and got a legit concussion. This product is totally not for me, though it does make my keychain look super cool and can be used as a bottle opener! If I were a skier, I would use this to tighten my boots with much less effort. Apparently, it is really hard to tighten ski boots, especially with cold mountain fingers. This device makes it quick, easy and allows you to make your boots much tighter. I will just be over here popping beer caps though!
Verdict: This is my first Robb Vices box and it had some really fun and unusual stuff! I absolutely loved the wine and beer and the steel top is a fun little toy I never thought I would enjoy so much. The chocolates were exquisite, and the salami was also a treat and has piqued my interest in specialty cured meats. All of the products really fit the party theme pretty well, minus the Ski-Key, unless you consider its bottle opening potential. My husband and I stayed in and enjoyed all of these things together, which made for quite the date night. I am guesstimating the total value of this box at around $220, which is well over the cost of $174.90. Part of the value of this subscription and the goals of the curators is to give you a total experience, which they absolutely accomplished with this box, at least for me!
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 $174.90 ($159.95 + $14.95 shipping to PA). The average cost of each of the 8 items is $21.87, which is great for the wine and top, and not so great for the food items and Ski-Key.
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What do you think of the December 2018 box from Robb Vices?