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Robb Vices Subscription Box Review – January 2020

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, booze, booze, and more booze! The subscription is somewhat geared towards guys, but we’ve found that most of their boxes are perfectly unisex. 

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: $389.85 for a 3-month gift box membership ($129.95 per month) + shipping, or save 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: All states except ND and UT.

Robb Vices January 2020 Review

 

Included is a handy booklet with all of our product info. These are always filled with tons of useful info and great images. This month our box is full of cocktail delights!

 

Virginia Distillery Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky, 750 ml – Retail Value $57.99

So I am not a whisky expert at all, but it has always been something I wanted to learn to love because it has such a rich history. Because I struggle to describe whisky, here is a little bit of additional info from the distillery:

Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is made from 100% malted barley and showcases both Old World and New World whisky-making. Virginia Distillery Company marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland. Cask finishing in port-style wine casks sourced primarily from Virginia adds depth and complexity.

On the nose, dried fruit and raisins are evident, along with vanilla and barrel spice. The palate displays hints of toffee, cocoa and toasted oak with a soft finish.

Virginia Distillery Company is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.

To me, it tastes like wood and warmth, with soft scents that remind me of vanilla and caramel. Though I don’t think I could be an ‘on the rocks’ sort of imbiber, I hope someday I can understand the complexities of this liquor.

 

Seedlip Spice 94, 23.7 fl oz – Retail Value $30.00

This was probably the item in the box that had me the most curious. This is a distilled yet non-alcoholic spirit. Basically, it is what to drink when you aren’t drinking! As someone who doesn’t really drink that often but has a keen interest in cocktails, this seemed like a really fun thing to add to my bar cart.

Over three hundred years ago, it was common for physicians to distil herbal remedies using copper stills, harnessing the power of nature & alchemy to solve medical maladies. In 1651, one such physician, John French, published The Art of Distillation documenting these non-alcoholic recipes. At that same time, a family in Lincolnshire had started farming, hand sowing seeds using baskets called ‘seedlips’.

This bottle is the Spice 94 blend, which is distilled from allspice, barks, cardamom, and citrus. I tried some first alone, at room temperature. It tastes actually really nice, kind of like a tincture. I think Will described it best when he said: “It tastes like the scent from your essential oil diffuser.” It is pretty accurate and I quite enjoyed this herbal and mild alcohol alternative. It was delicious on its own and also very tasty when combined with soda water and a lime wedge.

 

Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale, 6.8 fl oz – Buy a 4 pack for $4.99

Big ginger ale fan here. I love it for its taste and its oft-needed tummy soothing powers! This bottle I reserved for a cocktail though, which we will dive into more below.

 

Charles Joly Double Old Fashioned Glasses, 2 glasses – Buy a 4 pack for $59.95

You might notice this review is mighty late, and that is because one of my glasses arrived shattered this month. We immediately reached out to Robb Vices and they sent a replacement pair. That’s what pushed this review back later than normal!

These glasses feel exactly like something you would find in a cocktail expert’s home. Meaning I felt a little like an imposter with such gorgeous glasses in my kitchen, especially since I have a really terrible history of breaking glassware. These have such a nice heavy weight to them, and they are absolutely perfect for an Old Fashioned, which is exactly what I decided to make!

 

Dardiman’s California Premium Orange Crisps, 1.5 oz – Retail Value $5.99

Our final item was a bag of dehydrated orange slices. It took a lot of self-control to not just eat these like chips because dang, they are good!

I decided to use all of the included items to make some sort of Megan version of an Old Fashioned. I poured a shot’s worth of whisky and Seedlip into the cup then added enough ginger ale to meet the halfway point of the glass. I then added in an additional splash of whisky, because WHY NOT and garnished with an orange slice.

Our ice maker is currently broken, which is likely criminal when making an Old Fashioned, but I am proud to say this was still delicious and utterly enjoyable because I chilled the ginger ale. I absolutely LOVED this mix and I think I am well on my way to appreciating whisky more and more!

Verdict: This was the first Robb Vices box in a really long time that felt like a Robb Vices box. I feel like I have been waiting for this box to return back to itself and here it is! The overall value is around $125.21 which is shy of the monthly subscription cost by about $20, but could this box signal a return to the Robb we once knew? I loved everything in here. It was really quite cool to get an entire box that allowed me to make a cocktail with premium ingredients. Everything felt very high-quality and special too. Robb, more of this, please!

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.

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.).

Value Breakdown: This box costs $144.90 ($129.95 + $14.95 shipping to PA) meaning each of the 5 items has an average cost of $28.98.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Vices Reviews| Tags: vices | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. Megan, you said your icemaker is broken. Maybe you have ice cube trays, but if not, a snack size ziploc bag filled with a bit of water, then stood up in the freezer makes a decent ice cube. Also those silicone cupcake sleeves work well.

  2. I called A few weeks ago and actually talked to someone. They said they were having a problem with the maker of the foam inserts due to the virus. That was the delay in shipping. Take it for what it is…..

  3. I would of reviewed it with the broken glasses.

    Be honest with it! They came broke so post it.

    Then talk about how your trying to get them replaced. Lol

    • Hey Tiffany! We did mention in the review that a glass arrived broken. We try to allow the brand time to replace anything that arrived damaged for a complete review. The glass was simply not safe to photograph as it arrived (glass shards are scary) so the group shot would have been incomplete and I feel would have served readers less than waiting for a replacement. Luckily the Robb Vice team was more than happy to replace! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  4. Did the January box come late? It’s April?

    • She mentioned in the review that it’s late because a glass came broken and she was waiting on the replacement to arrive before doing the review.

    • The text reads:

      “You might notice this review is mighty late, and that is because one of my glasses arrived shattered this month. We immediately reached out to Robb Vices and they sent a replacement pair. That’s what pushed this review back later than normal!”

      However, the review could have proceeded without two whole glasses.

    • Their January box had a broken item, hence the delayed review. That being said, I just got the February box a few weeks ago, so RV is for sure on a delay.

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