You can get most things in the post these days and monthly subscription services are springing up all over the place. The latest to arrive on the scene is the Flavour Box from Flavourly. Concentrating on independently produced artisan food products from around the UK, a monthly subscription fee of £22 will get a package of carefully selected products delivered to your door.
Everything arrived in a sturdy cardboard box and it was good to see that the packaging was recyclable, no nasty polystyrene balls here. As well as supporting small independent businesses throughout the UK, Flavourly also donate one meal per purchase to the Fareshare food bank charity. Good stuff all round there then.
Our box contained:
Northumbland Cheese Co – Farmhouse Nettle Cheese
Eat 17 – Bacon Jam
ForestKitchen – Oatcakes
ForestKitchen – Whisky Tablet Slab
Isle of Wight Biltong – Air Cured Beef
Wee Tea Company – Rooibus and Vanilla Tea
For me these boxes are all about experiencing products and producers that you might not otherwise come across. Though I have heard great things about bacon jam, it’s not something that I have taken the time to seek out here in rural Lincolnshire. And surely that’s the point of a tasting box, finding new things that you might normally bypass when you see them. Half of the contents in our box were suitable for vegetarians. Not bad if you also have a carnivore in the house but I do wonder if there could be an option for a purely vegetarian box?
Support of small businesses and the donation to Fareshare.
The box means that you can experience new products and artisan food producers that you might not have discovered otherwise.
The not so good:
I was slightly dubious about sending cheese through the post. It might be fine now but what about in the warmer months?
At the moment you can’t specify what kind of things you like or don’t like. Though trying new things is always good there’s the chance you may end up with several things you won’t eat.
Flavourly are offering Fishfingers for tea readers a discount of £10 off their first box – use ‘FLAVOURLY10’ at the checkout.
With thanks to Flavourly for my free box. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts remain my own.