Subscription boxes are all the rage at the moment, with folks having everything from homewares to rare chocolate delivered to their door or sent as a gift to a loved one. Of course, the alcohol industry was not going to pass up the opportunity to get involved, and frankly, we don't blame them after this year!
Luckily, whether you’re a vino connoisseur, you want to whip up some extraordinary gin cocktails or you fancy exploring the world of craft beer, there is an alcohol subscription box for you. You've just got to nail down the perfect one, which is where we step in. Featuring popular boxes from Flaviar, Craft Gin Club and Hoppily, read on to discover the best the UK has to offer.
Before we begin, we wanted to put in a little disclaimer at this point. It's been a tough year for everyone, and this has seen an increase in our alcohol consumption. While it's true that sipping on a glass of your favourite tipple can be a relaxing end to a good or a bad day, remember to drink in moderation and keep it as something you enjoy rather than depend on.
While the obvious decision to be made is about what type of alcohol you would like to receive, other nuanced factors could tip you in the direction of one company or another. In this section, we’ll be looking at and contemplating all of these subtleties.
Certainly, the most difficult decision is choosing the sort of alcohol you'd like to get delivered. You'll have the option of two types of subscription boxes; the first one will send you a specific type of alcohol. This could be beer, gin, whiskey or another spirit, but they will only ever send you different variations of that kind.
Then you have the boxes that provide various types of alcohol. Sometimes this is a mystery, so you put your decision in the hands of the company curators. With others, you will be required to physically change your subscription, for example, from tequila to scotch. Either way, this offers much more variation.
While we won’t try and tell you what you like, it is worth considering just how much you like it. If you only drink different types of beer because you're not a fan of liquor, then a beer subscription would be right up your street. If you like a bit of diversity, think about a box that offers a wider selection.
The next thing you need to think about is the amount of alcohol you want to receive. This will change drastically depending on the company you choose. However, there are some similarities.
For wine and beer subscriptions, you will likely receive a certain amount, for example, 6, 9 or 12 bottles per month, depending on how much you’d like to drink.
When it comes to spirits and cocktails, you tend to receive a smaller amount, such as a tasting selection of three 50 ml bottles of the given type of alcohol. However, the brand will also usually throw in some mixers or other cocktail ingredients, and even sometimes snacks to complement your drinks – just look for the ones which offer more for the best value box.
While all subscription box companies are different, generally speaking, you will always choose how much you receive and how often. But more on that later!
Another factor to consider is how much control over your subscription you have. Some companies will require you to be a little more adventurous as they will do all the deciding for you. This option is surely the most exciting, as you never quite know what you’re going to get. It can almost feel like a little shot of Christmas every month!
The other option is to have a little control. For example, if you were to subscribe to a wine website, you could choose only what type of wine you want – red, white or sparkling, for instance – and then let the company work their magic.
Lastly, you could choose precisely what you want in your box. This amount of control is rarer, but it can be worth looking for if you or the recipient are picky and concerned about wasting money. However, this can just feel like a glorified boozy takeout, and the sense of adventure with the other options does bring much more enjoyment.
Finally, you’ll want to consider the regularity of the deliveries and the costs. With alcohol subscription deliveries, you can either get them to arrive weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
The cost will be affected by both your decisions here – of course, the more often you have a box delivered, the higher the cost will be. For example, getting six bottles of wine delivered per week as opposed to per month is going to be four times the price.
When you sign up, you will have the option of registering for a certain amount of time: either a one-off or a rolling monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly subscription. However, subscribing for 12 months straight off the bat will likely cost you less overall than opting for a rolling one-month subscription.
There we have it – all the vital factors to consider when choosing your alcohol subscription box. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what we’ve decided makes our top 10! We’re sure there’ll be something here that is to everyone’s taste.
|Subscription and Cost||One off payment, between £35 – £95|
|Contents||3 x 50 ml spirits, 1 x 100 ml mixer, garnish|
|Subscription and Cost||£79.99 p/q, £149.99 bi-yearly, £269.99 p/y|
|Contents||5 x 25 ml whiskey, 1 x 10 ml premium|
|Subscription and Cost||£29.99 fortnightly, monthly or quarterly|
|Contents||Between 1 - 4 drinks with mixer and fruit/garnish|
|Subscription and Cost||Depends how many drinks you order, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly|
|Contents||8 or 10 bottles or cans|
|Subscription and Cost||From £25 p/m - £315 p/y|
|Contents||Between 8 and 14 units of alcohol, mixers|
|Subscription and Cost||£32 p/m|
|Contents||1 full size craft gin, tonics, garnish, snacks|
|Subscription and Cost||£40 per fortnight, per month or per quarter|
|Subscription and Cost||£149 p/m for 3 months, £119 p/m for 6 months, £99 p/m for 12 months (one off options available too)|
|Contents||6, 9 or 12 bottles or cans|
|Subscription and Cost||£12.50 p/m|
|Contents||3 x 50 ml plus 1 x 1L every quarter|
|Subscription and Cost||From £77 p/q - £260 p/y|
Pull the Cork
Craft Gin Club
The Dram Team
The Cocktail Man
Gift Box Subscriptions
Craft Beer Club
Home Cocktail Tasting Experience
Monthly Subscription Club
The Sophisticated Subscription Box
The Brainchild of Beer Enthusiasts Who Couldn't Make Beer So They Bought and Sold It Instead
Get a Barrel-Load More for Your Money
Love a G&T? Sign Up ASAP to the UK's Largest Gin Club
A Classic Cocktail Subscription That Covers All Bases
Some of the Best in the Biz at Sourcing Exciting New Beers
Take a Survey and Wait for Your New Favourite Cocktail Recipes
Taste and Then Learn to Articulate Your Love of Whiskey
Learn From One of the Best Mixologists Around
For Those Who Love All Things Wine
|Type||Various spirits||Craft beer||Wine||Gin||Various spirits||Craft beer||Cocktails||Whiskey||Cocktails||Wine, champagne|
|Contents||3 x 50 ml plus 1 x 1L every quarter||6, 9 or 12 bottles or cans||6 bottles||1 full size craft gin, tonics, garnish, snacks||Between 8 and 14 units of alcohol, mixers||8 or 10 bottles or cans||Between 1 - 4 drinks with mixer and fruit/garnish||5 x 25 ml whiskey, 1 x 10 ml premium||3 x 50 ml spirits, 1 x 100 ml mixer, garnish||6 bottles|
|Subscription and Cost||From £77 p/q - £260 p/y||£12.50 p/m||£149 p/m for 3 months, £119 p/m for 6 months, £99 p/m for 12 months (one off options available too)||£40 per fortnight, per month or per quarter||£32 p/m||From £25 p/m - £315 p/y||Depends how many drinks you order, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly||£29.99 fortnightly, monthly or quarterly||£79.99 p/q, £149.99 bi-yearly, £269.99 p/y||One off payment, between £35 – £95|
Wondering which tipples top the bestseller lists in the UK? Whether you'd like some guidance on what to pick for your subscription box or you'd just like some recommendations to add to your weekly online shop, the articles below are sure to shed some light!
Whether you're an experienced alcohol aficionado or someone just stepping away from the bottom shelf wines and mass-produced lagers, there's always something new to try and interesting to learn when it comes to gastronomy. Now that you're all clued up, we look forward to the call to come and enjoy the drinks with you!
Author: Lewis Clark
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