About a year ago, I wrote about Flaviar’s new membership model including its pros and cons. Then, as now, my Flaviar links give me affiliate cash so you really can’t trust my opinion. These posts aren’t sponsored, per se, but they did provide me with a free membership to review last year. Here’s the kicker: I actually paid to renew my membership when it came up for renewal this month. That should be a stronger endorsement than anything I type while under the influence of sweet, sweet affiliate marketing money.
So what’s my opinion of the service, one year in? Despite their slightly spammy marketing practices, they’ve matured a lot as a company. They fulfill orders via local US retailers, now, so shipments arrive quickly and they ship to a much longer list of states (see below). They’re good at reminding me via email when one of my included membership perks is ready (time to choose some free whisky? Yes please!) and they aren’t too pushy about their other optional offerings, which are plentiful. If needed, you can adjust your email frequency in Account Settings. Shipping for extra purchases is now always free for orders above $60 (and discounted below), not just once per quarter. Of course, your included quarterly tasting box and bottle ship free as well. Every time I go in to the website to pick a tasting box and a bottle, there are fresh options. I’ve always felt like I had choices of whisky (and, I guess, other spirits) that I’ve never tried. That’s saying something, considering how often I taste new whisky for the blog.
I was also happy to see that my renewal window came with an enticing promotional offer – essentially the same offer I’d get if I cancelled my membership and then ordered a new “first timer” promotion. Caveat: these kinds of offers change regularly enough that you can’t count on them.
Having a Flaviar membership turned out to be an unexpected perk during Covid-19 lockdowns: Who needs to go to a whisky bar when you get bottles and tasting sets mailed to your doorstep on the regular? Have friends in the same situation? Go ahead and take my lead and relentlessly shill Flaviar to them! If they subscribe, you get a $50 store credit.
I’d also like to point out, as ’tis the season, that a Flaviar tasting box, subscription, or advent calendar makes a good CHRISTMAS gift for a burgeoning spirits lover. Why give someone a bottle of whisky when you can gift them many tasting experiences for the same price (or less)? The Gift Subscriptions can be for 6 months (two quarterly shipments) or 1 year, so you’re not on the hook for a recurring subscription!
Overall after using the service for a year, I can say I’m happy with it. It’s still the best way in the USA to get a selection of tasting-sized (50ml) whisky samples. If you’re interested, make sure to read my overview of the service. There’s a lot more detail in there.
About US Shipping: Flaviar ships to the United States, with the exception of the following states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah. Unfortunately, we also cannot ship to Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, PO Boxes and APO/FPO/DPO (AE/AP/AA) addresses, as well as forwarding services and courier depots. But don’t hesitate to stay in touch, because we are expanding to new territories every month.
They do offer shipping to some other countries – contact their Sales department to inquire.