Mouth: Bourbon Every Month October 2016 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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Mouth: Bourbon Every Month is a monthly bourbon subscription from the Mouth family. Depending on the duration of your subscription, you will get full-size bottles from indie each month for $59-$74 per month. 

While I am really a gin girl, in the winter months, I much prefer the warming sensation a good bourbon gives me. Since my subscription showed up, I have had a nice little pour each evening while I catch up on the news (and by news I mean The Walking Dead and Westworld). But we can’t be having the same thing every night! Variety, I say!

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DEAL: Save 20% on your subscription! Use coupon code SUBSCRIPTION20.

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Enter, the Mouth: Bourbon Every Month subscription. I am quite happy to let someone else wade through the dozens, perhaps hundreds, of options that are out there. This box is a curated supply of craft bourbon, designed to broaden your horizons and help you find the bourbon that warms you up just right.

How it works:

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Choose the duration of your subscription. The longer you go, the better the deals.  Mouth offers a few bourbon and whiskey boxes – I opted for the bourbon subscription, which includes a full-size (or equivalent) bottle each month. I like to sip bourbon straight, so one bottle a month should be more than enough for me, and maybe a little sharing with visitors.

After receiving a confirmation message and welcome certificate with the details of your subscription, sit on your hands and wait for your first bottle. If you order before the 3rd, you’ll receive your first box that month.  If you order on the 4th or later, your first box arrives the next month. Subscriptions boxes are shipped around the middle of each month. Boxes take 1 to 5 business days to arrive, so you can expect to receive yours between the 16th and the 25th. Shipping is included in the cost of the subscription.

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As this is an alcohol subscription, keep in mind that deliveries must be signed for by someone who is 21 or older, and alcohol cannot be shipped to all fifty states, so check ahead if you or your gift recipient can receive this box in your home state.

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Each month, the Mouth team of curators puts together an amazing selection and orders from the makers to keep everything as current as possible. Given the resurgence of interest in craft cocktails, there are plenty of distillers out there making great bourbon.

My Experience 

Because I work during the day, I can’t be home to sign for my package, so I send these to work.  (Someone who is 21 needs to be at home to sign for the package.) My coworkers are always very excited to see what I am getting when the Mouth boxes show up.

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The Mouth packaging is really great. Heavy duty bubble wrap, with foam at either end of the box. This thing wasn’t going anywhere inside that box. Inside that, a sealed heavy plastic pouch – no chance for leaks if something had somehow broken the bottle. Around that, fun custom paper with a lot of delicious food words on it. Inside that, more bubble wrap.

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Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon by Cedar Ridge Distillery in Swisher, Iowa

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I love small batches. I especially love when I get to see batch numbers on bottles. I know it’s a marketing thing, but it still pleases me.

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This bourbon is from the Cedar Ridge distillery, which is actually part of a winery, and is the first distillery in Iowa since Prohibition. This bourbon is from 75% corn (Iowa – corn, who would have thunk it!?) and ends up being 80 proof (40% ABV), when all is said and done. (In case you’re interested, the other 25% is rye and malted barley.) It is casked in new charred oak.

I found this to be very drinkable on its own. I like my bourbon straight – no ice, no water. I don’t tend to drink much at a time – I am a sipper. This was smooth and warming. Flavor notes include caramel, wood, and vanilla. Maybe a bit of honey.

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The box came with an information card and an additional recipe card.

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While I love a good recipe suggestion for gin, I’ll admit I am less likely to make a bourbon cocktail. I order them all of the time, but I am much less excited to make them at home, for some reason. I do appreciate the suggestions though – seeing what is paired with the bourbon can give you a sense for what to expect from the bourbon itself.

Why I like my Mouth: Bourbon Every Month Subscription:

Well, for starters, I like bourbon. And I like things appearing on my doorstep. So what’s not to like about bourbon appearing on my doorstep? (Answer: breaking federal laws – make sure you can mail alcohol across state lines to yourself legally!) When I think about how much bourbon I could go through during the colder months, a bottle a month for a few months didn’t feel excessive. I especially like that this subscription gives me the chance to broaden my bourbon horizon. It provides me bottles that I likely would not come across on my own.

This subscription makes a great gift for the bourbon drinker in your life. Maybe they will be nice and make you a drink the next time you see them!

I am looking forward to next month’s box already!

Visit Mouth: Bourbon Every Month to subscribe or find out more!

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  • Rick
    11.07.16

    I live in Iowa, and that bourbon sells for less than $20 a bottle. I thought it had a very harsh taste, probably because it is aged for such a short time.

    • Jen
      11.07.16

      I can appreciate that the cost doesn’t always directly translate, especially when the product is local to you. I generally think that the Mouth subscriptions are great because they are curated and can introduce you (or a bourbon-loving friend) to something that isn’t readily available in their area. This particular bottle is $48 when purchased from the Mouth website, plus shipping, which brings the total up to comparable with the shorter subscription lengths. As with many things, part of the purchase cost is in the experience, not just the product!