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The May Mantry theme is “Smoke and Whiskey”, which somehow B knew about before I did. When I told him his Mantry was on it’s way earlier in the week, he was all oh yeah, it’s Smoke and Whiskey this month. I felt out of the loop that he knew this but I didn’t ;).
A skipped a picture of the outer box this month, but you know the drill. It comes in a USPS medium sized flat rate box with the Mantry crate fight snugly inside.
Happily, this month’s Mantry crate was NOT sealed as tight as last month and I was able to open it easily. Last month was rough! Other than knowing the theme, I didn’t know anything else about the May Mantry box. I didn’t seen any spoilers on Instagram so I was excited to open it.
Like every month, the Mantry information card was packed with information and was highly entertaining. Also, on the back it referenced a contest that Mantry + Vice are holding.
You can go here for a chance to win 1 of 5 Vice + Mantry prize packs!
Here’s what the box included:
~Woodford Reserve Bourbon Sorghum Vinaigrette ($10):Well I certainly have never considered mixing bourbon and salad, but I can’t say I am sad someone else did! I cannot wait until we have a Mantry day (a day where every meal has Mantry items in it) and B makes a salad with this. Maybe this will happen this weekend.
~Bourbon Smoked Peppercorns ($9): B is excited about this and is already plotting what he’s going to make with it. He’s been on Bourbon Barrel Foods checking out recipes. I am certain he’ll come up with something amazing!
~Vermont Smoke & Cure Natural Summer Sausage ($6.98): No Mantry would be complete without meat and here it is. This will be happily gobbled up by B and I’ll taste a tiny bit. Ohh, and I see a “Brooklyn Brown Ale” in the background of this picture. I’d love to hear some of Mantry’s (summer) beer recommendations. Mantry boys are you out there?
~Salted Bourbon Goat’s Milk Caramel by Fat Toad Farm ($9.95): B saw this in the box and I think his mouth started watering. I cannot wait to have a sundae with this on it. SO GOOD. Sea Salt + Bourbon + Caramel? Yes please!
~Wondermade Bourbon Marshmallows ($7.50): I gotta tell you, I am excited to try the Goat Caramel S’more Slider recipe that Mantry references in the card. It’s not on their site (yet), but I look forward to it. I have never tried a caramel s’more, but I think it’s something I could get into.
~Bourbon Nib Brittle by Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.($12.99): I find peanut brittle to be so-so, but bourbon brittle? Let’s do it! It sounds great and I hope B will swirl some brittle and fat toad caramel into some vanilla ice-cream for me like Mantry suggests. Amazing.
All totaled I came up with a value of $56.42 for this month’s Mantry. Plus, whatever the value of the crate is, which I am obsessed with. If B doesn’t start building his bar soon (he wants to build it out of Mantry crates), I am going to start using them instead of gift boxes.