Diamine Winter Spice: Ink Review

Diamine Winter Spice bottle with writing example

Alright, buckle up for a cozy ride with Diamine Winter Spice ink! Picture a warm mug of spiced goodness, and that's exactly the vibe this ink brings to your writing. Let's dive into its quirks and charms across different scenarios.

Diamine Winter Spice on Rhodia paper
Diamine Winter Spice on Leuchtturm1917  paper


Diamine Winter Spice on Tomoe River paper

Ink Review 

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • 15 seconds – Oddly fast for such a dark ink! Winter Spice shouldn't cause any issues unless you're using a very large nib.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low – No water resistance here, but it does wash to a nice reddish brown coloration. 


  • High – Nice and dark with deep coloration, the brown can sheen a nice green color on the right paper and with the blue shimmer, it really pops off the page.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Hard – Not the easiest of inks to clean from a pen; the shimmer and dark coloration will give you a bit of trouble, but it's not impossible. As always, make sure you are willing and able to fully clean this pen. 


  • Low – Some shading can be coaxed out under the right circumstances but the results on Tomoe or Rhodia show more of a dark uniform coloration.


  • Medium – Diamine inks have nice flow and their darker colors are among some of the wettest. With the added shimmer and the saturation for the sheen, the flow is slightly stifled but still lovely.

 Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • The Diamine Red edition inks have one of the best bottle designs we carry! With a not quite square shape and stout legs, this bottle has a very whimsical appearance great for display. The bottle opening is wide enough to fill most pens from as well.
Diamine Winter Spice bottle with examples

If you're interested in similar colors, check out our Swab Shop where you can compare colors side by side.


In a nutshell, Diamine Winter Spice ink is your laid-back companion for a chill writing session. With a medium dry time, mild sheen, and blue shimmer, it's the subtle spice you need to add a bit of warmth to your pages without stealing the show.

Diamine Winter Spice swatch
Diamine Winter Spice on Tomoe River paper

This color is available in 50ml bottles as well as our sample size.