Private Reserve Spearmint: Ink Review

Private Reserve Spearmint Ink splatter and fountain pen

Private Reserve Spearmint is a bright fresh green. If you are look for a stand out green ink with plenty of shading, this may be the one for you. Read on to get all the juicy details!

Private Reserve Spearmint Ink writing samples
Private Reserve Spearmint Ink writing samples
Upclose image of Private Reserve Spearmint Ink

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium-This ink took under 30 seconds. That makes it a pretty standard ink and good for a variety of situations from note taking to letter writing to journaling. It may not be the best ink for lefties.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low-This ink is not at all water resistant. It looks beautiful in ink washes though!


  • Medium-This ink has a standard amount of saturation. You can see a difference between the first and second swab, but not the second and third.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy-With low water resistance, comes an easy cleaning experience. Despite the brightness of the pigments in this ink, it washed away quickly.


  • High– This ink is a great shader! It goes from a lime green to a dark forest green, all in one letter. I wasn't expecting that and loves seeing the great shading while writing with it.


  • Medium– Pretty standard amount of flow here. No troubles with gushes or hard starts.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 66ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.
  • Utilitarian bottle with a wide neck. Good for filling your pen!
  • Attractive, but not an ostentatious box

Rohrer and Klingner Verdura ink swab
Noodler's Greune Cactus
J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage
Close up of drawing done with Private Reserve Spearmint Ink


If you are looking for a beautifully shading bright green ink, look no further! IThe combination of great flow, easy cleaning, and fantastic shading make the perfect green for journal writing, letters, or even notes. It's a bit bright for the workplace, but if your office is a little more relaxed, you may be able to get away with it.

You can find Private Reserve Spearmint at Goulet Pens in a 66ml bottle a pack of cartridges, or a 2ml ink sample.