Noodler’s Ink has just released its newest ink: American Aristocracy.
This burgundy/purple ink is a part of the fast-drying ink line, following Bernanke Black, Bernanke Blue, Q’Ternity, and Berning Red. It is not waterproof, but designed to dry quickly which is great for lefties!
What is really unique about this purple quick-drying ink is that it is really three different colors. Intentionally.
Each batch (like all Noodler’s ink) is made by hand, and hand-bottled to achieve the three distinct variations.
We asked Nathan Tardiff, the founder and creator of Noodler’s Ink, why he intended the color variety and the story of the label, and here is his reply:
Henry Gage (3rd Viscount Gage) son of Thomas Gage (Royal Military Governor of Massachusetts) was responsible for the purchase of an estimated 19,000 bottles of wine including the most popular at the time among the aristocrats: red port, dark sherry, and Madeira… As the aristocrats surely were not giving the wine to those commoners paying the excessively punitive taxation of empire, but instead were using it to pry influence and connections from fellow aristocrats…in order to better distribute the largess and grandeur of state power and wealth amongst themselves – Noodler’s Ink has modeled “American Aristocracy” as an ink bottled individually, one bottle at a time with each bottle thus being purposefully unique…to resemble a conservative colonial semblance of the three most aristocratic colours: red port, dark sherry, and Madeira.
These reflect a series of plum burgundy hues – a very old style royal purple ink, traditionalist in tone due to the distance of the colonial era and age of the collective memory of it – yet fairly dramatic in the contrast of its lines upon the page. Hopefully, the memory of that “ancient regime” may give pause to those who may otherwise be prepared to embrace a new one that is surprisingly similar in its motives and behaviors.
It is being introduced simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic with an apology to His Majesty, King George III of Great Britain printed upon the content side of every label. As it is hoped any form of aristocracy never again establishes a permanent presence in both New England and Olde England… the ink is not bulletproof. A swatch of the ink utilizing a fresh cork from Portugal seems appropriate given the provenance of English aristocratic wines….
So all that being said, we’re pleased to offer this new ink at GouletPens.com, at the normal price of $12.50 for a 3oz bottle. However, given the varying nature of the three different colors, we are not able to reliably offer samples. We also cannot honor any special requests for a specific color of the three available, so it’s a bit of a risk you’ll just have to be okay taking.
What do you think of this newest creation from Noodler’s?