Our most recent Monday Matchup featured Private Reserve Black Cherry, a gorgeous ink in the burgundy family. Sarah did an fantastic job demonstrating all the artistic possibilities this ink provides, but it’s also an all around great ink to write with. I’ve been a fan of Black Cherry since working with it back in a FlexNibFriday in February so it’s a perfect ink selection for my first ink review!

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Slow– It takes 30+ seconds on Rhodia paper for this ink to dry. This may be one you set aside to dry before turning the page
  • This is definitely a slow drier. It can smear if you don’t give it enough time to dry, so if you are a fast writer this may not be the ink for you.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– This one would be really difficult to read if you got a page of writing wet. On the plus side, it looks great when used as an ink wash
  • High– this is a highly pigmented ink but it does give some excellent shading
Ease of Cleaning:
  • Easy– Since this ink isn’t water resistant at all, it washes away quickly


  • High– this ink gives lovely shades from a dusty pink to a deep burgundy. Yum!


  • Medium– It has a consistent flow that tends would trend toward wet if used with a stub or flex nib

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 66ml bottle
  • Utilitarian box and bottle, nothing fancy
  • Wide necked bottle, very easy to fill

Inks similar in color:

Private Reserve Black Cherry is a unique ink in the Private Reserve line. If you want a great shading ink for writing or for art, this would make a great addition to your collection. It is cheerful with depths making it pleasant for long writing sessions.


You can get a 66ml bottle of Private Reserve Black Cherry for $11 or a
2ml ink sample for under $2 (under $1 currently, with Inksamplepalooza
going on!) at Gouletpens.com. What do you think of Private Reserve Black Cherry? I’d love to hear your feedback!

Write on,