In 2016 Monteverde started to re-imagine / configure their inks and as a part of that they have released a number of collections e.g. noir, emotions, gemstones and this, the Sweet Life collection released early 2019. The collections are not easy to obtain in my part of the world but Pen and Ink (Queensland, Australia) have the sets for AUD$99 plus postage.
I contacted Monteverde in the USA about some of their other inks they directed me to the Australasian distributor, who then directed me to Pen and Ink. It would appear Pen and Ink are the only Monteverde ink retailers in this part of the world, (and they have been fantastic) in the US many retailers stock Monteverde inks where the sets retail on line from US$90 - $100.
There are 10 inks in the collection, I will divide the reviews but make some general comments here and after the last review summarise what I have found / think. The same pen was used for each ink i.e. a Birmingham Pen Co 6th Avenue pen.
The inks are named after a collection of popular American desserts, I couldn’t think of anything more American than keylime pie or blue velvet cake, some of the others are fairly international e.g. chocolate pudding and birthday cake.
Each ink comes in a 30ml glass bottle with more interesting labels than some of Monteverdes other inks. They all contain ITF technology. ITF stands for ink treatment formula which in Monteverdes words -
“drastically improves ink flow quality, extends cap-off times and lubricates and protects the ink feeding systems from corrosion and clogging"
It will be interesting to see how true this is, I reviewed a number a Monteverde inks earlier this year and had a lot of trouble with hard starts and with one ink gave up the review completely as the flow was shocking.
The inks come in a black magnetic sealing box which is ‘specifically designed for reuse and recycling. The box is contained within a soft cardboard outer sleeve.
The colour range is limited with a preponderance of browner shades.