At the turn of the Century most whisky companies released commemorative editions to celebrate the new Millennium.
In most cases they were pretty expensive limited releases, often comprising well-aged whisky presented in fancy packaging. Nikka Distilling Company, the owners of Ben Nevis Distillery, took completely different approach. They released a Millennium Blend, which did not carry age statement, thus being new whisky for the new millennium. The formula of the blend has not been revealed, what’s certain is that its backbone is Ben Nevis single malt. The whisky won gold medal at the 2000 International Wine & Spirits Competition, the first in the company history, and a few years later was re-named Nevis Dew Blue Label.
Nose: grainy and nutty, breakfast cereals, vanilla, caramel, baked apples, grapes, bunch of garden herbs and fading hint of smoke.
Palate: malt, roasted nuts, orange peel, apples, gooseberries, vanilla, milk chocolate, hints of nutmeg and delicate oaky and herbal notes.
Finish: not too long, with notes of cereals, vanilla, orange marmalade, mixed nuts and oak.