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Laphroaig Elements 2.0 Experiments With Extended Fermentation

Laphroaig Elements 2.0

Created to showcase the effect of longer maturations, Laphroaig Elements 2.0 more than doubles the fermentations time of the Islay brand’s core whiskies

Laphroaig has unveiled Elements 2.0, the second release in its experimental Elements series. The Islay distillery launched the collection in 2023 with Elements 1.0, which used a mixture of cloudy and semi-cloudy wort created from a mash of all-Islay barley.

Laphroaig Elements 2.0 showcases the impact of extending the fermentation period. The experimentation included several longer fermentations ranging up to almost five full days in the tun – a total of 115 hours. The tun was specially aerated to maintain mash conditions, much like practices of the past. The brand’s standard fermentation is around 55 hours. By extending the time, a secondary fermentation begins to happen inside the washback. This means more tropical, fruity flavours alongside the smoky, peaty signature.

“Our Laphroaig Elements Series is all about blending years of traditional whisky-making with new, progressive techniques. There’s no whisky that encapsulates Islay quite like Laphroaig – but this hasn’t stopped us experimenting in a way that preserves our iconic character,” says distillery manager Barry MacAffer. “Laphroaig Elements 2.0 is an unexpected fruitier whisky with the same peaty character you’ve come to know and love – made possible by over double the typical fermentation period. I’m keen to hear what our friends think of this whisky, which follows in the successful footsteps of Elements 1.0.”

On the nose, the Scotch offers fruity and subtly coastal aromas along with stewed apples, vanilla custard, orange peel, and subtle peaty notes. The palate features fruity, sweet and salty notes of green apples, honey, cream soda, and a soft peatiness. The sweet finish features an increasingly warming smokiness.

Laphroaig Elements 2.0 will be available for £170 ($216 USD) from select specialist retailers.

For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.