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Laphroaig Unveils The Second Edition In The Elements Series

The Laphroaig Elements 2.0. Credit: Laphroaig

Laphroaig Distillery has unveiled the second edition of the Laphroaig Elements Series – L2.0 – just in time for Father’s Day on Sunday 16th June. 

The series, which launched in 2023, offers whisky lovers a peek into Laphroaig’s whisky-making process, with the whisky-makers at the distillery using experimental distillation techniques and producing unique whiskies. Laphroaig Elements 2.0 is available from the distillery website for an RRP of £170, as well as from specialist retailers as of June 3rd, 2024. 

Crafting Laphroaig Elements 2.0 

In creating Laphroaig Elements 2.0, the whisky-making team experimented with fermentation times. The whisky was subjected to a fermentation time of 115 hours (almost five full days), much longer than the industry standard, which is around 60-75 hours. 

This fermentation schedule also differs greatly from Laphroaig Elements 1.0, for which the whisky-makers dabbled with a much shorter fermentation time: 55 hours. 

During this 115-hour fermentation, the whisky was laid in a “specially aerated” mash tun, which maintained constant conditions. The result of this long fermentation is a deep and fruity whisky that maintain’s Laphroaig’s famous peat smoke character. 

Distillery Manager, Barry MacAffer, said: “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. 

“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.”

The packaging of L2.0 also offers insight into the distillation process, with intricate details on the pack chronicling the experiments that led to the creation of the whisky. 

L.20 Tasting Notes

L2.0 has been bottled at cask strength, 59.6% ABV. Credit: Laphroaig

According to the official press release, the tasting notes for the Laphroaig Elements 2.0 are as follows: 

Nose: Fruity and subtly coastal. Stewed apples, vanilla custard and zesty orange peel with subtle peaty notes.
Palate: Fruity, sweet and salty. Green apples and runny honey, with cream soda and soft peatiness of a smouldering bonfire and smoked seafood
Finish: Sweet with an increasingly warming smokiness to finish” 

Interested in learning more about the fascinating story of Laphroaig? Check out this article all about Ian Hunter and Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig’s biggest influences

Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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