Six Old School Japanese Whiskies from Decades Past

Aaron Gilbreath
9 min readJan 9, 2020

Great new Japanese whiskies abound, but bygone eras were filled with equally interesting blends and experiments.

Old school, 90s style Japanese whisky

Everyone who loves Japanese whisky knows it’s difficult to get any of the aged whiskies that earned Suntory and Nikka world renown. No more 10, 12 or 15 year old Yoichi and Miyagikyo. No more Hibiki 12 or 17 or easy-to-find Hakushu 12. For now, these whiskies’…

Aaron Gilbreath

Essayist, Journalist, Burritoist. Longreads Editor. Writing: Harper’s, NYT, Slate, Paris Review, VQR, Oxford American, Kenyon Review. 3 nonfiction books.