Old Grand Dad was introduced in 1882 by Raymond B. Hayden, son of Basil Hayden. The brand was sold to the Wathens in 1899. After prohibition, the brand was sold to National Distillers, who produced it until being acquired by Beam in 1987. It’s now produced at one of the Beam distilleries, using the old National Distillers recipe. The ND-era bourbon is generally coveted, with the bonded and 114 proof versions being highly desirable. See also the National Distillers timeline for more info.

 

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Medicinal Pint, 1917-1934

Distilled in Louisville by Richard E. Wathen.
Photos courtesy of Ted Doggett.

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Churchill Bourbon, Bonded 5yr Pint, 1936-1941


Interesting text on the rear label regarding an Old Grand Dad connection.

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 4/5qt, 1960

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Old Grand Dad Bonded, Pint, 1957-1961

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1961

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Old Grand Dad Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt,1958-1962

Photos courtesy of Jason Girard

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Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond, 4/5qt, 1959-1964

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Old Grand Dad Bottled in Bond Decanter, 4/5qt, 1966

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Old Grand Dad Bonded, Quart, 1966-1971

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Old Grand Dad 86pf 1/2 Gallon, ~1974

Often referred to as the “Bowling Ball” bottle.

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 4/5qt, 1975

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Old Grand Dad Bicentennial Decanter, 86pf, 1976

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, French Export, 4/5qt, 1977

Interesting French export bottle with the label in French. Photos courtesy of Clark Baker.

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Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond, quart, 1971-1978

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Old Grand Dad Bonded, 750ml, 1971-1978

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Great Grand Dad 114pf, 750ml, ~1980

This bottle was most certainly the predecessor to the Old Grand Dad 114, though I had never seen it before. Although the bottle is stamped 77, I suspect this was from about 1980 due to the lack of UPC and both metric and ounces present.

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Old Grand Dad 114, Lot 5, 750ml, 1981

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Old Grand Dad 114, Lot 1, 200ml, 1981

Photos courtesy of Michael Wagner

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Old Grand Dad 114, Lot 9, 750ml, 1982

Photos courtesy of Kurt Suda

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Old Grand Dad 114pf, Lot 8, 750ml, 1982

Photos courtesy of Colby Phillips.

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 750ml, 1986

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Old Grand Dad 80pf Export, 750ml – 1987

Photos courtesy of MaltMartin.

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 375ml, 1989

Old Grand Dad 86 proof 375 ml, circa 1989.  Note the UPC code, government warning, alcohol by volume reference and dot matrix code which establishes the bottle to at least November 1989.  ‘F89′ text in the bottom left corner of the front label and a ’89’ embossed on the bottom of the glass likely dates the bottle to 1989 or shortly thereafter.  This coupled with the red shield and 86259 in the UPC indicate the bottle likely holds the coveted whiskey from National Distillers.

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 1.75L, 1991

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 750ml, 1991

Photos courtesy of Chris Dion.

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Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond, pint, 1993

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