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    Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    Anyone know if/when OGD carried an "actual" age statement in the past opposed to an age for the BIB on the faux/real tax stamps? I picked up an OGD BIB from 1990 and it was listed as 8 years old on the faux tax seal.
    I'm interested to know when the whiskey "glut" acutally occurred and how the ages of those whiskies may have changed. Did a 4 yr become a 10 yr? Or did a 6 yr become a 7 yr? Thanks in advance for any info.
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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    Although a lot of producers used extra-aged whiskey in their standard products during the glut, few if any changed their labels to publicize that fact. I don't know of Old Grand-Dad ever carrying an age statement on its label, but bonded products were always required to state the season of distillation and the season of bottling on the tax stamp, which probably continued as long as tax stamps did. In 1987, Old Grand-Dad became a Jim Beam product when Beam bought National Distillers. If they had not stopped using tax stamps by then (the faux ones, that is. The real ones stopped in like '82 or so), I'm sure they stopped as soon as Beam took over.

    The glut began to set-in in the late 70s, early 80s. I don't remember exactly when I learned that value brand Kentucky Tavern was 10-year-old whiskey but if I had to guess, I would say 1982-83. By the late 80s, the glut was still with us in the form of all the 15-year-old plus bourbons that began to appear, first in Japan, then here. As those products have now mostly all sold through, the glut is clearly over.

    The glut was a pig-in-the-python type of phenomenon. The problem was how rapidly sales of American whiskey declined beginning in the late 60s. The problem was that up until that time, demand had exceeded supply. The change happened so rapidly that almost overnight. supply went from chasing demand to exceeding it and the producers were slow to adjust, so they kept over-producing for several more years. They would cut production, but never enough, and the stocks just kept building and building.
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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    Chuck,
    Thanks for your input and for sharing what you know here at SB. The 1990 OGD BIB bottle I picked up had a faux stamp with an 8 year age statement which is something I haven't seen on a few faux stamped Old Fitz BIB's from the late 80's/early 90's and some earlier (1980) Old Forester BIB that I have.
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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    The whole reason the faux stamps were permitted was so the companies would not be forced to immediately change their bottling equipment to use a different kind of tamper-evident closure. Therefore, it's reasonable to assume that the producers just kept doing exactly what they had been doing, with the only change being the substitution of faux strips for the real ones, i.e., they kept date-stamping the BIBs as they always had. Some producers were still using faux stamps deep into the 1980s and a few brands, e.g., Basil Hayden, still have them (although they're now in addition to the tamper-evident closure).

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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    I have a few faux tax strips (some as late as the early 90's) and they seem to have many degrees of "faux-ness" to them. Some added a six or seven digit number (Old Forester), others say Bureau of the ATF and I think are still faux and some are merely decorated paper seals. From what I know and I may be wrong, the real ones were from the some Dep't of Revenue w/9 digit code. I think the Basil Hayden seal is just Beam's way to make the bottle look like it worth $30 (along with the wood/metal used on bottle.) as I assume it was introduced after the faux stamps disappeared.
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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    I have some OGD 86 from around '90-91 that says "Aged 8 Years" on the label. I'll post a pic later tonight.

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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    Quote Originally Posted by gblick View Post
    I have some OGD 86 from around '90-91 that says "Aged 8 Years" on the label. I'll post a pic later tonight.
    I vaguely remember that, as I was actually working on marketing for the brand about that time. Beam was fiddling with the label and that was one of the things they may have tried.

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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    Here's a pic.
    The 375ml is from '91, and the 1.75L is from '90.
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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    Any guess on what the age is of the current OGD?
    The BIB is at least 4 years old, it does seem a little older.
    But what is the 114?
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    Re: Ages of whiskey during the "glut"

    With no other reference apart from my tastebuds (read: probably wrong) I think the bulk of it is between 6-8 yrs for the OGD114.

 

 

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