This would be a coup, if you discovered current bottles that are 86 proof, since in recent years OO has been 80 only.
What does the label say in terms of the provenance? The current 80 says, "Bottled at Frankfort - Clermont, KY By A. Overholt & Co.".
In the bottom left corner it says, "Distilled in Kentucky", in the bottom right corner, "4 years old."
If yours reads identical to this except it states 86 proof I wonder if Beam is increasing the proof (welcome as that would be). Otherwise the stock is likely from 20 years ago or so (nothing wrong with that and it may be better than current OO in taste). An indication of a bottle from National Distillers would be a statement that it is bottled in Cincinatti, Ohio. It is possible when Beam acquired the label in 1987 that it sold it in 86 proof, old National Distillers stock or even new Beam production, but if so that practice stopped a long time ago.
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