Bower Hill is one of many small, non-distilling producers that have been showing up on the whiskey shelves with greater frequency lately. But unlike most NDPs, this isn’t the typical MGP juice. Their four different bourbons Single Barrel, Barrel Strength, Barrel Reserve, Non-Chilled Filtered, and Sherry Cask Special Edition all sourced from an unnamed Kentucky distillery. Each release is made from a mashbill of 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley and aged for 5-6 years, so the different offerings appear to be variations of the same sourced whiskey stocks.
The brand gets its name from the “Battle of Bower Hill” which was the site of the first bloodshed in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. You remember that one from history class, right? Veterans of the Revolution were just minding their business, enjoying the fact that they didn’t have to pay taxes to the British anymore, and along comes George Washington to tax the thing they loved most, whiskey. Bower Hill claims it is memorializing this event “by continuing the tradition of producing outstanding whiskey, no matter what the cost.”