Sometimes the good intentioned get into no good situations. Such is the story of John Boyle O’Reilly. Irishman by birth. Poet and activist by passion and trade. In 1867 John Boyle O’Reilly was banished from England to Australia on the Hougoumont – the last ship to transport convicts to the down under British colony. He was sentenced to 20 years of servitude for his role in the Fenian Conspiracy – an uprising against British rule in Ireland. Nineteen crimes turned criminal into colonists. Upon conviction, British rogues, guilty of at least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by ‘transportation’ began in 1788, and amany of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick. this wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built. It would be a crime not to drink it!
Moore, a blacksmith was probably from Dublin. He was a Fenian but not a member of the British army. He was arrested in 1865 and later transported to Western Australia aboard the Hougoumont. He was pardoned, along with other political prisoners in 1869. Moore arrived by ship at San Francisco in January 1870, along with Denis Cashman, one of JB O’Reilly’s best friends. This is an innovative and bold red blend infused with cold brew coffee. This plush, full-bodied blend matches the concentrated dark fruit notes of red blends with the mocha and subtle chocolate characteristics of the cold brew. Hints of maple and toasted oak linger on the long finish, highlighted by the distinctive rich, smooth depth of cold brew coffee.