trouvaille: /tru:vai/ (n.) a valuable discovery, a lucky find.

Our story

A true artisanal gin, Trouvaille’s Blossom & Hops Gin is the creation of Tim and Teresa James. They say every brewer wants to grow up to be a distiller. This proved true with the creation of Blossom & Hops. After years of home brewing, and with a special appreciation of hops, Tim naturally progressed to dabbling with a pot still. Countless experimental infusions later; a lucky find – a pairing that celebrates the earthiness of hops and the charm of lime blossom. The reintroduction of these long forgotten botanicals yield a craft gin both familiar and unique, floral and spicy, delicate and bold.

The valuable discovery lies not only in the unique addition of hops to this timeless juniper spirit, but also in our journey to re-establish a connection to ingredient, process and product. This process has fuelled our passion for the regenesis of age-old crafts and filled our working days with creativity and sharing.  Blossom & Hops gin truly is a lucky find.

Blossom and Hops Gin

Our process

As a true craft gin, Blossom & Hops is small batch distilled by the masterful hands of Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk at Hope on Hopkins Distillery in Salt River in Cape Town.

We have carefully selected 12 botanicals, sourced from near and far for Blossom & Hops gin.  Some of these are placed in sacks and suspended in neutral cane spirit for a predetermined time to macerate, whilst the remainder are added to the vapour trail when the macerate is finally distilled through a meticulously monitored process. The heads are removed and the heart of the spirit is collected and stored for bottling.

An additional botanical is processed through a separate distillation process and is blended with the original distillate prior to bottling.  13 botanicals, ‘lucky for some’, and certainly a wonderful basis for Blossom & Hops gin.

The result is a craft gin which is smooth, perfectly balanced and wonderful to drink.

Perfect pairings

Blossom & Hops gin celebrates the earthiness of hops and the charm of lime blossom.  Lovely on its own over ice and perfect as a tonic cocktail with pairings of fresh citrus, rosemary, cucumber, green olives, apple, mint, thyme or passion fruit.

Blossom and Hops with Citrus

Fresh Citrus

Pair with a wedge or peel of grapefruit, lemon or orange, with grapefruit working wonders. Fitch and Leeds brings out the blossom notes within the gin, both on the nose and on the palate.

Blossom and Hops, Rosemary and Goldberg and Sons


If you enjoy the earthy hops in our gin, Rosemary with Goldberg and Sons tonic is your choice of tipple.  A lovely refreshing summer cocktail with a softened finish.

Blossom and Hops, Cucumber and Barker and Quin


A modern classic in gin pairings, cucumber just keeps you wanting to come back for more.  Barker a Quin tonic is a perfect pairing accentuating the hops notes within the gin.


Our stockists are growing daily, please check back regularly if you don’t find a nearby stockist. If your local craft stockist is not on our list, please ask them to stock us.

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Western Cape

Bar Keeper Liquor Store, 103 Strand St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Bar Keeper Liquor Store Belville, 43 Strand Rd, Belville

Biggest Little Beer Shop, Willowbridge Centre, Bellville, Cape Town

Bottlelary Hills Wine Centre,  Bottelary Rd, Stellenbosch

Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, 10978 Tokai Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town

Hope on Hopkins Distillery, 7 Hopkins Street, Salt River, Cape Town

Johanneson Craft Liquor Merchants, 50 Somerset Street,Graaff-Reinet

Liquor City Claremont, 43 Palmyra Road, Claremont, Cape Town

Norman Goodfellows, Cnr and, Beach Rd, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town

Norman Goodfellows, Cnr Mill and Buitenkant Streets, Gardens Centre, Cape Town

Protea Hoogte Tops, 4 Kruin St, Protea Hoogte, Cape Town

Roeland Liquors, 65 Roeland St, Gardens, Cape Town

Rosmead Tops,  67 Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town

Siegies on Huguenot,  28 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek

Tops on Kloof, 26 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town

Urban Wines, 3, Koeberg Rd & New St, Durbanville, Cape Town

Welgedacht Tops, Van Riebeeckshof Rd, Van Riebeeckshof, Cape Town

Wine at the Mill, Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town

Wine Concepts on Kloof,  Lifestyle on Kloof, 50 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town

Woodstock Liquors, 175 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town



Bootleggers, Fourways Crossing, Fourways, Johannesburg

Boulevard Cellars, 333 Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia, Johannesburg

Craighall Blue Bottle, Cnr Douglas Scholtz & January Drive, Gauteng

Dry Dock Liquors, 37 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg

Glenfair Tops, Daventry St & Lynnwood Road, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria

Liquor City Glen Marais Shopping Centre, 56 Veld St, Glenmarais, Johannesburg

Liquor City Jan Smuts, 396 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall, Johannesburg

Liquor City Lonehill, Lonehill Shopping Centre, Lonehill Boulevard, Lonehill

Liquor City Stoneridge, cnr Hereford Rd & Modderfontein Rd, Johannesburg

Liquor City Sunward Park Lifestyle Centre , Cnr Trichardt & Kingfisher Roads

Loco Liq, 70 Conrad Rd, Blairgowrie, Johnannesburg

Loco Liq, Crowthorne Shopping Centre, Main Rd & Arthur Road, Johannesburg

Midstream Tops, Midstream Shopping Centre, Brakfontein Road, Midstream Estate

Monty’s Boutique Liquor, cnr 7th and 3rd Ave Parktown North, Johannesburg

Norman Goodfellows Illovo, 192 Oxford Rd, Illovo, Johannesburg

Overland Cottage Cellar, John Voster Str, Roodepoort

The Good Oaks, Bridge Shopping Centre, 4 Daventry St, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria

Wine & Liquor Craighall, 101 Lancaster Ave, Craighall Park, Johannesburg


Kwazulu Natal

Ballito Lifestyle Centre Tops, Cnr 398/498 Main Road, Ballito

Hillcrest Tops, 38 Old Main Rd, Hillcrest



Riverside Tops At the Grove, R40 White River Road,Riverside Ind Park, Nelspruit


Free State

Ultra Liquors Bethlehem, 22 Brand St, Bethlehem


Eastern Cape

Blue Bottle St Francis, 162 St Francis Dr, Sea Vista, St Francis Bay

Fig Tree Tops, Cnr William Moffet & Circular Drive, Walmer, Port Elizabeth

Linton Grange Spar, Primrose Sq Bouganvillea Dve, Linton Grange, Port Elizabeth

Pick n Pay Grahamstown, 22 African St, Grahamstown

St Francis Tops, Village Square Shopping Centre, St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay

Sunridge Tops, Sunridge Park Shopping Centre, Sunridge Park, Port Elizabeth

Gin Bars and Restaurants


Western Cape

Life Grand Cafe, 2 Pierhead Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Peddlars and Co, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Sansibar, Asara Wine Estate, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch

Steam Restaurant, 5 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

The Botanical Bar, 160 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

The Gin Bar,  64A Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Urban Wines, 3, Koeberg Rd & New St, Durbanville, Cape Town

Vredenheim Wine Estate Gin Bar, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch



Bottega Cafe, 22b 4th Ave, Parkhurst, Johannesburg

Carbon Bistro, 279 Dey Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria

Rodizio, Leaping Frog Shopping Centre, William Nicol Dr, Fourways

The Codfather, Sandton Skye, 3 Stan Rd, Morningside, Johannesburg

Tonic, Shop 509, Menal Place, 32 7th Street, Linden


Kwazulu Natal

Europa Gin Bar, Granada Centre, 16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

Two Acres, 1 Country Ln, Assagay, Hillcrest


Eastern Cape

Bridge Street Brewery, 1 Bridge Street, Brickmakers Kloof, PE

Richmond Hill Brewing Co., 2 Alabaster St, South End, PE

Quaysyde, 15 Sea Glades Dr, Sea Vista, St Francis Bay

Rat and Parrot,  New St, Grahamstown

The Yellow Door, 22 First Ave, Walmer, PE



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