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

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

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

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

Roeland Liquors, 65 Roeland St, Gardens, Cape Town

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

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

Siegies on Huguenot,  28 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek

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

Woodstock Liquors, 175 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town



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

LocoLiq, Crowthorne Shopping Centre, Main Rd & Arthur Road, Johannesburg

Norman Goodfellows Illovo, 192 Oxford Rd, Illovo, Johannesburg


Kwazulu Natal

Hillcrest Tops, 38 Old Main Rd, Hillcrest

Gin Bars and Restaurants


Western Cape

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

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



Carbon Bistro, 279 Dey Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria

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


Kwazulu Natal

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



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