noun | /tru:vai/
a valuable discovery, a lucky find
What started out as a hobby has turned into a passion. They say every brewer wants to grow up to be a distiller and this has certainly proved true with the creation of Blossom & Hops craft gin.
Years of home brewing in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs gave Trouvaille’s Blossom & Hops craft gin creator Tim James a special appreciation of the hops flower, a botanical that featured in century-old Genever recipes, the forefather of modern gin as we know it. When he started dabbling with a pot still he set out to re-introduce this botanical into the mainstream gin palate and with the help of his partner Teresa this has been achieved with Blossom & Hops craft gin.
Hops is traditionally a flavouring and stabilising agent in the production of beer but Tim realised that due to its versatility and massively diverse flavour profiles it would work in gin. Countless experimental infusions later; a lucky find – a pairing that celebrates the earthiness of hops and the charm of lime blossom. A match made in heaven and a traditional gin which is both unique but unmistakably delicious.
Blossom & Hops Gin
Blossom & Hops craft gin starts its life as a neutral spirit in which our hardy botanicals are steeped overnight to extract as much flavour as possible. The infused spirit is then distilled with our more delicate botanicals suspended in the vapour trail. The entire pot distillation process is meticulously monitored by expert hands that guide the cuts. In a separate process a single botanical is distilled in order to retain it’s unique character. The final distillates are blended prior to bottling.
Blossom & Hops is recognisable to the palate as a London dry gin. A juniper-forward gin that celebrates the earthiness of hops and the charm of lime blossom. Our aromatic hop is sourced from the Outeniqua Mountains in the Garden Route, and holds citrus notes that balance the tea leaf notes of the lime blossom. The result; a smooth and delicate craft gin that is unmistakably gin.
Blossom & Hops craft gin is small batch distilled by our friends at Hope on Hopkins Distillery in Salt River, Cape Town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Retail and Online
Bar Keeper Liquor Store, Cape Town City Centre
Kloof Nek Blue Bottle Liquors, Tamboerskloof
Norman Goodfellows, Three Anchor Bay
Norman Goodfellows, Gardens
Roeland Liquors, Gardens
Tops on Kloof, Gardens
Wine at the Mill, Woodstock
Wine Concepts on Kloof, Gardens
Woodstock Liquors, Woodstock
Bar Keeper Liquor Store, Belville
Biggest Little Beer Shop, Bellville
Protea Hoogte Tops, Protea Hoogte
Urban Wines, Durbanville
Welgedacht Tops, Van Riebeeckshof
Southern Suburbs and Peninsula
Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar Tokai, Tokai
Liquor City Claremont, Claremont
Rosmead Tops, Kenilworth
Liquor City Milnerton, Tableview
Bottlelary Hills Wine Centre, Stellenbosch
Siegies on Huguenot, Franschhoek
Outside Cape Metro
Johanneson Craft Liquor Merchants, Graaff-Reinet
Blue Bottle St Francis, St Francis Bay
Fig Tree Tops, Walmer, Port Elizabeth
Linton Grange Spar, Linton Grange, Port Elizabeth
Pick n Pay Grahamstown, Grahamstown
St Francis Tops, St Francis Bay
Sunridge Tops, Sunridge Park, Port Elizabeth
Retail and Online
Craighall Blue Bottle, Craighall Park
Dry Dock Liquors, Parkhurst
Liquor City Jan Smuts, Craighall Park
Monty’s Boutique Liquor, Parktown North
Norman Goodfellows Illovo, Illovo
Wine & Liquor Craighall, Craighall Park
Sandton and North
Boulevard Cellars, Rivonia
Bryan Park Liquor, Bryanston
Liquor City Lonehill, Lonehill
Loco Liq Blairgowrie, Blairgowrie
Liquor City Glen Marais, Glenmarais
Liquor City Stoneridge, Greenstone
Liquor City Sunward Park, Sunward Park
South and Vanderbijlpark
Liquor City Vanderbijlpark, Vanderbijlpark
Midrand and Pretoria
Glenfair Tops, Lynnwood Manor
Liquor City Gateway, Centurion
Loco Liq Crowthorne, Crowthorne
Midstream Tops, Midstream Estate
The Good Oaks, Lynnwood Manor
Overland Cottage Cellar, Roodepoort
Robert Broom Tops, Noordheuwel
Ballito Lifestyle Centre Tops, Ballito
Hillcrest Tops, Hillcrest
NORTH WEST, LIMPOPO, MPUMALANGA AND FREE STATE
Liquor City Hartebeespoort, Hartebeespoort
Riverside Tops At the Grove, Nelspruit
Ultra Liquors Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Gin Bars and Restaurants
Life Grand Cafe, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Peddlars and Co, Constantia, Cape Town
Sansibar, Asara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Steam Restaurant, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
The Botanical Bar, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
The Gin Bar, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Urban Wines, Durbanville, Cape Town
Vredenheim Wine Estate Gin Bar, Stellenbosch
Bridge Street Brewery, Brickmakers Kloof, Port Elizabeth
Richmond Hill Brewing Co., South End, Port Elizabeth
Quaysyde, Sea Vista, St Francis Bay
Rat and Parrot, Grahamstown
The Yellow Door, Walmer, Port Elizabeth
Bottega Cafe, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Carbon Bistro, Brooklyn, Pretoria
The Codfather, Morningside, Johannesburg
Europa Gin Bar, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban
Two Acres, Assagay, Hillcrest
Get in touch
If you would like to stock our gin, find out where we are stocked, or let us know what you think of Blossom & Hops gin, please reach out.
Tel: 021 685 4247