trouvaille: /tru:vai/ (n.) a valuable discovery, a lucky find.
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.
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.
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, 103 Strand St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Biggest Little Beer Shop, Willowbridge Centre, Bellville, 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
Hillcrest Tops, 38 Old Main Rd, Hillcrest
Gin Bars and Restaurants
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
Europa Gin Bar, Granada Centre, 16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban