trouvaille

noun | /tru:vai/

a valuable discovery, a lucky find

 

Our story

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 and Hops Gin

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.

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, mint, thyme or pear and peppercorn.

Blossom and Hops with Citrus

Fresh Citrus

Pair with a wedge or zest of either grapefruit, lemon or lime. Fitch and Leeds brings out the blossom notes, both on the nose and on the palate.  Add a sprig of mint for the perfect gin cocktail.

Blossom and Hops, Rosemary and Goldberg and Sons

Rosemary

If you enjoy the earthy hops in our gin, Rosemary and Olive 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

Cucumber

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.

Stockists

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

ONLINE

Bottleshop

Cybercellar

The Gin Box

Yuppiechef

 

WESTERN CAPE

Cape Town

Hope on Hopkins Distillery, Salt River, Cape Town

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

Northern Suburbs

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

Western Seaboard

Liquor City Milnerton, Tableview

Winelands

Bottlelary Hills Wine Centre, Stellenbosch

Siegies on Huguenot, Franschhoek

Outside Cape Metro

Johanneson Craft Liquor Merchants, Graaff-Reinet

 

EASTERN CAPE

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

GAUTENG

Johannesburg

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

East Rand

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

West Rand

Overland Cottage Cellar, Roodepoort

Robert Broom Tops, Noordheuwel

 

KWAZULU NATAL

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

WESTERN CAPE

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

 

EASTERN CAPE

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

 

GAUTENG

Bottega Cafe, Parkhurst, Johannesburg

Carbon Bistro, Brooklyn, Pretoria

Rodizio, Fourways

The Codfather, Morningside, Johannesburg

Tonic, Linden

 

KWAZULU NATAL

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
Cel: 083 447 4115

Email: info@trouvaillespirits.com

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