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
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
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
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
Ultra Liquors Bethlehem, 22 Brand St, Bethlehem
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
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
Europa Gin Bar, Granada Centre, 16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban
Two Acres, 1 Country Ln, Assagay, Hillcrest
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