Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. Based in Aldeburgh, Suffolk for most of his life, he became a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, and wrote music in many genres. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. He founded the Aldeburgh Festival with Peter Pears in 1948.
Suffolk through and through, Britten treasured his roots in the county that he found constant inspiration from. One of his great Suffolk loves was Aspall Cyder; he became a regular visitor at Aspall through the 50s, 60s and 70s, and bought his cyder directly from the Chevallier family.
As part of the centenary celebrations for Britten, it felt appropriate for us to re-create a cyder in his honour; and particularly, a style of cyder that he would have recognised. Most notably, the cyder he enjoyed would have been still and would have borne more resemblance to a wine than to a beer.
Referring to cyder making notes from the 1950s, we have created a mid to pale straw coloured still cyder, that has an attractive floral green apple aroma with subtle woody overtones. The palate is medium to full in body, dry with the balancing fruity acidity of fresh apples. It has a moreish wine-like finish with a creamy aftertaste. At 8.4% alcohol, it is a cyder truly to be savoured.
Festival of Britten Still Cyder is our dedication to one of Suffolk’s most famous sons.