Millbrook Maple
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Maple Syrup Grades

The USDA syrup grading system uses five different maple grades. Three graded A: Grade A Light Amber, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber and two darker syrups: Grade B maple syrup and Commercial Grade. These grades have specific and important upper and lower limits for color and flavor. Individual preference for a particular grade of maple syrup is similar to that of the wine consumer; some people prefer reds, some whites, some blush and so on. People will argue about which is the best for using on pancakes and the correct answer is to try them all and decide for yourself. Here is a brief description of each grade we sell.

 Grade A Light Amber has a very delicate maple flavor. It is also know as “Fancy” Grade in Vermont and is the preferred choice for making maple cream and candy.

Medium Amber has a nice mild flavor. Most years this is the syrup that makes up the highest volume of the years crop.

Grade A Dark Amber has a full-bodied maple flavor for those that want a little more maple taste. This and Grade B are preferred for using in recipes.

Grade B has a hearty, robust flavor. This is the syrup that has the most maple kick. This is also our favorite especially for eating on vanilla ice cream. By NYS law this syrup should be labeled as “Extra Dark for Cooking”. NY tells us what we have to label it as but you can do what you want with it!

Grade C or Commercial Grade is not sold in our store as syrup.

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