About the Grades
Starting with the 2015 sugaring season, sugarhouses across NH have switched to a new grading system. This has no effect on how sugarhouses produce the syrup; rather, it is intended to assist the maple syrup consumer to better understand the what each grade means.
If you've enjoyed some pure maple syrup before, you know that all the grades taste great!
As a general rule, the syrup starts lighter in the beginning of the season and gets darker as the season progresses.
Grade A Golden Delicate Taste Comes from the earlier part of the season. It has a very delicate maple taste that is often used for making maple candy.
Grade A Amber Rich Taste has a slightly stronger maple flavor than Grade A Golden Delicate Taste. For many maple syrup consumers this is "classic" maple syrup flavor.
Grade A Dark With Robust Taste is a slightly darker looking syrup with a pronounced maple taste. This is the new name for what many maple syrup connesuers prefer for pancakes, waffles, etc.
Grade A Very Dark Strong Taste is often used for cooking dishes with a maple flavoring - the strong maple flavoring will carry through to the finished dish.