About the Grades
As a general rule, the syrup starts lighter in the beginning of the season and gets darker as the season progresses.
If you've enjoyed some pure maple syrup before, you know all the grades taste great! While serious maple syrup connoisseurs will debate the pros and cons of their favorite grades, really it all comes down to personal preference - there's no "wrong" syrup. Here's a rough guide to what to expect from each:
Grade A Light Amber 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 Medium Amber has a slightly stronger maple flavor than Grade A Light Amber.
Grade A Dark Amber, As you might guess, is made even later in the season than Grade A Medium amber and has a stronger maple flavor.
Grade B has a very bold maple taste. Because of this it is often used for cooking in recipes .