Pure NH Maple - Grading
NH Maple Syrup Grades Are Changing!The New Maple Syrup Grades will begin to take effect in the 2015 season. This year is a transition year for the Maple Producers to change over to the new system. As of 2016, all producers will be required to use the new system.
Former Grading System
Grade A Light AmberThe first runs of maple sap in the early spring make the Grade A Light Amber syrup. This treasured syrup, with its delicate maple flavor, is used to make maple cream, candy and sugar. Many prefer it as a table syrup.
Grade A Medium AmberGradually, as the maple season progresses, the syrup darkens a shade to Grade A Medium Amber. This product bears a richer maple flavor and is great for pouring over pancakes, ice cream or oatmeal. This grade is also used for making maple cream and sugar.
Grade A Dark AmberNearing the end of the 4-6 week season, the syrup darkens again to Grade A Dark Amber, which is also a choice table syrup. With its stronger, more robust maple flavor, it can also be used for cooking.