All of our maple syrup is graded using the USDA standards using a digital tool to measure light transmission. Each of the maple syrup grades provides a distinct flavor profile that allows our customers to select their preferred maple syrup. Below you will find the specifications and our flavor profile description, to help you select your preferred maple syrup. After you have picked your favorite, don’t forget to head over to our online shop
to check out all the maple syrup products we have available.
Grade A - Golden
Light transmission: ≥ 75%
Season phase: Very Beginning
This maple syrup grade is the first to be produced during syrup season. The cold air in the forest, coupled with the high sugar content of the first sap runs, produces this very light maple syrup grade. The grade has a flavor that is delicate yet bright, and is typically enjoyed on anything that requires maple syrup.
Grade A - Amber
Light transmission: 74% - 50%
Season phase: Beginning
As the forest begins to loosen the grip of winter, the running sap begins to produce a slightly darker grade of maple syrup. This maple syrup grade features a more pronounced maple flavor than Grade A - Golden. Many of our new customers begin with this maple syrup grade and then venture out in both directions on the maple syrup grade spectrum.
Grade A - Dark
Light transmission: 49% - 25%
Season phase: Middle
The middle of the maple syrup season can be kind of long, and it is within this phase that we produce Grade A - Dark. This maple syrup grade has a dark color and more robust flavor of maple. Those seeking a more forward flavor in their maple syrup typically seek out this grade.
Grade A - Very Dark
Light transmission: < 25%
Season phase: End
As the forest emerges into spring, the last sap runs produce Grade A - Very Dark. Those that are seeking the most bold and intense maple flavor will definitely enjoy this maple syrup. The family here at Wilson Sugarhouse enjoys all the maple syrup grades, but it is the Very Dark that holds a special place in our hearts.