Quite some confusion has been reigning lately regarding the classification of maple syrup. Widely produced in Quebec, in Canada and in the United States, maple syrup was being classified under different standards in each country/ province. As such, as from 12 December 2016, every bottle of maple syrup will have to be classified according to the same gauge under a new grading system.
Up to now, maple syrup has been branded under three categories subdivided into five classes. Decacer, the leader in maple products in Quebec, decided to put an end to this confusing grading of maple syrup. It undertook the necessary steps and procedures aiming at harmonizing the standards for classification. The endeavour proved to be fruitful; as from 12 December 2016, all maple syrups will have to follow the same classification criteria and be placed under four clear categories. The latter is definitely replacing the old classification system. Decacer, on its behalf, has already launched production of maple syrup under the new grading system.
The four new categories
The four new Grade A categories of maple syrup have been elaborated according to the taste as well as the colour of the syrup.
- Golden Colour and Delicate Taste
The mild taste of this type of syrup makes it ideal for recipes with ice cream, oats, and yogurt.
- Amber Colour and Rich taste
Boasting of a dark hue, this category of syrup is a rather rich in taste and has caramel undertones. Drizzled on waffles, toasts and similar foods, it adds a flavourful twist to your recipes.
- Dark Colour and Robust Taste
Reminiscent of brown sugar and with hints of a nutty flavour, this category of syrup blends wonderfully with meat barbecue or vegetables.
- Very Dark Colour and Strong taste
Dark, intense, rich flavored, this type of maple syrup is a marvelously tasty ingredient to enhance buckwheat pancakes. It is actually less sweet than the first three categories and is much appreciated by those who have a fondness for its very particular and strong taste rather than its sweetness.
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