Grades of Maple Syrup

Grading maple syrup

Pure Maple Syrup Grades

Pure maple syrup is graded by color and flavor. The grade of syrup is determined by light transmission through the syrup.


  • New York Grade A Light Amber - a very light, amber colored syrup with a mild, delicate maple taste.


  • New York Grade A Medium Amber - a medium amber colored syrup with a moderate, fuller maple flavor.


  • New York Grade A Dark Amber - the darkest of the three Grade A classifications. This syrup has a strong, robust flavor.


  • New York Extra Dark - A very dark color and very strong maple flavor, considered excellent for cooking or flavoring. Similar to Grade B syrup.

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