New Grades Come to Vermont
For years, Vermont maple syrup has been divided into one of four grades based on color and flavor. As consumer preference has changed over the past century, so too has the grading system evolved to provide a more accurate description based on consumer preference. The names of each grade, however, did not necessarily provide a meaningful description of the syrup. For instance, with no prior knowledge of maple syrup grades, Grade B does not mean much other than suggesting it would be a lesser quality than Grade A.
Beginning in 2014, Vermont maple syrup producers will start using a new grading system that will provide a better description of each grade, or class, of syrup. Each grade will state a color and a flavor descriptor:
- Grade A: Golden Color with Delicate Flavor
- Grade A: Amber Color with Rich Flavor
- Grade A: Dark Color with Robust Flavor
- Grade A: Very Dark Color with Strong Flavor
This chart shows our new grades in comparison to the old grading system.
Our new grades are part of a larger effort to install a universal grading system across all US states and in Canada. While Vermont is the first to begin using these grades, other states will begin next year. Continue to check vermontmaple.org for more updates!