In 2004, the Canadian Government's Agriculture and Agri-Food Department, and the Centre Acer co-created a wonderful tasting wheel to really delve down into the incredible nuances of maple syrup. (please note, the wheel is copyrighted material)
The larger maple syrup packing houses are working very hard to create a uniform maple syrup taste. On the one hand, this makes sense -- you know what you're getting at the supermarket when you stare at all the grades, brands, and bottle types of maple syrup.
On the other hand, this is a travesty. The smaller craft flavors are completely lost when so much maple syrup is combined in large vats.
Most of our maple syrup tastes like maple! but with hints of flavors in the top section of this wheel - from 10:00 to 2:00 - the yellows and oranges. It's a real mystery how this works, because we never add anything to the sap or syrup. For people familiar with the wine world, it's the "terroir" of the trees here in Lyme (and East Haddam, CT).
To purchase our Certified Organic maple syrups, visit the maple collection.
Click here to learn about what makes maple syrup Certified Organic.
Flavor wheel posted with permission,© Her Majesty the Queen of Right in Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 2019 and © Centre Acer 2019