What are all the grades of pure maple syrup and what is the difference?

There are four grades of pure maple syrup, they are:

Grade A Golden Color, Delicate Taste:  This light syrup has the mildest maple flavor and is made early in the season.

Grade A Amber Color, Rich Taste:  Still light in color, this syrup has a more full-bodied maple flavor.

Grade A Dark, Robust Taste:  This syrup is for those who prefer a substantially stronger maple flavor.

Grade A Very Dark, Strong Taste:  This bold flavored syrup is ideal for cooking and baking, and is made late in the season.

Appears in: Maple Syrup FAQs