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Vermont issues new terms for grading of maple syrup, as of 2014 harvest

greygarious | Apr 1, 2014 06:35 PM

The Vermont harvest will no longer be graded as A, the confusingly-superior B, etc. http://vermontmaple.org/new-maple-gra...

An overlap period for labeling extends to 2017, giving producers some time to use up their existing stock of containers and labels, but buyers may see these new labels as soon as this year....

"Section III State of Vermont Grades and Standards for Maple Syrup:

1) The following grades are hereby established as the official grade A maple syrup grade standards for the state of Vermont:

a. ” Golden Color / Delicate Taste” means pure maple syrup which is free of any material other than pure, clear, clean liquid maple syrup in sanitary condition; which has a color no darker than the United States Department of Agriculture’s visual color standard Golden Color, or has a color for light transmittance not less than 75.0%Tc; which has a delicately sweet, original maple flavor characteristic; and which has a density ranging from the equivalent of 36 degrees Baume (66.9 degrees Brix) to 37 degrees Baume (68.9 degrees Brix) at 60 degrees Fahrenheit Modulus 145. Golden Color / Delicate Taste maple syrup shall be free of sugar crystals and shall not be damaged in any way;

b. ” Amber Color / Rich Taste” means pure maple syrup which is free of any material other than pure, clear, clean liquid maple syrup in sanitary condition; which has a color no darker than the U.S. Department of Agriculture visual standard, Amber Color, or has a color for light transmittance between the range of 74.9%Tc to 50%Tc; it may have a flavor which is more pronounced than that of Golden Color / Delicate Taste, but which is not strong or unpleasant . Amber Color / Rich Taste maple syrup shall be free of sugar crystals and shall not be damaged in any way;

c. ” Dark Color / Robust Taste” means pure maple syrup which is free of any material other than pure, clear, clean liquid maple syrup in sanitary condition; which has a color no darker than the United States Department of Agriculture visual standard Dark Color, or has a color for light transmittance between the range of 49.9% Tc to 25% Tc; it may have a flavor which is stronger than that of Amber Color / Rich Taste, but which is not sharp, bitter, buddy or off-flavor r. Dark Color / Robust Taste shall be free of sugar crystals and shall not be damaged in any way;

d. ” Very Dark Color / Strong Taste” means pure maple syrup which is free of any material other than pure, clean, clear liquid maple syrup in sanitary condition; which has a color for light transmittance less than 25% Tc. (The United States Department of Agriculture does not have an approved visual glass comparetor which compares to the light transmittance of this grade. Very Dark Color / Strong Taste may have a flavor stronger than Dark Color / Robust Taste, but shall not be damaged in any way and shall be free of sugar crystals."

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