Maple syrup is sold according to a grading scale based on the color of the syrup. Vermont Maple Syrup is long sought after as a premier product. It has been part of Vermont culture and pride for more than 200 years.
In 2014 Vermont will adapt the International Standard for grading maple syrup. The new grading standards are as follows:
Grade A Golden/Delicate Taste
Grade A Amber/Rich Taste
Grade A Dark/Robust Taste
Grade A Very Dark/Strong Taste
The new grading system will make it easier for consumers to choose among these grades. Previously, Canada and the United States had separate grading systems which made it confusing for the consumer.