Over the course of the season, we’ll make a range of maple syrup grades, from light to dark. A new grading system unveiled recently in Vermont is designed to help consumers distinguish between the different grades, in both color and taste. Some people prefer the delicate flavor of the lighter syrups, while others like the strong maple taste of the darker varieties. Sometimes it just depends on how it’s served. We enjoy our maple syrup in our tea, muffins, apple crisps, beef stew, and a hundred other recipes.