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Thread: why doesn't my syrup taste like the "pure" maple syrup i've purchased before?

  1. #11
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    Our first maple syrup of the season is always very light in color, with a delicate maple flavor almost like vanilla.smells wonderful when cooking it.
    12x14 Sugar House 2x6 Maple Pro wood fired evaporator Arctic Cat 4x4 1980 Snowmobile 225 taps on buckets

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    The flavour profiles of my batches of syrup are so predictable and consistent that it's ridiculous. Batches 1 and 2 are always really light and always have vanilla and marshmallow notes; batch #3 may still be light in colour but the flavour is becoming more maple-y; batches 4-5 are definitely textbook maple both in colour and taste; batch #6 usually starts to develop a dark colour and carry a brown sugar note. Batch #7, if I get one, may be almost molassesy to the taste and near black.

    There are exceptions though....I've been lucky enough to never have any severe/noxious flavours (ie industrial or chemical) but I once had batch #4 carrying a light but noticeable smell and flavour of...fresh-cut hay. It was wonderful, but sadly the flavour and scent didn't last long and mellowed out.

    Also you may want to check out the following: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/science-and...=1231363888838
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    I once boiled down some sap from just norways, the first run of the season, and I would swear it was butter scotch. I loved it.
    44 27'08/71 27'56
    300 totalish taps 250 on tube and surflo
    50 bucket and bags about 15-25 gallons a season
    on a 2 by 7 home made evaporator and sugar shack
    1st gen circa 1966 still learnin stuff

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