First up was Three River's Farm maple syrup from Elko,MN. This syrup was the darkest of the three, which I would call a Grade A dark amber. This has a very intense, robust maple syrup flavor. It works well as table syrup, or in recipes where it needs to cut through a fat or other ingredients to shine through. I would use this in our maple syrup roasted chicken and other cooking purposes.
|Wild Country Store|
Third was Lutsen's Caribou Cream. This is a much smaller operation than Wild Country, and maybe this is why it has a much more delicate flavor and I would call it a Grade A light amber. This is fantastic as table syrup, as you can get a clear sense of of the light smokey flavor. I would also use it in dressings and other simple recipes.
|Caribou Cream's Operation|