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Best Maple syrup Ever

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As a real Maple Syrup snob, who has tasted this amazing Ambrosia in Ontario, Quebec, Vermont, etc., I have now crossed the Rubicon of syrup bliss after the purchase of a syrup at Culinarium. The syrup is black, comes in a Bell Jar, and is a local. The TASTE…nutty, earthy, with a rounded aftertaste. I had this on French Toast this morning with sweet farm butter on an Epi loaf. Like kissing the hem on an angel’s gown. Together with some Niagara organic bacon…yo mama!

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  1. Maybe you were tasting Ontario syrup for the first time (or at least you were in a state of mind to notice the difference).
    My father-in-law (who has made his own for more years than I've been living) can IMMEDIATELY pinpoint the origin - claims they use different 'type' of maple in Quebec/Vermont.

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    1. re: estufarian

      Actually, I have a weekend farm near Tweed that is about a mile from Palmateer’s sugar bush, a supplier of syrup in the area. I’ve had all manner of local syrups in Ontario and all grades. Maple Syrup, like wine, takes on the terroir of the environment it comes from and each area of production definitely has a distinct taste. This Culinarium product was simply on another plane and I’m getting ready to make some maple-walnut fudge with the stuff.

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      Culinarium
      705 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N4, CA

      1. re: TorontoTuna

        Is it affordable to us mere mortals or is it priced for the gods? Sounds like something that I would love to try.

        1. re: Zengarden

          About $19.00 for a liter. Now...where did I put that candy thermometer?

          1. re: TorontoTuna

            pictures or its not real!

            1. re: jmarcroyal

              ...oops! Make that $29.00 for a liter. Still a bargain...that's a lotta syrup.

               
              1. re: TorontoTuna

                I bought a small one (about 3/4 cup size) for $12.99 at Culinarium, about a month ago.

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                Culinarium
                705 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N4, CA

    2. I buy the dark maple syrup that is sold at both the Brickworks and Wychwood farmer's markets and have found it to be the best I've ever tasted. It has a real maple flavour. I also like that they take back and reuse the glass bottles. However, I do love Culinarium and will swing by to buy some of their's and do a taste comparison.

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      Culinarium
      705 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N4, CA

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      1. re: Flexitarian

        Second that. We buy ours from those foraging dudes at Wychwood too. You should buy some birch syrup if you see it as it's gloriously bittersweet. It makes a great glaze for fish BTW.

        1. re: bogie

          Forbes makes a nice birch syrup that is available from the cavier guy at St. Lawrence. I actually had a great syrup out west made from Manitiba Maples! It was light and buttery and very sweet. This is considered a junk tree and grows like a weed. Considering how long it takes to grow a mature Sugar Maple, I wonder why these trees (called a Box-Elder in the States) aren't used more for syrup.

          1. re: bogie

            Have yet to see the Birch syrup the many times I've been there. Is it labelled as such?

            1. re: Flexitarian

              You can order it online - with other great Forbe's treats:

              http://www.wildfoods.ca/products-syru...

              1. re: TorontoTuna

                thats pretty expensive syrup... basically $144 / litre

                1. re: plug

                  wow, that sure is expensive, maybe I'll ask if I can have a taste at the market before buying.

        2. Culinarium was selling some stuff and sampling at the "Not Far From The Tree" maple syrup event today. I had a sample of the dark maple syrup (told it was from Prince Edward County) and it was really good. Bought a small jar (was better pricing at the market) and also bought some maple BBQ sauce.

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          Culinarium
          705 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N4, CA