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Best Maple syrup Ever

TorontoTuna Mar 5, 2011 03:45 PM

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. estufarian RE: TorontoTuna Mar 6, 2011 12:03 PM

    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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      TorontoTuna RE: estufarian Mar 6, 2011 01:26 PM

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

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        Zengarden RE: TorontoTuna Mar 6, 2011 01:40 PM

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

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          TorontoTuna RE: Zengarden Mar 6, 2011 01:56 PM

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

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            jmarcroyal RE: TorontoTuna Mar 6, 2011 06:48 PM

            pictures or its not real!

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              TorontoTuna RE: jmarcroyal Mar 7, 2011 08:05 AM

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

               
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                Degustation RE: TorontoTuna Mar 7, 2011 08:18 AM

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

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

    2. Flexitarian RE: TorontoTuna Mar 6, 2011 09:06 PM

      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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        bogie RE: Flexitarian Mar 7, 2011 10:19 AM

        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.

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          TorontoTuna RE: bogie Mar 7, 2011 11:13 AM

          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.

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            Flexitarian RE: bogie Mar 7, 2011 03:30 PM

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

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              TorontoTuna RE: Flexitarian Mar 7, 2011 04:19 PM

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

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

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                plug RE: TorontoTuna Mar 9, 2011 08:57 AM

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

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                  Flexitarian RE: plug Mar 9, 2011 09:17 AM

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

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          ylsf RE: TorontoTuna Mar 13, 2011 08:21 PM

          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

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