Maple syrup Grade B is amber in color and much darker than Grade A. Because of its strong, more pronounced maple flavor, it is mainly used in cooking and by the food processing industry. Grade B maple syrup is a favorite ingredient among mixologists and bartenders when crafting bourbon, rum and whisky cocktails. When used in cocktails, maple syrup is a great replacement for simple syrup, as it adds depth and complexity to drinks.
The classification of maple syrup into Grade A and Grade B provides consumers and the food industry alike with a simple method for identifying preferred flavors and uses. Each classification of maple syrup from Canada must meet the standards of section five of the Maple Products Regulations, must have a clear and uniform color, and must not ferment.