We were the only couple on the tour, however it was just as thorough, if not more so than had there been a large group of us. I'd say that including the tasting at the end and deciding which products to buy that we were there maybe an hour and a quarter or so.
The tour was very informative and includes the both grounds and the sugar house. My only negative was maybe a bit too much emphasis on old antiques and artifacts, and the boards that they get visitors to sign. Lots of relevant info though, and lots of opportunity to ask questions.
Our tasting included the four grades of maple syrup, maple butter and maple peanuts.
Now the maple syrup. Very reasonably priced, especially when you look at the prices charged in the 'gift shops' for maple syrup. We bought a 1 litre bottle of the 'Amber', the darkest / strongest maple syrup for just $26. We also bought a 500g bag of maple sugar for $16, not sure what I'm gonna do with it though! And in hindsight we should have bought some maple butter as this was absolutely gorgeous.
While the maple syrup is absolutely lovely, the lighter ones maybe not so much - they just tasted a bit ''sugary'' syrupy rather than ''maple'' syrupy if that makes sense. I have to say that the maple syrup we bought in Vermont last summer is nicer - we're just using our last of that at the moment. And we actually didn't buy the darkest / strongest in Vermont either - we bought the third grade as this has a plenty strong enough maple taste. We did buy the strongest / darkest in Vermont as well, but I use that in baking rather than as a pouring maple syrup. I'd say that the Amber maple syrup we bought at Sugarbush hill Maple Farm is actually ever so slightly less 'mapley' than the grade 3 we bought in Vermont. In fact since coming home and trying both side by side we've said that we both prefer the Vermont maple syrup. The Sugarbush Hill maple syrup is really lovely, and nicer than most, it's just not our favourite.
However; a really good tour, friendly owners, very good prices, very good (just not really great, mind you everyone's taste are different!) maple syrup. It's definitely worth an hour or so of your time if you're in the area.
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