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Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

by Don 2/23/2018 8:28:00 AM

Somerskogen Sugarbush has begun a joint venture with Tom Slattery of JJ's Wine, Spirits & Cigars in Sioux Falls, SD. http://siouxfallswine.com

Tom found our business via a Google search for maple syrup producers and gave us a call. 

Along with his wife, Jean, Tom brought up a 53 gallon oak barrel that had just been emptied of Buffalo Trace bourbon, aged for 9 years. We did a taste test of various grade syrups to identify which barrel of our maple syrup would incorporate the bourbon oak flavor as the syrup aged.  We settled on the Amber Rich grade as the best choice. 

I tasted a sample at 2 months of aging, and this is going to be a terrific product! The syrup will be bottled in a 375ml unique Nordic bottle - more on this in a future post.   The bourbon barrel aged maple syrup should be ready in a couple more months, so again, . . . . we wait with anticipation!

Check back frequently to see what is happening in the sugarbush! 

Anticipation of the 2018 Maple Season!

by Don 2/23/2018 8:12:00 AM

   What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we had already started making maple syrup and this year we wait for warmer weather. While we are nearly prepared, the weather remains too cold to get very excited.  Our 100 taps were put in February 9-10 and the evaporator has been reassembled.

Forecasts indicate warmer temps during the day in the next week  - spring is coming! Here is the latest graph from the weather service:

  

Now, . . . . .we wait with anticipation!