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bottled more syrup

Dave Klish

These last 2 days I packed more Amber and more Dark maple syrup to keep inventories up for sales demand. December sales were my best ever, and so far this year sales, while slower have been good. I have a good stock in Amber, Dark and both sizes of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.

I have another batch of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup almost ready to pack too. Since I introduced that product back in 2017 it has truly been a winner. In the beginning I had reservations about taking perfectly good maple syrup and putting it into recently emptied bourbon barrels to age. When I first started bottling the finished product I got lots of single bottle sales. Then shortly after I started getting quite a lot of multiple bottle sales (at that time I only offered the 200ml (6.76 fl oz) size).

Then about a year later, I decided to also offer a larger size, a 375 ml (12.7 fl oz). Most customers usually bought 1 of the smaller size for the first time they tried the product but repeat sales ended up being about half and half for size. I later added the possibility of (at discount price per bottle) for customers to buy whole cases of the bourbon barrel aged maple syrup. While only a few have bought whole cases, I have sold some that way. The 6.76 Fl Oz size comes 24 to a case and the 12.7 Fl Oz size comes 12 to a case. After the first year offering bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, my sales have been over 50% in that product (in dollar sales) in 2018 and 2019 and it looks to be over 50% in 2020.

I have had a few customers tell me they have had bourbon barrel aged maple syrup from other producers, but they like the perfect balance of flavor between the maple taste and the bourbon taste of mine. I contribute that to the fact that I don’t empty a barrel as it’s aging by the calendar, but more by taste. As it’s time gets near we open the oak barrel and draw a tiny sample to taste, if the taste is not perfect, we hammer the bung back in and test it again in 1-2 weeks. We only pack it when the taste is perfectly balanced. I feel this attention to detail gives us the best product possible.

Little or no alcohol in our bourbon barrel aged maple syrup

We end up with little or no alcohol in the bottled product. While the oak bourbon barrel had alcohol in it, and some of the maple sugars fermented while aging our process eliminates most if not all of the alcohol. When we empty a bourbon barrel , the aged maple syrup is pumped into a large piece of equipment called a finisher (2′ x 6′). We then heat it to about 200F, shut it off and let it set, even though the pan is covered evaporating alcohol escapes. Then 16-24 hrs later we again heat the aged maple syrup to 205-210 and at that point we send it thru our filter press, which removes all traces of the char that came from the inner surface of the barrel (the char is what gave the bourbon it’s color). The syrup is pumped thru the filter and sent to the bottler. The bottler is a water jacketed device that holds up to 18 gal of syrup, and is surrounded by water. The thermostat maintains a temperature of 186+/-1 degree F. There we let it set overnight, and if any alcohol remains it evaporates off. Then we are ready to bottle the finished product, but our first step is to taste a small sample of the syrup to confirm it meets our standards. So far this has worked perfectly.

For those interested in the alcohol, sorry we will not change our process that has proven to be perfect. If you want a little kick, add your own bourbon .

In other matters, the new season will be upon us soon, might start in a week or 2, it all depends on the weather. We had lots of warm weather the last 6 weeks, but not enough freeze thaw cycles, those are needed to improve the sap sugar content. This weekend we likely will see the coldest temperatures of the winter. We have so far been doing repairs on the tubing that collects to sap. I think a week or 2 will give us the sap sugar we want. At that time, we will tap and start collecting the maple sap and prepare it for boiling into our tasty maple syrup. We are hoping for another great year.

Dave

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Packed more retail syrup.

Dave Klish

Last week I packed more retail syrup, packed Amber. Tomorrow I will pack more Dark.

Thank you all for your continued business.

It seems an issue keeps happening when people try to order. I thought it was fixed, but it happened again. It seems when people try to open the store to order it sometimes loads and sometimes does not load. If you have an issue ordering, send an email to dave@cnymaple.com

Let me know how much you want to order and I will process it manually. I will need your name, address, email and phone number (billing address) and where to ship if different.

The prices are: 8oz syrup, grades amber or dark $6.00 each, pints syrup grades amber or dark $10 each, Qts syrup grades amber or dark $17 each and half gal syrup Amber or Dark $27.00 each. Also bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, either 6.76 Fl Oz (200ml) at $12.00 each or 12.7 fl oz (375ml) at $20 .00 each

Sorry for the inconvenience. When I get an order I will generate a PayPal invoice and have it sent to your email address. When you pay PayPal, I will then ship the order. Also, please tell us how you heard about us.

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Problem fixed

Dave Klish

It was brought to my attention by a regular customer that the store on my website was not loading. I notified my son (my IT guy) and he fixed whatever the problem was. If any of you had trouble opening the store in the past, it has been fixed. If you ever have any problem opening the store in the future, please send me an email dave@cnymaple.com and I will get it fixed.

Thanks for all of your previous business.

Dave Klish

CNY Maple

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Happy new year to everyone!

Dave Klish

May everyone have a great 2020. May your dreams come true (the good ones that is).

We had a great 2019 at CNY Maple, and I had a good year too. Tomorrow I’ve got to go pick up a few more cases of 1/2 gal jugs, then on Friday I need to pack more syrup (dark). Then next week I need to pack (from a SS barrel) more Amber syrup, later in the week I need to empty the 15 gal bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and pack it into bottles.