All maple syrup grades are better than the artificial stuff. Ask yourself (or someone else) these questions: “Which is better, white wine or red wine?” “Which is better, light beer or dark beer?” A light Pilsner beer has a light color and delicate flavor, while a Stout or Porter has a very dark color and strong flavor. It’s strictly a matter of personal choice, and there isn’t one grade of maple syrup that is “better” than another.
Real maple syrup should be refrigerated to ensure freshness (even if the bottle hasn’t been opened). You can also freeze maple syrup to extend its life indefinitely.