Home cooks are the only ones who can be creative in the kitchen. Check out Runamok Maple. Based in northern Vermont, they specialize in maple syrup. But not just run-of-the-mill maple syrup, but “infused, smoked and barrel-aged maple syrup.” Of course, you can also get plain, ole’ pure maple, which they call “Sugarmaker’s Cut.”
I recently received a sampling of four of Runamok Maple’s flavors and in this post, I’m sharing my experience with them.
About Runamok Maple
Runamok Maple believes that maple marries exceptionally well with a variety of flavors, and so they are continuously on a quest to create new infusions and even offer recipes to highlight the unique flavors in their syrups.
They are also dedicated to sustainability in their farming practices. “Good maple syrup depends on healthy trees and so we endeavor to treat the land we work on gently, protecting the soil, and encouraging biodiversity with as little impact as possible,” they say on their website. They are certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association and Bird Friendly by the National Audubon Society.
Overall Comments on Runamok Maple
I received four samples: Whiskey Barrel-Aged, Ginger Root Infused, Cardamom Infused and Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused. I’m hard-pressed to find a favorite!
For the official taste test, I dipped a piece of white bread into the syrup, and then I took a sip so I could get the full effect. Here are my notes:
Individual Flavor Notes:
Whiskey Barrel-Aged: This syrup had a rich, clean maple flavor with just a hint of whiskey.
Ginger Root Infused: This syrup tasted almost like a gingerbread cookie!
Cardamom Infused: I tasted more cardamom than maple, but that’s OK by me.
Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused: This one reminded me of a cinnamon roll or cinnamon toast.
I’ve since been drizzling the syrup on tapioca pudding and rice pudding and look forward to trying it out on other things, as well.
What I Liked about Runamok Maple
I love the creativity! When I went to the website while writing this, they were showcasing a strawberry rose-infused syrup!
I really enjoyed the bold flavors and unusual and yet quite tasty combinations.
You could really taste the love and quality that was put into each of these maple syrups.
What I Didn’t Like About Runamok Maple
The samples were too small! Ok, that’s not much of a critique, but honestly, I’ve been really enjoying these syrups and can’t come up with anything bad to say.
What can you use Runamok Maple for?
Of course, you can drizzle it over your favorite pancake, waffle or French toast breakfast. But why stop there. I shared several ways you can use maple syrup in a post a few days ago and these syrups would work well with all of them.
Score: 5 out of 5
NOTE: I received a free copy of this product in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past taste tests, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to buy or not buy this product, even if you disagree with my opinion.