“ Pure maple syrups ideal for US-style panacakes. „
I have to agree with my fellow Canadian reviewer below. This is far from a pure maple syrup, and in fact, it tastes a lot like a corn syrup based product that is common in the USA. It really is a shame to label this as a pure maple syrup from Canada.
As a Canadian, I wish to warn any prospective consumers that this product is a scam, and should not be purchased by anyone seeking true Canadian maple syrup. It is a "modified maple product", manufactured by adding sugars to dilute the original syrup, and enhance returns. It is a disgrace, and many companies are getting away with it. It is emphatically not "pure" maple syrup, and should be removed from shelves until the labels are corrected.
Rowse Pure Canadian Maple Syrup I'm quite a large fan of maple syrup even though to be fair I don't buy it that often, and over the years we've tried several different brands, from Tesco's finest, to Rowse, and even some proper Canadian stuff brought over by a Canadian visitor. I used to think that maple syrup was best served on waffles or pancakes or even on a bit of icecream, until one day I was introduced to eating it the American way with pancakes and bacon. Awwwmmm *This is me drooling - sorry!*. Anyway, Rowse... Compared to all the other UK brands I've bought this is definitely the best. It comes in a glass bottle with a sort of squat round bottom and a long wide neck. It's 100% pure Canadian maple syrup, and it's free from anything artificial or added which is in my opinion how it should be. The bottle I buy is 250g and I get it from Holland and Barretts which seems to be one of the few places that sells it locally, and it costs me £4.49 a bottle. The flavour is intensely maple. It's not as sickly sweet as some brands and has a much stronger more thorough flavour to it. It's thin and pours well, but has a rich deep dark colour that just IS maple syrup. (For example the Tesco Finest Version which is also good, is just slightly less intense in maple flavour to me). I found it fascinating to learn once when visiting the Rowse website to order a recipe booklet, that it takes 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup. That's a huge amount of boiling down to get there isn't it. I know this product is expensive, which I guess is why I don't buy it often, but the flavour is so special that it adds a lot to anything you use it in. I bake a fair bit, and make flapjacks and things like that, and using maple syrup instead of golden syrup really changes the flavour nicely, and I like to think it's healthier too because it's got no preservatives or anything in it.
-0- ROWSE PURE CANADIAN MAPLE SYRUP -0- 'Rowse are the UK's leading Maple Syrup brand. Their range is entirely 100% pure Canadian Maple Syrup, all of which are free from artificial additives and preservatives'. I adore pancakes and waffles and when I lived in America it was standard breakfast food for me. On top of the waffles or pancakes I would have cream and maple syrup, sometimes even ice-cream. Not a very healthy breakfast, I know. But it was entirely delicious and a great energy boost to the day. Back in England I have sampled many maple syrups since then and have finally settled with Rowse Pure Canadian Syrup, simply because of its great taste. Rowse are makers to the Maple syrup (No 1 Medium Grade), light Maple syrup luxury lemon curd and honey. 'Rowse Pure Canadian Organic Maple Syrup' (Medium) is certified by The Soil Association and produced organically giving it a natural and delicious pure flavour. -0- ROWSE PURE CANADIAN MAPLE SYRUP -0- The Maple Syrup comes to us in a squat based, long necked bottle. To the front there is an oval dark brown label with the product description written in white. The bottle has a gold screw lid and there is a gold shiny Canadian Maple leaf which takes up half of the oval and a small note that this product has a non-drip pourer due to its plastic stopper which contains two different size pouring holes. Now I think that this is actually quite an important point as I hate the stickiness that these syrups and treacle's can incur when they dribble down the side of the container. The weight is 250g and the height of the bottle is 5 and a half inches which isn't very big and I do use it up quite quickly. I think it could do with being twice the size that it is or more. The light option actually comes in the 500ml size and I think that Rowse could well do with following the light container. In fact they now do a Rowse Squeezable Pure Canadian Maple Syrup (Medium) which does contain 500ml. I just prefer it in a bottle. - The syrup is a golden colour and is very thin and free running. The flavour is gorgeous and perfectly natural in flavour. This syrup is delicious on porridge, waffles, pancakes and anything else that you would like to try it on. Its flavour is not too strong instead it has a delicate mellow heart which goes well with a variety of foods. -0- SUMMARY -0- Rowse Pure Canadian Maple Syrup is delicious. It has a satisfying flavour that compliments food well. It is very tasty over ice-cream and perfect on waffles. The light option is great for anyone who is counting their calories and the NEW squeezable bottle comes in a convenient 500ml size. I have tried quite a few of these Maple syrups and for me I have to say that Rowse has the best flavour and taste that I have found. It is the UK's No 1 leading Maple Syrup and their lemon curd and amazing range of honey is out of this world. It is also free from artificial additives and preservatives. If you go to their Website, Rowse is offering a FREE recipe booklet, so go on over a take a look for yourselves. - 'Rowse are the brand leaders in the UK for Maple Syrup. We offer a range of this unique, natural, delicious product of the Canadian forests in convenient, hygienic packaging. Also, we hand-make small batches of superb dessert sauces, using real fruit, Belgian chocolate and - of course - Rowse Honey!' Rowse Pure Canadian Syrup £1.69 from most Supermarkets and delicatessens. http://www.rowsehoney.co.uk/articles/our-other-products/maple-syrup Thank you for reading PRINCESSPUSSYCAT July 2008*