2016 FIRST RUN KAHILTNA GOLD IS IN!
Our "first run" syrup. "Rich and spicy sweet, with a wonderful caramel-like flavor" Pure Kahiltna Gold Birch Syrup - certified organic - is produced on a Talkeetna homestead in Alaska's upper Susitna Valley, the vast river valley of the Alaska Range. Each spring we collect the sap from the paper birch and evaporate it to syrup in much the same way pure maple syrup is produced. This year 12,800 area trees were tapped to make our delicious Kahiltna Gold! It takes an average of 110 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of birch syrup; maple by comparison is approximately 40:1. Our Kahiltna Gold pure birch syrup makes a superb ingredient in the recipes section of this web site. It is wonderful on ice cream, in milkshakes, and coffee, and adds a divine sweetness to pancakes and waffles. Sweeten your Alaska chaga tea, for a total birch experience! Check out our new wild Alaska chaga products: Wild Alaska Chaga Products.
FIRST RUN is produced within the first week of the harvest. Following the first day of harvest (Reserve, see below) it is the lightest and sweetest of the season. Its flavor, sweetness, and color vary from year to year like fine wine, and depend very much on when the sap run begins, and the weather at the time of harvest. 2016 FIRST RUN was produced during the 2nd through 10th day of harvest. Earliest ever- We started tapping trees on April 1st! Because it was so early we still had very cold nights, and the trees produced unusually sweet sap and, as a result, syrup! When it is this early the sap is often frozen in the lines and pails at night. This sap is very cold, fresh, and sweet. The resulting 2016 syrup is light amber, honey-like, floral in nature, with a very smooth finish. Truly lovely!