Batch No. 10 began April 1st. I remember collecting the sap late at night in the pouring rain and thinking this would be the last batch of the year. The sap was turning and I knew it was going to be dark. Well it did come out dark, extra dark actually. The season didn't end there though, it went on for another 20 days after that night, and I was able to make some of the darkest maple syrup I have ever made in my life. Tapped Out Small Batch maple syrup its based on tradition, we make maple syrup the old fashioned way, outside in a pan, over and open fire.