Taking on the distinct caramel colour of maple syrup is sure sign that the process is nearing completion and ready for drawing off. Gordon bottles his maple syrup so that the colour and clarity is readily apparent. Mass-produced syrup is sometimes offered for sale in coloured or opaque bottles or in painted tins, so that clarity is not necessarily assured. Gordon states however that all syrup is sterile because of the distillation process, so the odd bits of detritus in commercial products are not really of concern. Gordon does not sell his syrup. He and his wife, Judy, enjoy it themselves and with guests, and much is given away to friends and neighbours. Some of Gordon's business customers are recipients, as are local charities.