Have you looked in your spice cupboard (yes I have a cupboard devoted to spices) or drawer lately? Spices lose their oomph the longer they're kept. According to Govt guides freshness dating is four years for whole spices and two years for ground. Some only keep spices for 6 months (sounds expensive). I try to update my main spices like basil, oregano, parsley, etc. at least once a year. I absolutely love this website to buy spices Penzeys Spices. Remember to keep your spices away from heat sources: oven heat, light bulbs etc. Happy Cooking!