The essential oils in spices oxidise as soon as they are milled, so using a mill or pestle & mortar to grind your own spices when you need them gives a brighter, more potent flavour – and you can create your own unique spice blends. For a really intense flavour, toast whole spices such as our whole green aniseeds over a high heat in a dry frying pan before you grind them. We've also found that different flavourings can enhance particular tastes. Certain spices are considered sweet, because their aroma enhances the sweetness of a dish, such as cinnamon in apple pie. Equally, others can emphasise bitterness, such as juniper berries in game dishes. You can find all of these beautiful spices in our new range of Cole & Mason condiments.