I received the thyme leaves complimentary from influenster.com for testing and reviewing purposes. i love mccormick, and have used a lot of mccormick spices in the past. this is the first time that i have used a spice from the mccormick gourmet line; also, it's a first for thyme leaves, as opposed to ground thyme. i absolutely love it. i love the taste and smell way better than ground thyme, and it blends very well with the other seasonings that i regularly use (such as sea salt or garlic pepper).