Today, I picked two leaves from my potted bay plant and used them in the sausage gravy my son and his friends so enjoy. Without being overpowering, the flavor was so much cleaner, intense, and fresh. When cooking, consistency is a mantra for me; so all other things being equal, the flavor was incredibly better.
Bay is not hardy here in zone 4/, central Wisconsin. I'm sure going to do my best to keep this indoor plant alive.