I lost the label on a bag of some sort of spice, and trying to figure out what it is got me really curious of what it possibly could be and what use it could ever serve.

It is light brown, even slightly tan (reminiscent of natural sugar). It has a very slight woody smell, with possibly an undertone of heat. It has no real taste, possibly woody again, and is slightly gritty. It makes me think of ground up bark, if 99% of the flavor was removed.

What spice does not have any flavor or aroma? This seems like an contradiction.

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    A spice that's 10 years old? Seriously, how old is the spice - age may have removed most of the oil that would impart flavor in many – Joe M Aug 22 '17 at 20:20
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    I'm with @Joe here: if it's a tasteless spice, it's not a spice any more, no matter what it once was. You might want to read about shelf life and proper storage conditions for spices to avoid finding more "mysteries" in the future. I give my spices a quick sniff every six months or so - whatever has gotten stale or lost its aroma needs to go. – Stephie Aug 22 '17 at 20:51
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    (Tan, woody and hint of heat could be cinnamon or nutmeg or even ginger...) – Stephie Aug 22 '17 at 20:55
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    Could you try toasting it for a few minutes? Blooming spices can help the flavor and smell come out. I would agree with @Stephie though, cinnamon or nutmeg are likely choices. – Wolfgang Aug 22 '17 at 21:10
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    A photo might also help, though at this point it is probably improper for consumption anyway – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Aug 23 '17 at 12:08

What spice does not have any flavor or aroma?

A stale, old one. The flavors in spices are volatile— they don't last forever.

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