You can also smell wood, toasted brioche and dark caramel, only faint hints of various stewed fruits on the nose.
Yes there is some peat and bags of spice, but its woody and chewy, too woody for 25 year in my view and there it is the bitterness is coming out, it is not a show stopper but it certainly takes the edge off things.
Salt is coming through now and the ginger spice note is increasing but what I think is peat is really taking off now and adding some bite to proceedings, I also get some sponge & custard notes, getting creamy for sure.
Any fruit is in the background, stewed prunes, figs & dark plum springs to mind here.
Finish is nicely toffee with some sticky toffee pudding notes (nice).
The finish is a but sudden it drops off quickly, no lasting effect so it is the mid palate that is by far the best of what is on show here.
Sadly this is underpowered, rather tame in fact so nice in parts but needs a turbos boost so to speak that an increase in %abv alone would not be enough, it basically needs more depth or profile and taste, it is the spice and peat that save this one.