Just to add a small bit...
I have had most of the male and unisex Creed scents over the years and still have many of them.
Some 4oz, some 2.5oz and some 1oz factory bottles and several decants of varying sizes up to 2oz. .
Some have been purchased from authorized retailers/e-tailers. some from online discount sites, some obtained from BN friends, and some, (carefully) from E-Bay.
I have NEVER paid attention to a lot #, a serial #, born on date, etc. All are authentic, all smell fine and all EXCEPT one have lasted perfectly for as long as I have had them.
The one that "got away"..... MI and only the top notes. After 10-15 minutes, it still smells fine.
This is a 1oz factory bottle from an authorized e-tailer bought in 2004 and it just went off this year.
FWIW it was initially stored in it's box in a dark cabinet and then transferred to a refrigerator for the last 3 years.
Hopefully, this helps someone.