I only know the truly initial batch of Aventus, the supposedly "good" one, of which I have an (unfinished) decant and don't ever intend to get more.
I have to say that, regardless of whether somebody thinks various "Aventuses" are mediocre or the Second Coming, the lack of professionalism shown by Creed in this instance goes way and beyond anything they have shown in the past.
Getting a discounted six year old Creed from some grey market website and not getting utmost quality and consistency is, to a great extent, understandable if not desirable. I've lived for years with this reality, tried to buy fresh stuff full price from authorized distributors, and swallowed the occasional gaffe.
This is different. For a supposedly royal level perfume house to put out on the market, from authorized distributors, under the same name, at full (huge) price, and with no warning, different products, within less than one year since that perfume was launched... this goes beyond mere chutzpah.
It is proof of sadly glorified amateurism, of rampant greed squashing any resemblance of decent customer treatment, altogether a shameful commercial practice, and snake-oil standards.