Re: Is the newer Lagavulin DE younger?
I just checked my bottle of Laga DE, and it's 1994-2010.
My research a while back, indicated that, for its Distiller's Editions, Diageo was using the distilleries' standard product (16y, in the case of Lagavulin), and finishing it for a period of around a year. Could be as short as nine months. Could be as much as fifteen or even eighteen months. Not only that, but the pre-finishing age could vary within a year's time, so the two aging periods could result in a lot of variation.
With things going the way they're going, I would assume the average age has been going down in recent years, and will continue to do so, until they reach the limit. Or they might break the limit and market as a... Special 15-year Distiller's Edition! Also note that they don't put ages or very specific dates on the DE. So that 1994-2010 just might be a 15-year.