I ended up buying this un-sniffed as the only place I could find it in the US is at the Guerlain botique.
I have not bought anything from the botique (in Las Vegas) before. I encourage anyone who wants to buy something over the phone and have them ship it to them to do so. I was a little weary of doing so myself, but when I called they were very friendly and helpful and eager to sell over the phone. I was a little bit worried that they would treat me like they were doing me a favor but they treated me like a valued customer (as should be). The person who helped me was Jorganne Magness.
So as to the juice.
I really like this version of Shalimar. My only other version is vintage EDC. I have not compared the two wrist to wrist yet.
However, based on my memory, the Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route De Madagascar 2012, is very similar to regular Shalimar. To me, it is much more similar to original Shalimar than Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere is to Chanel No. 5. (analogy only, completely different fragrance family of course).
On me, original Shalimar never seems to shed it's top notes and stays too sharp and citrusy so the vanilla never comes through to my nose they way I would like it too. Oddly enough when I smell it on others I do smell the vanilla big time. The Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route De Madagascar 2012 does have the sharp citrus top notes but they were much quicker to dry down. Also, with the Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route De Madagascar 2012 I detect spices which are not listed in the notes. I don't remember detecting spice in original Shalimar but then again, I can never get past the top notes with original Shalimar.
I prefer the Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route De Madagascar 2012 to original Shalimar. I suspect there will be some loyalists who would find it too tame, but for me it was just the right change to make Shalimar enjoyable for me to wear. And again it is very similar. This is not one of those flankers that has nothing to do with the original.