When I ordered this last week, I was surprised to see that the color of Jeke was different than my sample--instead of brown, it was a deep, rich, dark green. There is something about the color that makes the juice already an aesthetic experience--like wine, I could sit there and gaze at it for quite some time, but I didn't want to expose it to the light too much.
At any rate, I did a side-by-side with my sample, which I think was the previous, non-extrait iteration of Jeke.
The scent is practically the same in the opening. I get immediately smoke, tobacco, leather. I don't sense any roughness that has been spoken about in earlier iterations--on the contrary, this stuff is to my nose very smooth.
As for the difference from the earlier version, it was only after a couple hours had passed that I could really tell the difference. The newer version stays stronger and richer throughout. What I mean by richer is that there are so many perceptible facets and notes that weave in and out after hours have elapsed, that the complexity of the fragrance is intensified over a greater length of time. Around the four hour mark there was something like a dry "cocoa" note that I was getting, that I had not picked up earlier. I don't know if there is cocoa in the fragrance, but the effect was somehow there. Absolutely incredible. To my nose, it succeeds in somehow having a well-blended feel, and yet, one where a note will stand out more at one time than at another.
Immediately after I put it on this morning, my wife started swooning with delight. Projection is incredible. From 12 feet away my wife was saying, wow, your perfume is amazing. This stuff is certainly complex, but it is so smooth--I wouldn't call it predominantly "elegant" (like Guerlain), since it does have a certain rustic quality, but it is absolutely wearable anywhere, I find it very versatile. In the later stages, when the leather starts getting even smoother, I could even imagine dressing this up.
I also think that this iteration is every bit the equal of Sova in terms of quality. It seems to me still a bargain for the price Slumberhouse is asking, even with the newer prices.
If you already have the older Jeke, I wouldn't worry about getting a new bottle or anything like that since the differences are slight (from the most recent 2012 version which is more brown in color), but if / when you do finish the bottle and want to replenish, you are in for a treat in the upgrade.
Have others tried the extrait version? What are your impressions?
Sorry for the length of the post!