I have never tried old version, but bought the new version believeing it to be the same. I like it - strong patchouli with leather undertones, but from a very strong opening, it fades very quickly. Ultimately, longevity is poor on my skin, not at all what I expected.
If it lasted longer and developed, instead of fading, from the initial opening, I would love it. As it stands I like it, but regard it as a fragrance that promises much but delivers on little. I would love to try the old formulation which seems to have been much richer and longer lasting.