I bought recently and it has been a bit of a dissapoinment to me. But a couple of important notes!
1- I never smelled the old formulation, so I'm not able to reference against that.
2- I am pretty clear I have a bit of a blind spot to the sandalwood notes in this one. First couple of times I wore, I swear I could barely smell it, but others let me know it was POUNDING!!! Loud.
This doesn't really address you question, but it's my recent experience with the scent.