When compared to the vintage stuff, ya there is a difference. But also, in smell. the vintage formula is much sharper, the current formulation is pretty smooth. Some sharpness nonetheless from the oakmoss, anise and spices, yet still very smooth. Unbelievably well blended and balanced, and extremely masculine. Projection on me is very good, and longevity is about 8 hours usually, though with my vintage sample, it lasted a lot longer, projected far more, but was also not as well blended as it is now. My skin holds fragrances pretty well because it's somewhat oily, so I get good longevity from most fragrances really. If you're a noob to the frag game, remember though, a fragrance will never project as much in the dry down as it does in the opening.