Review: Partagás 8-9-8 (Varnished 8-9-8)

At one time, for a little over 20 years, a lover of Habanos could have the option of choosing between two 8-9-8s. While both somewhat similar in vitola offering, one is a little longer than the other, the big difference was in the blends of the two. I personally never had the opportunity to chose between my 8-9-8s, it was before my time, but I know smokers who have and have heard many debates among them on which one was better. When I first got into smoking Habanos, I heard these individuals going back and forth about Varnished and Unvarnished 8-9-8s, and of course this led me to ask the question, "what are you talking about when you say Varnished and Unvarnished?" Well, at first I thought the only difference was that the two were a different size, but then I was informed that the blends were very different and appealing to certain smokers.

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Comment by Guy Buscema on January 1, 2015 at 4:53am

Dear What Embargo,

The difference was in the boxes , one had a  varnished box  and the other was not. A Varnished box 

 was to mature them better,(At least that's what they said). Now you have the plain boxed one,that's all. The varnished one was discontinued since.The Varnished one was a Lonsdale while the un-Varnished one was a

Long Corona.The Varnished one was discontinued In around 2002.



Comment by Seth's Humidor on January 3, 2015 at 3:32pm

I knew there was a difference in the boxes, but I was also told that there was some major differences between the vitolas. You would know best!

Thanks Guy.

Comment by Guy Buscema on January 5, 2015 at 4:29pm

Sorry,but I confused the two ,It's the un-varnished one that's discontinued since 2002.As for the

difference,It's the difference between a Lonsdale and a Long Corona.The Lonsdale has a spice and

earth taste conpared to a Long Corona which has a more honey-ish or lighter taste .



Comment by Generally Useful Jared on January 5, 2015 at 6:38pm

Let's face it, for us poor U.S. suckers, it's nice to have some folks around who have good information.  With so many fakes, doing your homework is the only way to get things right, and that means finding the good info from the bad. Thanks, everyone :)


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