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.