8. Illusione Haut 10 Churchill
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.
- Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo)
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Length: 6 3/4 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 48
- Vitola: Churchill
- MSRP: $16.95 (Boxes of 12, $203.40)
- Release Date: April 9, 2018
- Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
- Original Score: 92
In 2016, the Illusione Haut 10, a single size 5 1/2 x 52 robusto extra, was named our cigar of the year. In 2018, Dion Giolito added two more sizes—a Churchill and gordo—to the Haut 10 portfolio and as it turns out, they are also quite good.
The staff is divided as to whether the Churchill size is better than the original, but there's no question that the Haut 10 Churchill is a worthy follow-up. Much like the original, the Haut 10 Churchill delivers a storybook full of developed flavors, contrasting complexity and the signature balance Giolito is known for. — Charlie Minato.