The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative


by Rev. Christopher I. Thoma

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Did you know that Darth Vader prefers Lagavulin? Were you aware that Santa Claus keeps a bottle of Caol Ila on the shelf? Have you heard that Scoresby was squeezed from the very veins of the Devil himself? Emerging from the mind of a surprising whisky connoisseur, The Angels’ Portion is a substantial assortment of whisky reviews like none you’ve ever read before. By means of storytelling, and with charming wit and vibrant style, Reverend Christopher I. Thoma shepherds the reader toward a divine insight: If you don’t like whisky, it may only be because you haven’t danced with the right bottle.

What people are saying…

The Reverend Christopher I. Thoma admits that not everyone thinks whisky and the clergy go hand in hand. The Angel’s Portion should satisfy those doubting Thomases. In it, he weaves theology, poetry and good conversation for a quenching narrative, whether you’re thirsty for a great whisky recommendation or just some friendly companionship as you curl up with your favorite tumbler. As a pastor with an astute palate, Thoma’s whisky reviews are truly divine.

Chantal Martineau
Author of How the Gringos Stole Tequila: The Modern Age of Mexico’s Most Traditional Spirit.

Pastor Thoma knows his spirits – from the cloud of witnesses to these mighty whiskies. The Angels’ Portion is a kind of tithe – a tax we pay on the time it takes to get things right. And though I haven’t had a drop in years (it got to where I spilled too much…) this whiff of those hovering uraeuses – the tongues of fire — these holy ghosts are happily haunting. Praise be!

Thomas Lynch
Author of The Sin Eater, The Undertaking, and many others.

This is a very fun, engaging, quirky book. I’m not really into whiskey, or whisky. Yet his writing style has held my attention. Buy this book, but don’t let it age on your shelf for over 12 years before reading. This book comes out of the barrel ready to drink.

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