The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative, Volume I

“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 about The Angels’ Portion

51P-cV5JjpL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“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. You may visit Chantal Martineau at

215_1_TheSinEater(1)“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. You may visit Thomas Lynch at

“This was the most entertaining ‘review’ I’ve ever read. It was an entire book of reviews. On whiskey. By a Lutheran minister. The indexing of them is outstanding, they are listed by name so one doesn’t need to thumb thru the entire book to find the one they want. The book is laid out like an anthology, with each whiskey having it’s own entertaining chapter (really, anywhere from a couple to a few pages per chapter). The first one was a space alien, hiding his stash from human searchers on his home planet. Fantastic. Funny. I liked it. A lot!” – S. Burton

“Highly entertaining, a single malt lover’s dream of a book.” – R. O’Brien

“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.” – Rufus123

“Fun approach to Scotch Whisky Books! Most entertaining and informative and a fresh way to speak about Scotch whisky, well done and a joy to read.” – R. Freebairn

“The book you pick up for the reviews, but leave with renewed faith… You will be surprised to find a lot of Pastor’s faith, life, and living antidotes throughout the book. You will enjoy his humor, and sometimes his seriousness as he reviews the many Scotch whisky’s he has slowly, and with moderation, enjoyed and reviewed. Cost causes one to savor things with great care! You will get to know pastor Thoma very well after reading this book… You will enjoy this book!” – Kurt

“Whisky wisdom. I loved the whisky reviews from a very imaginative and creative pastor. I’ll never sip a glass of Scotch the same way again. Thoma opened up a whole new world of appreciation for Scotch in this fun book. I’ll probably wonder what literary or blockbuster movie characters would have thought of the bottle I just opened. I’m looking forward to Angel’s Portion Volume 2.” – Steve

“Fun read. We enjoyed the stories and reviews of the different scotches. Thank you for giving us many smiles along your journey. Cheers!” – Suzanne