Mo Board — Irish whiskey, Pear liqueur, Aromatized wine, Bitters, Orange juice, Salt
Almost feel like giving it 2.5, if it was possible. There's definitely the possibility for an excellent cocktail here - the mezcal and cherry heering are an odd pair but they kind've work. Heering tends to be so sweet and overpowering, especially with blended scotch in the original Blood and Sand, but mezcal has the strength of flavor to really stand up to it better. And yet...something's not quite reight here. It's still a little too sweet. Not sure what the answer is, but it just seems like it could be tweaked and optimized. As it stands, it's still a perfectly tasty and interesting drink, and well worth making if you have the ingredients.