A kirschwasser German for “cherry water”) orkirschis a clear, colorless fruit brandy traditionally made from double distillation of morello cherries, a dark-colored cultivarof the sour cherry. However, it is now also made from other kinds of cherries. The cherries are fermented complete(that is, including their stones). Unlike cherry liqueurs and so-called “cherry brandies”, kirschwasser is not sweet.
The best kirschwassers have a refined taste with subtle flavors of cherry and a slight bitter-almond taste that derives from the stones.