Generic for unsweetened, unaged cherry eau de vie (such as kirsch), though the term, as cited in the vast majority of older drink recipe texts, most often (mistakenly) refers to Cherry flavored brandy *liqueur* - and conversely, the grape-based liqueur is sometimes mistakenly substituted for the correctly cited eau de vie in other drink recipes. More often, the once geographically-specific terms "kirsch" or "kirschwasser" are (and were) used to indicate the distillate of cherries - rather than the liqueur, as was the term "dry cherry brandy".
Generally available. Produced and sold in France, Germany and United States. Distributed world-wide. Available for on-line ordering in some markets.