It is a liqueur made from marasca sour cherries. It has so much sugar added to it, you don't know what you're tasting. I know what it doesn't taste like. Cherry. It's kind of earthy, if the earth was made of sugar cane.
Why isn't the earth made of sugar cane?
It's a nice additive to cocktails; use in small doses. There are other types of maraschinos, but I have yet to gain access to them.