Cherry has a strong influence on cachaça: it gives an intense color and a clear characteristic taste. It gives the cachaça a slightly sweet taste with notes of vanilla and cinnamon. In addition it reduces the acidity and it keeps the alcohol percentage under control, so that what is left is a round mild cachaça.
Cherry wood is often used in so-called blends. A cachaça aged in cherry wood aged which is then further aged in an oak barrel.