Posted: 21/07/2015 at 08:05
Hi Barbara. Black Russian is one of the many, many "black" varieties. Not to be confused with Russian Black, a smaller variety. The "black" varieties - they're not really black - originated in and around Crimea. Hence the variety Black Krim, basically Crimean Black.
There are so many "black" varieties, with many almost indistinguishable from each other, that a number of tom afficionados think that their boom in popularity a few years ago led to the re-naming of established varieties to cash in.
They're not my favourite tom. I find the taste a bit thin and harsh.