Japanese drinks group Suntory will officially launch its whisky brands in Russia next month, according to local reports.

The company will begin selling seven of its whisky brands through local distributor Veld-21, a report in Kommersant International said today (27 October).

Suntory will initially sell the brands in Moscow and St. Petersburg for around EUR20 (US$25.37) to EUR160. The company's whisky has hitherto only been on sale in Japanese restaurants in Russia's capital.

Suntory officials in Japan could not be reached for comment.