First Drinks is adding a luxury variant to its Russian Standard Vodka line-up.

Russian Standard Gold, available from Asda now and in Selfridges next month, is a smoother and more mellow spirit than the standard vodka, with notes of honey, vanilla and almond (rsp: £20 for a 70cl bottle). First Drinks said the newcomer is produced with premium Russian ingredients and is firmly pitched at the "discerning vodka drinker".

It is distributed in the UK by First Drinks but is produced at the brand's distillery in St Petersburg.