Suntory has teamed up with the Nestlé Waters subsidiary Calistoga Beverage Co. to distribute its Japanese green tea brand Iyemon Cha across the US.

The Japanese company said on Friday (25 April) that the organic green tea, made from "100% Japanese tea leaves" and refined water, will debut in San Fransisco before rolling out nationally.

The company said that the Iyemon Cha tea brand is the only bottled green tea made at the Fukujuen tea company in Japan and will be available in two varieties - Original Green Tea and Roasted Green Tea.

Suntory's beverage & food division brand manager Naoto Okinaka added: "Green tea has exploded in popularity in America, but most bottled green tea on the market today is fruit flavoured, artificially sweetened, and loaded with unnecessary preservatives: It's not a pure green tea experience at all. Iyemon Cha is the first bottled premium Japanese green tea that offers an authentic, deliciously pure premium green tea experience. It is organic green tea as it was meant to be."

Eco-friendly 12.2ml glass bottles of Iyemon Cha will be available at select on and off-trade locations, including high-end restaurants, Japanese restaurants and premium retailers retailing at US$2.75.