Strong Indian black tea with ample sugar and milk - the presumed preferred drink of working builders.
Although the term is now commonplace - and more than one tea supplier produces a blend by this name - we can find no written reference to 'Builder's Tea' before this in the 'Independent' on 6 Feb 1996; "We had all taken to bringing our own builders' tea bags down to breakfast, as the tea provided was a perfumed herbal concoction." (OED). The first literary reference we can find is as recent as the following in Rosamunde Pilcher's 'Winter Solstice' of 2000;
It is particularly well described in Neil Gaiman's 2013 novel 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane';
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