A faint optical source close to T Tauri has been detected using speckle imaging techniques in a photon-counting mode of operation. This second optical source is located at position angle 358°±5° with a separation of 0arcsec.27±0arcsec.04 from the optical astrometric position of T Tauri. The visual magnitude difference with respect to the primary, measured at 521 nm, is mv = 4.33±0.09. Since the new source is located north of T Tauri, it is distinct from the radio/infrared object recently reported to be located 0arcsec.61 south of T Tauri. If the new source is a stellar object, it appears to have a mass of between 0.2 and 0.35 M_sun; and has a surface temperature of 3000±200K.