I like my hot tea without milk these days. The exception is that I will sometimes add it with Chai, but instead of milk, I use vanilla almond milk.
I grew up on very sweet iced tea that my mom always made in Florida. I started drinking hot tea probably when I got into college, but I was still mostly drinking coffee. While I was in graduate school, I joined the "Gator Tea Society" - at the club meetings, they just served different hot teas from various regions. At that point I started drinking hot tea quite regularly. I keep a small press for using my loose leaf tea at work