Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig have their devoted followers. Everyone who likes peaty whiskies seem to think very highly of Caol Ila, though few rate it as their number one favorite. People seem to either love certain Bruichladdichs, or are indifferent to them all.
But I'm not sure of Bowmore's standing? What do you think? Bowmore whiskies are so unique, you'd think there would be a cult, but I haven't heard many people talk about how much they love it. Did I miss the memo?
Personally, I respect Bowmore for its individuality and complexity, but I'm not a huge fan. How many huge fans are out there?