I actively disliked Laphroaig for a very long time, although I loved Lagavulin. Then one day I had one and liked it a lot. (Hey Mikey!) I thought, in retrospect, that it might have been around the time it supposedly "dumbed down", but I like the CS, too. A good lesson, and why I keep trying Bowmore now and then (to no avail, so far).
Don't know why you're surprised, Lawrence--everyone knows it's "love it or hate it"!