Most agree that the Irish have been distilling far before the Scots began. The Irish have records of distillation going back to 1405 and in 1608 what became the Bushmills distillery received a license to distil. Bushmills now claim the title of oldest licensed distillery in the world. Often triple distilling their whisky, as opposed to the Scottish style which is more commonly distilled twice, Irish whiskies are often lighter and sweeter in character. Irish whisky has enjoyed a surge in recent years, heading back towards the popularity it enjoyed at the start of the 20th century. From just three distilleries in operation, there are now 13 distilleries in Ireland with many more on the way. Aside from Bushmills, other famous names include Jamesons and the award winning Redbreast.