In fact, the first legal whiskey distillery was not in Scotland, but in Ireland. In 1608, the Old Bushmills Distillery in Ireland obtained the distilling license issued by King James I for the first time, becoming the first legal distillery to produce whiskey. Among Scottish distilleries, Bowmore is generally considered to be the first licensed distillery, in 1779, more than 170 years later than Irish distilleries. In the 18th century there were more than 200 distilleries in Ireland, more than in Scotland. Unfortunately, due to wars and other reasons, these distilleries closed down one after another, and there were only three remaining Irish distilleries.