Traditional malt kilns draw the
hot air from the peat furnace through the malt by way of a chimney effect
generated by the characteristic steep roofs and pagoda heads of many Scottish
distilleries. The pagoda roof was introduced around
the 1890s as it offered an improved air draught.
In most cases, where most distilleries buy in their malt they have mostly
lost their function other than a piece of visual identity.
Strathisla; Picture courtesy Seagram