Pagoda Roof

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