This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
As they say in sporting circles, this is "a real good thing." I do not know that I have ever tasted a better Melon. The fruit is of good size and appearance, sometimes large, a good keeper, and the flavour first-rate. When fully ripe there is a juiciness and sugary crispness about the flavour that very few Melons possess in any degree. It is a somewhat shy bearer, and not an early Melon, but the plant is very vigorous, and will bear a second and third crop much better than some. It is a variety that should be grown by every one for the general crop. " Little Heath" we have tried, and find it comes in pretty early, but it cannot bear comparison with the Colston Basset in any other respect; in fact it is only a second-rate variety in our estimation.