The J-lime is whole-cone, and I find the aroma off the raw hops for cones is often pretty mild. I love me some lime, so I'm hoping the J-lime pulls through in the finished beer.
Despite their storage drawbacks, I pretty much only use whole cone hops. The smell of raw whole cone hops is deceiving because the lupulin glands are often intact. I find the bitterness and aroma from well handled whole cones to be soft and round whereas I find pellets to be hard and sharp edged.
I burned through my hops last year, so that I could buy hops right after harvest that are whole cone. Since I brew in the cold months, I start right after the hops harvest and get the freshest whole cone. I think it is an improvement. I still get some pellets though. the first 6 months after harvest, I do believe that whole cone has the edge, but not by a ton.